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President Donald Trump has been impeached by the U.S. House over the violent siege of the Capitol.

He is the only president to be twice impeached. He faced a single charge "incitement of insurrection" in Wednesday's vote after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to, as he put it, "fight like hell" against election results.

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New Hampshire's Republican House Speaker says the House will hold "hybrid" public hearings on bills to prevent spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Packard told business leaders Monday that lawmakers will attend the hearings in-person while all public testimony will be done by phone or video.

Lawmakers who do not wish to attend in person also can join remotely, and machines are being installed to improve air exchange.

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The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance says an anonymous donor is giving $500,000 to help save from demolition a 133-year-old red-brick coal gasholder building in the state that is believed to be the last of its type in the country.

Officials have declared the U.S. Capitol complex "secure" after heavily armed police moved to end a nearly four-hour violent occupation by supporters of President Donald Trump.

An announcement saying "the Capitol is secure" rang out Wednesday evening inside a secure location for officials of the House. Lawmakers applauded.

The occupation interrupted Congress' Electoral College count that will formalize President-elect Joe Biden's upcoming inauguration on Jan. 20.

As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection.

Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some Republican-controlled statehouses, from Montana to Pennsylvania, plan to hold at least part of their sessions in person, without requiring masks.

Public health officials say that move endangers the safety of other lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, the public and the journalists responsible for holding politicians accountable.

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The Mount Washington Observatory is moving exhibits from its now-closed Weather Discovery Center in North Conway to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

A few exhibits will move to the observatory's museum on top of the mountain, but most will find a new home in Concord, including the "Shaky Shack", the replica of the 1930s-era Observatory staff's mountain-top cabin in which the highest human-observed surface wind speed on Earth was recorded in 1934.

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Officials have released the name of a man who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Dalton Wednesday evening. The incident, which is still under investigation, left a New Hampshire state trooper hospitalized in critical but stable condition with gunshot wounds, according to the Department of Justice.

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U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan is kicking off her reelection campaign.

Hassan, a Democrat, told WMUR-TV this week she will seek a second term in 2022. In an interview airing Sunday, she said she believes voters sent her to Washington to reach across the aisle, and that she will continue to focus on how to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic.

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A country store in Loudon and a tavern in Lincoln are the latest businesses to be penalized for violating emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office on Wednesday fined the Loudon Village Country Store $2,000 and the White Mountain Tavern $1,000.

According to investigators, the store owner had been warned by local authorities more than 10 times that workers must wear masks. More recently, that requirement has been extended to include customers as well. But the store instead has refused and posted a sign explaining why:

Sign that says Face Masks for sale
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Massachusetts health officials have added New Hampshire and Maine to its list of states where travelers must quarantine or provide a negative coronavirus test.

The two join 46 other states to be designated high risk for COVID-19 by the state's Department of Health.

An additional 11 million pairs of gloves will head to veterans hospitals and clinics around the country as part of an effort led by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie joined Kamen and members of the state's congressional delegation Friday in Manchester to accept the shipment.

Meanwhile, state officials continue to work on plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available.

The initial focus will be on nursing home residents and staff, health care workers and first responders.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court says holding House sessions remotely would not violate a constitutional provision about what constituents a quorum.

The House has been meeting at the University of New Hampshire to allow for greater social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats voted in September to ask the court to weigh in on the possibility of remote sessions.

Opponents argued that doing so would violate other provisions of the constitution, particularly one guaranteeing public access to government.

Currier Museum of Art

A suite of large-scale map drawings and a series of drawings that tell the story of an enslaved family's journey along the Underground Railroad are new additions to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

With "Critical Cartography: Larissa Fassler in Manchester," the artist creates drawings, paintings and sculptures based on research and observation of cities.

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The New Hampshire attorney general says a man is dead after he was shot by a Meredith police officer.

Thirty-five-year-old David Donovan was shot Sunday night and he died after he was brought to a hospital.

An autopsy was scheduled Monday.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says three other people were injured before police arrived. One remains hospitalized in stable condition. Officials say no officers were hurt and there is no threat to the public.

The officer's name hasn't been released.

Portsmouth, N.H., photo of a Biden-Harris supporter.
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President-elect Joe Biden is positioning himself to be a leader who, as he puts it, "seeks not to divide, but to unify" a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

In The Streets, New Hampshire Reacts To Biden's Win

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Restrictions on setting fires in the White Mountain National Forest have been lifted now that the region has gotten more rain.

Forest officials enacted rules Sept. 25 that allowed fires only in metal fire rings, pits or pole mounted grills provided by the U.S. Fire Service in designated campgrounds or picnic areas.

The restrictions were put in place after an extended period of dry, warm weather and several fire incidents in the forest. The restrictions were rescinded late this week.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas and Republican challenger Matt Mowers attacked each other in a debate over how best to provide coronavirus relief, tackle police reform and offer New Hampshire residents affordable health care.

The two routinely talked over each other in Wednesday's debate as they discussed providing economic help to small businesses and other issues.

They also disagreed over how to address police reforms after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and on the Affordable Care Act.

Pappas wants to shore it up.

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UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. Monday:

Police say a Maine man accused of firing a gun in a shopping center parking lot in New Hampshire had multiple stolen firearms and a significant quantity of ammunition.

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The family of Maura Murray, a 21-year-old nursing student who disappeared after a February 2004 car crash in New Hampshire, is asking for a state highway historical marker to be installed at the spot where she vanished.

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A New Hampshire man will face more time in prison stemming from a monthslong armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 over a tax evasion conviction that led to the discovery of explosives and booby traps on his property.

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The Navy has begun releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history.

A judge ordered the release of the documents pertaining to the sinking of the USS Thresher 57 years ago, and the first batch was made public Wednesday.

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Kentucky grand jury has brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves.

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New Hampshire officials say a climber died when a tumbling boulder severed his rope, causing him to fall 150 feet while climbing on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park.

Several people saw the climber fall on Sunday, but the man's body couldn't be recovered until Monday.

Officials identified the climber 34-year-old Benjamin Kessel, of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Officials say Kessel was climbing up the cliff when a rock the size of a refrigerator dislodged and sliced his rope.

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A county grand jury has indicted a man on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of a woman at the company headquarters of Timberland in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Twenty-one-year-old Robert Pavao, formerly of Berwick, Maine, is accused of killing Catherine Heppner on Feb. 9.

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Recounts are underway in several close races after Tuesday's state primary.

The Secretary of State's office says 304,671 ballots were cast in the primaries in which voters selected nominees for governor, Congress and the state Legislature.

The total easily surpassed the previous record for a state primary, which was 228,432 ballots cast in 2018.

On Tuesday, there were 156,976 Democratic ballots and 147,695 Republican ballots.

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A voter bared her arms, and more, after she was told she couldn't wear an anti-Trump shirt at a polling place and responded by whipping it off and doing her civic duty topless.

The woman wore a "McCain Hero, Trump Zero" T-shirt at the polling place in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Tuesday's primary election. reports that moderator Paul Scafidi told her she couldn't wear a shirt featuring a political candidate.

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The perennial presidential candidate who wears a boot on his head and promises every American a free pony is mounting a write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

In a video posted this week on YouTube, Vermin Supreme proclaims himself a Libertarian alternative to U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, the Democrats battling it out in next Tuesday's primary.

Two Republicans, Kevin O'Connor and Shiva Ayyadurai, also are running.

A weekend of wild weather in New Hampshire included a tornado that touched down in Ossipee and powerful gusts that caused injuries at a tent revival in Ipswich.

Officials say the tornado caused only minor damage Saturday afternoon, uprooting trees and sending shingles flying off roofs. The weather service also confirms a microburst near Wolfeboro earlier on Saturday. Officials say the storm produced at least one waterspout over Lake Winnipesaukee.

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In a moving speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, a 13-year-old boy from Concord, N.H., told the nation how Joe Biden helped him overcome his stutter.

Brayden Harrington described meeting Biden this year and getting tips on speaking without a stutter.

Brayden said, "Joe Biden cared."

The boy spoke into a cellphone camera at his home and read, carefully, from a piece of paper.

"We stutter," he said in the video, which aired shortly before Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president.


An American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied has died.

The family of 57-year-old Amer Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, says he died Monday at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.