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CAMP MACKALL, N.C. (AP) — Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It's after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report shows New Hampshire's child protection agency fielded a record number of calls in the last year, but the number of children removed from their homes has leveled off, and exits from foster care have begun to outpace entries.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A former state youth detention center counselor accused of repeatedly raping a teenage boy in the 1990s faced his accuser in a courtroom for the first time Friday.

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PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony inside a New Hampshire church Saturday, shooting two people including the presiding bishop before guests tackled the shooter and pinned him to the ground until police arrived, authorities said.

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UNITY — Every October in rural New England, many apple trees fill with fruit that ultimately goes unpicked. There may be several reasons for their neglect. Sometimes the owners are unable to pick them. In other cases, the owners may not know what to do with the apples, either because there a…

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MERIDEN — The Aidron Duckworth Museum will be closing at the end of October and is giving a final exhibition of the artist’s work, as well as a sampling of artists who have exhibited there over the years. “Exhibition XXXIV: The Multitudes Contained,” examines the theme of the multifaceted self.

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CLAREMONT — October has been a busy month for the Claremont Fire Department. Last night the Claremont Firefighters Association held its 134th Annual Fire Prevention Parade to the delight of residents and families. The parade, held every October in celebration of National Fire Prevention Mont…

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Dan Szczesny, author, travel writer and journalist from Manchester, will be the featured speaker at St. Joseph Church’s annual Coffee Hour on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 am. His illustrated talk, “Polish Boy Abroad: Coming Home to My Polish Roots,” will take place in the church hall at 58 Elm St. …

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CLAREMONT — The City Council agreed to lease four parcels of unused land on River Road to a solar project Wednesday. The project is expected to yield approximately $3 million in total city revenue over 20 years and may provide low-cost energy to municipal buildings.

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Food Connects, a marketing, networking and delivery nonprofit that works with small and organic farms and food producers, scored $45,000 from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) this week – one of eight grants by the agency aimed at increasing con…

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RUTLAND, Vt. — Following the autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday, the Vermont State Police is able to positively identify the victim found deceased Tuesday in Salisbury as Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland. The cause of death is gunshot wounds, and the manner …