L/snow
-10°
L/snow
Hi 11° | Lo -15°

State / Region

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 …

Photographers Also Battle in N.H. Primary

Monday, February 1, 2016

Concord — Decades ago, the fierce competition to win the New Hampshire primary wasn’t limited to the presidential candidates. News photographers also fought to be first. In just over a week, voters in three tiny northern towns will cast their ballots at midnight, delivering the debut results of …

3 N.H. Towns Vote at Midnight

Monday, February 1, 2016

Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight. On Feb. 9, three tiny northern towns will share the spotlight when their residents cast the first ballots in the presidential primary: Hart’s Location Nestled in the middle …

Vt. Energy Project Foe Faces Criminal Probe

Monday, February 1, 2016

Montpelier — Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Now she is the target of a criminal investigation …

Site Where Salem’s ‘Witches’ Killed Is Next to a Walgreens

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The morning of June 10, 1692, started with a hanging. Bridget Bishop, a local woman convicted of witchcraft — though it’s more likely her only crimes were promiscuity (by Puritans’ strict standards) and a tendency to gossip — was escorted to a prominent spot near Salem, Mass. Her …

Pork Rinds, Scissors, Surplus Centers Have It

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concord — In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed …

Falling off the Federal Help Spectrum

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Who Will Be Affected?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jefferson City, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen. Here are some questions and …

A State-by-State Look at Work Waivers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The federal government ended statewide work waivers this year for certain adults receiving aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sometimes referred to as food stamps. In some cases, states were able to retain work waivers for certain …

Mass. Changes How It Approaches Drug Use

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boston — Jail time is out. Treatment is in. Spurred by a seemingly intractable opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of Massachusetts lives in recent years, political leaders have undergone a revolution in the way they view drug users. Even Gov. Charlie Baker — whose old Statehouse boss, …

Blizzard Ranks Fourth Among Worst in Northeast

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hagerstown, Md. — Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. The agency gave the storm a rating of 7.66 …