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In this Friday, Feb 5, 2016 photo provided by the Newport Recreation Department, queen contestants participate in the torch lighting during the opening ceremony of the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport N.H.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, launched a protest against one of the carnival events billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice," but withdrew it after learning there's no pig in the act. The event will feature a man dressed in a pig costume, being chased by kids on ice skates on the town common. (Beth Rexford/Newport Recreation Department via AP)

PETA Calls Off Dogs Over ‘Greased Pig’ at Newport Festival

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Newport — An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a Newport Winter Carnival event billed as a “Greased Pig on Ice,” but withdrew it after learning there’s no pig in the act — just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail. Steve Smith, an organizer of the 100th Newport Winter …

New Uses for Campaign Signs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Durham — The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently. For the past four years, University of New Hampshire professor Therese Willkomm has been seeking donations of discarded campaign signs for use in …

N.H. Town Returns Surplus Grenade Launcher as Lawmakers Look to Limit What Departments Accept

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to local police departments. On Jan. 13, the Meredith Police Department mailed the grenade launcher back …

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lake Champlain Fish to Be Tested for Pollution Toxins Burlington — The Lake Champlain Basin Program has announced that it plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury and toxins produced by cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. The basin program said it will test for …

Travelers Warned to Be Cautious in Wake of Zika

Monday, February 8, 2016

As more countries report cases, concern over the Zika virus has been growing. The primary worry is the effect the virus has on the fetuses of pregnant women who are bitten by mosquitoes that carry the virus. Officials in the United States expect some mosquitoes in this country …

This Isn’t JFK’s School Desk

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the …

Primary Focus: Capturing the Candidates on Their Upper Valley Swing Since 1952

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Long before television live shots and satellite trucks, before campaign trackers and YouTube posts, before smartphones and selfies, still photographers were the main source of images from the campaign trail. As it turns out, the Valley News was …

Casinos Woo Millennials

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston — Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions to attract a younger clientele. In New England, where …

Newport Carnival Doesn’t Need Snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Newport — Residents of Newport are launching their 100th annual winter carnival with a tribute to its roots and a grudging acceptance that climate change can wreak havoc with the schedule of events. Organizers believe it’s the oldest …

Vt. Restricts Access to Guns For Violent Domestic Abusers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Montpelier — The need to protect potential victims in domestic violence cases helped lead the Vermont Legislature, which traditionally has been reluctant to restrict gun ownership, to take first steps toward making it harder for people with violent histories to get firearms. During the past two years, the …

Southern New England Digs Out

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston (ap) — Southern New England is digging out from its first big snowfall of the season that dumped more than a foot in some places and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, as forecasters eye another potential winter storm early this week. The …

Voters Prep for Turn in Spotlight

Saturday, February 6, 2016

West Lebanon — In accordance with a newly implemented piece of a 2012 voter identification law, New Hampshire voters on Tuesday can expect to be asked to present a photo ID to election officials before casting a ballot. …

Parts of New England See Season’s First Significant Snowfall

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Boston — A winter storm packing heavy, wet snow gave New England its first real taste of winter Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers and threatening to cover some spots a foot …