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NH Couple's Game of Monopoly Ends in Arrest

Alyssa Ferraro slapped her boyfriend: cops

(Newser) - Let the "get out of jail free" jokes commence. A 21-year-old woman in Hooksett, NH, was arrested Sunday on domestic violence charges related to simple assault—all reportedly over a game of Monopoly. She told police she started fighting with her boyfriend while they were playing the board game... More »

Pumpkin Festival Gets Ugly in New Hampshire

Riot police respond to Keene incidents

(Newser) - The annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, got a bit out of hand yesterday. It seems that students at nearby Keene State College threw an afternoon party celebrating the festival, and after brawls at that gathering, another throng congregated in the same part of town—near both the college... More »

New Hampshire Town Sees First Homicide Ever

Fremont had gone 250 years

(Newser) - Fremont, New Hampshire, is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, and it just acquired an unfortunate milestone: its first murder. Police found the body of a woman in her home yesterday, then discovered the man believed to have killed her in a truck nearby, dead from an apparent suicide, reports... More »

2 Toddlers Hospitalized After Bouncy House Goes Flying

2-year-old in critical condition

(Newser) - Two children, ages two and three, have been hospitalized after a bouncy house got picked up by the wind and carried them 60 feet through the air, WCVB reports. The younger of the boys is critically hurt; the other appears to be recovering. The kids entered the inflatable structure before... More »

Multistate Senator? Scott Brown Wins NH Primary

Republican will face Jeanne Shaheen this fall

(Newser) - Scott Brown is on the road to becoming the first person since the 19th century to have represented more than one state in the Senate. The former Massachusetts senator comfortably won the Republican primary in New Hampshire yesterday, the AP reports, and will face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen this fall... More »

James Foley Honored With Hometown Mass

Slain journalist opened our eyes, bishop says

(Newser) - Hundreds of people packed a church in Rochester, New Hampshire, yesterday to honor murdered journalist James Foley at a mass in his hometown. At the Catholic church they attend, Foley's parents received a standing ovation after giving thanks for all the support they had received, reports the Wall Street ... More »

JD Salinger's Former Home Yours for $679K

First place he bought in Cornish, NH, is on the market

(Newser) - For $679,000, you can live where one of the great American writers spent his days. The former New Hampshire home of JD Salinger, who died in 2010 , is up for sale in Cornish, featuring four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 12 acres, Bloomberg reports.Salinger moved to the 2,900-square-foot... More »

Girl Missing 9 Months Had 'Horrific' Experience: Lawyer

Abigail Hernandez's family releases statement

(Newser) - The survival of Abigail Hernandez through a "horrific" nine-month abduction is being called a miracle by her family. "For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," one of her lawyers says in a new statement on behalf of the family. "Through her faith, fortitude,... More »

Fisherman Catches, Donates Bizarre Lobster

New Hampshire 'calico' is a rarity

(Newser) - A New Hampshire fisherman caught an extremely rare lobster, though the creature gets to live out its days at an aquarium rather than ending up as somebody's dinner. Josiah Beringer tells Seacoast Online that he found the calico lobster—it's bright orange, with dark blue spots—in a... More »

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 »

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