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Social workers and relatives of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash arrive at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2015, to depart on a special flight, offered by Lufthansa airline, to Marseille, southern France. They are planning to visit the crash site in the French Alps near Seyne-les-Alpes. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

French prosecutor: German copilot wanted to ‘destroy’ the plane

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings copilot “intentionally” sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said today. In a news conference in Paris, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin laid out the horrifying conclusions reached by French aviation investigators after listening to the …

Barnstead teen gets 20 years for near-fatal stabbing in Bear Brook State Park

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The two victims of Samantha Heath’s extreme brutality sat on opposite ends of a crowded Concord courtroom yesterday, one in tears, the other cooing in newborn abandon. It had been more than a year since the tearful one, Andrea Halvorsen, lay dying on a snowbank in Bear Brook State Park, stabbed 16 times …

Pressure cooker parts, BBs, found in marathon bombers’ home

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other potential bomb components were found inside Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s family apartment, an FBI agent testified yesterday. The items were found during a search four days after the 2013 terrorism attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev’s lawyers have admitted that he and his older brother, Tamerlan, planted and detonated …

Teens injured in head-on collision on South Stark Highway in Weare

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A head-on collision that injured multiple people caused the police to close South Stark Highway in Weare for a few hours Tuesday night. The Weare police and fire and rescue departments responded to the accident on South Stark Highway near Duck Pond Road shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, …

Gas leak temporarily evacuates Keene medical supply office

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Firefighters said a gas leak led to a temporary evacuation at a medical supplies building in Keene yesterday. The fire department said there was a leak near Smith’s Medical about 7:50 a.m. yesterday. The leak didn’t stop after an emergency shutoff was activated. Fire crews eventually stopped the …

Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged yesterday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life …

Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps; Europe in shock

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive yesterday midway through a flight from Spain to …

‘You’re out of order!’: Belknap County commissioners’ chairmanship dispute heads to court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A dispute between Belknap County’s commissioners that went viral earlier this month may be headed to trial, after the ousted chairman of the board decided to ask a judge to answer: Who is the true chairman? When three …

Victim advocates: Virginia case may do harm

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

With the account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia debunked by the police, advocates for sexual assault survivors are worried a movement that gained tremendous momentum in the past year could suffer a setback. …

Authorities: No evidence of frat gang rape at UVA

Monday, March 23, 2015

A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, described in graphic detail in a Rolling Stone article, showed no evidence the attack took place and was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said yesterday. The article entitled “A rape on …

New Orleans: Millionaire Durst held without bond

Monday, March 23, 2015

A magistrate yesterday ordered millionaire Robert Durst held without bond on weapons charges in Louisiana and said the man accused of killing his friend 15 years ago in California was both a flight risk and a danger to …

Scaffolding falls from N.C. high-rise project, killing 3

Monday, March 23, 2015

Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, N.C., killing three men and sending another to a hospital. Jeffrey Hammerstein, community outreach chief for …

Community reels after 7 siblings perish in deadly N.Y. house fire

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The tight-knit Orthodox Jewish New York City community where seven siblings perished in a deadly Sabbath fire was still reeling yesterday as funeral services for the children were being prepared. “I call this not a tragedy but an …