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Apr 17, 2013

New Hampshire lawmaker apologizes for calling women “vaginas”

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A New Hampshire state representative apologized on Wednesday for using “vagina” as a synonym for “woman” in a mass email to lawmakers as part of a gun-law debate.

Representative Peter Hansen was responding to fellow Republican Representative Steve Vaillancourt, who had urged repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. The 2011 law allows use of deadly force even if people could safely retreat from a threatening situation.

Apr 9, 2013

Jury finds Exxon liable for $236.4 million in pollution suit

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A New Hampshire jury on Tuesday found Exxon Mobil Corp liable for $236.4 million in a civil lawsuit that charged the oil company had polluted groundwater in the state with a gasoline additive used to reduce smog in the 1970s and 1980s.

Following a three-month trial, jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding that the world’s largest publicly traded oil company acted negligently in contaminating the groundwater with the additive MTBE, said Jessica Grant, a lawyer who represented the state.

Mar 27, 2013

New Hampshire House votes to repeal “stand your ground” law

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s Democrat-controlled House of Representatives narrowly voted on Wednesday to repeal a controversial 2011 law that expanded the rights of citizens to use deadly force rather than retreat when they felt threatened.

The National Rifle Association and gun rights supporters had campaigned to defeat the bill repealing the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, arguing the change would embolden criminals and lead to greater violence against women.

Mar 21, 2013

Settlement may be near for forcibly tattooed New Hampshire teen: lawyer

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The family of a New Hampshire teenager who was assaulted and forcibly tattooed on the buttocks by four older students during school hours hope to reach a settlement with the school district, their lawyer said on Thursday.

Michael and Tammy Austin had sought unspecified damages from the district in Concord, New Hampshire, which they say failed to provide a safe environment for their son, who had been bullied leading up to the May 2010 incident.

Mar 14, 2013

New Hampshire lawmakers reject bill to allow guns in schools

CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A bill that would have required New Hampshire school districts to vote on whether to allow teachers and other employees to carry concealed firearms on school property was defeated in a rare setback for the gun lobby in the New England state.

Under the proposed law, individual districts would have been required to decide whether to allow school employees who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon to do so on campus.

Jan 31, 2013

Cod quotas slashed in New England amid dwindling stocks

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New England’s once mighty fishing industry suffered a blow on Wednesday after a council voted to cut cod fishing quotas by more than 50 percent this year amidst sharply declining North Atlantic stocks of the bottom-feeder.

At a meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to slash the legal harvest of cod in the Gulf of Maine by 77 percent to 1,550 metric tons for the fishing season beginning May 1, said Pat Fiorelli, a spokeswoman for the council.

Jan 24, 2013

Maine commission approves $120 million floating windmill project

, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Maine’s utility
commission has approved a $120 million pilot project to erect
four floating windmills in its coastal ocean waters, where wind
speeds are stronger and more consistent than on land.

The project by Norway’s Statoil, the company that
seeks to expand testing of a new technology to allow wind power
to be generated in deep oceanic waters, would provide enough
power for about 7,000 Maine homes.

Jan 4, 2013

Two face charges of smuggling narwhal tusks into US from Canada

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Two Americans face federal arraignment next week in Maine on charges that they were part of a smuggling ring that brought narwhal tusks into the United States from Canada for illegal sale.

Selling narwhal tusks is legal in Canada, where the Inuits hunt them for subsistence, but it is not allowed in the United States.

Dec 11, 2012

Yale names new toothy dinosaur Obamadon after smiling president

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Researchers at Yale University have named a newly discovered dinosaur ‘Obamadon gracilis’ in honor of the 44th president’s toothy grin.

The small, insect-eating lizard was first discovered in eastern Montana in 1974 but a recent re-examination showed the fossil had been wrongly classified as a Leptochamops denticulatus and was, in fact, a new species, researchers told Reuters on Tuesday.

Dec 4, 2012

New Hampshire man accused of spreading hepatitis C denies charges

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A traveling hospital technician accused of spreading hepatitis C to more than 30 former patients nationwide has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of tampering with a consumer product and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

David Kwiatkowski, 33, was arraigned in federal court Monday in Concord N.H. A trial is scheduled for February but is unlikely to begin until later due to the complexity of the case, his lawyer, Bjorn Lange, said in an interview on Tuesday.