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Apr 13, 2012

Suspected killer of New Hampshire police chief found dead

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The man suspected in the fatal shooting of a New Hampshire police chief days away from retirement was found dead at the scene of a drug raid, along with a woman who was with him, officials said Friday.

Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed and four officers were wounded Thursday night when gunfire erupted as they tried to execute a search warrant in the suburban community outside the seaside city of Portsmouth.

Apr 12, 2012

U.S. woman charged in Rwanda genocide case freed from prison

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A New Hampshire woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide was released from prison on Thursday, nearly a month after her immigration fraud trial ended in a mistrial.

Beatrice Munyenyezi, 41, walked out of federal prison in New Hampshire after spending 21 months behind bars following her arrest for allegedly failing to disclose on immigration forms she had participated in killings and other war crimes during the genocide that left 800,000 dead in the central African nation. She has denied any involvement in genocide.

Mar 30, 2012

New Hampshire woman to be tried again in Rwandan genocide

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A New Hampshire woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide to win asylum in the United States will face a second trial on immigration fraud charges following an earlier mistrial.

Federal prosecutors on Friday notified a court in Concord that they would not drop charges against Beatrice Munyenyezi, 41, who they accuse of helping to organize mass killings and rapes in the southern Rwandan town of Butare 18 years ago.

Mar 29, 2012

Gay clubs emerge at U.S. military academies

NORTHFIELD, Vermont (Reuters) – When Joshua Fontanez began training as a cadet at Norwich University in 2008, he kept silent about his sexuality for fear of being expelled from the military school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Now after the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a gay pride group he helped found is staging a “Queer Prom” and a “Condom Olympics” as part of the first gay pride week at any of the nation’s public and private military academies. Events kicked off on Monday.

Mar 29, 2012

Gay clubs enjoy freedom to emerge at military academies

NORTHFIELD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – When Joshua Fontanez began training as a cadet at Norwich University in 2008, he kept silent about his sexuality for fear of being expelled from the military school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Now after the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a gay pride group he helped found is staging a “Queer Prom” and a “Condom Olympics” as part of the first gay pride week at any of the nation’s public and private military academies. Events kicked off on Monday.

Mar 28, 2012

Racial strategy by gay marriage foes draws criticism

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – A confidential memo saying the best way to fight same-sex marriage is to drive “a wedge between gays and blacks” and manipulate Latinos drew criticism on Wednesday in the weeks ahead of a vote to ban gay marriage in North Carolina.

The memo written by the National Organization for Marriage was made public late Monday as part of a lawsuit in Maine, where voters will consider a November referendum to legalize gay marriage.

Mar 22, 2012

Bagel pioneer Murray Lender dies at 81 in Florida

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Murray Lender, who made a traditionally Jewish food a staple of American cuisine and built a frozen bagel empire, died on Wednesday in Miami Beach, Florida, after a 10-week illness. He was 81.

He became the face of Lender’s Bagels in the 1970s and 1980s when he appeared on television advertisements encouraging people unfamiliar with bagels to try them.

Mar 20, 2012

Please don’t plant the daisies – or we’ll sue

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Growing even faster than the daisies and daffodils Kimberly Bois planted outside her condo unit in memory of her mother are the fines imposed by her condominium association, which is suing to force her to rip the flowers out.

The first day of spring on Tuesday was marked by another $50 daily fine imposed on Bois by the management at Atlantic Pointe condominiums in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for allegedly violating a policy aimed at maintaining the homes’ uniform look.

Mar 6, 2012

Former Maine governor seeks Snowe’s Senate seat as independent

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Former Maine Governor Angus King has announced he’ll run as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Olympia Snowe, complicating Senate Democrats’ efforts to defend their majority in November.

A poll released on Tuesday by the Democratic aligned Public Policy Polling showed King, who announced his bid late Monday, with a favorability rating of 62 percent, the highest of any of the potential candidates who have started gathering signatures to get on the ballot.

Mar 2, 2012

Senator Snowe’s retirement causes “chaos” in Maine

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision to not seek re-election in November has roiled politics in Maine with both of the state’s U.S. House members and at least two former governors considering runs for her seat.

Snowe, a popular pro-choice Republican in her 18th year in the Senate after 16 years in the House, was expected to easily win another term but stunned politicians and the public alike with a Tuesday announcement she would bow out, citing an “atmosphere of polarization” in Congress.