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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 …

FairPoint Phone Disruptions Continue

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Middlesex, Vt. — December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes’ phone has been silent for a week. He’s one of an unknown number of …

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist …

FBI’s Boston Office Warns of Corruption in New England Casino Industry

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Boston — The head of the FBI’s Boston office said Monday he’s concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption and financial and organized crime. Special Agent Vincent Lisi, whose office covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said the industry’s …

Studies: Progesterone Fails to Help Brain Injuries

Monday, December 15, 2014

Giving people with fresh traumatic brain injuries the hormone progesterone does no good, two major studies have found. The results dash some high hopes for treating a problem that hits millions each year, from combat troops to car crash victims. Brain injuries account for more than 2 million …

Monday, December 15, 2014

Concord — Despite divided control in the Legislature, lawmakers came together in 2014 to expand Medicaid and fund road and bridge repairs. They voted against legalizing a casino and repealing the death penalty, two long-debate issues that seemed ripe for passage. Republicans and Democrats point to the session …

Vt. Remains Pleased With FairPoint

Monday, December 15, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s statewide 911 chief has no regrets about signing an $11 million contract with FairPoint Communications to build the state’s next-generation emergency calling system less than three weeks before problems on FairPoint’s network knocked out much of the current 911 system for more than five hours. …

Lobster Catch Down, Prices Up in 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say. Maine’s lobster fishery, the largest in the country, topped …

Hard Year Ahead for Vt. House Dems

Monday, December 15, 2014

Montpelier — House Democrats convened for their annual December caucus Saturday and party leaders say the Legislature will face some tough choices next year. House and Senate Democrats saw their numbers diminished in the November election. And while Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., appears to have clawed out a …

Search Continues for Elusive Vermont Dog

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Montpelier — Rotisserie chicken, bacon, dog toys, more than a dozen volunteers and even a psychic have not been enough to find Murphy, an elusive golden retriever whose owner’s five-month search for the beloved animal has captivated one …

Jim Kenyon: A Model Vermont Prisoner

Sunday, December 14, 2014

At 19, Sam Ramsey is one of Vermont’s youngest prison inmates. Fewer than 1 in 20 are under age 21. He’s also one of the few offenders behind bars who hasn’t been convicted of a felony, the most serious crimes that carry the stiffest penalties. Nine out of …