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Bill O'Brien of Mont Vernon, the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House, talks with the New Hampshire Sunday News on Thursday.

A kinder, gentler House Speaker?

As he prepares to return in January as Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, state Rep. Bill O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, is promising a more conciliatory tone, in contrast to the bellicose reputation he developed first time around.

Obama's action a first step?

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President Barack Obama's decision to use executive action to forestall deporting millions of people who are in the United States illegally is a positive first step, according to immigration experts and advocates based in New Hampshire.

Allen Fore, left, of Kinder Morgan explains pipeline routing on a map as he and Joel Maiola, senior adviser from McLane GPS, talk about their natural gas pipeline ideas at the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester on Wednesday.

Pipeline's NH route moves to top choice

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Update on proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through S. New Hampshire.

One dog tale that had tongues wagging

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What at first looked like a case of animal cruelty turned out to be an inspired ploy by a kid who just wanted a dog of her own.

30 years later, Tammy Belanger isn't forgotten

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Three decades after she disappeared while walking to school, Tammy Belanger's name remains on the New Hampshire State Police list of cold cases involving missing children.

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter poses with, from left, Sam Dodge, 8, his brother Ryan, 10, and friend Owen Zuill, 10, all from Bedford, as Laura Dodge photographs them during the Granite State Baseball Dinner held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Saturday.

Carpenter ready for break from baseball

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The 2014 Granite State Baseball Dinner took place Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center and the Fisher Cats once again expect to have raised around $155,000 to $165,000.

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Gary Rayno's State House Dome: Get ready for some undoing in Concord

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THE PAST three elections have brought a shift in control of the House, with Republicans taking the reins in 2010 and 2014 and Democrats in 2012.

Ted Siefer's City Hall: Driver's ed program had been run into the ditch

James Pindell's The Back Story: The battle for House Speaker inflamed by GOP letter

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Cher cancels rest of tour, including Manchester date

In a statement, the musician said an infection that affects her kidney function requires more rest for a full recovery.

Paula Demers portrays the naive and bewildered ­Judy, who joins the workforce for the first time after her husband leaves her for a younger woman.

Trio of actresses take on comic tale of getting even

Three very different female characters are at the heart of a much-loved tale about getting even with asexist, lying, egotistical, hypocritical male boss.

'Emergence of Summer' by Emma Ashby

Holiday Arts Show to showcase fifteen Seacoast artists

Fifteen Seacoast artists will open their studio doors during the Holiday Arts Tour, set to run Friday through Sunday.


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Thanksgiving travel to hit highest level since ‘07

The number of people taking trips of more than 49 miles will total 46.3 million, the most for the Nov. 27 holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase from a year ago,

Sheila Lamb and Carlo Travaglia team with daughter Maya Travaglia during a Salmon Falls Mills open house at 1 Front St., Rollinsford, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Salmon Falls to show off artists' work

It's not only a group effort; it's a family endeavor. Sheila Lamb and Carlo Travaglia will team with daughter Maya Travaglia for a showing of Salmon Falls Mills artists at 1 Front St., Rollinsford, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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John Harrigan: Whiskey jacks and camp at Unknown Pond

IN THE backyard, right in view from the kitchen window, I maintain three bird feeders in the vainglorious hope that I can make a difference with small creatures, of the flying kind. These manage to fly in the worst of weather, in winds that would ground the 1st Airborne.

Author Doris Kearns Goodwin talks Taft, Teddy and journalism

On the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, famous author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin visited Nashua to share her knowledge and passion for great American leaders.

Dick Pinney's Guide Lines: The wild life and times of a state conservation officer

Memories: A late-night call led to illegally trapped lobsters and one ultimately remorseful prankster

Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: 'Caliciopsis Canker' affecting NH white pines

PINE NEEDLE drop was on the mind of one of our Barrington readers. The letter, slightly edited, follows: “I am a life-long resident of New Hampshire. I was born and raised in Manchester and about 40 years ago I moved to the Barrington/Strafford area, across from the Rochester Reservoir. We have lots of wildlife, deer, bear, birds of prey and lots of other creatures.

The holiday Gift of Lights display opened at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.

Gift of Lights brings thousands for charities in Loudon

LOUDON – The normally quiet streets and parking lots during the off-season at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway became bright and colorful Friday, as the fourth annual Gift of Lights holiday lighting show began.

Castle in the Clouds decks the halls for Christmas, opens doors

Thanksgiving may be next on the calendar, but at Castle in the Clouds, mid-November heralds the arrival of Christmas.

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