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New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators are encouraged that President Donald Trump is pursuing diplomacy with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, but are uneasy about Trump's pledge to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday the announcement "seems to have come as a complete surprise" to both South Korea and the Pentagon. Both she and Sen. Maggie Hassan said the concession also appears to have been made without anything more than vague assurances from North Korea.

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Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver's castor sacs.

Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called "generally recognized as safe."

The distillery says on its website castoreum "exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma," common among barrel-aged spirits.

The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, authorities said Monday.

Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning incident.

"We are beyond devastated," Miller said in an Instagram post that showed several photos of the blonde, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked toddler.

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Lawyers for a young New Hampshire man say his incarceration in a prison psychiatric unit violates a law governing emergency medical treatment, but state officials are rebutting that claim.

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A fifth-grade student in New Hampshire who wants to stop bullying has told her school board that she's been threatened to get shot in the head with an AK-47 assault rifle and buried in her backyard.

Delanie Marcotte, of Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, said she's a victim of bullying. She read a letter before the board last week saying her parents contacted the school about it, but it continues. She asked the board what it would do to protect her and her classmates. Her father shared her comments on Facebook.

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President Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal."

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, New Hampshire's largest airport, will get nearly $7 million in federal funding to repair two of its taxiways.

Several members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation announced that a $6.8 million grant from the Department of Transportation will be going to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to realign and reconstruct two taxiways. The new configuration improves safety, increases efficiency for planes using the runway and ensures the airport meets current Federal Aviation Administration design standards.

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The director of operations at New Hampshire's youth detention center has resigned to take an out-of-state job.

Brady Serafin led the Sununu Youth Services Center for 2 ½ years. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said Thursday that Serafin served the department with distinction. Serafin also was chief of the Bureau of Family, Community, and Program Supports in the Division for Children, Youth and Families.

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New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan is contributing a commemorative letter about the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge to a time capsule.

The bridge connects the state to Maine. She'll start at the Kittery, Maine, side on Friday, where she plans to highlight the importance of the bridge as a vital economic link for the region and for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The time capsule will serve as a reflection of life in northern New England in 2018 and will be placed at a later time.

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A judge has scheduled a trial on a lawsuit filed by The Disabilities Rights Center against New Hampshire corrections officials to obtain records about the death of an inmate with mental illness.

The non-jury trial was scheduled by U.S. District Court Judge Landya McCafferty for March 2019.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to spend about $102 million produced by an unexpectedly high business tax revenue this year.

The bill signed by the Republican governor Wednesday adds $10 million to the state's Rainy Day Fund; grants $20 million repair red-listed bridges; returns $10 million to communities for road and bridge improvements; adds funding for affordable housing; and increases funds to combat the opioid crisis.

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A New Hampshire state prison center that serves families has a new program that provides counseling services to children and incarcerated parents.

Family Ties hopes to strengthen communication among families to increase emotional support and practice coping skills for the child and caregiver. Both will meet with family therapists and the incarcerated parent will participate via the internet or televisiting.

Studies show that many children are traumatized by the loss of a parent to prison.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is nominating Paul Parisi to serve as the state's next fire marshal.

Sununu was expected to nominate Parisi at Wednesday's Executive Council meeting.

Parisi has spent nearly 30 years in the New Hampshire Fire Service. He's risen through the ranks in the Salem Fire Department to the position of chief.

If confirmed, he will succeed Marshal J. William Degnan, who is retiring.

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort made several attempts to tamper with witnesses in his ongoing criminal cases, prosecutors said Monday as they asked a federal judge to consider revoking his house arrest.

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A judge has rejected a request from a Vermont man to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his family accusing him of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother in an attempt to collect inheritance money.

Judge David King scheduled a 10-day trial in probate court for Nathan Carman, starting in 2019.

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Fans of loons can once again watch a pair of nesting loons in New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

This is the fifth year the Loon Preservation Committee is streaming live footage of the birds.

The footage captured the first egg on May 25 and two more eggs were seen on May 28.

Biologists expect to see chicks between June 20-22, if all goes well.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire's oldest city, is gearing up for its 400th birthday.

The Portsmouth Historical Society and the city have created a partnership called Portsmouth400 to mark the anniversary in 2023. The events will start with a look back at previous anniversaries.

The festivities will continue with discussions of how to engage the community in programs that will honor the city's historic past and benefit its future.

The sessions are set for June 12 and June 26 at the Portsmouth Public Library. More sessions will be held in the fall.

 

 

A New Hampshire candle company is hiring 400 people over the next two months in preparation for a busier holiday season this year.

Alene Candles, located in Milford, is one of the state's largest seasonal employers. It is looking to triple its capacity and production during the summer months, to prepare for an influx of holiday orders.

The candle manufacturer, founded in 1995, produced more than 40 million candles between the months of July and December of last year. It also has facilities in Ohio.

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New Hampshire officials are accepting nominations for the state's next poet laureate.

Alice Fogel, currently serving as New Hampshire's poet laureate, will complete her term next year after serving five years as an ambassador for poets across the state.

Former New Hampshire poets laureate include Walter Butts, Patricia Fargnoli, Donald Hall and Marie Harris.

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A group of New Hampshire farms, restaurants and markets is promoting the "Eating Local" campaign in parts of the state this summer and fall.

Each month is being devoted to a particular theme for local harvests. June is seafood and herbs month. July will be seasonal berries and fresh dairy.

 

Divers from the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game have recovered the body of a 47-year-old man reported missing in Country Pond in Kingston.

Police and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol were called at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report that an adult male had attempted to swim about 150 yards from the mainland to a nearby island, but failed to arrive.

Rescue personnel conducted an extensive search Saturday until they were forced to suspend operations at dark.

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A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the 93-year-old was experiencing low blood pressure and has been hospitalized.

Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted just after 2 p.m. Sunday that Bush will likely remain in the hospital for a few days.

Bush is being treated at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. McGrath said Bush is awake, alert and not in any discomfort.

A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday all information would be released by the Bush family.

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The USS Manchester, the newest in a class of speedy warships, was commissioned into service Saturday with crew members marching down a gangway and bringing the ship to life.

More than 5,000 people watched the ceremony at the New Hampshire State Pier in Portsmouth.

New Hampshire's Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the ship's sponsor whose initials are welded into the ship's hull, said serving as the ship's sponsor was "the thrill of a lifetime."

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New Hampshire groups watching out for loons are teaming up to buy back lead fishing tackle that's known to poison the bird and is banned by state law.

Anglers will be able to exchange one ounce or more of the banned tackle for a $10 gift certificate redeemable at two tackle shops, one in Meredith and the other in Newbury.

The offer runs from June 2 through Labor Day, or until the 200 certificates are claimed.

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A buyer with a penchant for vintage denim has plunked down nearly $100,000 for a pair of truly vintage jeans that come from the American Old West.

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Lawyers for two young sisters who were sexually abused by their parents while in foster care deserve 40 percent of the $6.75 million settlement they reached with New Hampshire's child protection agency, a judge ruled Friday.

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President Donald Trump says North Korea's leader should not "hesitate to call me or write" if he changes his mind about their now-canceled summit.

Trump announced Thursday that he had canceled a summit planned with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Trump released a letter to Kim saying his decision was based on "the tremendous anger and open hostility" in Kim's most recent statement. Trump did not explain what triggered his decision.

 

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Keep your fingers crossed for good weather next March — the New Hampshire Legislature has failed to resolve the issue of who has the authority to postpone local elections.

Nearly 80 towns rescheduled their March elections in 2017 due to a powerful snowstorm, and questions about whether doing so was legal remained unsettled when another storm hit this year.

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Beer brewed from a 200-year-old recipe will be served outside the New Hampshire Statehouse as part of the building's bicentennial celebration.

The building opened in June 1819, but the golden eagle was put atop the dome about a year earlier in July 1818. To mark that occasion, a commission that has been organizing bicentennial events is hosting a reading of the 13 toasts that were written at the time.

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New Hampshire authorities have found a body that they believe to be a woman who has been missing for four days, and her son has been arrested in Virginia on a charge of stealing her vehicle.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said the body was found in Canterbury on Monday afternoon and is believed to be that of 51-year-old Frances Nash, of Chichester. Her vehicle was previously reported missing and was found Wednesday in Canterbury.

An autopsy was scheduled.

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