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Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Searchers found human remains on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, that could be those of the University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference.  (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department, File)

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

Monday, October 20, 2014

The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged yesterday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse Matthew Jr. was handed up by a circuit court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment. Matthew, 32, is being held in Charlottesville, Va., on a charge related to the Sept. 13 disappearance of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia. Law enforcement officials who have been searching for Graham found human remains over the weekend and they were taken to the Virginia Medical Examiner’s …

Autopsies: Fremont man strangled girlfriend, shot himself

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire authorities say a man strangled his girlfriend and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Attorney General Joe Foster said Monday the woman, identified as 52-year-old Mary Lucas of Fremont, was found dead in her home on Friday. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Michael Porter of Fremont, was found dead in a truck in town. Autopsies were completed New Hampshire Deputy …

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Monday, October 20, 2014

The police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend said yesterday it could be the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has told them his victims might go back 20 years. Hammond police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that …

Supreme Court rejects appeal of man who shot officer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A man convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a Manchester police officer had his appeal rejected yesterday by New Hampshire’s highest court. Myles Webster’s lawyer had argued that the release of Webster’s booking photo five …

New Hampshire jury convicts reputed cartel member

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A federal jury yesterday convicted a man of working with others to expand the cocaine-trafficking empire of one of the world’s most notorious drug networks into northern New England and Europe. The jury convicted Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, a member of Mexico’s violent Sinaloa cartel, of conspiracy to …

State Supreme Court takes up convicted murderer Breest’s appeal

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday considered whether Robert Breest, a 76-year-old convicted murderer, should be allowed to seek a new trial because of recently discovered DNA evidence that calls into question a key element in his case. Breest …

Indiana police: Megabus crashes, 18 injured

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis yesterday after striking a crashed car, leaving 18 people with mostly minor injuries, the police said. The bus, operated by Megabus, was traveling from …

Egypt condemns 7 to death over soldiers’ killing

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Egyptian court sentenced seven convicted Islamic militants to death yesterday – all but one in absentia – over the killing of 25 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula last year. The ruling focused on chief suspect Adel Habarra, who is in custody and was previously convicted in connection …

Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Former U.S. representative Gabby Giffords yesterday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former …

Police: 2 park rangers stabbed at Boston Common

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A homeless man was arrested yesterday in what the police said was the unprovoked stabbing of two park rangers at Boston Common, the beloved park in the heart of city. One of the rangers, a 46-year-old sergeant, suffered life-threatening injuries and was in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital; …

Maine, most other states don’t regulate hayrides

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Maine, like most states, doesn’t have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more than 20 others. A mechanical …

Wind sends bounce house flying, hurting 2 toddlers

Monday, October 13, 2014

The police and fire officials yesterday were working to find out why an inflatable bounce house lifted off the ground and flew some 40 feet across a farm before crashing down and injuring two toddlers who were inside. Authorities said two boys, ages 2 and 3, had climbed …

Franklin man dies in Canterbury crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

A 24-year-old Franklin man died this morning after a car crash on Interstate 93 in Canterbury. Joseph Nelson was pronounced dead at Concord Hospital, said Lt. Greg Ferry of the state police. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the state …