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Incoming mail to New Hampshire prison inmates is getting a closer look after people at other correctional facilities got sick.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections says it is holding all mail, including packages, for a short time as it implements new safety measures. The move was prompted by reports from Ohio, Arkansas and Pennsylvania about inmates and staff becoming ill after coming into contact with unknown substances.

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New Hampshire is getting $14 million to support efforts to expand affordable housing.

The grants announced Friday by the state's Democratic congressional delegation come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money will go to a variety of projects, including those aimed at helping those experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

Members of the delegation said they are pleased that the money is a substantial increase — about $1.7 million — compared to last year.

 

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The federal government is declaring the deaths of hundreds of seals off the New England coast this summer to be an "unusual mortality event."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday it will investigate the "elevated strandings of harbor and grey seals in the Northeast attributed to disease." It said 462 seals have been found dead off the New England coast in July and August, with most off of Maine and others off of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Massachusetts authorities say they have shut down a multistate ATM and vehicle theft ring run by a career criminal known as Willy Wonka or "the Chocolate Man."

The six-month investigation that led to five arrests was called Operation Golden Ticket and involved 50 law enforcement agencies.

William "Willy Wonka" Rodriguez was held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to 60 charges connected to crimes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut that netted more than $300,000 in property and currency.

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The redevelopment team of the Balsams Grand Resort says it has withdrawn its application for a $28 million loan guarantee through the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority.

The team said Monday that the conditions ultimately required by the authority don't allow the Balsams and lead lender Service Credit Union to proceed.

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Amid concerns about hacking from Russia, Iran and other countries, New Hampshire plans to spend a quarter of a million dollars in federal grant money on assessing whether its election systems are vulnerable to intruders.

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Students attending New Hampshire's seven community colleges have a pathway to transfer into the 10 life sciences programs at the University of New Hampshire.

School officials said Friday the new agreement addresses longstanding challenges transfer students face: whether the courses they take at their community college will be accepted for credit and will be as equivalent in scope and difficulty to those at the four-year institution.

Students will be able to enroll in core courses like biology and anatomy and physiology that count toward their majors at UNH.

 

Police in New Hampshire say a North Carolina man died in a boating accident on Lake Winnipesaukee after he fell into the water.

Police say the accident happened on Friday morning in the area of Little Mark Island in Alton. They say the operator of the boat was preparing to leave the dock when he made an abrupt maneuver that caused 35-year-old passenger William Rowan to fall.

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New Hampshire is eligible to receive more than $618,000 in federal aid to reimburse schools that took in students displaced by hurricanes and wildfires last year.

The funds are part of a nearly $360 million package in new federal assistance being given to 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Department of Education is awarding funds to state agencies that will then make payments to local school districts.

New Hampshire is eligible to receive per-pupil aid amounts of between $2,125 and $2,500 per displaced student.

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A New Hampshire woman has been accused of concealing the death of her newborn child by putting the body in a metal box that was kept in a storage unit.

Gretchen Digman was indicted by a Grafton County grand jury.  The indictment released last week accuses the 42-year-old Digman, of Bristol, of hiding the baby's corpse and not telling authorities about the death sometime between January 2014 and May 2016.

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Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Southern Maine beaches have been beset with dead harbor seals in recent weeks, with dozens washing up stranded or having perished. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Thursday that the first batch of sampled seals have tested preliminarily positive for either avian influenza or phocine distemper virus.

Four seals have tested positive for both viruses.

Thirty years after a same-sex couple from New Hampshire were tied up and stabbed to death in their apartment, the last of two defendants was sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison on Wednesday for the slayings.

With photos of the women on display in the courtroom and relatives looking on, Anthony Barnaby, a member of the Mi'kmaq tribe in Canada, accepted what is called an Alford plea in the deaths of  Charlene Ranstrom, 48, and Brenda Warner, 32.

 

New Hampshire police say a woman has been charged with firing a gun and killing a man inside of an apartment.

Police in Manchester say they were called to the area early Wednesday and found 32-year-old Jorjianna Rittenhour, of McGuffey, Ohio. She directed them to the man.

Police found a handgun at the scene and charged her with negligent homicide. It wasn't immediately known if Rittenhour had a lawyer. A court date hadn't been scheduled for her yet.

Police said the man was 37, but didn't release his name, pending notification of family.

 

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Members of New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation say the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller needs to continue without interference following the conviction of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and guilty plea from his former personal lawyer.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday said he agrees that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law, according to Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who is a key swing vote on his nomination.

Collins held a two-hour meeting with Kavanaugh in her office that she called "very informative."

The United States military has identified a Marine lost at sea off the coast of the Philippines as a New Hampshire native.

Officials say Cpl. Jonathan Currier went missing on Aug. 9 from the USS Essex in the Mindanao Sea. He was part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Miramar, California. Currier's body was not found following a five-day search of 13,000 square miles. The military declared him dead Friday.

Officials say Currier enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 2015 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, that November.

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A 30-year-old Massachusetts man won Saturday's bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States.

Barry Miller, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was the top finisher in the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb up the 7.6-mile ascent to the summit of the 6,288-foot peak in 53 minutes and 34 seconds.

Miller was followed by Drake Deuel, 20, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Eric Levinsohn, 28 of New Haven, Connecticut.

 

Police in Manchester are investigating a report of a 7-year-old who suffered a gunshot wound.

Police say officers went to a local hospital just after 8 p.m. Thursday to learn about the child, who has a non-life-threatening injury.

The circumstances are still being determined.

Authorities say there is no threat to the public. Additional information was not immediately available.

 

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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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