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Nov 27, 2012

Rhode Island to leave “Christmas” out of tree ceremony

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Rhode Island will go ahead with plans to hold a “holiday tree” lighting ceremony in the state capital despite controversy last year over Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision to avoid using the word “Christmas” in reference the tree.

The announcement on Tuesday that the state would hold a tree-lighting ceremony in Providence came just 24 hours after the governor’s spokeswoman said the annual event had been scrubbed. Last year, protesters interrupted the ceremony with demands the conifer be officially referred to as a “Christmas tree.”

Nov 20, 2012

Former Senator Warren Rudman, budget deal architect, dies

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Former Senator Warren Rudman, a moderate New Hampshire Republican known for a budget deal that helped slash government deficits in the 1990s, died on Monday at age 82, state officials said.

Rudman, who had been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, served in the Senate from 1980 to 1993. He was best known for his work in the 1980s on what became the Gramm-Rudman Act — a bipartisan budget agreement that triggered automatic cuts to federal spending if the deficit exceeded certain targets.

Nov 8, 2012

Guilty plea in costly arson fire on nuclear submarine in Maine

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – A former painter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine who admitted using a cigarette lighter to ignite a fire that caused about $400 million in damage to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine simply to get out of work pleaded guilty on Thursday to arson.

The blaze set by Casey James Fury, 24, in May aboard the attack submarine USS Miami, which was in dry dock for repairs at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine, burned for 12 hours and injured five emergency responders battling the flames.

Oct 18, 2012

Cow manure from dairy farms to boost skiers at Vermont resort

, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Cow manure will be used
to power skiers to the top of a Vermont resort this winter as
part of a growing effort to generate electricity from a
byproduct of the state’s iconic dairy farms.

Killington, one of the largest ski resorts in New England,
will use 300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity made from manure
generated on 13 farms this year to run its K-1 Express Gondola
to the top of the resort’s namesake 4,241-foot peak, a
spokeswoman for the resort said on Thursday.

Oct 17, 2012

Maine town is shaken by Zumba prostitution scandal

KENNEBUNK, Maine (Reuters) – Every summer, vacationers come to this lighthouse-studded stretch of the Maine coast to nibble on lobster and admire the scenery.

Now locals are confronting allegations that dozens of men from the surrounding area have also been visiting the picturesque town of Kennebunk to rendezvous with a Zumba fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution business out of her downtown studio.

Oct 5, 2012

Maine Republicans blast opponent for World of Warcraft play

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A Maine Senate race has turned into a fight over trolls, dwarves and goblin-like creatures known as orcs.

In a mailing this week, state Republicans accused Democrat Colleen Lachowicz of living in a fantasy world and making “crude, vicious and violent comments” in online forums dedicated to World of Warcraft, a popular online game.

Sep 30, 2012

Bonnie, Clyde guns stay together after high bidder pays 311,900 pounds

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Two pistols found on the bodies of famed Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed by a posse in 1934 have sold at auction on Sunday for 311,900 pounds.

A snub-nosed .38 special found taped to the inside of Parker’s thigh with white medical tape fetched $264,000 (163,376 pounds) at an auction in Nashua, New Hampshire. A Colt .45 recovered from the waistband of Barrow’s pants was purchased for $240,000.

Sep 30, 2012

Bonnie, Clyde guns stay together after high bidder pays $500,000

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Two pistols found on the bodies of famed Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed by a posse in 1934 have sold at auction on Sunday for $504,000.

A snub-nosed .38 special found taped to the inside of Parker’s thigh with white medical tape fetched $264,000 at an auction in Nashua, New Hampshire. A Colt .45 recovered from the waistband of Barrow’s pants was purchased for $240,000.

Sep 12, 2012

New England mob boss to plead guilty in strip club extortion scheme

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The suspected former head of the New England mafia will plead guilty to a charge of racketeering for participating in a scheme to extort protection payments from Rhode Island strip clubs and adult bookstores.

Anthony DiNunzio, 53, of East Boston, Massachusetts agreed to enter the plea in federal court in Rhode Island on Thursday, the Justice Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Jun 26, 2012

From cuisine to circuses, summer camps target bored kids

HIGHGATE, Vermont (Reuters) – Ten-year-old Max Oreck had been planning to spend much of his summer vacation playing computer games and watching television.

Then his mom told the Asheville, North Carolina fifth-grader he was going to summer camp.