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A man has pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to filling more than 90 fake prescriptions at pharmacies and using numerous aliases to get them.

Federal court documents say 32-year-old Theodoros Bahtsevanos, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, passed false prescriptions for Adderall at pharmacies in Nashua and Derry last year. They contained falsified signatures, but actual DEA registration numbers for doctors.

The prescriptions were issued to aliases Bahtsevanos was using.

 

When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press.

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Fishermen of a key bait species might soon learn how much of a reduction in catch they will face in the near future.

Federal regulators have slashed the catch limits for Atlantic herring, which is an important source of bait for America's lucrative lobster fishery.

The New England Fishery Management Council is meeting on Tuesday in South Portland to make a decision about the catch limits for 2020.

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A blind man faces trial next month on charges that he stole crackers, corned beef and other low-cost items from a New Hampshire Walmart while using the store's self-checkout kiosks.

Andrew Airey, 39, of Conway, was initially accused of stealing a bag of oyster crackers when he arrested last July 3 after shopping with his 7-year-old daughter.

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New Hampshire would join more than a dozen other states requiring insurance coverage of fertility treatments under a bill that passed the House.

Supporters of the bill said the requirement would help the state attract young families as its population ages. They said they heard from many couples who said they work in Massachusetts in order to obtain coverage.

Opponents said they were concerned about the impact such a mandate would have on insurance premiums for small businesses.

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The National Weather Service is reminding people about the dangers of cold water and the importance of boaters wearing life jackets.

Despite summer-like air temperatures across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the lakes, rivers and streams in the region remain dangerously cold.

Lt. Crystal McLain of New Hampshire Marine Patrol says that once people are in the water, "it can turn very dangerous very quickly if they are not prepared."

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More than 100 Army National Guard aviators, crewmen and support personnel from New Hampshire, Michigan and Ohio are gathering in the greater Concord area and Lakes Region to train for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East.

The New Hampshire Army National Guard's 238th Medevac Company is focusing on the transport and medical care of injured personnel. The gathering starts Monday.

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More all-terrain vehicle trails are opening in northern New Hampshire as they recover from late winter snowfall and heavy spring rain.

Some trails are opening Saturday, but others remain closed because of bridge issues.

[READ MORE:  Sound of Money: Can ATVs Reinvigorate N.H.'s North Country?]

Wet and cooler-than-average spring weather delayed snow melt in several areas.

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The Maine Warden Service says members of the dive team have recovered the body of a kayaker last seen when he set out to go fishing on Watchic Lake in Standish.

The body of 39-year-old Timothy Clauge, of Nottingham, New Hampshire, was found in about 29-feet of water Saturday afternoon about one-third of a mile from where he was spotted launching his kayak around midnight Friday morning. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Clauge's body was first observed by wardens using side-scan sonar.

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New Hampshire's Supreme Court on Friday denied a request for a new trial for an elite prep school graduate who argued the failures of his star-studded legal team resulted in his conviction for using a computer to lure an underage student for sex.

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A New Hampshire man has been accused of voting in that state and in Massachusetts during the November 2016 general election.

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The New Hampshire Senate has moved to rollback a new law Democrats argue amounts to voter suppression.

The law that takes effect in July will end the state's distinction between domicile and residency for voting purposes, which means out-of-state college students who vote in New Hampshire would also be subject to residency requirements, such as getting New Hampshire driver's licenses or registering their cars.

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A bill aimed at better protecting New Hampshire students from discrimination has been sent to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

The House voted 211-141 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It had passed the state Senate in March.

It would prohibit discrimination against students in public schools based on age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion or national origin.

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The New Hampshire Legislature is one step closer to holding independent investigations into sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers.

Currently, complaints are reported to the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under a bill the House passed on Wednesday, complaints would go to an independent human resources employee instead.

Supporters say sexual harassment is a real and continuing problem in workplaces, including the Statehouse. Opponents say administrative policy shouldn't be enshrined in state law.

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A former physician assistant has been sentenced to four years in prison for receiving more than $49,000 from a drug manufacturer in exchange for writing more than 700 fentanyl spray prescriptions.

Christopher Clough, of Dover, New Hampshire, was convicted in December on charges of conspiracy and the receipt of kickbacks.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a town hall meeting in New Hampshire to answer any questions about a new community care program that it will roll out next week.

The event takes place from Monday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

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A week-long celebration of New Hampshire's Statehouse is starting with an opening ceremony, reenactments of the first legislative session and special tours of the building.

While a wooden building in Portsmouth served as the seat of New Hampshire's colonial government starting in 1758, the granite Statehouse in Concord opened in 1819 and is the oldest state capitol in which both houses of the Legislature meet in their original chambers.

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A New Hampshire judge has denied a request to reconsider a lawsuit against a man who relatives say killed his millionaire grandfather for inheritance money.

Judge David King upheld his dismissal Wednesday. He had ruled John Chakalos lived in Connecticut, even though he had a New Hampshire driver's license and house, and was registered to vote there.

A longtime, disgruntled city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 11 people before police fatally shot him, authorities said.

Six other people were wounding in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera.

Five patients were being treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and a sixth was being transferred to the Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Healthcare tweeted.

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Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she is disappointed and angry that New Hampshire has abolished its death penalty.

As the state's attorney general, Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the case of Michael Addison, who killed Manchester Officer Michael Briggs in 2006 and is the state's only inmate on death row.

While the bill ending capital punishment is not retroactive, its opponents argue Addison eventually will see his sentence converted to life on prison.

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New Hampshire authorities say autopsies on a couple found dead inside a hotel following a standoff with police in March show they died of a mixture of drugs, among other factors.

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Summer is approaching, but New Hampshire lawmakers are still thinking about snow.

The House gave final approval last week to a bill that would settle the thorny issue of who has the power to postpone town elections in the event of bad weather.

The legislation was introduced after snowstorms caused problems for town meetings and elections in both March 2017 and last year.

Some town moderators decided to postpone their elections, but the secretary of state said they did not have that power.

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Authorities say a 78-year-old man suffered a medical emergency and died while hiking along New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock on Memorial Day.

Lt. William Boudreau of the state Fish and Game Department said the man, who was from Massachusetts, and two companions were on a trail in Jaffrey. They were just below the summit of Mount Monadnock when the man became unresponsive about 9:15 a.m. Monday.

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White Mountain National Forest officials are reminding visitors to be prepared for slippery rocks, spring melt-off and high stream crossing levels this Memorial Day weekend.

Officials say be sure to check weather conditions for the area that you're planning to visit. Some places still have snow.

Not all forest system roads are open for the season yet. Road openings are posted regularly online.

Most campgrounds are open, but food and trash should be properly stored so as not to attract bears.

 

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New Hampshire authorities say 12 arrests have been made as part of "Operation Cyber Guardian" to target people intent to sexually exploit children through the use of technology and the internet.

The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force conducted the operation this week with the Nashua and Lebanon police departments.

Authorities said Friday that 12 men are charged with one count of certain uses of computer services prohibited, a felony.

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New Hampshire authorities say a man found dead along a trail in Berlin had been missing for nearly two weeks.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a news release Wednesday that 27-year-old Tyler Supry was last seen on May 9. His body was found on May 21.

MacDonald said an autopsy was done, but the cause of Supry's death is pending toxicology testing. He said based on the circumstances of Supry's death, there's no evidence to suggest that there is any threat to the general public.

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A prominent New Hampshire prep school has failed to deliver promised reforms after a slew of complaints accusing staff members of sexual misconduct that dated back decades, an alumni group alleged.

The Phillips Exeter Alumni for Truth and Healing told The Associated Press this week that the school has not released details, as promised, on how mediations of claims of abuse would work or laid out a system for reporting new cases of sexual misconduct at the school.

 

Six former scouts have sued the Boy Scouts of America and its New Hampshire division, alleging that the groups failed to protect them from sexual abuse by an ex-scoutmaster who was sentenced to prison last year for assaulting scouts decades ago.

The Rockingham Superior Court lawsuit alleges that the organizations were aware of reports of prior allegations against Eugene Perreault, yet they didn't properly supervise or investigate him.

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New Hampshire lawmakers could hold off on making it easier for some people to have their criminal convictions erased from their records.

The Senate passed a bill in March that would eliminate annulment fees, expand eligibility and reduce the waiting period to apply in certain cases. Supporters say the current system unfairly benefits those with financial means and continues to punish people long after they've completed their sentences because past convictions hamper their employment and housing prospects.

 

Lawyers representing an asylum-seeker from Somalia who's been detained for over 2 ½ years without a bond hearing say he's been released.

Acting on behalf of Mahamed Ahmed-Cali, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sued the heads of the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and Enforcement and Removal Operations, as well as a county corrections department.

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