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Missing Girl's Return Cloaked in Mystery

Abigail Hernandez case a rare one: expert

(Newser) - This week saw a missing girl safely returned to her family after nine months—but her disappearance in Conway, New Hampshire remains mysterious. Authorities are looking into the "facts and circumstances" that led to Abigail Hernandez going missing, Reuters reports. Police have released a sketch of the man said... More »

Marine Who Wanted to Wear Uniform at Graduation Is Killed

Brandon Garabrant dies in Afghanistan at age 19

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Marine who wasn't allowed to wear his uniform at high school graduation was killed this week in Afghanistan, Fox News reports. Brandon Garabrant, 19, died along with two other Marines when a roadside bomb went off. "He absolutely loved doing what he was doing," said... More »

Family of 5 Arrested in Amusement Park Brawl

... with police

(Newser) - A sentence that begins "A Vermont family goes to an amusement park" can end in any number of wholesome ways, and now this not-so-wholesome one: Five members of the Perry family are accused of brawling with police officers over a dispute involving knives on Monday, reports AP . The strange... More »

Top NH Cop Resigns After Calling Obama the N-Word

Robert Copeland has so far refused to apologize

(Newser) - A New Hampshire police commissioner has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Obama, a Wolfeboro town official said today. Robert Copeland, 82, resigned last night from the post to which he was re-elected in March, putting to rest a controversy that drew national attention and... More »

Top NH Cop Not Sorry for Calling Obama the N-Word

'He meets my criteria for such,' says commissioner

(Newser) - Amid calls for his resignation, a New Hampshire police commissioner is refusing to even apologize for using a racist slur to describe President Obama. After a resident of the small and almost entirely white town of Wolfeboro overheard Robert Copeland in a restaurant loudly using the n-word to describe the... More »

Activists Target Parking Meters, Putting Town 'on Edge'

Libertarians make waves with the Free Keene movement

(Newser) - Libertarians in the small city of Keene, New Hampshire, are expressing their anger—by pestering parking enforcement officers and feeding meters before $5 tickets can be written. To be fair, they have other ways (like distributing leaflets and pretending to drink alcohol at City Hall meetings), but tensions over parking... More »

US' 1st Openly Gay Bishop: I'm Getting a Divorce

Gene Robinson, husband were together for more than 25 years

(Newser) - Gene Robinson became the nation's first openly gay bishop in 2003, formed a civil union with his longtime partner, Mark Andrew, five years later, and eventually married him after New Hampshire legalized gay marriage. Now, he writes today in the Daily Beast , that marriage is ending after the couple'... More »

NH Cheaters Rejoice: Adultery May Soon Be Legal

State aims to repeal ban on cheating

(Newser) - Technically, it's a crime to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire, though the anti-adultery law hasn't been enforced in more than 10 years. But soon, you may only need to worry about the moral ramifications of stepping out on your husband or wife, not the potential legal... More »

Scott Brown Enters New Hampshire Senate Race

Former Massachusetts senator poised for official announcement

(Newser) - Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown is officially looking to head back to the Hill—this time representing New Hampshire. During a radio interview with New Hampshire's WGIR , Brown all but said he would run, Talk Radio News Service notes; News 9 has confirmed the news. Brown met with Senate... More »

Ball Bearing Plant Blast Injures 15

No fatalities expected after NH blast

(Newser) - An explosion yesterday rocked a small-town New Hampshire plant that manufactures ball bearings, shaking walls, shattering windows, and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman says none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Hazardous-materials teams responded after the blast at the New Hampshire Ball... More »

New Hampshire Makes a Little History on Marijuana

House becomes first legislative body to vote to legalize (but a veto awaits)

(Newser) - If the state House in New Hampshire had its way, residents would be able to legally indulge in a little recreational marijuana. The chamber voted 170-162 today in favor of legalizing up to 1 ounce of pot, reports the Concord Monitor . The measure also would make it legal to grow... More »

Firefighter Discovers Daughter Is Victim at Fatal Crash

Woman killed in New Hampshire on Christmas Eve

(Newser) - A New Hampshire volunteer firefighter arrived at the scene of a car crash on Christmas Eve, only to make a heartbreaking discovery. Steve Whitcomb, one of the first rescue workers on the scene of a three-car pileup, pulled a dying woman from an SUV and learned only later that it... More »

'Definition of Evil': Lab Tech Guilty of Infecting Patients

David Kwiatkowski gets 39 years for infecting people with hepatitis C

(Newser) - A hospital lab technician in New Hampshire was sentenced today to 39 years in prison for using syringes that later infected at least 46 people with hepatitis C, ABC News reports. David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted that he stole syringes intended for patients, injecting their anesthetic fentanyl into his arm and... More »

Sears Owner Defies Thanksgiving Order

The day is for family, she tells head office

(Newser) - If you want to go appliance shopping on Thanksgiving evening, forget about doing it at the Sears Hometown store in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Franchise owner Holly Cassiano says it only took a couple of seconds for her to decide to angrily reject the head office's order to open at... More »

Emotional Red Sox Fans Kiss Marathon Finish Line

Meanwhile, riots break out in New Hampshire, at UMass

(Newser) - Celebrations—and, occasionally, riots—broke out all over Red Sox Nation following last night's World Series win, the team's first at Fenway since 1918. But one gathering had particular poignancy: Many of the fans pouring out of Fenway made their way to the Boston Marathon finish line, bringing... More »

Own Handwriting Snares Hate Crime Suspect

NH man busted for racist graffiti on refugee homes

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man who allegedly scrawled racist graffiti on the homes of African refugees was busted after a hardworking detective went through hundreds of gun permits and other documents looking for a handwriting match. After the officer found striking similarities, including a distinctive "b," on one permit,... More »

No. 19: New Hampshire Legalizes Medical Marijuana

That makes all of New England

(Newser) - Smoking pot is now legal in all of New England—provided you have a doctor's permission. New Hampshire today became the last state in the region to approve, as Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official, reports the Union Leader . It joins 18 other states. Patients who qualify will be... More »

Heroin Use Soars in New England's Towns

It's 'our biggest problem right now': Vermont cop

(Newser) - Heroin is not just a city drug anymore: Its use is surging in the smaller communities of New England, the New York Times reports. Last year, 21 people died in Maine from the drug—three times as many as the year before. Over the course of a decade, New Hampshire'... More »

New Hampshire Finally Frees 14 Slaves

Move comes 234 years after request

(Newser) - Fourteen slaves who petitioned the New Hampshire Legislature for their freedom during the Revolutionary War were granted posthumous emancipation today when the governor signed a largely symbolic bill that supporters hope will encourage future generations to pursue social justice. Slaves who had fought in the war submitted a petition to... More »

Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Calls Out Sen. Ayotte

Erica Lafferty angry over senator's vote against background checks

(Newser) - Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has been taking flak for her vote against stronger background checks , especially because she was the only East Coast senator north of Virginia to do so. Today, at her first town hall meeting since that vote, Ayotte got an earful from the daughter of... More »

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