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Joe Sestak, the former Pennsylvania congressman and retired Navy admiral who hoped to turn his military experience into an asset as a Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday he was ending his bid for the party's nomination.

In a statement posted on his Twitter site, Sestak offered his thanks to supporters "for the honor of running for president" as "I end our campaign together."

"Without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and to sacrifice resources any longer," he wrote.

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday that he's ending his Democratic presidential campaign, saying it's become clear that he won't have a shot at being his party's nominee.

The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case that he was the best bet to beat President Donald Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to win in a state that Trump won in 2016. But he got a late start, announcing his candidacy in May and joining nearly two dozen other Democratic candidates competing for attention and campaign donations.

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Some New Hampshire counties are cutting back as demand for Meals on Wheels and other food programs for seniors exceeds funding.

As of Sunday, the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council has eliminated dessert to save money after state and federal funding ran out. The nonprofit group has had to dip into its reserves to make up for a $125,000 shortfall.

New Hampshire’s insurance commissioner is stepping down less than two years after his appointment. In a letter to the governor Monday, Commissioner John Elias said deciding to resign on Dec. 31 was a difficult decision, but the best one for his family.

Elias joined the Insurance Department in 2016 and became commissioner in June 2018. He worked for insurance companies in Ohio before coming to New England in 2014 as vice president of Great Falls Insurance Company in Maine.

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Max Brosmer threw two touchdown passes and New Hampshire defeated Maine 28-10 in a regular-season finale Saturday.

Brosmer was 24-of-34 passing for 241 yards. He threw 35 yards to Dylan Laube for the game's first score three plays after the Black Bears (6-4, 4-4 Colonial Athletic Association) fumbled. Evan Gray added a 4-yard scoring run to cap a 72-yard drive for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Derek Kyler and Drew Estrada teamed for two late touchdowns as Dartmouth scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to rally past upset-minded Brown 29-23 on Saturday, clinching a tie for the Ivy League title.

The Big Green (9-1, 8-1) entered the final period trailing 23-14 before Kyler found Estrada with a TD pass from the 9 and later a 39-yarder. Kicker Connor Davis passed to Hunter Hagdorn for a two-point conversion for the final score.

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New England shrimp are still in bad shape despite a fishing shutdown that is unlikely to end soon, new data shows.

The region's shrimp fishing industry, long based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns about the health of the population. Recent surveys off Maine and New Hampshire say signs are still poor, scientists with the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said.

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A New Hampshire school district will test all its drinking water after one faucet was found to have high levels of a toxic chemical that has raised health concerns.

Kearsarge Regional School District Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said Tuesday the district shut down all faucets at the middle school and is providing bottled water.

The moves come after one faucet at the middle school was found to have levels of the chemical known as PFOA at 153 parts per trillion, well above the state drinking water standard.

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U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

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Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it impossible for his campaign to gain traction.

"You've got to be a realist," Sanford said outside the New Hampshire statehouse. "What I did not anticipate is an impeachment."

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Julián Castro's presidential campaign is closing down his presence in New Hampshire.

The last day for Castro's New Hampshire team is Nov. 11, according to a person familiar with the campaign's plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The person did not say how many staffers were being laid off.

The move comes as some in the crowded 2020 Democratic field reassess their operations in the early voting states.

Police in New Hampshire have arrested two people in connection with a Facebook message about a possible threat to a high school, which they believe was posted by the relative of an unwitting account holder and appears to be an act of revenge.

Police said they became aware of the message directed at Concord High School on Sunday that involved a possible shooting.

Police said the relative gained access to the account holder's site and posted the message.

At least a dozen New Hampshire communities, including the cities of Manchester and Nashua, are postponing Halloween trick-or-treating because of the wet, windy weather in the forecast.

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Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio is dropping out of the presidential race.

Ryan, who failed to gain traction and qualify for recent Democratic debates, announced his withdrawal on Twitter Thursday.

He said he will instead seek reelection next year to his U.S. House seat.

Ryan says he ran to give voice to the forgotten people and businesses in the country that have been left behind and he wants to continue that in his congressional race.

The congressman's most recent fundraising report showed he had only $158,000 on hand.

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New Hampshire lawmakers are revisiting legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, exploitation and neglect.

The Legislature made financial exploitation of vulnerable adults a crime in 2014 and followed up with legislation this year creating a new type of protective order to allow victims to stop such abuse while a criminal case goes forward.

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The head of the largest agency in New Hampshire's state government is heading to the private sector.

Jeff Meyers has been commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services since early 2016 when he was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. In a letter to employees made public Monday, Meyers says he will not seek reappointment when his term ends in January and instead will pursue private sector opportunities.

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Max Brosmer threw two touchdown passes to Brian Espanet, Jason Hughes kicked two field goals and New Hampshire beat Stony Brook 20-14 on Saturday night for its third straight Colonial Athletic Association win.

Trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter after Stopping Stony Brook on downs, Brosmer hit Espanet on a 20-yard TD catch and the Wildcats (4-2, 3-0) led 20-14 after Hughes' 20-yard field goal with 5:07 left.

New Hampshire again stopped the Seawolves on downs and ran out the clock for the win.

Jared Gerbino threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score, backup Derek Kyler threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and Dartmouth beat Yale 42-10 on Saturday for coach Buddy Teevens' 100th career win.

Gerbino hit Drew Estrada on a 75-yard TD pass on the second play of the game, then ran six yards for a score and a 14-0 lead and Dartmouth never looked back.

Kyler added a 2-yard scoring run, set up by Quinton Arello's interception of a Kurt Rawlings pass, then hit Hunter Hagdorn on a 31-yard pass after a missed Yale field goal and the Big Green led 28-3 at halftime.

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There may be some bad blood between a former New Hampshire financial adviser and clients he's accused of defrauding via a fake charity he claimed involved singer Taylor Swift.

The state bureau of securities regulation recently obtained a temporary court order freezing the assets of Dain Stokes and prohibiting him from contacting two former clients.

Starting about a year ago, the pair invested at least $576,000 in what they believed was a charity project in Africa involving Swift, Bill Gates and other celebrities, authorities said.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is saying for the first time that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection.

Biden said Trump is "shooting holes in the Constitution" by asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he was "dumb" not to have listened to the symptoms he was experiencing before he was stricken with a heart attack last week.

The 78-year-old Sanders made the comments Tuesday outside his Vermont home as he headed to an appointment with a cardiologist along with his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders.

Sanders returned to Vermont on Saturday to rest after spending three days in a Las Vegas hospital. Doctors inserted two stents to open a clogged artery in his heart. Experts have said Sanders should be able to resume his campaign.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says President Donald Trump's decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria will undo all the hard fought gains of the U.S. military and its partners in the region.

Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, said in a statement Monday the decision hasn't been coordinated with U.S military or diplomats in the region. She said Trump "is opening the door for a security vacuum that risks a resurgence of ISIS."

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New Hampshire is participating in a program to help teenagers stop using electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine vape products, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Teens who enroll in the free, confidential “My Life My Quit” program will work with a coach who will help them build a plan to become free from nicotine. Other states participate in the program.

Enrollments are completed online at mylifemyquit.com or by calling or texting “Start My Quit” to 1-855-891-9989.

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The American Civil Liberties Union in New Hampshire is challenging the federal government’s decision to deport a man to his native El Salvador, despite a court order allowing him to remain in the United States.

In its brief filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU said that José Daniel Guerra-Castañeda was deported last month by U.S. Immigration and Enforcement to El Salvador and is currently in a crowded jail there.

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The home of former Poet Laureate Donald Hall and a social hall are among the historic places named to this year's "Seven to Save" list from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

The Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot inspired U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and his wife, poet Jane Kenyon.

The alliance says support for a sustainable business model that inspires future writers is needed after a successful first-step save of the house and many possessions that were at auction.

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New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has set the filing period for the 2020 presidential primary. The sign-up window is Oct. 30 to Nov. 15. 

During that period, candidates or their representatives sign paperwork in Gardiner's office and pay $1,000 to get on the ballot. The office won’t be open on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Gardner has not yet set a date for the primaries, but barring attempts by other states to leap ahead, he's expected to pick Feb. 11, eight days after the Iowa caucuses.

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Serving up drinks at the American Legion post in Concord, Jeff Holland gets a little testy when the talk turns to smoking.

A Marine veteran who enjoys lighting up, the 44-year-old Holland fought unsuccessfully against a ban at the post that went into effect this month. And starting Tuesday, he will be prohibited from smoking when he visits the nearby Manchester VA Medical Center in New Hampshire.

It is part of a nationwide smoking ban outside all VA medical facilities that applies to visitors, patients and employees.

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Mark Sanford, the most prominent primary challenger to President Donald Trump, has said he won't solicit contributions from his longtime donor base until he's "proven a measure of electoral success."

Bill Kristol has yet to fully activate a super PAC aimed at hurting Trump's reelection chances.

And Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Sen. Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, until he was prompted, could not recall the name of the super PAC he is advising that supports another Trump challenger, Bill Weld.

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Dartmouth College and a health care technology company are sharing $4.7 million in federal grant money to work on improving the treatment of opioid addiction.

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Candidates who've been campaigning in New Hampshire for months will find out this week when they'll be able to officially sign up for the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner says he will announce the dates of the 2020 filing period early this week. During the roughly 12-day period, candidates or their representatives sign paperwork in Gardner's office and pay $1,000 to get on the ballot.

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