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Subzero Temps Can't Stop Boyfriend's Proposal

Josh Darnell proposed to Rachel Raske on side of freezing mountain

(Newser) - Extreme cold didn't get in the way of a heartwarming proposal on an icy mountainside, the AP reports. Josh Darnell, 31, dropped to his knee and popped the question after climbing to a scenic spot Thursday on Tuckerman's Ravine, on the southeastern side of New Hampshire's Mount... More »

Mechanic Finds Friendly Owl During Oil Change

They've named it Shazam

(Newser) - A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for a car owner in New Hampshire Friday. The police department in Salem says a mechanic popped the hood of a car and found an Eastern Screech owl sitting on the engine. The department said the car owner had... More »

She Likened Her Dogs to Art, Is Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Christina Fay of Wolfeboro, NH, to be sentenced within 30 days

(Newser) - Animal cruelty cases are always dismal. This one out of New Hampshire is also somewhat bizarre. Christina Fay of Wolfeboro was found guilty Tuesday on 10 animal cruelty charges related to the 84 Great Danes that were seized from her mansion in June. WMUR reports she ran a kennel called... More »

10 Safest, Least Safe Cities in America

Nashua, NH, comes in at No. 1; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is at the bottom of the list

(Newser) - When seeking a place to settle down, safety is usually at the top of home seekers' priority list. WalletHub scoured more than 180 cities nationwide, looking at natural-disaster risks, financial perils, and the safety of homes and communities in general. The site used nearly three dozen key safety indicators in... More »

College Paper Busts Open Story on Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Dartmouth has placed 3 psych professors on paid leave

(Newser) - Three Ivy League professors are on paid leave while multiple New Hampshire law-enforcement agencies investigate "serious" allegations of sexual misconduct against them, the Boston Globe reports. According to the New York Times , the professors are Bill Kelley, Todd Heatherton, and Paul Whalen of Dartmouth College's Department of Psychological... More »

5 Most, Least Religious US States

New Hampshire is where Americans are least religious, Mississippi the most

(Newser) - Being able to freely turn to whatever higher power one chooses (or none at all) is one of the principles America was founded on, but in some states, residents take their religion more seriously than others. A Pew Research Center survey from 2014 was placed under the 24/7 Wall St.... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Cops Say Woman Asked Wrong Man to Bump Off Her Son's Ex

The 'Boston Globe' travels to Plainfield, NH

(Newser) - She's "the sweetest woman in the town"—and a 5-foot-three 83-year-old woman allegedly wanted her dead. The Boston Globe travels to Plainfield, NH , to look at the case of Pauline Chase and her son, Maurice Temple , who are accused of conspiring to murder Temple's ex-wife, Jean... More »

Woman Laughed as She Gave Hitman Orders: Prosecutors

'Got a meat grinder?' she allegedly asked

(Newser) - An 83-year-old New Hampshire woman accused in a murder-for-hire plot involving her son's ex-wife is heard on recordings laughing and saying she wants her former daughter-in-law dead, reports the AP . During a hearing Monday, prosecutors played phone calls between Pauline Chase and a hitman. Chase and her son, 63-year-old... More »

Hiker Barely Survives Infection From Flesh-Eating Bacteria

The odds are 250,000 to 1 it gets this bad

(Newser) - A Florida man is recovering from a month-long battle with a typically ho-hum bacterium that very nearly killed him. Health officials say he contracted group A strep, the strep throat strain that can live in our throats and noses and the environment around us, but which is capable of advancing... More »

Lobsterman Makes 1 in 2 Million Catch

Greg Ward caught a rare blue lobster

(Newser) - A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster, the AP reports. The Portsmouth Herald reports Greg Ward initially thought he had snagged an albino lobster when he examined his catch off the coast Monday where New Hampshire borders Maine. The Rye lobsterman quickly... More »

Possession of Small Amount of Pot No Longer Criminal in NH

It's now a civil violation to possess less than three-quarters of an ounce of pot

(Newser) - New Hampshire has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining more than 20 states including all of New England in easing criminal penalties on pot, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed the bill that reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of... More »

Girl Dies Waterskiing When Wind-Blown Hat Distracts Dad

Zoe Anderson's father was trying to bring the boat around

(Newser) - A devastating incident out of New Hampshire, where a 12-year-old girl visiting from Colorado was killed while waterskiing on a lake Monday morning after a wind-blown hat distracted her dad. Zoe Anderson's father was driving the powerboat on Newfound Lake in Hebron, with her mom and 14-year-old sister also... More »

GOP Lawmaker Charged With Groping Teen

Rep. Eric Schleien faces misdemeanor sexual assault charges

(Newser) - A New Hampshire state lawmaker has been charged with sexually and physically assaulting a 16-year-old girl last year under the guise of discussing her interest in politics, the AP reports. Republican Rep. Eric Schleien has been charged with one misdemeanor count of sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of simple... More »

Need a Job? Here's Where You Need to Be

Washington is best state for jobs: WalletHub

(Newser) - Job prospects looking a bit gloomy? They might look a lot better after a move to Washington state. According to WalletHub , it's the best state in the country for jobs, based on 24 factors like employment growth, median annual income, and average commute time. The best and worst states... More »

NH Cops Aren't Buying This Guy's Pot Excuse

Selket Taylor told police who busted him that he 'only smokes in Mass.'

(Newser) - A New Hampshire police department has issued a public service announcement with an odd mug shot after a man was arrested with marijuana in his car. Hampstead police said in a release Monday, "as a public service announcement—it is illegal to possess recreational marijuana in New Hampshire, even... More »

5 Best and Worst States for Retirees

Thinking Florida? Think again

(Newser) - Think Florida is the ideal spot to retire? There are far better, according to Bankrate . The Sunshine State came in only at the No. 17 spot on Bankrate's list of the best states for retirees, based on cost of living, quality of health care, crime, weather, and other factors.... More »

New England Wants to Dump the Clock Change

Lawmakers contemplating ditching daylight saving switch, joining Atlantic Standard Time

(Newser) - New England really wants to get ahead—by one hour. The New York Times reports on the movement that's afoot in that region for some states to transition permanently to the Atlantic Standard Time zone, ignoring the changing of the clocks that takes place at the start and end... More »

Farm Posts Cute Baby Cow Video, Is Attacked by Internet

'I'm not sure how you get that much negativity out of a picture of a baby cow'

(Newser) - So much for sharing the good news about a newborn calf named Pitcher Diego. A New Hampshire farm that posted a video of the Scottish Highland calf is coming under fire from animal rights supporters who don't want the animal to be slaughtered, the AP reports. The video , posted... More »

A Car Crash, a Vanishing, Very Few Answers

Maura Murray's family is still searching for nursing student 13 years later

(Newser) - A mystery involving a missing 21-year-old New Hampshire woman is now entering its 14th year, but for the family of Maura Murray, the pain of each day is fresh. "It really isn't any better than it ever was," dad Fred Murray tells the Boston Globe , determined to... More »

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