BRISTOL — Fifty years ago, Jim Tonner was a sick boy confined to five months bed rest. People would send — through a pully system and basket — small gifts from outside to his second-floor bedroom to brighten his spirits.

Andy Deegan was filling birdfeeders and letting the dog out in the early morning gloom when he encountered what he thought might be “the biggest squirrel I’ve ever heard” scrambling up a large white pine just outside his New London home.

CONCORD — He doesn’t just spare bears. On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Sununu joined the five-member Executive Council in granting the annual ceremonial pardon to a Thanksgiving turkey that otherwise would have been headed for the holiday table.

It’s deer season, when nearly two thirds of all animal collisions with vehicles happen in Midwestern states such as Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Montana have equally high rates of animal collisions from September through November, according to a study by Farm…

HOOKSETT — One month into their 14-week training regimen with the Boston Police K-9 Academy, Hooksett Police Officer Jordan McCluskey and his new K-9 partner Timber, an 18-month-old German shepherd, are well on their way to being one of the most recognizable patrols in town.

A reader writes: "Gail - I have consistently walked each of the three dogs that I've had over the past 25 years almost every day. I live in a lovely neighborhood, but things have changed over the last year or so. New neighbors don't seem to understand the importance of the leash law. I walk …

The juvenile humpback whale carcass that washed up Friday morning on Revere Beach in Massachusetts likely is the same one first sighted off Gloucester, Mass., two weeks ago before it floated south to a rocky Cohasset beach.