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Top Stories: Two Credited With Saving Lives of Four Massachusetts Hikers, Isaacson Steel

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on andStateImpact - NH  website.

1) North Country: Two Credited with Saving Lives of Four Massachusetts Hikers A Fish and Game official says four ill-equipped hikers from Massachusetts probably would have died Sunday on the Franconia Ridge had two Connecticut men not happened along.

2) North Country: Hopes For Saving Isaacson Steel Jobs in Berlin Fading  Throughout Isaacson’s bankruptcy the hope has been that someone would buy the steel-fabricating firm, operate it and save about 130 jobs. That seems less likely now.

3) NPR News: Energy Fuels Newt Gingrich's Comeback Plan When voters in Michigan go the polls Tuesday, it's unlikely many will tick the box for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In part, that's because Gingrich has all but written off the state, leaving his opponents to fight over it.

4) NPR News: Gay Marine's Kiss Was 'Four Years Of Pent-Up Emotion And Secret Love' When he returned from Afghanistan and saw his partner waiting to welcome him home, "four years of pent-up emotion and secret love" just seemed to naturally lead to "what felt like an eternity kiss," Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan told NPR.

5) NPR News: How You Can Harness 'The Power Of Habit' In his new book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg, a business reporter for The New York Times, explains how some companies have achieved enormous success by altering people's habits. By luck or design, they've been tapping into a powerful psychological pattern: the "habit loop."

6) Word of Mouth: That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion  This is not a trick to get you to “eeewww” but a way to evoke the visceral nature of disgust, which as Rachel Herz found, is powerful enough to convict suspects, incite genocide, and make us writhe and wretch within seconds.

7) Inside NHPR: NHPR is a Sponsor for The 59th Annual New Hampshire State Spelling Bee  NHPR and the New Hampshire Union Leader are proud to sponsor The 59th Annual New Hampshire State Spelling Bee scheduled for  March 3, in Concord.  The best spellers from around the Granite State will gather to compete.

8) NH News: An Uncommon Priest: Father Joe Remembered Friends and the people he served say Monsignor Joseph Desmond practiced his own brand of Catholicism – putting people before rules.

9) NPR News: Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage The Senate has turned back an attempt to kill President Obama's new rules requiring most health insurance plans to provide contraceptives without additional cost.

10) Inside NHPR: ClassicalNH Launched!New Hampshire Public Radio has teamed up with Highland Community Broadcasting to make classical music more readily available to the Granite State and beyond. This collaboration allows an expansion of services in the Capital Region and enables both organizations to take advantage of new technologies now available on HD Radio and online.

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