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Man burned by exploding e-cigarette sues maker, vendor

Friday, February 12, 2016

A New Hampshire man who was severely burned after the battery of an electric cigarette exploded in his pocket is suing the maker of the cigarette and the store that sold it to him. Matthew Gilson was hospitalized last month with second- and third-degree burns he received on his legs and hands after the battery of his e-cigarette combusted while …

Animal rights protest scrapped after ‘greased pig’ dust-up

Friday, February 12, 2016

An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a “Greased Pig on Ice,” but withdrew it after learning there’s no pig in the act – just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail. Steve Smith, an …

Court orders ex-officer to pay $10,000 in inheritance case

Friday, February 12, 2016

A former Portsmouth police officer, whose $2 million inheritance from a woman’s disputed will was overturned, has been ordered to pay more than $10,000. A judge in August dismissed Geraldine Webber’s 2012 will and trust, saying that former police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin acted on Webber’s “fears and hopes” to extract her inheritance, which included a waterfront home, Cadillac, stocks and bonds. The Portsmouth …

Q&A: Why your chip card only works in some stores

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you’re like many shoppers, you’ve had a momentary blip of confusion – or maybe several of them – at a checkout counter lately. That’s because some stores have outfitted themselves with payment terminals that use your credit card’s new, more secure chip technology. Some stores haven’t. And …

Talking to Marco Rubio: The scripted candidate gets chatty

Friday, February 12, 2016

Marco Rubio suddenly wants to talk. At 22,000 feet, sipping Dr. Pepper and sharing his stash of Twix bars. In a Cracker Barrel over blueberry pancakes. At a news conference until there are no more questions. He chats …

‘Finally:’ Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

Friday, February 12, 2016

With a hug and an exclamation of “Finally!” Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism …

Syria: Diplomats aim for truce

Friday, February 12, 2016

A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria’s civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender …

Primary 2016: Contenders fight for minority voters in S.C.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald …

Political Monitor podcast: With big wins for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, what’s next?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Monitor staffers Ray Duckler, Jon Van Fleet and Clay Wirestone pick up the pieces after a wild and crazy New Hampshire primary. Where do we go from here, you ask? How about South Carolina? …

Political Monitor quiz for Feb. 12: The results are in edition

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bernie! Donald! It was a night of high excitement Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans doing what the pollsters had dared them to -- pick the outsider candidates by big margins. But there were other stories and bits of …

Hassan, Ayotte continue to spar over People’s Pledge

Friday, February 12, 2016

Democrat Maggie Hassan is raising the stakes in the debate over how to limit outside spending in her U.S. Senate race against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte. But rather than sign the so-called People’s Pledge to limit outside spending …

Hunting for the primary’s dollar impact amid Meals and Rooms Tax data

Friday, February 12, 2016

If there’s any place where spending due to the presidential primary will show up, it’s in the revenue reports used to calculate the state’s Meals and Rooms Tax. So that’s where the Monitor decided to look. We checked …

How much money does the primary leave in its wake? Less than you think

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attention that New Hampshire gets from standing at the front of the presidential primary line is nice, but there’s another reason to put up with the endless pollster phone calls and traffic blocked by campaign events: Money. …