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A company that runs ski resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts has agreed to resolve child labor law violations and pay a penalty of over $21,500, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.

Investigators with the department's Wage and Hour Division say the resorts are Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, Massachusetts; Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire; and Bromley Mountain Ski Resort in Peru, Vermont.

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Almost a year after an 8-year-old biracial boy was nearly hanged, the New Hampshire attorney general's office says a legal dispute is preventing it from releasing a report on its investigation.

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Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.

The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake decapitated Trump head.

The rock group's Twitter account says the official poster from Monday's concert in Missoula, Montana, is a collaboration between bassist Jeff Ament and Bobby Brown, an artist also known as Bobby Draws Skulls.

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Scene-stealing snakes, bears, turkeys and lobsters all make an appearance in the latest season of a television program featuring New Hampshire's Fish and Game conservation officers.

"North Woods Law: New Hampshire" returns to the Animal Planet cable network on Sunday at 9 p.m.

Episodes feature officers dealing with a woman who has been hand-feeding bears in her backyard, an illegal turkey hunt, and a man finding a snake in his bed.

 

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Measures helping the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are included in the defense policy bill that President Donald Trump signed into law.

Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says the law repeals a policy that targeted shipyard workers.

It had reduced the per diem rate for civilian workers for each day while they were away from their families to provide maintenance to ships and submarines.

The law also addresses shallow water levels at the shipyard and the impediment to the docking and undocking of submarines by creating a flood basin.

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New Hampshire has received a $10 million grant to help design a program to improve the health and wellness of people with mental illnesses.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services received funding over five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal is to integrate physical and mental health care for young people ages 16 to 35 with severe mental illness or severe emotional disturbance.

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Some of the political leaders from the New England states and the premiers of the five eastern Canadian provinces will be meeting at a Vermont ski resort to talk about issues facing the region and the two countries while a bitter trade dispute simmers between Washington and Ottawa.

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A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.

As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August's total solar eclipse.

It eventually will get within 3.8 million (6 million kilometers) of the surface in the years ahead, staying comfortably cool despite the extreme heat and radiation, and allowing scientists to vicariously explore the sun in a way never before possible.

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A lawyer for New Hampshire State Senator Jeff Woodburn has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to assault and domestic violence charges.

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Two New Hampshire police officers who were shot and wounded in 2016 by a man who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity have sued the state Department of Safety commissioner and a gun shop, saying they were negligent in allowing him to buy a gun.

The lawsuit filed by Manchester officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O'Connor says the department received information from police that Ian MacPherson was disqualified from possessing a gun a week before he got one from Chester Arms.

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A Vermont summer camp has notified all families about a former volunteer and high school guidance counselor who recently pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student.

Thirty-nine-year-old Kristie Torbick was sentenced last month to 2 ½ to 5 years in prison for assaulting a student at Exeter High School. She was a longtime counselor at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero, Vermont. She attended the camp for kids with cancer as a child and later joined the volunteer staff.

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The first of Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally have been released from space.

McAuliffe, a high school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, never got to teach from space. She perished during the 1986 launch of shuttle Challenger, along with her six crewmates.

NASA and the science education Challenger Center released a video Tuesday of astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold performing one of the experiments aboard the International Space Station.

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New Hampshire's Attorney General's office says a jury forewoman received a letter from a prison inmate she helped convict of murder asking why he was found guilty and offering evidence that he says makes him innocent.

The juror contacted the office on July 6 about the letter mailed to her from Richard Moore. He was convicted of first-degree murder in May in the 2016 death of ex-girlfriend, Joanne Boucher, and sentenced to life without parole. Moore denied he was responsible for Boucher's death.

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Paul Manafort's longtime deputy told jurors Tuesday how he spent years disguising millions of dollars in foreign income as loans to lower the former Trump campaign chairman's tax bill.

Rick Gates, the government's star witness, recounted how he and Manafort used offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus to funnel the money, all while concealing the accounts and the income from the IRS.

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Firefighters from New Hampshire are again volunteering to help battle wildfires in the west.

A group of firefighters department from Allenstown this weekend to meet up with other firefighters in Pennsylvania.

From there, they are head to the northern Rockies coordination center in Montana.

Capt. Douglas Miner, a forest ranger with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, says the New England crew will be assigned to one of the 66 plus active fires in the western states.

 

Hunters, hikers and horseback riders will have greater access to nearly 800 acres of land in northern New Hampshire thanks to partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The land — 180 acres in Stark and 603 acres in Milan — is located within and next to the White Mountain National Forest. Officials say the purchase will help connect the towns to snowmobile trails, rivers and hiking paths.

 

A fourth person has died from injuries sustained in a car crash a week ago that went unnoticed overnight in Hampton Falls.

State police say 19-year-old Daniel Petruzzelli, of Manchester, died Saturday. He was a passenger in a car that went off Route 88 and crashed into a stand of trees.

Authorities believe the crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on July 28, but it wasn't discovered until nearly noon the next day because the car was hidden by thick vegetation.

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New Hampshire's Corrections Department says a federal audit of the men's prison in June concluded the prison met or exceeded all 45 standards required under the law.

The audit included all of the housing, programming and treatment units located on the grounds of the prison.

Standards included security of the physical plant; supervision and monitoring of people in the department's custody; and access to medical and mental health care.

Consolidated Communications and unions representing about 1,000 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont reached tentative agreements on new contracts late Saturday, averting a potential strike.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America authorized a strike but the labor agreement came before the old contract expired at midnight Saturday.

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Maine's Secretary of State says President Trump's now-disbanded voting integrity commission uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud.

Democrat Matthew Dunlap on Friday released over a thousand documents he received from the Trump administration. He wrote to Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that the documents show there was a "pre-ordained outcome" to the commission.

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Jury selection has been scheduled in the case of a New Hampshire lawmaker charged with sexually and physically assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

 

Brookstone, the ubiquitous seller of cool but largely unneeded things, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again and closing the 100 stores that remain in malls.

Malls have suffered for years due to far-reaching shifts in the way that Americans shop for just about everything, which has diminished foot traffic at Brookstone. On Thursday, CEO Piau Phang Foo called the situation in malls "extremely challenging," and thanked employees who had staffed stores in those locations.

Brookstone will focus solely on its airport locations and online sales.

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The New Hampshire Humane Society says about 20 Great Danes seized from a woman convicted of housing dozens of the dogs in squalid conditions have found new homes.

Lindsay Hamrick of the Humane Society said Wednesday the group's been working with a network of animal shelters and breed rescue organizations to place the dogs.

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New Hampshire drivers who want to show their financial support for various charities and organizations on their license plates now have more than a dozen options.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday signed a bill expanding the state's year-old decal plate program. The special plates have a 3-inch blank square on the left side where a decal issued by authorized organizations can be placed.

 

Crews have come to the aid of a father and daughter stranded on a hike to the summit of Mount Washington, one that they first completed 40 years ago.

Fish and Game conservation officers said 77-year-old Carl Bergeson, of Ocala, Florida, and his daughter, 51-year-old Krista Brousse, of Kankakee, Illinois, attempted the Tuckerman Ravine Trail hike up the highest peak in the northeastern United States on Wednesday.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says her office is hearing of "widespread" computer hacker attempts of political parties and of her fellow Senate colleagues, and her own staff has turned over one matter for authorities to investigate.

Shaheen, a Democrat, appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. She responded to the recent confirmation from Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access McCaskill's Senate computer system. McCaskill's up for re-election.

New Hampshire police say a crash that killed three people and seriously injured another may have gone unnoticed for nearly 18 hours.

The car, off a road and hidden by dense vegetation, was spotted by someone walking along Route 88 in Hampton Falls at 11 a.m. Sunday. But police believe the crash may have happened as early as 6:30 p.m. the previous night. The driver, 21-year-old Jacob Raymond, of Exeter, was killed, along with two passengers: 18-year-old Sarah Frost, of Exeter, and 22-year-old Stephen Hansen, of Seabrook.

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New Hampshire is set to receive a $140,000 federal grant to help communities address asbestos contamination in schools.

The state's Democratic congressional delegation announced this week that the money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be directed to the New Hampshire Asbestos in Schools Program.

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New Hampshire authorities say the death of a man in Barrington was an accident.

They say the man was found dead in his home on Friday.

Dr. Jennie V. Duval, New Hampshire's Chief Medical Examiner, conducted  an autopsy Saturday. Her office concluded the death resulted from an accident.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, State Police Col. Christopher Wagner, and Barrington Police Chief Robert Williams announced the findings in a joint statement Saturday. They said no additional information will be released.

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New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says trail maintenance projects have caused hikers to seek alternate routes to the summit of Mount Washington, which may be resulting in more rescue calls.

The department says Huntington Ravine has been a consistent producer of rescue calls this summer, when many groups have been taking the Huntington Ravine Trail instead of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit.

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