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In this photo taken Monday Dec. 15, 2014, New Hampshire businessman Greg Sancoff poses next to the “Ghost," his newly designed warship vessel, on the grounds of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Sancoff put up some of his own money to build the warship, now they just need to find a buyer.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A ‘Ghost’ of a Chance

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kittery, Maine — Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. The angular vessel looks like a waterborne stealth fighter. It rides atop underwater torpedo-shaped tubes powered by a pair of 2,000-horsepower gas turbine engines. Gyroscopes keep the ride smooth. Sadly, Ghost is all revved up with no place to go. The brainchild of a wealthy inventor and entrepreneur, …

Vt. Officials Edit State Health Goals

Monday, December 22, 2014

Montpelier — After Gov. Peter Shumlin dropped his long-sought goal of a universal, publicly funded health care system this past week, key members of his health care team immediately got back to work picking up less ambitious pieces of the plan. Appearing Wednesday before reporters and two boards that had advised him, the second-term Democrat said there were steps the state can still …

Deer Take Down, Bears Up This Hunting Season

Monday, December 22, 2014

Concord — Hunters in New Hampshire killed fewer deer this season, but a robust bear population and a change in the way they’re hunted meant more success for people trying to bag one, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. In total, hunters bagged 11,464 deer during the fall season, down 8.6 percent from the 2013 total of 12,540, according to …

Study Examines Mentally Ill, Fitness

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lebanon — More research is confirming the benefits of a New Hampshire program that promotes physical fitness among people with serious mental illness. The In SHAPE program was started at Monadnock Family Services in 2003, and the state later won a federal grant to expand it to community …

Eye Care Centers See Year-End Flexible-Spending Frenzy

Monday, December 22, 2014

Concord — For years, it was like clockwork: On Dec. 31, Capital Vision Center would fill up with customers looking to make last-minute purchases before the new year, or risk losing the money they had set aside from their salaries. The store usually closes about 1 p.m. that …

Maine’s LePage Cuts Food Stamps for 6,500 Residents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Augusta, Maine — More than 6,000 Maine residents will lose their food stamps benefits next month under newly enforced rules that require some recipients to have a job, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration began in October to enforce …

Single-Payer Effort in Vt. Enters ‘Utility’ Phase

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The push for health care reform in Vermont entered a new phase last week, when Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he would abandon his attempt to design a system that used broad-based taxes and other public sources to …

Budget Will Dominate Next N.H. Session

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concord — The state budget will serve as the political battleground between Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, with state spending on universities, prisons and services for vulnerable populations at the center. Between a landmark mental health settlement and a loss in state …

Lyme Disease Hit Region Hard in 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Environmental factors and improved reporting methods led to another year of high Lyme disease totals in northern New England. Reported cases are expected to be on par with or even top recent records set in …

N.H. Court Rules For Convict

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago can present new DNA results to a court to determine if he should get a new trial, New Hampshire’s highest court ruled Friday. Robert Breest was convicted of killing Susan Randall in February …

Children’s Author and ‘Clifford’ Creator Dead at 86

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a …

Cops: Teen Killed Boy, Made False Report

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Berne, n.y. (ap) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy …

Report: Need Change in Vt. Child Safety

Friday, December 19, 2014

Williston, Vt. — A private assessment of how Vermont handles child protection cases released Thursday said workers need to be better trained and able to be more focused on their priorities by reducing workloads. The report by Casey Family Programs comes after the death of two toddlers who …