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January 02. 2014 2:04PM

Canaan family returns from Boston New Year's Eve celebration to find home destroyed by fire

CANAAN, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire family celebrating the new year in Boston returned home to find their house burned down.

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Gary Aubin, a FairPoint supervisor, works to splice back phone and DSL lines at 196 River Road in Manchester in this file photo.

AFL/CIO: FairPoint offering strikebreakers $300,000 a year

In a 'confidential' posting on Monster.com, an unidentified company is offering telecom workers $5,000 to $6,000 a week (plus a $135 a day per diem) to work in northern New England.

Fairpoint employees chide a driver crossing a picket line in front of Fairpoint offices in Manchester.

Vt. Fairpoint strikers fare better than Maine, NH counterparts

Hundreds of other FairPoint strikers in Maine and New Hampshire, unlike Vermont, have been denied unemployment benefits, leaving workers to pick up other jobs or rely on support from outside groups to weather the impasse.

NH author Jodi Picoult: 'It's really hard to love America sometimes'

She is one of America's most successful novelists, but she sometimes despairs of her country. As she releases her 24th novel, Jodi Picoult tells Bryony Gordon why Americans should be made to travel.

Charges dropped against man shot by police who was arrested in NH

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION –Prosecutors have dropped an assault charge against a Vermont man who was shot by a police officer after he allegedly drove his vehicle toward the officer during a drug stakeout in Windsor.

HuffPo: Boomerang UFO zigzags over NH

UFO sightings don't always get media attention immediately after they occur. When they do, however, those stories are often packed with surprises, even for an old man like me, who has been reporting on these things for decades.

Laconia expects new technology from Manchester firm in plow trucks to result in significant savings

Last year the DPW began working with Sensible Spreader Technologies, LLC of Manchester, a firm begun by Andrew Jaccoma while he pursued his Master's degree in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire.

What are the most expensive housing markets in the Granite State?

The report, which analyzed some 51,000 similar listings in 2,000 markets nationwide to compile its rankings, found that the average price of a home in Hanover, at $580,763, was more than $40,000 higher than the second-highest average price of $539,224 in

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iWatch during a special event in Cupertino, Calif.  Some models of the watch are expected to use a sapphire display to prevent scratching.

Report: Apple to use sapphire made in China after failed partnership with NH firm

Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, a major supplier of Apple Inc.'s iPhones and iPads, has decided to build a new factory in China to produce sapphire displays for next-generation iPhones, according to a Chinese media report.

Manchester incident leads Belknap County to re-indict 20-year-old on gun charge

Parker Cathcart, 20, whose current address is the Valley Street Jail in Manchester, is accused by Manchester police of doing a similar thing on October 26, while he was at a party in the south side of Manchester.

Racing lawnmowers on NH's frozen lakes and ponds

It was winter, and they had time on their hands. So, they thought, why not race lawnmowers on Mike Collins' ice-covered pond? And so they did.

Costs add up during Hampton fire chief's suspension

Official comment has been almost silent since an internal notice was posted in the fire stations on Sept. 24 to inform department members that 'Effective immediately Fire Chief Silver is on administrative leave.'

Drug-maker Merck to build biomass heating plant for Jaffrey facility in 2015

The massive energy needs of drug manufacturing have prompted some drugmakers to find ways to cut consumption and the carbon dioxide emissions that go with it.

Mass. man held for kidnapping charges in Portsmouth

Newport said Rodrick is being held in Massachusetts. He will have to waive extradition to be brought back to New Hampshire. This should occur within a week.

Claremont grand jury extended for dispatcher accused of sexual assault

Claremont — The deadline for a possible Sullivan County grand jury indictment against a former Claremont police dispatcher charged with aggravated sexual assault has been extended to mid-January, according to documents on file in Superior Court.

Ayotte, Shaheen take on VA over speeding benefits to vets

'We have been hearing from veterans in our state who are confused by the roll-out of this important program, and we remain concerned that it is not being implemented as Congress intended,' Ayotte and Shaheen wrote in a Nov. 24 letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

Ex-Timberlane teacher, coach convicted for child porn out of prison early

BRENTWOOD — A former Timberlane Middle School gym teacher, convicted of possessing child pornography, is out of jail early, thanks to a decision by a Rockingham County Superior Court judge.

Hiking once saved this Cambodian refugee's life — and now it's his therapy

In addition to his day job at a factory in Lowell, Pol became the first Cambodian ranger at Mt. Monadnock.

Portsmouth budget set to surpass $100M

City Manager John Bohenko pointed to substantial increases in energy costs and retirement payments, along with 2 percent cost-of-living adjustments for city workers and mandated step pay increases all affecting FY 2016.

Boys & Girls Club plans to merge into Concord clubs

CONCORD — The boards of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord yesterday announced that they have voted to enter into a management contract with intent to merge.

COAST bus route costly, but also a lifeline for Exeter woman

Exeter selectmen voted last week to send a letter to the communities on the route to encourage them to continue their funding for the route, which could be threatened after experiencing low ridership and a lack of financial support.

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