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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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Body scanner screening devices are being installed at New Hampshire state prisons.

The scanners were authorized by the state Legislature to discourage and detect the introduction of weapons and contraband into its facilities.

They are at the women's prison and men's prison in Berlin. Installation at the men's prison in Concord is expected to be done by the end of the summer.

The department is finalizing protocols and policies on scanner use and is training staff.

 

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U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration.

They've introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honor the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters.

The resolution is being led by Maine's U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honors not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them.

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The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is warning gas and electric customers of a phone scam about past-due balances.

The commission says the caller demands immediate payment of the account, typically via a pre-paid card, and threatens disconnection of utility service unless payment is received.

The commission says customers receiving these calls should hang up and call their utility company or the commission itself.

 

New Hampshire Democrats Maggie Hassan and Annie Kuster are part of a bipartisan group sponsoring a bill that targets counterfeit pill makers.

The bill allows the U.S. attorney general to create a registry of machines that are used to manufacture pills. This would ensure that the machines are not used for illicit purposes.

Hassan said members of both parties, and President Donald Trump's own opioid commission, agree on the importance of regulating the machines.

 

Prosecutors in Massachusetts say an arrest has been made in the killing of a man found near a road in Rindge, N.H., earlier this month.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said 21-year-old Julia Enright was charged with murder at an arraignment  in Gardner. She was held without bail.

She knew the victim from high school, Early said.

 

A 17-year-old has been indicted in New Hampshire on charges of killing a man and shooting his own mother.

Authorities said 33-year-old James LaPrade was found shot in the head in Farmington in March 2017.

Last week, a grand jury indicted James Belyea, of Farmington, in LaPrade's death on charges of first- and second-degree murder. Belyea also was indicted on an attempted murder charge in the shooting of his mother, Denise Belyea.

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Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, a fisherman who was part of the cast of the reality television show "Wicked Tuna," has died. He was 28.

The Remick & Gendron Funeral Home confirmed to The Associated Press that Fudge, of Greenland, New Hampshire, died Thursday. A cause of death was not released.

The National Geographic Channel show follows several Gloucester, Massachusetts-based boats that try to land bluefin tuna, which can weigh hundreds of pounds and fetch tens of thousands of dollars.

Firefighters say a woman was found dead in a house fire in Hopkinton.

The New Hampshire state fire marshal's office said firefighters arrived at the house fire at 381 Pine St. just after midnight on Tuesday. Firefighters from multiple communities responded. They found one occupant outside of the home and the other unaccounted for. The woman was found in a bedroom.

Further information about the woman wasn't released. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

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A mountaintop New Hampshire estate known as "Castle in the Clouds" has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nearly 5,300-acre estate in the Ossipee Mountains was originally owned by shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant. Called Lucknow, it offers 75-mile views across Lake Winnipesaukee and to mountains. Plant oversaw the construction of several buildings between 1913 and 1914.

 

While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there's growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.

People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents.

While the number of arrests is tiny compared with the southern border, the human smuggling is just as sophisticated.

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A former New Hampshire Boy Scout leader has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four scouts two decades ago.

Eugene Perreault entered his plea Monday to multiple felony charges and was sentenced to 12 to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 70-year-old Newfields man assaulted the scouts in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was arrested in October 2016 after two victims went to police.

One victim testified during Monday's hearing saying, "the court can't give me my life and this sentence can't give me personal closure."

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Lawyers for a woman convicted of housing dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes in her New Hampshire mansion have filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court.

Christina Fay was sentenced on 17 animal cruelty charges earlier this year. A judge ruled she will serve no jail time, but is responsible for paying back nearly $2 million for care of the dogs until they find new homes.

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