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This image provided by the Middletown Police Department shows Eric Lonergan  of Rio de Janeiro. Lonergan is accused of possessing a controlled substance and illegally obtaining or supplying drugs. Lonergan was one of four Wesleyan University students arrested Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015 in connection with about a dozen hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly. (AP Photo/Middletown Police Department)

Wesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations. The club-drug overdoses, which sent a total of 12 people to hospitals, are likely to bring more scrutiny to drug policies on …

Nemtsov a possible ‘sacrificial victim,’ investigators say

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin’s image and drive him from power. Russian investigators, politicians and political commentators on state television yesterday covered much ground in looking …

Sect leader wanted on sex charges arrested

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Brazilian authorities said yesterday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a “Maidens Group” at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota. A statement posted on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte state government reported the arrest …

New Hampshire officer buys suspect a meal, then charges her

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Manchester police officer investigating a theft bought a “desperate and hungry” suspect a meal at McDonald’s before charging her. The incident unfolded about 8:30 yesterday morning when officers Lisa Mackey and Kevin Gelinas responded to a call from a woman who said her purse had been stolen. …

Competence at center of ‘American Sniper’ murder trial

Friday, February 13, 2015

While defense attorneys mount an insanity defense for the former Marine on trial in the shooting deaths of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, prosecutors have described Eddie Ray Routh as a troubled drug …

Mexico condemns deadly police shooting in Washington state

Friday, February 13, 2015

The police officers who shot and killed a man accused of hurling rocks at officers in southeastern Washington state are drawing criticism from as far away as Mexico. The death Tuesday of orchard worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes is the …

FBI examining 3 slain in NC; family says it was hate crime

Friday, February 13, 2015

Muslim groups planned to take their demands for a federal hate-crime investigation of three young Muslims slain in North Carolina to the White House yesterday. The groups said on social media that they would hold prayers in front …

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Utah mother pleaded guilty yesterday to killing six of her newborns and storing their bodies in the garage, bringing a case prosecutors called uniquely heinous closer to resolution. Megan Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison when she’s sentenced April 20. Her voice broke as she …

Talks of a new Merrimack County Superior Court resurface in wake of fire

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bill McGraw was driving home from the supermarket two Sundays ago when he got an urgent call from his wife, who said she had just heard that smoke was wafting from a building at 163 N. Main St. …

Day pleads guilty to Epsom molestation charges, receives 20 years in prison

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kenneth Day pleaded guilty yesterday to molesting a now 10-year-old girl in Epsom last year, an offense that adds to a list of hundreds of other sexual assaults in Belknap County years ago. The 67-year-old admitted earlier this year to the other assaults and is serving 20 to …

Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prison

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted yesterday of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, Italian court officials said. Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of …

Police: Parking dispute sparks killings

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated a man to kill a woman, her newlywed husband and her sister at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina, police said yesterday. A Muslim advocacy organization asked …

DSK trial: Prostitute said orgy was like ‘antiquity’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Disgraced former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn sat nonchalantly with folded-arms and stretched legs today, before telling a French court he was completely unaware that women who participated in orgies at luxury hotels in Paris and Washington, …