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Autopsy report: Mall parking lot shooting was murder-suicide

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An autopsy report has declared that the shooting deaths of a man and woman at a New Hampshire mall parking lot were a murder-suicide. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a news release Thursday the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Steeplegate Mall in Concord ...

Hepatitis A cases in New Hampshire on the rise

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say the number of hepatitis A cases in the state is on the rise. The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that from last November to early September, 220 people were diagnosed with the disease, compared to an average of six ...

Panel hears testimony about nuclear plant cracks, study

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Neighbors of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant have told a federal panel that they want more transparent, independent monitoring of cracks that have formed in the plant’s concrete foundation. New Hampshire Public Radio reports they spoke Monday before a panel of ...

As bluefin recover, a new fight about how to fish for them

A plan that could loosen the rules about fishing for one of the most debated species in the ocean has attracted the attention of fishermen and environmentalists. Conservation of the Atlantic bluefin tuna has long been a subject of international debate, and sometimes discord. The giant sushi ...

Woman sentenced to 7 years in prison for meth trafficking

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. Thirty-year-old Kristen Hodgkins, of Rochester, pleaded guilty in June. Court documents and statements said Hodgkins sold meth to an ...

New Hampshire passes budget, this time with governor’s OK

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers passed a two-year, nearly $13 billion compromise state budget Wednesday, ending three months of impasse after Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed their first effort. The House and Senate votes to pass the budget came just five days before a ...

Veterans group pushes to dismiss suit over Bible on display

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A battle over a Bible on display at New Hampshire’s veterans hospital was the focus of a federal court hearing Wednesday, with lawyers for the government arguing that a lawsuit demanding its removal should be dismissed because the Air Force veteran who filed it hasn’t ...

Police: Boy, 17, drowned in pond

MILTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say a 17-year-old boy drowned in a pond. Rescuers responding to Milton Pond on Saturday say they found a female who was in the water trying to find the teen. He was found underwater a short time later, unconscious. First responders immediately ...

Gas prices rise a little in northern New England

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices have risen a little on the heels of an attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia. The latest GasBuddy price reports show Maine’s prices rose 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week, to $2.55. New Hampshire’s went up 2.3 cents per gallon, to $2.48. ...

Telemedicine care to assist North Country hospital

LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) — A hospital in New Hampshire’s North Country has formed a telemedicine partnership with the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for the care of newborns. Littleton Regional Healthcare announced Friday that the service would provide real-time assessment and ...

Investigators say fire at timber company was accidental

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state fire investigators say a fire that destroyed a timber company building in North Springfield was accidental. They say the fire at Vermont Timberworks on Saturday evening was caused by waste materials from the company’s production process that ...

Town getting nearly $700K grant to make seawall improvements

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire town of Seabrook is getting a grant of nearly $700,000 to make improvements to its seawall. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration grant would be matched locally and is expected to help retain 200 jobs. The department ...

New Hampshire gets 13 bids for sports betting

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thirteen companies have submitted proposals to run New Hampshire’s new sports betting system, lottery officials said Monday. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law in July that legalizes betting on professional and most Division I college sports, excluding games ...

Dozens arrested, drugs seized in Merrimack Valley drug probe

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say a weekslong investigation into drug trafficking in Massachusetts has led to about 50 arrests and the seizure of large amounts of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said in a statement Monday the 10-week operation ...

New Hampshire man charged in hookah lounge shooting

EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a New Hampshire man has agreed to return to Massachusetts to face charges in connection with a fatal weekend shooting at a hookah lounge. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney says 29-year-old Charles Demos, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was ...

Man injured after wall collapses in construction accident

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say a man was seriously injured after being pinned under a concrete wall in a construction accident. WMUR-TV reports Pelham fire and police officials were able to dig the unidentified man out by hand after a wall collapsed on him Monday. The man ...

Town dedicating 9/11 memorial containing steel from towers

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — The town of Salem, New Hampshire, is dedicating a 9/11 memorial that has a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The Eagle Tribune reports the memorial was planned by the Salem Won’t Forget Committee. It was being dedicated Wednesday, 18 years after al-Qaida ...

Man who served jail time for killing friend violates parole

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who accidentally shot his best friend to friend to death in 2011 is going back to prison after a parole violation. Christopher Bazar had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in shooting Donald St. Laurent at the apartment they shared in Hudson. ...

New England herring fishery restricted for several weeks

BOSTON (AP) — Commercial fishing of an important species of bait fish is going to be shut down in one of its key areas in New England for about six weeks. Interstate regulators say the Atlantic herring fishery in the inshore Gulf of Maine is nearing a quota limit and will be subject to ...

Mixed results for statewide education assessment tests

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The latest education assessment tests show mixed results for New Hampshire students. The annual exams measure proficiency in math and English for grades three through eight, while 11th graders are assessed via the SAT. Students in grades five, eight and 11 also are ...