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October 17. 2013 12:30PM

Dartmouth prof. finds limited federal power helped ancient culture avert expansion through brutality

The Wari, an ancestor culture to the Incas that flourished throughout the Andean Highlands, expanded their reign largely through trade and semiautonomous colonies, rather than through the iron fist of conquest and centralized control, new research suggests.

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Church overcomes theft of rainbow flags: Flags, garlands, banners, prayers sent from all over the world

ROCHESTER — First Church Congregational on South Main Street, after the rainbow flag displayed on the front of the building was stolen last year, quickly replaced it. Now thieves have struck again, not once, but twice in rapid succession.

Decade old corpses found in Providence funeral home of mortician found hung in N.H. campground

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Vermont, New Hampshire top melanoma charts

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Family of Paul Voisine says he didn’t jump in front of Downeaster

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — A family member of Paul Voisine disputes reports that he jumped in front of a Downeaster passenger train last week.

Portsmouth mother abandons injured teen son in street, flees with assailant as police approach

PORTSMOUTH — A local mother is charged with endangering her child and hindering apprehension, stemming from a fight in her Gosling Meadows neighborhood during which her child was injured, said police Sgt. Christopher Kiberd.

US Postal Service mum on alleged PTO embezzler continuing as post master

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Chesterfield teacher resigns after parent complaint, investigation

The district didn’t suspect or uncover anything illegal, but can’t release any further details about the investigation or what allegedly occurred, Ruehr said.

Portsmouth Herald sports editor charged with having child sex abuse images

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Ayotte introduces bill to curb sexual assaults on campus

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Some NH veterans have spent months waiting for VA care

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UNH research rewrites Arctic history

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Salem teen wins Blue Man Group drum-off

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