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Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls, former state Sen. Jim Rubens, left, and former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, right, listen as former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith speaks during a live radio debate Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 at WGIR in Manchester, N.H. New Hampshire's state primary is Sept. 9.(AP Photo/Jim Cole) (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

GOP Senate Hopefuls Argue Credentials

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concord — With primary rivals questioning his conservatism and consistency, Republican Scott Brown said Wednesday that he had been the most bipartisan U.S. senator with a record of accomplishments “second to none” during his three years in Washington. Brown, who represented Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013, is among 10 Republicans competing in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 primary for a chance …

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Marries His Nurse

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Boston — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D’Agostino seem to have found it. Sixteen months after the attack killed three people and injured more than 260, including Costello, he married D’Agostino, the nurse who helped him recover. The couple exchanged vows Aug. 23 …

U.S. Journalist Thankful For Work to Secure Freedom

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many “brave, determined and big-hearted” people were behind efforts to secure his release. But Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after 22 …

N.H. GOP Rivals for U.S. House Discuss Immigration in Debate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rindge, n.h. — Three Republican candidates for the state’s 2nd Congressional District debated at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, tackling issues including campaign advertising and national border security. The debate, the second in the university’s Monadnock Debates series, featured state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state Sen. Gary Lambert …

Women’s Prison Breaks Ground

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Concord — About 100 people, including Gov. Maggie Hassan and several state legislators, gathered yesterday behind the Concord state prison to mark a moment more than 20 years in the making: the groundbreaking for New Hampshire’s first permanent, …

Armored Vehicle Is Punchline in Keene

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Comedian John Oliver weighed in on Keene’s much-talked-about armored vehicle during a segment about the militarization of local police forces Sunday night. The BearCat was used as an example on Oliver’s weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight of how local police departments, like the ones …

Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boston — As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a …

Former U.S. Senator Dies; Moderate Served Over 30 Years

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Montpelier — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, …

Beautiful, Bizarre Burying Beetles Act as Nature’s Undertakers

Monday, August 18, 2014

I don’t often shake down my cat for a dead mouse, but I did think it was fair, considering that he is always shaking me down for his cat food. I wasn’t going to eat his mouse. I …

Historic Maine Lighthouse Sold

Monday, August 18, 2014

Portland, Maine — The federal government on Sunday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine’s …

Vermont Lawmakers Grapple With Aging Prison Facilities

Monday, August 18, 2014

Montpelier — With Vermont’s prison facilities aging, lawmakers are beginning to grapple with whether to build new or patch up the old. The state Department of Buildings and General Services shared data with a legislative committee this past week on the maintenance costs of all eight Vermont correctional …

Attica Whistleblower Pursues Full Disclosure

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weston, Vt. — The whistleblower who spurred a state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. Ex-prosecutor Malcolm Bell, now 82 and retired to the Green Mountains of Vermont, recently filed papers in support of opening long-sealed investigation volumes about …

New Court Planned Near VA

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — New Hampshire’s first court dedicated to helping veterans charged with crimes won’t be its last. Veterans’ advocates and health care providers will meet this month to begin planning a similar court for Grafton County, located …