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By ASSOCIATED PRESS | Nov 7, 2019

WWII vet, 100, on a ‘No Regrets Tour’

CONCORD (AP) – A 100-year-old World War II veteran is halfway to his goal of meeting the governors of all 50 states.

Sidney Walton, of San Diego, met with Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire on Thursday. Walton also got a chance to meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who was in Concord to add President Donald Trump’s name to Republican ballot in New Hampshire for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Walton, who regrets not meeting some of the last Civil War veterans, is on what his family called the “No Regrets Tour” to make up for that – a personal mission to visit all 50 states and the White House to educate Americans about World War II veterans.

He met President Donald Trump at the Oval Office earlier this year.

Man accused of fatally shooting neighbor’s dog

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) – A Vermont man has been accused of shooting and killing his neighbor’s dog.

Police in Danville said the 1-year-old black Labrador, named Berkeley, was shot in the face Sunday. The dog was found in the woods hours later by his owner, 30-year-old Jessica Buxton. She took him to an emergency veterinary clinic in Littleton, New Hampshire, where he died.

The neighbor, 72-year-old Frederick Keenan, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in the Caledonia County Superior Court on Dec. 16. It wasn’t immediately known if Keenan had a lawyer, and a listed phone number for him was disconnected.

Buxton has five dogs. She said Berkeley went out with another dog, but Berkeley didn’t return.

Slower lobster season means high prices

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A drop in the catch of lobsters off Maine has customers paying more for the seafood and fishermen concerned about the future.

Maine’s harvest of lobsters is about 40% off last year’s pace through September. While October and November tend to be months of heavy lobster catch, the state’s fishermen are in jeopardy of bringing less than 100 million pounds of lobster to the docks for the first time since 2010.

The drag in catch has contributed to an uptick in price at some fish markets. Some Maine stores are selling lobsters for $12 per pound, about 10% more than a year ago.

Fishermen say lobsters have been slow to shed their shells this season. The catch usually picks up when many lobsters lose their old shells and reach legal size.

New Mexico lawyer to challenge Trump in N.H.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – A lawyer from a New Mexico town renowned as the site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash says he will challenge President Donald Trump in New Hampshire.

The Roswell Daily Record reports Roswell, New Mexico, attorney Rick Kraft has filed the paperwork needed to appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website, Kraft filed his declaration of candidacy on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old Kraft says he decided to run after he and his wife visited the New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire, and learned how easy it is to get on the ballot. He called the move “a bucket list-type thing.”

Kraft says he does not plan on entering any other state primaries or caucuses.

Governor asks court to release 38 Studios records

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is asking the state Supreme Court to release records from the grand jury investigation into the state’s deal with a video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The Providence Journal reports Raimondo’s senior counsel Claire Richards argued Thursday in court that Raimondo has standing to bring the case because the company’s collapse cost the state millions of dollars and hindered economic development programs.

Rhode Island invested $75 million in 2010 to lure 38 Studios from Massachusetts. Two years later, the company went bankrupt.

Richards says the public has a right to know how taxpayer money was handled. Justices expressed concerns about opening grand jury records.

Assistant Attorney General Michael Field argued against the release, urging justices not to undermine secrecy rules.

A R.I. man sentenced in fentanyl conspiracy

BOSTON (AP) – A Rhode Island man will serve 70 months in prison for his role in a fentanyl conspiracy.

Twenty-eight-year-old Dario Bier Romero of Providence was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Wednesday. After completing his prison sentence, he must also serve four years of supervised release.

Federal investigators on June 21, 2018 seized approximately three kilograms of fentanyl from Romero and a co-defendant during a probe.

An additional kilogram of fentanyl and drug packaging paraphernalia was later seized at Romero’s home.

Romero pleaded guilty in July to several drug-related charges, including conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl.

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