Before President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address, some 50 local Republicans milled around the wood-paneled back room of Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester to watch the speech. They listened to pitches from candidates for Congress milling around the room, and munched on frie…

IN A MANCHESTER STUMP speech, Andrew Yang delivered as many laugh lines as applause lines, making fun of himself, President Donald Trump (with his go-to joke about being the opposite of Trump) and the ultra-wealthy (“It’s going to be up to you all to stick it to Jeff Bezos!” Yang said).

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DURHAM -- The director of public works in Durham is retiring in June after 43 years of service to the town and he says the coastal community is in good shape.

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MANCHESTER — A power outage at Manchester Community College canceled classes on Thursday afternoon.

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A resisting arrest charge has been dropped in the case of a Stratham man who was arrested outside his residence with a knife after a fire broke out last October.

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C/WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Democratic presidential hopefuls spread out across South Carolina on Thursday as the clock ticked down to the state’s Saturday primary, the first big test of their appeal with African-American voters.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has closed all of Italy’s ancient catacombs normally open to the public because of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Even as U.S. officials warn of an inevitable outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, and are alerting Americans to take precautions, some health agencies charged with protecting the public appear unprepared to deal with the threat.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration is considering invoking special powers through a law called the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of protective masks and clothing to combat the coronavirus in the United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Eversource Energy announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to purchase the Massachusetts natural gas assets of Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion from NiSource.

A Delaware couple who got married Sunday has already proven willing to stand by each other’s side in sickness and in health.

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