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Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington,Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, about Ferguson, Missouri. The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson’s decision to reject the deal left the department no choice except to file a civil-rights lawsuit. “The residents …

Philip Morris defeats ex-smokers’ bid for cancer screening

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Philip Morris USA won the trial of a lawsuit in which longtime Marlboro smokers sought company-paid annual chest scans for lung cancer. A jury of eight men and two women in Boston on Wednesday rejected the claim that Marlboros are “defective” and “unreasonably dangerous.” The lawsuit, filed 10 years ago, pushed the boundaries …

Ice climber rescued after fall in White Mountains

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An ice climber from Massachusetts was rescued Sunday from a mountain near Crawford Notch State Park on Sunday after falling about 20 feet to a ledge below. Peter Lindahl, 36, of Medford, Mass., had reached Upper Hitchcock Gully …

Carbon monoxide ‘close call’ in Pembroke prompts consideration of danger

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

His wife made out the sound of the alarm from their bedroom. His dog, Simon, was softly whimpering, perhaps “under the influence a little bit, not knowing what was going on,” because of the gas. But Joe Cloutier was fast asleep at his Pembroke home about 3 a.m. …

Disabled homeless man dies after being hit by oncoming traffic

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A disabled homeless man who was struck by a car Thursday in Concord has died, according to Concord Hospital. The death was confirmed Sunday afternoon. Gene Parker, 52, was navigating his wheelchair along the eastbound shoulder of Interstate 393 when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle around …

Police chase in Vermont leads to arrest of alleged Hooksett robbery suspect

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Police on Saturday arrested a 17-year-old in Vermont more than 12 hours after he allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded cash before fleeing on foot from the Common Man General Store located off Interstate 93 South in Hooksett. According to a press release, police identified the suspect, whose …

Tip about van led to arrest of escapees in San Francisco

Saturday, January 30, 2016

After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was an observant citizen who led police to the two remaining fugitives who broke out of a California jail eight days ago using a Google Earth map …

Drug courts uncertain in Merrimack County

Friday, January 29, 2016

As lawmakers consider a proposal to fund drug courts across New Hampshire, one of the state’s most populous counties, Merrimack, still has yet to commit to the program – though preparations are under way here just the same. Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau said a federal training …

$31M verdict to former Seabrook Wal-Mart employee

Friday, January 29, 2016

A jury has awarded more than $31 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart pharmacist in a Seabrook store who claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting safety concerns about co-workers dispensing prescriptions. Maureen McPadden, an 18-year employee at Wal-Mart, was fired in 2012 after losing her pharmacy …

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber file notice of appeal

Friday, January 29, 2016

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed a notice of appeal. The notice filed Friday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t describe any grounds for appeal. Those will be spelled out later in a separate filing. One of the grounds is expected to …

Authorities: 1 of 3 fugitive inmates arrested in California

Friday, January 29, 2016

Police arrested one of three violent fugitive inmates on Friday after he told a woman in the same city where the jailbreak occurred a week ago that he wanted to surrender, authorities said. The other two men remain …

Well-known homeless man struck by car on I-393

Friday, January 29, 2016

A disabled man in a wheelchair sustained serious injuries Thursday night in Concord when he was hit by a car along the shoulder of Interstate 393 near the intersection with North Main Street, according to police. Authorities said the victim, who they had yet to name, was rushed …