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In this July 6, 2014, photo released by the Bangor Police Department, the department's stuffed "duck of justice" greets the sunrise from atop a police cruiser in Bangor, Maine. The mascot, a wood duck that had been stuffed by a taxidermist and rescued from a trash compactor, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its departmental Facebook page, and is being used as a new way of engaging with the public. (AP Photo/Bangor Police Department)

Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Police officers in a Maine city believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. The duck, dubbed “Duck of Justice” or “DOJ,” appears in pictures … 0

New York police see risks with drones’ popularity

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities said, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge. Even though it’s illegal to fly the devices just about anywhere in New … 0

Mazzaglia will be tried on escape plot charge

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in October 2012 will be sentenced in August. Prosecutors said yesterday they also intend to prosecute Seth Mazzaglia, 31, of Dover on a charge that he enlisted a cellmate to help plot his escape. Prosecutor Peter Hinckley told WMUR yesterday … 0

2 injured in July 4th fireworks mishap in Pelham

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Hampshire officials said two people were injured – one of them severely – in a fireworks accident Friday in Pelham. Authorities are not immediately releasing the names of the injured adults. State Fire Marshal William Degnan and Pelham fire Chief James Midgley said one of the adults … 3

new york city: Firefighter dies in blaze

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A high-rise blaze that killed a New York City fire lieutenant started in a pinched electrical cord in a cluttered apartment, fire officials said yesterday, adding that the fire had been ruled accidental. An airconditioner cord was pinned … 0

Body found on railroad tracks in downtown Concord

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Concord Police Department is investigating the circumstances that led to a man’s death and his body being found yesterday morning on the railroad tracks behind the former liquor warehouse on Storrs Street. Someone called the police about 11:45 a.m. to report finding the body, Lt. John Thomas … 0

4 confirmed dead in Fla. boat collision

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Three boats collided near a Miami marina around the end of a fireworks display, killing four and injuring a dozen others in a chaotic scene that left bodies and survivors tossed overboard. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the crash Friday night near the Dinner Key Marina in … 0

Man drowns on lake; struggled before going under

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A 65-year-old man drowned Friday while swimming on Duncan Lake in Ossipee. The Marine Patrol of the New Hampshire State Police said the accident happened about 5 p.m. The man was swimming across a cove when he began struggling. Family and friends swam out to try to help, … 0

Courts still sorting blame in hepatitis C outbreak

Friday, July 4, 2014

Two years after a cardiac technician was accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C, a handful of patients are still suing Exeter Hospital, which is pursuing its own lawsuit seeking help to cover its settlement costs. A federal court judge recently set a July 2016 trial date for … 0

Police identify driver in fatal accident on I-89 in Lebanon

Friday, July 4, 2014

The police have identified the woman who was killed when she lost control of her car as she swerved to avoid traffic, possibly backed up because of downed wires on the road ahead. The driver was 24-year-old Heidi Rabidoux of Colchester, Vt. She was alone in the car. … 0

Jury selection done for marathon suspect friend

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A jury has been selected for the obstruction trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Twenty-year-old Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after last year’s deadly attack. Three people were killed and … 0

Northern California wildfire continues to grow

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County continues to grow, officials said yesterday. By early evening, the Butts Fire in remote Pope … 0

Family members in park fight sent to higher court

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The cases of three Vermont family members have been bound over to superior court on charges they assaulted police officers at a Salem amusement park when they were told to leave their knives in the car. The Perry family tried to enter Canobie Lake Park in Salem on … 0