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Hillary Clinton says she hopes New Hampshire voters bring both their hearts and heads with them when they vote in the state primary Tuesday.

Clinton said in her closing statement in Thursday's debate that she doesn't want voters to choose between the candidate they support emotionally and the one they back intellectually.

Clinton says she will bring her heart to the presidency, but "we have to get our heads together" to solve problems facing the country.

Bernie Sanders ended the debate with an anti-establishment declaration.

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A judge has dismissed a case against two New Hampshire women ticketed for going topless at a town beach, a case that led to a Facebook spat among legislators about a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for women to expose their nipples in public.

Heidi Lilley and Barbara MacKinnon are associated with the rise of the national "Free the Nipple" movement. Police said they violated an ordinance last September in Gilford that prohibits women from going topless.

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The Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester will be getting a new name.

Southern New Hampshire University has signed a multi-year partnership with SMG, the company that manages the arena, for the naming rights. It will be known as "SNHU Arena" starting on Sept. 1.

The university said Tuesday the partnership will include internships for SNHU students, information booths for prospective students and use of the facility for SNHU athletic events and graduations.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to put instruction booklets to accompany tax forms in New Hampshire public libraries participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program.

She sent a similar letter last year, and the IRS indicated it couldn't provide the booklets because of budget cuts. Ayotte said since then, the IRS has received a $290 million budget increase specifically to improve customer service.

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The Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby has been postponed due to the climbing temperatures this week.

Derby spokeswoman Donna Ulbricht tells The Laconia Citizen that members of the Meredith Rotary Club and the derby committee voted to postpone the event Friday at an emergency meeting.

The derby will now be held during the last weekend of February with the hope for more cooperative weather. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 21 and Feb. 22.

 

The tentative deal reached this weekend between the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders includes a debate Thursday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

MSNBC announced Sunday it will host the debate, scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern with Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow moderating. New Hampshire's first-in-the nation primary is Feb. 9.

Electronic cigarettes could soon be banned in all places where regular cigarettes are already prohibited in a New Hampshire city.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports the Dover City Council has moved an ordinance along to a public hearing that would ban e-cigarettes in all locations that current tobacco products are already prohibited from.

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As Congress works on legislation to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test explosion, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced an amendment that preserves efforts to recover remains of American soldiers in the Korean War.

Shaheen introduced it Thursday after the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIA's in Portsmouth said the sanctions bill could unintentionally hamper the North Korea POW/MIA Accounting Mission.

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A judge has denied a request from East Coast fishermen to stop the federal government's plan to hand them the cost of at-sea monitoring.

Fishermen of New England food species such as cod and haddock will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors March 1 under new rules. Monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas and can cost about $800 per day.

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 New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" license plates will live to see another day.

The House on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have given motorists the option to choose between the current license plates, which include the state's "Live Free or Die" motto, and a new version featuring the word "scenic," which appeared on license plates decades ago.

"Live Free or Die" is part of a toast Gen. John Stark sent to his wartime comrades in 1809. It officially became the state motto in 1945.

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Republican lawmakers' plan to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire includes work requirements for people receiving the insurance and proposes a way to pay for the state's share of the program without charging taxpayers.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley will outline the proposal Wednesday alongside several advocacy groups in advance of a public hearing the next day.

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The Democratic presidential candidates are at odds over whether to participate in a newly proposed debate to be held just days before New Hampshire's Feb. 9 primary. The event is not sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee.

Hillary Clinton's campaign says she'll participate in the debate, to be hosted by MSNBC and the Union Leader newspaper, if her competitors do. But Bernie Sanders' campaign says he has no plans to attend a debate not approved by the party. Martin O'Malley plans to participate. The debate is scheduled for Feb. 4.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is coordinating a one-day count to identify the number of homeless people in the state.

The goal on Wednesday is to report the number of sheltered and unsheltered people in a 24-hour period.

Last January, New Hampshire reported 2,158 homeless individuals across the state. Of that number, 1,370 were sheltered, 262 were unsheltered, and 526 people were temporarily residing with family or friends. The total of 2,210 includes 393 families.

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Residents of a neighborhood in Exeter have taken their fight to block a homeless assistance center from relocating into the area to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

The Portsmouth Herald reports residents along Exeter Farms Road and Hunter Place say that property values of their homes would diminish and their safety would be jeopardized if the Seacoast Family Promise facility moved into their neighborhood.

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The New Hampshire Senate has once again passed a 30-day residency requirement for voting, a measure Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is likely to veto.

Republican senators backing the bill say it will cut down on voter fraud and ensure people voting in New Hampshire actually live in the state. Democratic opponents, meanwhile, say it will disenfranchise voters.

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The last of a group of state public hearings in five counties where the proposed Northern Pass electrical transmission line would cross is scheduled for Thursday night in Lincoln.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Eversource wants to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying 1,090 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to New England. Backers say it will create jobs and lower costs in a region that pays the nation's highest average cost for electricity.

Opponents have argued it will hurt property values, tourism and the environment.

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The Northeast is bracing for its first major snowstorm of the season, but it doesn't look to be a major storm in Maine and New Hampshire.

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White Mountain National Forest officials say two climbers triggered an avalanche in Mount Washington's Tuckerman Ravine, triggering a search and rescue operation in an area notorious for its deadly avalanches.

Authorities say two hikers, who both suffered minor injuries, were climbing in an area known as "The Chute" Sunday afternoon when they detected an unstable snow surface and decided to turn back.

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Ted Cruz is accusing his Republican rival Donald Trump of exhibiting inconsistent conservativism, suggesting he is not prepared to be president.

Cruz accused the billionaire investor of becoming "rattled" and "dismayed" by the Texas senator's gains.

The war of words between Cruz and Trump intensified in recent days, with Trump continuing to question Cruz's eligibility to be on the ballot given his Canadian birth and for not disclosing loans hereceived from Citibank and Goldman Sachs for his 2012 senate race.

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The University of New Hampshire is joining the growing list of colleges that ban hoverboards on campus.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports that university officials announced the ban in an email to students and staff this week.

UNH Police Chief Paul Dean and Dean of Students John Kirkpatrick say they are concerned about the safety of the transportation devices, which have been known to burst into flames due to combustible lithium-ion batteries.

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Republican president candidate Jeb Bush has scored the endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

A spokesperson for the Bush campaign said Graham will announce his endorsement later Friday.

Graham has been a coveted endorsement for candidates running for the Republican nomination since he holds major clout in South Carolina, one of the critical early voting primary states.

 

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is asking the secretary of veterans affairs to help speed up payments to health care providers through the Veterans Choice Program.

Shaheen wrote to Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday after PainCare, which operates 11 clinics in New Hampshire, announced it will no longer participate in the program starting next month. The company cited administrative challenges and delays in reimbursements.

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Bernie Sanders casts himself as the voice of anti-establishment politics. But he's also a 25-year veteran of Congress.

Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is trying to draw attention to Sanders' record on gun control and health care. The strategy aims to point out the rare inconsistencies in his voting record that could clash with the anti-establishment brand he's cultivated during the presidential campaign.

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Jeb Bush says he misjudged the intensity of anger among Republican voters before his White House campaign. He says the country in 2016 is "dramatically different" than in past elections.

But in an interview with The Associated Press, the former Florida governor insists he's still a viable candidate. And he says he's broadened his mission in 2016 to include defending conservativism from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Bush tells the AP, "I just think it's important to fight this fight. I don't know what the consequences politically for me are."

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Police say a pastor was killed in a fire at a more than 200-year-old church in Grafton.

Firefighters were called to the Peaceful Assembly Church about 11 a.m. Tuesday. They had to wait hours to go inside because of structural concerns. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Firefighters eventually found the body of 57-year-old John Connell inside the church. They said he lived in an apartment on the property and died of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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A New Hampshire hospital that discovered its vaccines were stored at inconsistent temperatures is asking more than 800 children to get revaccinated.

State public health officials say the affected vaccines from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon aren't harmful but might have lost some potency. That means they could provide less immunity to disease.

The problem occurred over the course of 14 months, from September 2014 to October 2015. The hospital is offering to revaccinate 827 patients at no cost to them or their insurance companies.

 

Bernie Sanders has been outspending rival Hillary Clinton on ads just as the Democratic presidential race appears to be tightening and voters are tuning in.

In the past three weeks, Sanders' campaign has spent $4.7 million on ads to Clinton's $3.7 million. According to advertising tracker Kantar Media's CMAG, that means 1,000 more Sanders commercials than Clinton ads on broadcast TV.

The Sanders ad burst is coinciding with his rise in preference polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Businessman Donald Trump is heading back to New Hampshire for a rare daytime campaign rally.

Trump is scheduled to address voters before noon on Monday. His rallies are often held at night, drawing huge crowds and voters who begin waiting in line early in the day for a glimpse of the bombastic GOP front-runner.

His Monday event will be held at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham.

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Chelsea Clinton will hit the campaign trail for her mother next week, marking her debut appearance in the 2016 presidential race.

Clinton, 35, will headline three events in New Hampshire on Tuesday, according to an announcement from the Democratic frontrunner's campaign.

As the only child of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton remains a political celebrity. Her announcement last month that she is expecting a second child attracted international media attention.

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New Hampshire's Legislature is opening its election-year session with plenty of political maneuvering expected to steer policy discussions.

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