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Cory Booker Tests Voters: 'Love Is Not a Soft Word'

The New Jersey senator may already be stumping for 2020

(Newser) - Sen. Cory Booker tested the political waters Saturday for a possible presidential run, displaying his warm and inclusive style in New Hampshire—at a time when many Dems are feeling combative, the New York Times reports. "This country has enough hate, enough bigotry, enough anti-Semitism," he tells a... More »

NH Family Was Sent Odd Riddles Demanding $250K

The owners of the Rickety Ranch in Hollis, NH, have had a tough 2 years

(Newser) - If the Rickety Ranch sounds to you like the name of a place that might appear on a TV show, you're right in one respect: There's plenty of drama going on around it. Officials say the Hollis, NH, farm has been on the receiving end of a bizarre... More »

5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Bernie Sanders' Son Finishes 7th in Primary

His father doesn't believe in 'dynastic politics'

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders declined to endorse his only son in his run for Congress, saying he doesn't believe in "dynastic politics"—and it appears voters in New Hampshire don't, either. Levi Sanders fell a long way short in his bid to replace retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in... More »

A Seagull Stole His Burger. His Reaction Got Him a $124 Fine

Nate Rancloes says his aim wasn't to injure the bird—he just wanted to shoo it away

(Newser) - A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124. Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer, the AP reports. Per NH1 , Nate Rancloes says he'd just returned from getting a... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Guy Charged After Getting a Little Too Buff at Gym

Eric Stagno accused of taking off all his clothes at New Hampshire Planet Fitness, doing yoga

(Newser) - It's OK to want to get buff—just not in the buff in public, reports the AP . A Massachusetts man recently discovered that while trying to do a little yoga at a New Hampshire Planet Fitness. Police tell NECN that 34-year-old Eric Stagno apparently wanted to test the chain'... More »

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Hurt After Finding Bear in Kitchen

Black bear reportedly entered through screen door

(Newser) - A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman received a start and a nasty whack Tuesday when she found a black bear trapped in her kitchen in Groton. Apryl Rogers, who is bound to a wheelchair, suffered cuts to her head and neck when she accidentally cornered the bear, but she was able... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

Bernie Sanders Is 'Proud' of Son, Won't Endorse Him

Levi Sanders' campaign for NH congressional seat could use the boost, too

(Newser) - If anyone can get Bernie Sanders' endorsement, it should be his son. But per Axios , Levi Sanders, who's running for a seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, hasn't received an official thumbs-up. The elder Sanders' rationale for the political cold shoulder: He doesn't believe in... More »

Roommate Allegedly Helped Teen Practice His Suicide

Parker Hogan then waited nearby to hear fatal bullet, police say

(Newser) - "He loved helping his friends. He was always there for people if they needed him," Jennifer Phelps says of her son, Michael Buskey. It was help 19-year-old Buskey allegedly received, however, that has led to unusual charges in his death earlier this month, per the AP . According to... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Can Remain Anonymous

Judge rules in Jane Doe's favor

(Newser) - A judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown, the AP reports. Judge Charles Temple noted that the case's resolution rested on application of the state's Right-to-Know law, which governs... More »

Still Trying to Keep Name Quiet, Lotto Winner Gets Her Dough

Judge may still decide to release NH woman's name

(Newser) - A lucky lottery winner has managed to claim a $560 million Powerball jackpot anonymously, though she might not be so lucky for long. The New Hampshire woman identified as "Jane Doe," who only learned she could claim the winnings anonymously through a trust after she'd already signed... More »

This State Has the Best Quality of Life

And California has the worst

(Newser) - When it comes to quality of life, studies have shown that a feeling of social connectedness is one of the most important factors. "The number one indicator of success in life and having a fulfilling, satisfying life is the quality of your relationships," says one sociology professor. "... More »

Bernie Sanders' Son Is Running for Congress

Levi Sanders aims for office in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' son is running for Congress in New Hampshire. Levi Sanders is joining seven fellow Democrats and three Republicans in this year's race for the 1st Congressional District. The 48-year-old Sanders has lived in New Hampshire for 15 years. He actually lives in Claremont, in the 2nd Congressional... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Fights to Reverse 'Huge Mistake'

Lawyers say she's already being targeted by scammers

(Newser) - The mystery New Hampshire woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot still has a privacy problem—but there's no shortage of people offering to help. Lawyers for "Jane Doe," who wants to collect the prize anonymously but made the "huge mistake" of signing the ticket... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Made a 'Huge Mistake'

NH woman has yet to claim prize over privacy concerns after she signed the back of the ticket

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman found out she was the winner of the $559.7 million Powerball grand prize drawn on Jan. 6. Then she made a "huge mistake." Following instructions on the state lottery website , she signed the back of the ticket, which seemed like a no-brainer. But... More »

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 »

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