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Fire heavily damages northern New Hampshire building

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials in New Hampshire are trying to determine the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a building that used to house a hardware store in the town of Lancaster. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kopp tells WMUR-TV the fire in the Main Street building broke out about 1 ...

Council rejects data collection on newborns’ opioid exposure

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Privacy concerns have prompted the defeat of an effort to collect data on New Hampshire newborns who were exposed to opioids by their mothers’ drug use during pregnancy. The Department of Health and Human Services sought approval this week for a $45,000 contract with ...

Police: New Hampshire man stabbed to death in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire law enforcement authorities say an autopsy has determined man found dead in the town of Hillsborough died of stab wounds and the death has been ruled a homicide. The attorney general’s office and state and local police on Sunday identified the victim ...

Fire marshal: December is peak time for home candle fires

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s state fire marshal is reminding people to stay safe, saying December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. People also need to be aware of dry Christmas trees and overloaded electrical circuits. Fire Marshal Paul Parisi says people ...

Students take a role in awarding grants to rural communities

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of high school students from New Hampshire and Vermont is taking a leadership role in a grant program for an isolated region that’s still recovering from the loss of paper mill industry jobs on which it historically relied. The 11 students will recommend ...

Last phase of Old Man of the Mountain memorial approved

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Funding has been approved for the final project to memorialize New Hampshire’s iconic Old Man of the Mountain. The massive, naturally formed granite profile attracted tourists to Franconia Notch for about 200 years before it crumbled in 2003. Since then, a nonprofit ...

New Hampshire police investigating ‘suspicious death’

HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in New Hampshire are investigating the suspicious death of an adult male in the town of Hillsborough. The attorney general’s office says that just before 3 a.m. Saturday Hillsborough Police officers were called to a residence where they ...

Fish and Game urges residents: Don’t feed deer.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Leave a carrot for Rudolph if you must, but the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is warning residents to otherwise avoid feeding deer this winter. Deer Biologist Dan Bergeron says deer have changed their activity patterns and might be more visible to people, but ...

Rains cause flood woes in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are watching for flooding after warm weather and heavy rains caused rivers and streams across the region to swell and in some cases overflow their banks. In Vermont flooding closed roads for a time Friday and Saturday ...

New Hampshire court issues order in civil rights case at inn

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire court is ordering an inn manager accused of shoving a couple she thought were Muslim after getting into a dispute over a refund not to threaten anyone based on their religion. The Friday order from the Carroll County Superior Court comes in the case of ...

Man indicted in crash that killed wife, 14-year-old

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been indicted on negligent homicide charges in connection to a crash that killed his wife and her 14-year-old daughter. Police say 29-year-old Aaron Lafontaine, of Manchester, was speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of ...

Officials identify worker who fell down elevator shaft

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — Officials have identified the construction worker who died after falling down an elevator shaft in Massachusetts as 41-year-old Carlos Ortiz. The Essex district attorney’s office says Ortiz was working on the roof of a nine-story building in Haverhill Tuesday ...

Man accused of killing brother’s dog

BRENTWOOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been accused of killing his brother’s dog and throwing the animal in a dumpster. WMUR-TV reports a Rockingham County grand jury indicted 38-year-old Gerard Bosse, of Derry, on a charge of cruelty to animals. Court documents say Bosse slit ...

Council approves potential expansion of Mount Sunapee

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Executive Council has approved the potential expansion of Mount Sunapee by Vail Resorts. The Concord Monitor reports councilors on Wednesday opted to amend the lease to make available 150 acres for development of ski trails, chairlifts and lodges. The ...

Autopsy: Man died of gunshot wound to chest in homicide

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say a man was shot and killed outside of a restaurant in Dover. Police identified the man as 34-year-old Raymond Eldridge, of Dover. He was found outside of Castaways Restaurant & Lounge on Tuesday night. An autopsy showed Eldridge died of a ...

Vermont man charged with soliciting children online

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont say a man accused of luring a runaway child he met online and soliciting children has been ordered held without bail. Investigators in Vermont and New Hampshire filed multiple felony charges, including lewd or lascivious conduct with a child, ...

Man’s polling place resisting arrest conviction pardoned

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Executive Council has approved the pardon of a man convicted of resisting arrest at a polling place in 2014. New Hampshire Public Radio reports former Newmarket GOP Committee Chair Joe Barton’s conviction stemmed from an altercation he had with an ...

Environmental, safety officials say beware of ice jams

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With heavy rain on the way, New Hampshire environmental and homeland security officials are warning about ice jams. Heavy rain is in the forecast for Friday. In recent years, New Hampshire’s had extended periods of subfreezing weather, followed by large, rapid warm-ups ...

NH bipartisan panel objects Trump tweaks to Medicaid rules

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative committee on Thursday unanimously objected to Trump administration changes to New Hampshire’s proposed work requirements for Medicaid recipients, but the state health commissioner said the rules can be implemented without the panel’s ...

Gas prices fall a bit more in northern New England

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices have dropped a few more cents per gallon in northern New England. Prices in Maine have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.38. In Vermont, prices were down 3.8 cents to $2.58 per gallon. In New Hampshire, prices dropped 2.9 cents per ...