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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 »

NH Republican Calls Women 'Vaginas' in Email

Fellow Republicans condemn Peter Hansen's remarks as 'shameful'

(Newser) - New Hampshire state Rep. Peter Hansen is in hot water for referring to women as "vaginas" in an email sent on the state legislature's internal listserv early this month, the Huffington Post reports. Following a colleague's speech on a "stand your ground" gun bill, Hansen offered... More »

Hostage-Taker at Clinton Office Caught After Escape

Leeland Eisenberg had walked away from halfway house

(Newser) - The New Hampshire man who held six people hostage during a standoff at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in 2007 was captured today after walking away from a halfway house, the AP reports. Police found Leeland Eisenberg, 52, at a resource center looking over job applications. Officers took him to... More »

NH Lawmaker Apologizes for Domestic Abuse Comments

Said some people like those relationships

(Newser) - A New Hampshire state lawmaker is taking his turn in the spotlight for uttering a comment seen as insensitive, uninformed, or a combination of the two. Referring to a bill that would reduce the penalty in certain assault cases, Republican Mark Warden said this yesterday, reports the Concord Monitor :
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Rwandan Woman Loses US Citizenship Over Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi lied over her family's role, says New Hampshire jury

(Newser) - A small window into the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has played out in a New Hampshire courtroom, resulting in the loss of US citizenship for a woman who came here after the massacre. A jury ruled that Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, covered up the role she and her family played in... More »

In New Hampshire, Women Rule

All top leaders are female, highlighting a big night for political women

(Newser) - Female candidates fared well across the country yesterday, but perhaps nowhere better than in New Hampshire. As the Union Leader points out, all the state's top political jobs will soon belong to women for the first time: Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, and congresswomen... More »

GOP Now Holds 30 Governor's Mansions

Republicans flip NC; races in Montana, Washington not yet called

(Newser) - It's not all bad news for the GOP: Republicans now have control of 30 governor's offices, the highest number controlled by either party since 2000 and close to the party's all-time high of 34 seats. There were 11 gubernatorial elections yesterday, and all but two have been... More »

In 1st Town to Vote: Obama, 5; Romney, 5

Split result a 1st for Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

(Newser) - The result from one of the first two towns in America to vote suggests the election will be very close indeed. President Obama and Mitt Romney got five votes apiece in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, reports USA Today . This is the first tie in the history of the tiny town,... More »

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