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Two defendants are set to become the first to plead guilty in Nevada to federal charges stemming from an armed confrontation with U.S. land management agents near Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's ranch in 2014.

Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus of New Hampshire is expected to enter his plea Tuesday.

Blaine Cooper of Arizona is due in court Thursday.

In court filings, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro says she has signed plea agreements from the two men.

Attorneys for both defendants say they can't talk about the pleas until after they're entered.

 

New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials say the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge remains closed to traffic following a malfunction, and it's possible the span may never reopen.

The 76-year-old bridge, which connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass, malfunctioned at about 11 a.m. Sunday and became stuck in its down position.

Because federal law mandates that river traffic takes precedence over cars, the lift span was raised early Monday morning and now remains stuck in its up position.

 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging residents to step up water conservation efforts after five months of abnormally dry conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released a new map for the Northeast region that showed the area of extreme drought expanding in northeastern Massachusetts, including Boston, and into southern New Hampshire.

During a visit to a farm in North Andover, the Republican governor said the public can help by limiting water use in various ways, including taking shorter showers and washing only full loads of laundry or dishes.

Officials in a New Hampshire town say dozens of property owners have been warned about violating water restrictions in Salem.

Municipal Services Director Roy Sorenson tells The Eagle-Tribune the town is holding off on fining violators who comply with a ban on watering lawns and gardens at certain times during the drought.

The restrictions have come amid what the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says are "severe drought conditions" in Rockingham County.

New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster says hackers may have accessed her personal information as part of a breach that targeted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The Democrat tells WMUR-TV she's working with the FBI and national security experts. She says "we're increasing our own security on all of our systems."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is returning to New Hampshire this month to campaign for fellow Republican Chris Sununu for the GOP gubernatorial nominee.

Kasich, who came in second place in New Hampshire's presidential primary, is back in the state Aug. 28-29.

A Kasich spokesman said Tuesday Sununu, a business leader, understands how to grow New Hampshire's economy and keep taxes low to grow new jobs and businesses.

The state primaries are Sept. 13. Candidates are competing to replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is running for U.S. Senate.

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New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate went up slightly in July, to 2.9 percent.

The state employment security office says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up a tenth of a percentage point from the June rate of 2.8 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2015 was 3.4 percent.

The state estimates that 732,860 people were employed last month, an increase of 1,730 from the previous month and an increase of 15,930 from July 2015.

   

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire this month.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the Seacoast Chapter of Veterans Count will welcome the retired U.S. Army general to The Music Hall on Aug. 19.

Petraeus and the host will discuss Petraeus' decorated military and public service career. The retired four-star general served more than 37 years in the military before leading the CIA during the global counter-terrorism effort.

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A former St. Paul’s School student has come forward with an allegation of sexual abuse by a former chaplain after the New Hampshire prep school began an investigation of the man upon learning of a similar allegation at a Rhode Island prep school where he also once worked, a St. Paul’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

St. Paul’s contacted Concord police, alumni and students about the allegation involving the Rev. Howard “Howdy” White when he was a chaplain and teacher from 1967-1971, spokeswoman Tenley Rooney said in confirming reports that the school was investigating White.

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A former St. Paul’s School student has come forward with an allegation of sexual abuse by a former chaplain after the New Hampshire prep school began an investigation of the man upon learning of a similar allegation at a Rhode Island prep school where he also once worked, a St. Paul’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

St. Paul’s contacted Concord police, alumni and students about the allegation involving the Rev. Howard “Howdy” White when he was a chaplain and teacher from 1967-1971, spokeswoman Tenley Rooney said in confirming reports that the school was investigating White.

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A federal judge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has rejected a request to delay ruling on a deal to upgrade the Peirce Island wastewater plant.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the tentative deal between Portsmouth and the federal Environmental Protection Agency spells out the type of sewer plant the city must build on the island and its timeline for construction.

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A year after a circus tent collapsed in New Hampshire killing a man and his 6-year-old daughter, a Florida-based circus operator is facing numerous charges and lawsuits.

About 100 people were inside the tent Aug. 3, 2015 at the Lancaster Fairgrounds when a storm blew through, toppling it.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is nominating Michael York as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources, following the death of Commissioner Van McLeod last month.

York has been New Hampshire State Librarian since 1999. He previously served as the university librarian at the University of New Hampshire and as the library director at Colby Sawyer College.

A New Hampshire day care center has been removed from "Pokemon Go" after complaining to game's developers about strangers lurking around the property.

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A New Hampshire assistant attorney general representing the public will conduct five workshops from Concord to Colebrook in the coming weeks on the impact the Northern Pass energy project could have on places of scenic beauty or that have cultural or historic significance.

The first of the meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ashland Elementary School auditorium. Other workshops are scheduled in Concord, Littleton, Colebrook and Lancaster.

Police say a 16-year-old boy was found shot in the back on a basketball court in Manchester.

Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots just before 9 p.m. Saturday. Police say the victim and 18-year-old Michael Cartagena of Manchester had been playing basketball at Beach and Green Streets. Cartagena and the victim told police they were heading to the store when they heard shots fired, causing them to run.

Keene State College is joining a national trend of getting the public involved in crowd-sourcing the transcription of historical documents.

The college is working the with the state Division of Archives and Records Management to host citizen archivist training workshops where participants learn the ins and outs of reading and correctly transcribing letters, diaries and other historical records. The goal is to create a core group of volunteers who can help town historical societies and other organizations make documents more widely available to the public.

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New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate went up slightly in June, to 2.8 percent.

The state employment security office says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up a tenth of a percentage point from the May rate of 2.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2015 was 3.5 percent.

The state estimates that 731,010 people were employed last month, an increase of 1,910 from the previous month and an increase of 14,510 from June 2015.

 

A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it handled sexual misconduct and assault cases has sent an email to faculty members, students and parents saying it's hiring a director of student well-being.

Tuesday's email was signed by the Phillips Exeter Academy's principal and the president of its board of trustees. It says the student well-being director will have oversight of all matters regarding student safety, especially those involving sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.

 

The New Hampshire Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that tore through a multi-story apartment building and displaced dozens of people in Nashua.

WMUR-TV reports that the fire was reported just after 5 p.m. Sunday. It took crews more than an hour to contain the flames.

Firefighters say people living in all 36 units of the building are homeless. Two firefighters were hospitalized with heat-related injuries. No residents were hurt.

The fire was reported as a grill fire, but officials say the official cause is under investigation.

   

Officials say New Hampshire's Star Island in the Isles of Shoals is receiving a $300,000 gift that will help preserve two older buildings and help establish a fishermen exhibit.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the donation comes from Virginia author Lois Williams, who wrote "Religion at the Isles of Shoals." The Williams family has been coming to the island since 1975.

The nonprofit Star Island Corporation has owned the 43-acre island since 1915.

 

Police in New Hampshire's largest city have gotten the Pokemon Go bug, trying to lure fugitives with the popular app.

A post on the Manchester Police Department Facebook page announces that police recently detected one of the more rare Pokemon characters — a Charizard — in the booking area. The post invites those whose names appear on a list linked to the post to be "one of the lucky ones" to come capture the Charizard.

The list includes the names of the more than 500 fugitives on the department's wanted persons roundup.

 

 

New Hampshire health officials say residents whose drinking water supply has been contaminated with PFCs can get their blood tested.

The Executive Council has approved contracts with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital, which will start drawing blood for perfluorochemicals on Thursday.

The drinking water on the Pease Tradeport and some private wells in Southern New Hampshire have been contaminated with PFCs above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Health Advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.

 

A historic general store and tourist attraction in New Hampshire that closed earlier this year is up for auction.

The Brick Store in Bath was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s. It closed after several years of financial hardship, and is up for auction on Wednesday.

The store is believed to be one of the oldest continually-operated general stores in America.

There's also a gift shop and a 1950s-style ice cream shop on the property, along with space formerly used as an art studio and apartment.

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  The New Hampshire fire marshal has recommended that negligent homicide charges be brought against the operator of a circus tent that collapsed last year in Lancaster, killing two people.

Bill Degnan said Tuesday he recommended felonies and misdemeanors to Coos County attorney John McCormick, who would determine which charges to bring before a grand jury. McCormick did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is criticizing the president for not acting quickly or strongly enough to defeat the Islamic State.

National security is a key focus for Ayotte in her re-election race against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. She is calling for more military special operations raids against the Islamic State, a more forceful response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence in the region and a clearer strategy for dealing with captured terrorists.

 

An organization that runs recovery centers for people dealing with substance abuse is expanding its services across New Hampshire.

Hope for NH Recovery is opening a new community center in Derry on Friday. Another one is opening Monday, July 18, in Claremont, and a third is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Berlin.

The public is welcome to attend all of these openings. Centers have opened in Concord, Manchester and Newport.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte will deliver a speech on confronting the Islamic State and terrorism.

Ayotte is delivering her remarks Monday morning at St. Anselm College as part of the "Politics & Eggs" political lecture series. Ayotte is seeking re-election against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in one of the country's most closely watched U.S. Senate battles.

National security is a key focus for Ayotte in her first term in the Senate. Her campaign has attempted to paint Hassan as weak on national security and counterterrorism.

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Attorney General Joseph Foster says New Hampshire will start reporting certain individuals suffering from mental illness to the national gun background check system.

Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms by people who have been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or committed to a hospital. But New Hampshire is one of a few states that doesn't report these records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a shooting attack that left five police officers dead was "well planned."

Speaking at an interfaith prayer vigil in downtown Dallas on Friday, Brown called the shootings the previous night a "well-thought-out evil tragedy," saying his force "won't rest until we bring everyone involved to justice."

Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths were represented at the vigil that was attended by hundreds.

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