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David Daleiden, right, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week, arrives with attorney Jared Woodfill for court after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Texas: Anti-abortion activist rejects probation offer

Friday, February 5, 2016

An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge, said he is prepared to head to trial if he can’t quash the indictment and isn’t interested in a probation offer that would keep Daleiden out of prison. Daleiden surrendered to authorities Thursday, posted $3,000 bond and made two court appearances. He then briefly spoke to about 30 supporters who had gathered outside the courthouse, thanking them for their support and …

Grand jury indicts 16 people in Oregon

Friday, February 5, 2016

By MARK BERMAN and LEAH SOTTILE Washington Post A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and 15 other people “prevented federal officials from performing their official duties by force, threats and intimidation,” according …

Lawsuit claims Northfield school failed to prevent student sexual abuse, despite warnings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing a special education school in Northfield, claiming officials there failed to prevent a fellow student from sexually assaulting him. In a complaint filed Monday in federal court, they said the boy reported several incidents of sexual harassment last year to employees at the Spaulding Youth Center, but that the school never adequately intervened or even …

Ray Duckler: Aaron Keller, the Silver Fox of ‘Making a Murderer,’ has become part of the story

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Once Aaron Keller’s hair is in place, it barely budges. Same as sharing his feelings about a high-profile murder case. He stands firm. Keller, who teaches English composition and communications at New Hampshire Technical Institute, was a TV …

Accused mastermind behind stabbing admits guilt, but argues insanity

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kyle Buffum knew hardship as a child, but by early 2013, his young adulthood seemed to be blossoming. He was newly engaged, living in a comfortable Concord duplex with his fiancée and close friends, and earning decent money …

New Hampshire sex offender registry may see new guidelines

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Hampshire lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would set new guidelines for select sex offenders who petition to get off the state’s offender registry because their convictions predated the registry’s creation in 1994. The bill, SB 468, would prohibit petitioners from being eligible if they …

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo to donate millions of water bottles to Flint students

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo said Tuesday that they will donate up to 6.5 million bottles of water to schoolchildren in Flint, Mich., to help with the public health emergency caused by the city’s lead-tainted water. The companies …

Expert: Escaped California inmates must have had inside help

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Three California inmates who sawed through a metal grate, crawled through plumbing tunnels and shimmied to freedom down a rope made from bed linens likely had help pulling off the daring plan and also benefited from the complacency …

Nearly six months after sex assault charges, Canterbury police Chief John LaRoche resigns

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Embattled Canterbury police Chief John LaRoche resigned from his position with the town Monday as he prepares to defend himself against sexual assault charges in court. Canterbury Town Administrator Ken Folsom said selectmen voted to accept his resignation, …

Fire destroys historic house once owned by painter

Monday, January 25, 2016

A historic New Hampshire house once owned by impressionist painter Edmund Tarbell was destroyed by a fire over the weekend. New Castle residents said flames broke out at the Portsmouth Avenue home at around 9 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters …

Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a …

Sentences for young murderers limited by U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, January 25, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court gave retroactive effect to a 2012 ruling that banned automatic life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murderers, in a decision that may apply to hundreds of inmates. The 6-3 ruling came in the case of Henry Montgomery, a Louisiana man still in prison for killing a …

Man escapes Franklin fire, but house left in ruins

Sunday, January 24, 2016

As he glanced out the window at the charred remains of his Nelson Street home Sunday, Ed Bloom said he knew how lucky he was to be alive. Sitting in his neighbor’s living room, Bloom, an 86-year-old Franklin …