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Pamela Smart Seeks Freedom 31 Years After Husband's Death
Pamela Smart's Latest
Bid for Release Rejected
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Pamela Smart's Latest Bid for Release Rejected

NH council voted 5-0 against granting her a commutation hearing

(Newser) - Update: New Hampshire's Executive Council has unanimously rejected Pamela Smart's request for a commutation hearing, 32 years after she recruited her 15-year-old lover to kill husband Gregg Smart, the AP reports. Smart, 54, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Associate Attorney General Jeff Strelzin...

His Mission: Don't Let 'Those Who Kill Turn Us Into Killers'

New Hampshire Democrat Rep. Renny Cushing dies at 69

(Newser) - "Being a survivor of a homicide victim has a pain for which there aren’t any words," said Robert "Renny" Cushing during a 2019 discussion with the Death Penalty Information Center. Earlier that year, New Hampshire became the 21st state to outlaw capital punishment, after its House...

Attempt to Secede From US Falls Short in State House

Small group of Libertarian Republicans wants a 'national divorce'

(Newser) - The nation will hold at 50 states for now, after New Hampshire legislators voted down a constitutional amendment calling for the state to secede. Lawmakers said it was the first secession vote held in any US legislature since the Civil War era, WMUR reports. The measure would have sent voters...

Cops: Man Broke Into Model's Home, Filmed Her as She Slept

Investigators say Mauricio Damian Guerrero hid in New Hampshire woman's attic

(Newser) - A man obsessed with a model he had contacted on the OnlyFans adult website appears to have spent a significant amount of time hiding in her attic, investigators say. Pennsylvania man Mauricio Damian Guerrero, 20, was arrested last month after the woman reported seeing somebody standing in the hallway of...

After COVID and 2-Month Wait, Emotional Reunion for Mom, Infant

'I got to finally see my baby that I was waiting for so long to see,' says NH's Macenzee Keller

(Newser) - After giving birth, most new moms can't wait to see their child. For Macenzee Keller, it would take more than two months, as she fought for her life against COVID-19 while under sedation and breathing with the help of machines. Mother and child were reunited on Feb. 3 when...

Boat Launched by New Hampshire Kids Lands in Norway

It was found by a sixth grader

(Newser) - A small boat launched in October 2020 by some New Hampshire middle school students and containing photos, fall leaves, acorns, and state quarters has been found 462 days later—by a sixth grader in Norway. The 6-foot-long Rye Riptides, decorated with artwork from the kids and equipped with a tracking...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States
This State Is
America's Smartest

This State Is America's Smartest

Massachusetts is most educated, per WalletHub ranking; West Virginia is least

(Newser) - Schools have taken a big hit during the pandemic, with continual disruptions to in-person learning in elementary and secondary schools and colleges across the nation. Still, as WalletHub notes, "amid these struggles, some states are able to provide safe, quality education more than others." To find out which...

FBI Warns of 'Route 91 Bandit': 'We Need to Put a Stop to This'

$10K reward for perp who's hit nearly a dozen banks along New England interstate

(Newser) - His disguise is no more elaborate than a coronavirus-preventing face mask (usually not worn properly, hanging underneath his nose), but the man dubbed the "Route 91 Bandit" has still managed to pull off nearly a dozen bank robberies throughout New England over the past several months. Now, the FBI...

She Won an $8K Vacation on Price Is Right. One Problem

Catherine Graham of Massachusetts won a fabulous trip to ... New Hampshire

(Newser) - For a recent winner on The Price Is Right, "the price was right, but the prize was all wrong." That's how CBS Boston frames Catherine Graham's win that aired Feb. 1, when she claimed a nearly $8,000 vacation to New Hampshire by correctly guessing its...

Mail Carrier Glad She Followed Her 'Gut Feeling' at One Home

Kayla Berridge credited with saving elderly NH woman after noticing overflowing mailbox

(Newser) - Kayla Berridge is the kind of carrier you want delivering your mail: one who makes sure you get what you're supposed to, as well as who listens to that nagging voice in their head when something doesn't seem right. WMUR reports that's exactly what Berridge did as...

10 Best, Worst States to Retire In
This Is the Best
State for Retirees

This Is the Best State for Retirees

Surprise! Florida comes in at No. 1 in WalletHub rankings

(Newser) - Figuring out what to do once you retire can be a challenge, including where you put down roots to ride out your golden years. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics across all 50 states, in three main categories: affordability, which looks at everything from the cost of living and...

Here Are the Best, Worst States to Raise a Family

Massachusetts ranks highest in WalletHub's rankings, Mississippi comes in at the bottom

(Newser) - Finding the best place to settle down and raise a family can prove a tough choice, with different levels of import placed on the various factors in play, depending on who's being asked. WalletHub looked at more than four dozen metrics in five main categories to help ease the...

Cops Search Home of Harmony Montgomery 2 Years On

5-year-old was only just reported missing

(Newser) - Authorities searched the last known residence of Harmony Montgomery on Saturday to investigate the disappearance of the New Hampshire girl, who vanished in 2019 at age 5 but was not reported missing until late last year, per the AP . Law enforcement agencies were working at a home in Manchester, officials...

She Was Last Seen in 2019. Now Dad, Wife Are Held

NH police desperately searching for Harmony Montgomery, last seen in Manchester

(Newser) - New Hampshire police arrested a man in connection with his young daughter's 2019 disappearance on Tuesday, and a day later also nabbed his wife. The mother of Harmony Montgomery contacted Manchester police in November, saying she hadn't seen her daughter in more than six months, per the AP...

Brothers Never Eat This Candy, They Regift

Eric and Ryan Wasson trade the same present, sometimes hidden, back and forth

(Newser) - Two New Hampshire brothers have gotten their holiday regifting skills down to an art—they've been passing the same hard candy back and forth for over 30 years. It started in 1987, when Ryan Wasson gave a 10-roll Frankford Santa's Candy Book with assorted fruit flavors to his...

Governor Slams Tweet Offering $500 'Bounty' on Teachers

Moms for Liberty group offers reward for educators breaking state law on racism discussions

(Newser) - Last week, New Hampshire's Department of Education announced it had set up an online portal where parents could lodge discrimination complaints against teachers. Now, the state's governor is slamming a local conservative group's response to that announcement, reports the AP . New Hampshire has a new law on...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

New Hampshire Scratching Its Head Over Weekend 'Boom'

No one knows what caused loud noise, rattling homes experienced Sunday by hundreds

(Newser) - A bang, a boom, houses shaking. Those were some of the descriptions reported by residents Sunday morning in sections of New Hampshire, and the cause as of early Monday remains a mystery. Per WMUR , people in dozens of towns across the central and southern parts of the state, as well...

Cops: Man Drove 135mph With 2 Kids in Car

New Hampshire man was arrested Monday

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man was pulled over on Labor Day and arrested after allegedly driving 135mph—with two young kids in the car. Joshua Parent, 31, allegedly had two children under the age of five in the car with him when police stopped him on the state's Route 101...

Billionaire Gives 'River Dave' Enough to Rebuild Cabin

The $180K from Alex Karp will be combined with thousands in other donations

(Newser) - The New Hampshire hermit known as "River Dave" can add a tech billionaire to the list of benefactors who've come to his aid after the cabin he'd lived in for nearly 30 years off the grid burned down . Alexander Karp, co-founder and CEO of software company Palantir...

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