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In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Salvatore Emma Jr., president and CEO of Micron Products, displays Blunt Impact Projectiles, one ready for use, left, and another after being fired during a test at the factory in Fitchburg, Mass. The projectiles utilize new technology developed by the company to provide law enforcement with less-lethal ammunition engineered to cushion and displace the force of impact, designed to cause pain and discomfort but not serious injury. The technology is part of a push to find ways for law enforcement to be able to use force with non-deadly means. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Less-Lethal Weapons Get New Interest Amid Police Shootings

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fitchburg, Mass. — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. Police have long had what they considered “nonlethal” weapons at their disposal, including pepper spray, stun guns and beanbag …

Mass. Tosses Sex Offender Residency Law

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities with similar restrictions. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt …

N.H. Struggles to Expand Addiction Beds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — Roughly 40 people are waiting for drug addiction treatment at Serenity Place, a center in Manchester with just eight available beds. Serenity Place’s efforts to expand in recent years have been held up by non-responsive landlords and unfriendly neighbors. Now, an inability to comply with state licensing requirements needed to collect …

Accuser in St. Paul’s Rape Case Finishes Testimony on Stand

Friday, August 21, 2015

Concord — A teenage girl who accused a recent graduate of an elite prep school of raping her as part of a campus tradition of sexual conquest testified Thursday that she was traumatized and in shock when she …

Board Knew About Chief’s Investigation

Friday, August 21, 2015

Canterbury, n.h. — Canterbury officials knew about a sexual assault investigation into police Chief John LaRoche last fall and decided not to take action against him at that time, according to a new court document filed in the case. LaRoche, now 44, was arrested Aug. 4. He is …

FairPoint OKs Settlement Over Service Issues

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Montpelier — FairPoint Communications has agreed to a settlement with the state after a nine-month investigation of service quality. Under the agreement, the company will credit bills for 22,700 customers and invest in broadband service for 28,400 underserved Vermont customers. FairPoint also will accept $8.8 million in Connect …

St. Paul’s Accuser Details Encounter

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Concord — A 16-year-old former St. Paul’s School student recounted for jurors on Wednesday the night she alleges she was raped on campus by a popular upperclassman, describing in detail the pain and utter hopelessness she felt as …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Randolph Project Dismissal Denied Randolph — The District 3 Environmental Commission on Wednesday denied two environmental watchdogs’ request to dismiss an application for a large development near Exit 4 of Interstate 89. The Conservation Law Foundation and the …

Marquette University Names First James Foley Scholar

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Detroit — A high school graduate from the Detroit area has been named the first recipient of a scholarship named for journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria and later beheaded by Islamic State militants. Jake Zelinski, …

Vt. Divided Over Confidentiality in Child Abuse Cases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Montpelier — Attorney General Bill Sorrell said that limiting confidentiality around family court could improve transparency and accountability in the child protection system, but others are not convinced. Cases dealing with child abuse and neglect are typically handled behind closed doors, and the records are generally not available …

St. Paul’s Rape Trial Begins

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Concord — Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the trial of an elite prep school graduate charged with raping a freshman girl as part of a campus practice of sexual conquest told jurors on Tuesday that the case hinges …

Lobster Population Is Shifting North

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Portland, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic shift that scientists attribute in large part to the warming …

Northern Pass Reveals Route

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pittsfield, n.h. — Northern Pass officials unveiled a new project route Tuesday that buries an additional 52 miles of the transmission line under state roadways from Bethlehem, N.H., to Bridgewater, N.H., and takes the line beneath the White …