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First lawsuit alleging abuse at a NH youth center is going to trial; there are 1,000 more to come
04-09-2024 2:59 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD — It started with three words: “They raped me.”David Meehan’s disclosure to his wife seven years ago set into motion an unprecedented criminal investigation into New Hampshire’s state-run youth detention center, which was built in the 1850s as...

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Suspect arrested in arson at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office
04-09-2024 11:55 AM

By LISA RATHKE

The man charged with setting a fire outside the Vermont office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders had been staying at an area hotel for nearly two months and was spotted outside Sanders’ office the day before and the day of the fire, according to court...


East Coast earthquake felt in Upper Valley
04-05-2024 5:00 PM

By JENNIFER PELTZ and MIKE CATALINI

An earthquake shook the densely populated New York City metropolitan area Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with residents across the Northeast reporting rumbling in a region where people are unaccustomed to feeling the ground...


April nor’easter with heavy, wet snow bears down on Northeast
04-04-2024 4:34 PM

By DAVE COLLINS

A major spring storm brought heavy snow, rain and high winds to the Northeast into Thursday, downing trees and power lines and leaving nearly 700,000 homes and businesses without power. A woman was reported killed by a falling tree in a New York City...


Van Ostern seeks Democratic nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District
03-28-2024 5:32 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD — A Democrat who managed U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster’s first campaign announced his candidacy to succeed her Thursday in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.Former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern said Thursday he is running “to make our government...


New Hampshire Senate passes bill to expand scope of youth detention center victim settlements
03-22-2024 10:11 AM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday passed legislation to greatly expand the scope of the out-of-court settlement process to compensate victims of abuse at the state’s youth detention center.The state faces about 1,200 lawsuits alleging...


NH judge rules missing 5-year-old girl legally dead weeks after father convicted of killing her
03-12-2024 1:37 PM

By KATHY McCORMACK

CONCORD — A judge has ruled that a 5-year-old New Hampshire girl missing since 2019 is legally dead and her mother can become administrator of her estate, just weeks after the child’s father was convicted of killing her.Crystal Sorey “has carried her...


Scott signs school funding bill but says it won’t solve Vermont’s property tax problem
02-23-2024 4:58 PM

By LISA RATHKE

Vermont schools can now postpone their March school budget votes and rewrite their spending plans after Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Thursday aimed at addressing soaring property tax increases, largely driven by rising...


New Hampshire primary: Magician says political consultant hired him to create AI robocall
02-23-2024 4:36 PM

By HOLLY RAMER and KEVIN McGILL

CONCORD — A New Orleans magician said Friday that a Democratic consultant who worked for Dean Phillips’ presidential campaign hired him to create the audio for what authorities have said may be the first known attempt to use artificial intelligence to...


Judge behind Bible-quoting embryo ruling graduated from Dartmouth
02-23-2024 4:34 PM

By PETER SMITH and TIFFANY STANLEY

When the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are considered children under state law, its chief justice had a higher authority in mind.By citing verses from the Bible and Christian theologians in his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Tom...


NH considers greatly expanding scope of settlement fund for youth center abuse victims
02-21-2024 9:40 AM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD — Lawyers representing 1,400 men and woman who allege they were abused as children at New Hampshire’s youth detention centers said Tuesday they will recommend the state’s out-of-court settlement option for most of their clients if lawmakers...


NH hiker describes 11-hour ordeal on Mount Washington, admits he was ‘underprepared’
02-21-2024 9:20 AM

By NICK PERRY

MEREDITH, New Hampshire — As temperatures plunged on Mount Washington and ferocious winds made it near impossible to see, hiker Cole Matthes began to drift away from the trail. Then he hit a patch of snow-covered ice and slid hundreds of feet down a...


NH lawmakers approve sending 15 National Guard members to border with Mexico
02-16-2024 1:15 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD — New Hampshire lawmakers approved Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s request Friday to send 15 National Guard volunteers to the Texas border with Mexico after he called fentanyl the state’s most serious health crisis.Along with a dozen other...


NH Senate votes to move state primary from September to June; House wants August
02-08-2024 1:48 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD — Both the New Hampshire House and Senate agree that the short window between the primary and general election for state and local offices should be widened, but they have different dates in mind.In contrast to its first-in-the-nation...


Authorities target two Texas firms in probe of AI-generated robocalls before New Hampshire's primary
02-06-2024 5:50 PM

By HOLLY RAMER and ALI SWENSON

CONCORD — Authorities issued cease-and-desist orders Tuesday against two Texas companies they believe were connected to robocalls that used artificial intelligence to mimic President Joe Biden’s voice and discourage people from voting in New...


Upper Valley results for the 2024 New Hampshire presidential primary
01-24-2024 5:48 PM

WASHINGTON — More people cast votes in Tuesday’s contest between former President Donald Trump and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley than in any previous presidential primary of either party in New Hampshire’s history.As of the latest vote tally on...


NH gives Trump second win
01-23-2024 9:57 PM

By HOLLY RAMER, JILL COLVIN and WILL WEISSERT

MANCHESTER — Former President Donald Trump easily won New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday, seizing command of the race for the Republican nomination and making a November rematch against President Joe Biden feel all the more inevitable.The result was a...


Bogus robocall impersonates Biden in an apparent attempt to suppress votes in New Hampshire
01-22-2024 3:08 PM

By ALI SWENSON and WILL WEISSERT

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office on Monday said it was investigating reports of an apparent robocall that used artificial intelligence to mimic President Joe Biden’s voice and discourage voters in the state from coming to the polls during...


In echo of birther tropes, Trump mocks Haley’s name, questions her eligibility
01-19-2024 5:41 PM

By BILL BARROW

ATLANTA — Donald Trump used his social media platform Friday to mock Nikki Haley’s birth name, the latest example of the former president keying on race and ethnicity to attack people of color, especially his political rivals.In a post on his Truth...


Experienced hiker dies in solo trek in blinding, waist-deep snow in NH mountains
01-19-2024 2:32 PM

By NICK PERRY and KATHY McCORMACK

THORNTON, N.H. — An experienced hiker who had accomplished the “Triple Crown” of challenging cross-country trails died in New Hampshire’s White Mountains during a solo hike in brutal conditions, including single-digit temperatures, harsh winds and...


Trump, blending legal battles and campaign, tops long day in court with rambling NH rally
01-18-2024 8:21 AM

By MICHELLE L. PRICE

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Dan Steele knows what a long day in court is like. So he was extra appreciative on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump journeyed to New Hampshire after spending the day in a New York courtroom, where he sat defiantly during...

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