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Ray Stevens listens as his attorney makes her case before the judge sentenced him Wednesday in Merrimack Superior court.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You are not welcome here,” read another. “You …

Judges deny attempted cop-killer’s bid for shorter sentence

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A panel of New Hampshire judges has denied the bid for a shorter prison sentence for a man convicted of trying to kill a Manchester police officer. In a one-sentence ruling released Wednesday, the judges unanimously upheld the 60-years-to life sentence for 25-year-old Myles Webster. He was convicted of attempted murder after shooting …

Kentucky clerk, citing God, defies courts on gay marriage

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Invoking “God’s authority,” a Kentucky county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. “It is not a light issue for me,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said later through her …

Casey Anthony prosecutor: No crime committed on website

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he committed no crime and never followed through with an affair on the cheating website, Ashley Madison. …

Rape accusations and school traditions on display in Labrie case

Saturday, August 22, 2015

It began with a headline moving across the wire last weekend: “Rape case points to sordid tradition at elite prep school.” “When his trial begins Monday, prosecutors are expected to call current and former students to testify about …

Raging wildfires grow by 100 square miles

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Reduced winds Saturday helped firefighters gain the upper hand against a series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington that earlier left three firefighters dead. The Okanogan Complex of wildfires was measured at 355 square miles Saturday, about 100 …

Explosion rips through chemical plant in eastern China

Saturday, August 22, 2015

An explosion ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China and triggered a fire Saturday night, state media said, just over a week after a similar blast at a Chinese chemical warehouse killed more than 100 people. At least nine people were injured in the explosion in the …

No injuries as car flips, lands on roof in Hopkinton

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A 17-year-old male lost control of his 2004 Ford Explorer and flipped the vehicle while heading west on Broad Cove Road in Hopkinton on Saturday night. Neither the driver nor his passenger in the vehicle were injured. State …

Washington tragedy highlights firefighters’ youth, passion

Saturday, August 22, 2015

One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to school to earn …

France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before two American passengers subdued him, officials said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern France where …

Concord: St. Paul’s tackles ‘hookup’ culture

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A New Hampshire prep school that has educated some of the nation’s elite for more than a century and a half is confronting a campus practice of sexual conquest after a senior was charged with raping a 15-year-old …

Michael Jordan awarded $8.9M for store’s use of his name

Saturday, August 22, 2015

On Friday, a jury ordered a defunct grocery store chain to pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his name without permission. It was a big win for the former Chicago Bulls basketball player, who was smiling after …

Autopsy: Suspect killed by St. Louis police was shot in back

Saturday, August 22, 2015

An autopsy showed that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence-plagued neighborhood died from a single wound in the back, police said Friday. St. Louis police Chief …