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Gay rights activists in China sue over electric shock therapy

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gay rights activists in China sued a counseling center yesterday for its offers to cure homosexuality through “gay conversion therapy” – the first lawsuit of its kind in a country where gay people are granted few rights and little recognition. Gay activists staged a protest outside a Beijing court before the case was heard and said they hoped that the trial would persuade the medical community to change its policies … 0

Appeal to be filed Aug. 14 for Whitey Bulger

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lawyers for former crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger said they’ll file their appeal of his 2013 convictions with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 14. Eighty-four-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison. He was convicted in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s. The notice yesterday didn’t give details. Bulger’s lawyers … 0

Henniker police warn residents about Green Dot MoneyPak scams

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Henniker police are urging residents not to fall prey to a money scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Over the past few months, the police have received reports from about a half-dozen residents who said they had gotten the scam calls. No one who reported the scam had given over any money. In most cases, the police said, a caller contacts residents … 0

Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A college friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted yesterday of trying to protect the Boston Marathon bombing suspect by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room … 1

ATV driver who abandoned vehicle faces charges in Stewartstown

Monday, July 21, 2014

A search for the driver of an abandoned ATV has led to a man facing charges in Stewartstown. The police said a landowner confronted a man in an ATV near the end of his 800-foot driveway. When he asked the driver for some identification and tried to retrieve … 0

Mass. woman sues Nashua hospital over mother’s death

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Massachusetts woman has sued a New Hampshire hospital for $2 million about three years after her mother died of a heart attack, saying doctors failed to diagnose it. Mariann Gobbi recently filed the lawsuit against St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua in federal court in Concord. The Telegraph … 0

New Mexico: Other attacks probed after transients killed

Monday, July 21, 2014

The police in New Mexico were investigating whether three teenagers suspected of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole were responsible for dozens of other attacks on transients in recent months. Alex Rios, 18, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, … 0

Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles. While yesterday’s weather had slight improvements … 0

Judge tosses out lawsuit against Rymes Proprane

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A local oil company did not break the law last summer when it lowered its fuel prices well below those of its competitors, a federal judge has ruled. United States District Court Judge Landya McCafferty threw out the case brought by Concord’s Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Co. … 0

Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Florida jury has slammed the nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in … 1

Concord police arrest man on prowling charges; look for suspect in break-in

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Concord police arrested a man who they said was poking around homes yesterday, and they are still looking for a man who they said broke into a house off Kensington Road on Friday. The police arrested Alexander Papastefanou, 30, yesterday and charged him with prowling. He was … 1

Concord police investigating stabbing at White Park

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A 19-year-old male was stabbed at White Park early yesterday morning, the Concord police said. At 2:40 a.m., the police responded to the report near the intersection of Centre and Washington streets, where they discovered a male victim they said was suffering from a stab wound. He was … 0

3 years on, girl’s unsolved slaying haunts town

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An 11-year-old girl whose disappearance prompted a massive search before her body was found against a dam in the Connecticut River remains a haunting presence in her small rural town. Celina Cass was last seen hunched over a … 0