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Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. “Sunday has been ...

2 sick horses rescued from New Hampshire home

CHICHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two horses have been rescued from a farm in New Hampshire and are recovering from starvation. Live and Let Live Farm Director Teresa Paradis tells the Concord Monitor that the two horses were rescued Monday from a home near Hollis where they were living in ...

New Hampshire to end ‘pay to stay’ for inmates

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is ending its practice of billing inmates and former inmates for the cost of their incarceration. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a measure last week repealing a 1996 law that allowed the state to seek such payments, which have amounted to an average of ...

Connecticut-based banks announce $759M acquisition deal

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The parent company of Connecticut-based People’s United Bank has agreed to purchase the holding company for United Bank for $759 million. The deal announced Monday is subject to approvals from banking regulators as well as shareholders. People’s United Bank, ...

Man charged with sex assault on fellow nursing home resident

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire man has been charged with sexually assaulting a female stroke victim at a nursing home where both were residents. Milford Police Capt. Shawn Pelletier says 74-year-old Robert Champigny was arrested Monday night at a Manchester hotel for ...

Soccer coach accused of sexual assaulting child

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged a girls soccer coach with sexually assaulting a child. Keene police say that 24-year-old Alexander Waterbury, of Keene, was arrested Tuesday. He has been charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault and two counts of prohibited ...

Prep school grad linked to sex assault released from jail

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate is set to be released from jail. Twenty-three-year-old Owen Labrie reported to Merrimack County’s jail just after Christmas, after a judge refused to shorten his sentence. He ...

Bikers bid goodbye to 7 motorcyclists killed in crash

COLUMBIA, N.H. (AP) — A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a scene of mourning and reflection Sunday as about 400 people paid tribute to seven bikers killed in a devastating collision with a pickup truck . The victims of the wreck Friday evening ...

Judge rules public school funding method unconstitutional

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A judge has ruled that New Hampshire’s current method for funding public schools is unconstitutional, two decades after a series of court decisions that said the state has a duty to provide and pay for an adequate education. The decision Wednesday by Superior Court Judge ...

Teen found not guilty by reason of insanity in mom’s death

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say a teenager has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal stabbing of his mother. Police said 42-year-old Melissa Hatch, of Madison, was found dead in her home in February. Her son, Keith Dobens, who turns 18 Friday, was ...

Maine could ditch caucuses, move to presidential primaries

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could be the latest state to ditch its presidential caucus for a primary system, a move that would leave just a handful of states with the more grassroots caucus system heading into the 2020 presidential election. The bill has sailed through the Democratic-led ...

Senate debates 2-year $13 billion state budget

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate was deep into debate Thursday over a two-year $13 billion state budget that Democrats praised as responsible and responsive to pressing problems and Republicans criticized as an unsustainable affront to taxpayers. Democratic Sen. Lou ...

Authorities identify 3 bodies linked to suspected killer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — For nearly two decades, four suspected victims of serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen remained unidentified — only decomposed bodies found in two barrels. But on Thursday, authorities were able to name three of them. The state attorney general’s office confirmed one ...

House passes bill prohibiting discrimination in schools

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill aimed at better protecting New Hampshire students from discrimination has been sent to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The House voted 211-141 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It had passed the state Senate in March. It would prohibit discrimination against students ...

House passes amended minimum wage bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire would re-establish and raise its minimum wage under a bill passed by the House. The state currently relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. The bill approved Wednesday on a vote of 209-139 would set the minimum wage ...

Mount Washington is setting for observatory-railway storm

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mount Washington, home to some of the world’s worst weather, is the setting for a brewing storm between its summit weather observatory and a tourist railway over passenger fees and 19th century property rights. The Mount Washington Observatory atop the Northeast’s ...

Bill to independently investigate harassment claims passes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Legislature is one step closer to holding independent investigations into sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers. Currently, complaints are reported to the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under a bill the House passed on Wednesday, complaints ...

Frontier Airlines to suspend New Hampshire-Orlando route

Eds: APNewsNow. Corrects that suspension begins July 6, not June 6. PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Frontier Airlines says it will suspend its service to Orlando, Florida, from Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, starting next month. Seacoastonline.com reports airport director Paul Brean ...

Scouts come to the rescue of 2 fishermen on remote lake

Two brothers whose canoes capsized on a remote lake in Maine say a crew of fast-thinking Boy Scouts from New Hampshire helped save their lives. Michael Fiori, 67, of Brunswick, Maine, said he was shivering after more than an hour in the 50-degree Fahrenheit (10-degree Celsius) water when the ...

Exeter alumni demand more from school over sex abuse claims

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A prominent New Hampshire prep school has failed to deliver promised reforms after a slew of complaints accusing staff members of sexual misconduct that dated back decades, an alumni group alleged. The Phillips Exeter Alumni for Truth and Healing told The Associated ...