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The coronavirus pandemic has both helped and hurt when it comes to New Hampshire's longstanding problem of psychiatric patients waiting in emergency rooms for inpatient beds.

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Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed four more bills Friday, including one that would have allowed guns to be taken from people who present a danger to themselves or others.

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The New Hampshire's attorney general's office has announced that a state trooper has resigned after he was accused of twice falsifying records.

James Callahan was first accused of falsifying information on a form following an incident in Madison, New Hampshire, earlier this year.

During the course of the investigation, the attorney general's office found Callahan had also falsified information on his official report. He allegedly made false statements about where the K-9 drug-detection search had occurred.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers say a 55-year-old hiker on a mountain trail in New Hampshire has died after suffering a medical emergency.

Officers said the man, from Concord, Massachusetts, had collapsed while hiking the Welch and Dickey Trail in Thornton on Tuesday.

People with him and a passer-by who was a medical professional immediately started CPR, and first responders assisted. But they were not successful.

The man’s name has not been released.

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Officials in Massachusetts have identified the human remains recovered Thursday after a multi-day search.

The FBI's Boston office said Friday the remains are of Zakhia Charabati.

The 52-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire resident was reported missing by his family on Mar. 14.

The agency said the buried remains were located after a four-month investigation. The FBI said Charabati's family has been notified and is requesting privacy.

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A worldwide conservation organization says the status of a rare species of whale has worsened to the point where it deserves greater attention from the global environmental community.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature said Thursday it is moving the North Atlantic right whale from "endangered" to "critically endangered" on its Red List of jeopardized species.

The Switzerland-based organization's Red List is one of the most-cited endangered species lists in the world.

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Lifeguards are urging swimmers to use caution this holiday weekend following a spate of rip current rescues in New England.

Lifeguards at New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach said they made 83 rescues on Thursday.

At Maine’s Scarborough Beach State Park, lifeguards rescued eight children from rip currents that same day.

The National Weather Service warned of rip currents Thursday, but they can happen anytime.

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A New Hampshire court has ruled that some evidence related to the driving and drug use of the pickup driver whose collision with a group of bikers left seven motorcyclists dead will be admissible in his criminal case.

The Superior Court ruled that evidence related to Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, driving erratically earlier in the day of the Randolph crash could be admitted.

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The Boston Marathon is officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first cancellation in the history of the 124-year race.

Organizers had postponed the marathon from April 20 to Sept. 14.

They say instead they will offer a "virtual event" in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher's medal.

CDC

Gov. Charlie Baker is extending the state's stay-at-home advisory until May 18 as Massachusetts continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

Baker said Tuesday that all nonessential businesses will also remain closed until the new deadline.

[New Hampshire's stay-at-home order is in effect until May 4. Read Governor Sununu's order]

Authorities say the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus at a Massachusetts home for veterans has risen to 67.

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The House has approved a $2.2 trillion rescue package, rushing it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The measure tosses a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here for all of our coverage, including our updated FAQs and the latest guidance about coronavirus in New Hampshire.

Gov. Chris Sununu is nominating Capt. Nathan Noyes to lead the New Hampshire State Police.

Sununu was nominating Noyes at Wednesday's Executive Council meeting. Noyes is commander of a field operations bureau in the state police.

He has served as a state trooper since 2001, previously holding the ranks of troop commander, assistant troop commander, patrol supervisor, and trooper.

Noyes has received several honors, including the Congressional Law Enforcement Award.

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Voters in 15 New Hampshire towns are scheduled to vote during annual town meetings whether to permit the operation of sports betting retail locations in their communities.

New Hampshire legalized betting on professional and college sports when Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in July.

The bill, which launched in December, authorized online sports betting and up to 10 retail sportsbook locations, which have not yet been selected.

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New Hampshire has joined a coalition of 39 states to look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices.

The attorney general's Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau will participate in the investigation.

Gov. Chris Sununu says a priority of his administration is keeping vapes out of the hands of high-schoolers.

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State officials say statistics released for 2018 show that heart disease was the leading cause of death in New Hampshire.

That's the first time in over a decade that it surpassed cancer.

More than 2,600 New Hampshire residents died from heart disease that year.Nationally, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.

About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, accounting for one in every four deaths.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are major risk factors for heart disease.

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New Hampshire colleges and universities would be allowed to pay athletes under a bill approved by House lawmakers.

The legislation is modeled after language signed into law in California last year and introduced in a dozen other states.

It would enable schools to compensate athletes and would allow college athletes to seek compensation for their name, image and likeness.

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A former employee of a New Hampshire youth detention center continued working with children in a state job for nine months after police began investigating allegations that he held a boy down while colleagues raped him in 1998.

The state attorney general's office told The Associated Press that James Woodlock went on leave from his position as a juvenile probation and parole officer in November 2017.

That's well after David Meehan told police he had been abused in the 1990s at the center in Manchester.

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John Delaney is ending his presidential campaign after pouring millions of his own money into the effort.

The former Maryland congressman is the longest-running Democratic candidate in the race, announcing his bid in July 2017.

But Delaney's early start did little to gain him an advantage in the race or raise his name recognition with Democratic primary voters.

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A man accused of shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding and later attacking his own lawyer has been formally indicted on two counts of attempted murder, among other charges.

A grand jury in superior court in Nashua handed up the indictments Tuesday against 37-year-old Dale Holloway, of Manchester.

Holloway also faces charges of first- and second-degree assault and being a convicted felon with a firearm stemming from the October shootings at a Pelham church.

He's pleaded not guilty.

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New Hampshire is getting its first campaign rally of the 2020 campaign season from President Donald Trump, and it will be held on the eve of the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Trump's Republican reelection campaign on Thursday announced a Feb. 10 "Keep America Great" rally at the SNHU arena in Manchester.

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New Hampshire holds its presidential primary Feb. 11.

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The U.S. Attorney's office says a woman who took part in a monthslong standoff with her husband at their New Hampshire home against U.S. marshals in 2007 should not be released from federal prison yet.

The government said Tuesday that Elaine Brown and co-conspirators "armed themselves to the teeth" and threatened the marshals.

It recommends that she serve at least another decade in prison.

The Democratic National Committee has announced its criteria for the first debate to be held after voting begins in the 2020 presidential campaign, including a new pathway to the stage based off delegate pledges.

As they have before, qualifiers will need to meet polling and grassroots funding thresholds to participate in the Feb. 7 debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

But new for next month is a pathway centered around delegates.

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A lawyer for a woman awaiting re-sentencing with her husband for holding U.S. marshals at bay from their fortress-like home in 2007 says she is ashamed of her actions and is seeking a divorce.

Elaine Brown, now 78, was sentenced to 35 years in prison after the standoff at the couple's 100-acre property in Plainfield, New Hampshire.

Her husband, Edward Brown, received a 37-year sentence.

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A report released by the state attorney general's office found that a New Hampshire prep school rocked by sexual abuse claims is providing support to students but that its policies around investigating a crime and assisting a victim can be improved.

The report by a third party is the second on St. Paul's School following accusations of abuse by 20 former faculty members over several decades.

Rather than bringing the charges over the abuse, the attorney general's office entered an agreement with the school to put it under government oversight.

CDC

New Hampshire health officials say the state has marked its first flu-related death this season.

WMUR-TV reports the Department of Health and Human Services said an adult in Rockingham County died after contracting the virus.

Health officials say flu activity has been widespread in New Hampshire and 45 other states.

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A New Hampshire sheriff has been found guilty of drunken driving.

A judge sentenced Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard on Tuesday to spend five days in the Belknap County jail.

Hilliard was also found guilty of transporting an alcoholic beverage. Hilliard was arrested in August in a restaurant parking lot in Tilton after officers responded to a call about a driver swerving on the road.

Youth Services Center

A class action lawsuit alleges decades of abuse at New Hampshire's state-run youth detention center.

The lawsuit filed Saturday comes six months after two former counselors were charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy at the Youth Development Center in Manchester in the late 1990s.

The victim in that case is now the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by attorneys representing 35 others who say they were abused between 1982 and 2014.

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An official representing a tiny New Hampshire community whose tradition of being among the first to cast ballots for president in primaries and the general election was endangered says it now has enough people to go ahead.

Tom Tillotson says Dixville Notch has a necessary fifth resident to vote in the first presidential primary on Feb. 11.

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Medical marijuana would be available to more patients under a pair of bills approved by the New Hampshire House, but a more expansive bill has died in the Senate. 

House voted Wednesday to add insomnia and opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions, though the latter would carry significant restrictions.

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A spokeswoman for Pamela Smart, a former high school employee serving a life without parole sentence for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in 1990, says Smart will once again ask New Hampshire's governor and the Executive Council for a hearing.

Gov. Chris Sununu and the council that approves government appointments, contracts and pardons rejected her request last year for a hearing for parole consideration or reduced sentence.

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