New Hampshire

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Water Park Owner Gives Up After 17 Days Chained to Water Slide

Kevin Dumont couldn't save park from being auctioned

(Newser) - The owner of a New Hampshire water park who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior. Kevin Dumont climbed the slide at Liquid Planet on... More »

After Dog's Death, Group Wants Ban on Shooting Pets

Bruno's owner 'put him down' with a gun, was not charged

(Newser) - New Hampshire animal rights activists outraged over the "emergency euthanasia" of a dog named Bruno earlier this year face an uphill battle to have the practice of shooting old, sick, or dangerous pets outlawed, the AP reports. New Hampshire is one of 27 states with no laws against it,... More »

SCOTUS Not Interested in Planned Parenthood Case

High court rejects NH anti-abortion group's push for docs related to gov't grant

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the Health and Human Services Department to withhold some... More »

Pardon Highly Unlikely for Prep School Sex Convict

Owen Labrie will be sentenced this week

(Newser) - The recent graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman is unlikely to avoid having to register as a sex offender for life given the history of pardons and commutations in the Granite State. Twenty-year-old Owen Labrie of Tunbridge, Vt., will... More »

After Violence, Venue Change, Jack-o-Lantern Fest Fizzles

New Hampshire's onetime record-breaking festival hits less than a third its goal

(Newser) - A pumpkin festival failed to scare up a world record for jack-o-lanterns. The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia was trying to break the record of more than 30,500 lit jack-o-lanterns. It came up far short Saturday, with only 9,567 pumpkins. The festival was previously held in Keene.... More »

Lost Emu Recognizes Owner—in Another State

Beatrice went missing in Vermont, was found in New Hampshire

(Newser) - An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been reunited with its owner and returned home to Vermont, perhaps after recognizing the man's jacket. The Concord Monitor reports Kermit Blackwood figured it was a long shot that the emu loose in New... More »

Clinton Falling Behind in 'Critical' New Hampshire

New poll gives Bernie Sanders 16-point lead

(Newser) - Things aren't looking good for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a state seen as "vital" for the success of her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Wall Street Journal reports. A new CNN poll puts Bernie Sanders 16 points ahead of Clinton in the first Democratic primary... More »

Guy Sets Car on Fire to Save It From Tow: Cops

New Hampshire man's alleged plan didn't turn out so hot

(Newser) - No one wants their car towed, but Shad Badeau really didn't want his car towed, police say. The 40-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested Sunday evening after cops in Manchester say he approached a tow truck that had been called to take away an illegally parked vehicle—his own—... More »

Alleged Teen Rapist: 'Divine Inspiration' Stopped Me

NH detective says Owen Labrie told her 'he had a moment of self-restraint'

(Newser) - The rape trial of former prep-school student Owen Labrie continued in New Hampshire yesterday, and a Concord police detective took the stand to testify about her interactions with the 19-year-old when she questioned him about the alleged May 2014 assault on a 15-year-old freshman, the AP reports. "He was... More »

Alleged Victim on Prep School Rape: 'I Felt Frozen'

'I didn't want to offend him,' she said on the stand

(Newser) - Disturbing details of the alleged rape gripping St. Paul's School were laid out yesterday in the second day of Owen Labrie's trial in Concord, NH. The alleged victim, then 15, says she initially declined to meet Labrie, then 18, on the roof of a campus building as part... More »

Accused Rapist Spills on Prep School's Sexual Conquest Rite

Older students take 'great pride' in stealing younger ones' virginity: ex-prefect

(Newser) - St. Paul's School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate, and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest in which graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before getting... More »

Dad Died Trying to Save Daughter in Circus Disaster

NH investigation focuses on tent permits

(Newser) - The two people killed in Monday's circus tent collapse in New Hampshire have been identified as a Vermont father and his young daughter—and from what investigators say, it sounds as if their deaths could have been prevented. New Hampshire Fire Marshal William Degnan says Robert Young, 41, and... More »

2 Killed in NH Circus Tent Collapse

More than 20 others injured as severe storm hits

(Newser) - A man and a girl were killed and at least 22 people were injured yesterday when a severe storm blew down a circus tent in northern New Hampshire, officials say. The accident happened around 5:30pm as the first of two scheduled Walker Brothers Circus shows was getting underway at... More »

NH Now Giving Babies Lifetime Hunt-Fish Licenses

Daylen Brickley's mom, grandparents want him to carry on family tradition

(Newser) - New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department is now offering "the best baby gift ever for the outdoors family!"—and 6-month-old Daylen Brickley is the first infant recipient, the AP reports. Thanks to a new state program launched last week, little Daylen now holds a lifetime hunting... More »

Graduation Morphs Into a Taylor Swift Flash Mob

NH valedictorian Colin Yost leads surprise senior jam to 'Shake It Off'

(Newser) - Parents who thought they were going to have to sit through a boring graduation in a stuffy gym got anything but at Portsmouth High School on Friday. Colin Yost, the valedictorian for the New Hampshire school's senior class, decided he wanted to shake things up—and off—during his... More »

Hoax Election Email Brings Felony Charges

New Hampshire man said candidate had dropped from race

(Newser) - A few days before a special election for a New Hampshire House seat, reporters received an official-looking news release via email informing them that one of the candidates was dropping out. This turned out to be news to the candidate herself, who was doing no such thing. Now a 28-year-old... More »

NH Lawmakers Mock, Reject 4th-Graders' Bill

One rep linked state bird bill to Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - A group of fourth-grade students taken to the New Hampshire State House to watch a vote on a bill they proposed ended up getting an excellent lesson in politics last week—but it certainly wasn't an inspiring one. The Lincoln Akerman School students were present as lawmakers criticized and... More »

Guess Who's Mulling a Run for President Again

'I am the only one who can make America truly great again,' Donald Trump says

(Newser) - Last we heard from Donald Trump he was embroiled in battle with a "malicious" Florida airport, but it appears he's now set his sights on a loftier goal: considering a 2016 POTUS run, the AP reports. Trump, who has hinted at running in the past, announced today that... More »

Little Girl to Ted Cruz: 'The World Is on Fire?'

Texas senator's remarks surprise child in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Ted Cruz sure got a little girl's attention in New Hampshire yesterday when he claimed that the world was on fire—and repeated his point when she asked about it, the Concord Monitor reports. Speaking to more than 100 people at a turbomachinery company, the Texas Republican was typically... More »

Man, 101, Gets Paid to Eat Breakfast

Age-based birthday discount becomes a refund

(Newser) - If you live long enough, the Belmont Restaurant in Manchester, NH, will end up paying you to eat breakfast, 101-year-old Joseph Nelson discovered on Monday. The restaurant gives customers celebrating their birthdays a discount based on their age, meaning the World War II vet, who would have eaten for free... More »

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