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Dallas police say office building is safe after active shooter alert

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say an office building is safe following reports of a person with a gun, but have not confirmed that any shots were fired or said if anyone was injured or killed.

Police said on Twitter that the building was "made safe" at 12:49 p.m. Monday. Police say they are still in the early stages of investigations.

Television footage showed a heavy police response, including a SWAT team, at the office building near a multi-level highway interchange known as the High Five. A broken window could be seen on one of the upper floors of the mirrored tower.

Bailee Christian told KXAS-TV that she heard two gunshots — one while she was in the building and the other after she had been evacuated from her office. She says: "It was very intense in the moment, very scary."

She said one of the police officers evacuating them had a small amount of blood on his arm, appearing to have a minor injury.

Police have said one officer was injured by debris.


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Marchand tells NH1 News his 'unusual' early announcement a sign of the 'unusual times'

SALEM – Steve Marchand admits that his announcement last month that he was launching a 2018 gubernatorial bid “is earlier than you tend to see candidates get in the race. It’s a little unusual in that regard.”

But in an interview with NH1 News, the former Portsmouth mayor and 2016 Democratic gubernatorial candidate added that “I think we’re in a real unusual times, both at the federal level,” where Marchand pointed out that President Donald Trump’s “already doing 2020 rallies.”

And he added that “it’s unusual times at the state level as well,” spotlighting that the new governor, Republican Chris Sununu, “is already doing fundraisers.”

“Once you’ve made the decision it’s something you want to do, you’ve got something to say, and you believe you can lead the state in a really good direction, you need to get started. It’s a really long process. So once you make the decision, you get going,” Marchand explained as he spoke with NH1 News Sunday prior to the start of a Martin O’Malley house party in Salem.

WATCH/READ: Did I just witness the start of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign in NH?

Although he trailed far behind his rivals last year in campaign fundraising and organization, Marchand came in a surprise second in September’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern easily won the contest, but Marchand grabbed around a quarter of the vote, beating Mark Connolly for second place.

“I got in about as late as late as anybody’s every gotten in last time, and I closed very fast. I gained about 20 points in the last several weeks, with very little money and very little time,” Marchand touted.

“And I made a lot of friends and I appreciated that very much.  And those were the folks that told me even during the holidays ‘we loved you but we didn’t get to know you. Start earlier this time.’ And clearly that’s one lesson that I learned big time in the last election,” he explained.

Last month’s announcement by Marchand came extremely early in the 2018 cycle, with three months still to go in the state budget process. Reacting to Marchand's move, Connolly told NH1 News "it's premature. It's too early."

But Marchand says the early announcement gives him “the luxury of time. I get to learn a lot.”

“I’ve already gone to over 30 town and regional and county Democratic committee meetings. There are a number of groups that are not the official Democratic groups but are progressive and activist groups like the indivisible groups that are all over the state. So by the end of June I’ll have gone to over 60 of them. That’s very important. And obviously I’m raising early money in order to build it up and to have the resources next year to communicate with a wider audience that’s paying attention,” he added.

Marchand served as director of corporate relations for the University of New Hampshire and later served as Portsmouth mayor from 2005-08.

In 2014 he became state director for No Labels, the national movement of Democrats, Republicans and independent voters who say they’re dedicated to bipartisan efforts to solve the nation’s problems. But during last year’s primary, Marchand ran to the left of Van Ostern and even Connolly on numerous issues, including the legalization of marijuana.

Legalizing marijuana is a theme of his new bid for the Corner Office. Two weeks ago at a Rockingham County Democratic Committee gathering in Exeter he argued that the Granite State should follow the examples of states like Colorado, Washington and Massachusetts by legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

 

 


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WATCH: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus leaves NH for final time

MANCHESTER — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has left New Hampshire for the final time.

Video shows the circus's train leaving Manchester for the last time on Monday after they spent the weekend performing in the Granite State.

READ: The "Greatest Show on Earth" set to close its tent

 

The "Greatest Show on Earth" announced in February that this would be the traveling circus' last season.

And while the circus put on its final show, protesters continued to express their feelings about the show's use of animals in their productions.

READ: NH animal activist: The end of Ringling Bros. may not end circus performances for big cats

 

Animal activists who attended the protest are hoping that the end of the circus will allow the animals to be released, however, they fear that they might be sold into smaller circuses with less overhead.

Video courtesy of Gregory Duval - Facebook. 

 


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US issues 271 sanctions following Syrian President's alleged use of chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has issued 271 sanctions in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. It's one of the largest sanction actions in U.S. history.

The Trump administration said Monday that it issued sanctions against 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons.

The action was announced in a statement by the Treasury Department, and Treasury Security Steve Mnuchin simultaneously briefed reporters at the White House.

The new sanctions are the latest U.S. response to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, most recently in rebel-held northern Idlib, in an attack that killed more than 80 civilians.

The U.S. retaliated earlier this month by launching missiles against a Syrian airfield.


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NH1 First Alert Weather: Rain returns with cooler weather

Changes are ahead after a gorgeous Sunday and Monday. A large storm system to the south is moving in our direction, and will bring a few days of unsettled weather.

Clouds will thicken and increase overnight Monday night, with temperatures dropping through the 40s. There can be some drizzle or a shower in southern areas late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Showers will start to overspread the state during Tuesday morning.

The rain will become steadier Tuesday evening and night. Downpours and even a rumble or two of thunder is possible into Wednesday morning. The steady rain will come to an end during the morning on Wednesday, but scattered showers, mist and drizzle will continue into the afternoon.

TIMELINE: Wet, cool weather on the way to NH, after Monday's sun and warmth

Rain totals will likely top an inch in many areas. Some places may see closer to two inches in the heavier downpours. Some nuisance poor-drainage flooding is possible, especially in the downpours that move through early Wednesday.

In addition to the rain, we are entering a period of high astronomical tides. Coastal flooding is possible as the storm slowly moves up the coast, and the easterly wind gusts between 25 and 30 mph.

By Thursday, we'll start to shake the clouds, but it may take a while to do so in eastern areas. A light northeast to easterly wind will keep the coast coolest on Thursday, but inland areas may rise well into the 60s to around 70 degrees with enough sunshine.

Friday may be very warm, but the risk for a shower or thunderstorm will exist with highs in the 70s.

The weekend looks like a split decision, with Saturday being the brighter and warmer of the two days. Clouds and cooler weather may return for Sunday. 

In addition to our NH1 News accounts, you can follow me @RyanBretonWX on Twitter and Facebook. Download the NH1 News app for the latest Granite State news and weather.


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Judge ordered release of Hernandez's suicide notes ahead of funeral

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.

Hernandez's mother, brother, fiancee and at least one defense attorney were among the dozens who attended the invitation-only service in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

The former New England Patriots tight end, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last Wednesday. Only days earlier he had been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

Ahead of the 1 p.m. service, a lawyer for Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, asked a Massachusetts judge to release copies of three notes Hernandez left next to a Bible before killing himself. He said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s office had refused to share the contents of the notes until the investigation into Hernandez's death is complete.

The judge said Early's office can redact information from the notes before producing copies to protect the ongoing investigation.

At the funeral home, two men in suits checked IDs as guests drove up the driveway. Police closed a street outside to traffic, and television news crews were stationed in a lot across the street. At one point, Hernandez's mother, Terri Hernandez, stepped out ahead of the service to smoke a cigarette on the funeral home's front porch.

The burial will be private at an undisclosed location. Hernandez's family in a statement asked for privacy as they mourn and thanked people for offering condolences.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

After the Massachusetts medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, Hernandez's brain was taken to Boston University, where scientists will study it for any signs of repeated trauma suffered during his years of playing football.

A judge on Friday ordered key evidence in the prison suicide preserved, granting a request from Hernandez's fiancee so the family can investigate the circumstances of his death.


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WATCH: Dashcam video captures Arkansas 4-year-old's fall from bus

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl fell through the open back door of a moving church bus onto an Arkansas state highway, but was rescued from the road by a volunteer firefighter who happened to be driving behind.

Firefighter Ryan Ciampoli's dashboard camera recorded the harrowing moment on Wednesday when the door swings open with the girl clinging to it. She quickly falls onto the road and appears immobile.

The bus drives away.

The video shows Ciampoli approaching the girl and gently scooping her up.

Ciampoli later told reporters he normally wouldn't have moved her due to the nature of her fall, but he was concerned because the accident happened in the middle of a state highway.

The girl's family told reporters the girl is expected to make a full recovery.


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Maine Governor wants public to pressure lawmakers on tax issues

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor says he'll keep holding events around the state to encourage the public to push lawmakers to lower taxes until his term expires.

Gov. Paul LePage said at a Monday press conference that his events are "not at all" tied to a run for office in 2018.

LePage is set to hold a Monday night public event in Fort Kent.

The governor says the public didn't understand the ramifications of a three percent income surtax they narrowly approved last November.

The surtax applies to the portion of household income above $200,000. Revenue would go toward classroom costs and not school administrators.

A number of Maine's largest employers and business associations are asking legislators to repeal the surtax.

Two bills to repeal the surtax had public hearings in March.


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Study finds that 59 percent of parents are misusing children's car seats

A new study has found that nearly 59 percent of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce effectiveness.

According to USA Today, The American Academy of Pediatrics says all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they are at least two or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety manufacturer. The study states that most parents are flipping their child's car seat forward-facing too early.

The study also notes that 72 percent of parents say that they are uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping their children riding rear-facing before age 2, even though most know the AAP's recommendations. This comes at a time when motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among U.S. children.


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Wet, cool weather on the way to NH, after Monday's sun and warmth

Enjoy Monday's sunshine and warmth, because the weather will be going downhill for a few days.

A large storm system will slowly move up the east coast, with periods of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. We will have a persistent onshore wind out of the northeast through Thursday, locking in clouds and cooler weather. 

Clouds will thicken and increase overnight Monday night, with temperatures dropping through the 40s. There can be some drizzle or a shower in southern areas late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Showers will start to overspread the state during Tuesday morning.

The rain will become steadier Tuesday evening and night. Downpours and even a rumble or two of thunder is possible into Wednesday morning. The steady rain will come to an end during the morning on Wednesday, but scattered showers, mist and drizzle will continue into the afternoon.

Rain totals will likely top an inch in many areas. Some places may see closer to two inches in the heavier downpours. Some nuisance poor-drainage flooding is possible, especially in the downpours that move through early Wednesday.

In addition to the rain, we are entering a period of high astronomical tides. Coastal flooding is possible as the storm slowly moves up the coast, and the easterly wind gusts between 25 and 30 mph. 

Minor coastal flooding, splashover, and beach erosion are likely for a few hours surrounding the following high tides on the seacoast:

Tuesday - 11:21 p.m., 10.0 feet
Wednesday - 11:50 a.m., 9.7 feet
Thursday - 12:07 a.m., 10.4 feet

The tides will remain astronomically high into this weekend, causing minor flooding of susceptible coastal locations.


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NH summit to focus on international visitors to New England

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — A tourism organization promoting New England to overseas visitors is hosting a three-day summit in New Hampshire.

The Discover New England Summit is a travel trade event where New England hospitality businesses meet directly with international tour operators and others who arrange trips for international visitors.

The businesses have one-on-one sessions with the tour operators, who are looking to form itineraries and packages based on outdoor activities, museums, shopping and sightseeing.

The annual gathering is being hosted at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods from Monday through Wednesday.

Discover New England is based in Portsmouth and has marketed to visitors from such areas as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.


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NH woman faces up to 7 years in prison after shoplifting at Macy's

NASHUA — A Nashua woman faces a felony for shoplifting after police looked at her criminal record.

On April 21, Nashua Police responded to Macy's at the Pheasant Lane Mall for a report of a woman shoplifting.

Police looked through surveillance footage and got the license plate number of the car in which the suspect fled.

The license plate led police to the home of Cheryl Donlon, 56, who was put under arrest.

She was initially charged with Receiving Stolen Property, but since she had two prior theft convictions on her criminal record, police bumped up the charge to a class B felony.

A class B felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, exclusive of fines.

Donlon was released on $150 cash bail and will be arraigned on June 9.


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On solar energy visit, Hassan criticizes Trumps proposed cuts to renewable energy industry

BRENTWOOD – Sen. Maggie Hassan took aim Monday at the potential federal cuts to New Hampshire’s renewable energy industry as she spoke with employees of ReVision Energy, a solar energy company.

Raising alarms, Hassan said that she has “great concern in terms of what I’m seeing from the White House, especially around issues of clean energy and environmental protection.”

“The Trump budget that we’ve seen, and it’s still just a draft, suggests there’s going to be huge cuts if not flat out elimination of some of those programs,” the Democratic senator and former governor added, as she highlighted the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and other federal programs that promote local renewable energy efforts in New Hampshire.

Asked if she and other senators are pushing back against the White House, Hassan answered that “you will find huge pushback as you know from the Democratic side of the aisle. I do believe there is bipartisan support for some of these initiatives.”

“Part of our capacity to push back depends again on how strongly people across the country respond. I thought the March for Science this weekend was a good showing of concern from people who usually don’t get politically involved and might not have a particular party that they favor,” she added.

Hassan and the state’s senior U.S. senator, fellow Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have both spoken out against the President’s proposed budget cuts to the EPA. The two senators recently joined colleagues in the chamber in sending a letter to the White House expressing their concern over the threat to the environment and the public’s health that the budget cuts post.

ReVision Energy describes itself as “a full service renewable energy contracting company that provides a full range of engineering, design, installation and equipment service for homes, businesses, municipal buildings and nonprofits.”

The company says it’s “working to build a cleaner, more innovative energy future in New Hampshire by leading the way in solar design, installation, and service for homes, businesses, municipal buildings, and nonprofits throughout the state and region.”

ReVision Energy is also a partner in Energize 360, a community-led effort which encourages residents to measure, reduce, and renew energy use. 

The company says that a growing solar industry also means more jobs. ReVision director of marketing Dan Weeks, the Democratic nominee last year in the Executive Council District 5 election, said there’s close to 1,000 solar energy jobs in New Hampshire.

“That’s more than oil, gas, coal, combined. If we really want to grow jobs in the energy industry, this is where the growth is happening,” Weeks added.

Trying to avoid government shutdown

Hassan was headed to Washington after the visit.

Job number one for Congress and the White House this week is to avoid a federal government shutdown on Friday, when current funding expires.

“The country is operating under a continuing resolution right now that was extended to the 28th of April. We could just keep extending that a little longer while negotiations go on. That’s the immediate task at hand,” the senator explained to the employees at ReVision.


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3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death.

The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures, the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement. The challenge is whether impoverished countries can deliver the required four doses of the vaccine for each child.

Malaria remains one of the world's most stubborn health challenges, infecting more than 200 million people every year and killing about half a million, most of them children in Africa. Bed netting and insecticides are the chief protection.

Sub-Saharan Africa is hardest hit by the disease, with about 90 percent of the world's cases in 2015. Malaria spreads when a mosquito bites someone already infected, sucks up blood and parasites, and then bites another person.

A global effort to counter malaria has led to a 62 percent cut in deaths between 2000 and 2015, WHO said. But the U.N. agency has said in the past that such estimates are based mostly on modeling and that data is so bad for 31 countries in Africa — including those believed to have the worst outbreaks — that it couldn't tell if cases have been rising or falling in the last 15 years.

The vaccine will be tested on children five to 17 months old to see whether its protective effects shown so far in clinical trials can hold up under real-life conditions. At least 120,000 children in each of the three countries will receive the vaccine, which has taken decades of work and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop.

Kenya, Ghana and Malawi were chosen for the vaccine pilot because all have strong prevention and vaccination programs but continue to have high numbers of malaria cases, WHO said. The countries will deliver the vaccine through their existing vaccination programs.

WHO is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040 despite increasing resistance problems to both drugs and insecticides used to kill mosquitoes.

"The slow progress in this field is astonishing, given that malaria has been around for millennia and has been a major force for human evolutionary selection, shaping the genetic profiles of African populations," Kathryn Maitland, professor of tropical pediatric infectious diseases at Imperial College London, wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine in December. "Contrast this pace of change with our progress in the treatment of HIV, a disease a little more than three decades old."

The malaria vaccine has been developed by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, and the $49 million for the first phase of the pilot is being funded by the global vaccine alliance GAVI, UNITAID and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East also have malaria cases.

 


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Obama to lead student discussion in Chicago as 1st public event of his post-presidential life

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama will lead a panel discussion with students as the first public event of his post-presidential life.

The discussion is scheduled for Monday at the University of Chicago, where Obama's presidential library is planned.

Students from area colleges and at least one high school are attending the discussion, with Obama expected to appear on stage with some of them. The invitation-only event is being billed as part of his post-presidency goal to "encourage and support the next generation of leaders."

Obama delivered his presidential farewell speech in Chicago in January.

His first public engagement since then comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office.

READ: Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'


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Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.

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He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria.

He's endured the steady drip of investigations and a seemingly endless churn of public personnel drama.

"It's a different kind of a presidency," Trump said in an Oval Office interview with The Associated Press, an hour-long conversation as he approached Saturday's key presidential benchmark.

Trump, who campaigned on a promise of instant disruption, indirectly acknowledged that change doesn't come quickly to Washington. He showed signs that he feels the weight of the office, discussing the "heart" required to do the job. Although he retained his signature bravado and a salesman's confidence in his upward trajectory, he displayed an understanding that many of his own lofty expectations for his first 100 days in office have not been met.

"It's an artificial barrier. It's not very meaningful," he said.

Trump waffled on whether he should be held accountable for the 100-day plan he outlined with great fanfare in his campaign's closing days, suggesting his "Contract with the American Voter" wasn't really his idea to begin with.

"Somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan," he said.

One hundred days are just a fraction of a president's tenure, and no president has quite matched the achievements of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who set the standard by which all are now judged.

Still, modern presidents have tried to move swiftly to capitalize upon the potent, and often fleeting, mix of political capital and public goodwill that usually accompanies their arrival in Washington.

Trump has never really had either.

A deeply divisive figure, he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton and had one of the narrower Electoral College victories in history. Since taking office on Jan. 20, his approval rating has hovered around 40 percent in most polls.

Trump's early presidency has been dogged by FBI and congressional investigations into whether his campaign coordinated with Russians to tilt the race in his favor. It's a persistent distraction that Trump would not discuss on the record.

Furthermore, his three months-plus in office have amounted to a swift education in a world wholly unfamiliar to a 70-year-old who spent his career in real estate and reality television.

For example, his two disputed travel ban executive orders are languishing, blocked by federal judges.

On Capitol Hill, majority Republicans muscled through Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, but had to blow up long-standing Senate rules to do so. Then there was the legislative debacle when Trump's own party couldn't come together to fulfill its long-sought promise of repealing President Barack Obama's health care law.

H.W. Brands, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said Trump is learning that "the world is the way it is for a whole bunch of complicated reasons. And changing the guy at the top doesn't change the world."

Trump won't concede that point.

But he acknowledged that being commander in chief brings with it a "human responsibility" that he didn't much bother with in business, requiring him to think through the consequences his decisions have on people and not simply the financial implications for his company's bottom line.

"When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria," Trump said of his decision to strike a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack. "I'm saying to myself, 'You know, this is more than just like 79 (sic) missiles. This is death that's involved because people could have been killed. This is risk that's involved.'"

"Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government involves heart, whereas in business most things don't involve heart," he said. "In fact, in business you're actually better off without it."

As for accomplishments, Trump cited "tremendous success" on an undefined strategy for defeating the Islamic State group. He talked at length about saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars on the price of F-35 fighter jets. Trump held meetings during the transition and in the White House with the CEO of Lockheed Martin, which produces the F-35, but the cost-savings were already in the works when he took office.

He promised a tax overhaul plan that would give Americans a tax cut bigger than "any tax cut ever."

A man accustomed to wealth and its trappings, Trump has embraced life in the Executive Mansion, often regaling guests with trivia about the historic decor. With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president.

It's too soon to say whether the presidency has changed Trump in substantive ways. He's backpedaled on an array of issues in recent weeks, including his critiques of NATO and his threats to label China a currency manipulator. But his self-proclaimed flexibility means he could move back to where he started just as quickly.

Stylistically, Trump remains much the same as during the campaign.

He fires off tweets at odd hours of the morning and night, sending Washington into a stir with just a few words. Trump still litigates the presidential campaign, mentioning multiple times during the interview how difficult it is for a Republican presidential nominee to win the Electoral College.

He is acutely aware of how he's being covered in the media, rattling off the ratings for some of his television appearances. But he says he's surprised even himself with some recent self-discipline: He's stopped watching what he perceives as his negative coverage on CNN and MSNBC, he said.

"I don't watch things, and I never thought I had that ability," he said. "I always thought I'd watch."

For the moment, Trump seems to have clamped down on the infighting and rivalries among his top White House staffers that have spilled into the press and created a sense of paranoia in the West Wing. He praised his national security team in particular and said his political team in the White House does not get the credit it deserves for their work in a high-pressure setting.

"This is a very tough environment," he said. "Not caused necessarily by me."


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Dad driving laboring mom to hospital helped by state troopers in highway birth

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two New York state troopers have teamed up to help deliver a woman's baby in a vehicle on the side of a highway after she couldn't make it to a hospital.

State police say the troopers responded early Saturday morning to a report of a disabled vehicle on an Interstate 90 ramp near Albany.

They say 25-year-old Kristi Koppenhafer, of Gloversville, started giving birth in the vehicle while her husband was driving her to the hospital. The two troopers helped the man assist his wife with the birth of a healthy girl as the vehicle was parked on the highway shoulder.

An ambulance crew arrived soon after and took the mother and baby to a hospital, where troopers say both are reported to be in good health.


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Gas prices rise ahead of NH vacation week

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - It is school vacation week in New Hampshire, and gas prices for springtime road trips are still inching up in northern New England.

The latest GasBuddy.com survey of New Hampshire gas stations shows the average price of gas rose 3.5 cents to $2.32 per gallon last week. In Maine, the average price rose 2.6 cents, to $2.39 per gallon. The price in Vermont rose nearly a penny per gallon, to $2.42.

Elsewhere, the national average rose a penny to $2.42 per gallon. That's an increase of 13 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 28 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


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Hundreds circle NH Statehouse to protest Northern Pass

CONCORD — Radio personality Brian “Bulldog” Tilton spoke to about 350 protesters who circled the Statehouse Sunday to show their disapproval of Eversource’s plan to build a 192-mile high-voltage Northern Pass transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield.

Tilton reminded the protesters, many of whom traveled a couple of hours from the North Country, that Eversource New Hampshire president William Quinlan told them early on that it would cost 10 times more to bury the controversial powerline and that it was impossible because of the state’s granite.

A few years ago Quinlan said it would be three times as much, Tilton said, and at recent hearings twice as much. And when asked if it would be technically feasible at the trial-like hearing, Quinlan said “yes,” Tilton said.

“I guess that’s what happens when you testify under oath,” Tilton said. He also reminded the group that Northern Pass said there would be 2,600 jobs created. Testimony at recent hearings indicated that every one job that lasted for three years was counted as three jobs.

Peter Martin of Plymouth spoke to the crowd as well. The people of New Hampshire, its communities and the environment have never been a consideration of Eversource, Martin said.

“That was a mistake because Eversource is now facing serious public and financial blowback,” Martin said. He believes Northern Pass is the linchpin for a massive buildout all over New Hampshire. “We are all in danger,” Martin said. “It’s a necessary first step in a massive project,” Martin said.

Dolly McPhaul, Rick Samson and a number of others spoke to the group. Speakers encouraged people to write to the state Site Evaluation Committee, which will decide whether to approve or deny Northern Pass’s application to bring 1,090 megawatts of hydroelectricity from Hydro-Quebec through New Hampshire to the New England grid.

Speakers also encouraged the crowd to contact their lawmakers to tell them to vote against Senate Bill 128, which was billed as a way to lower electric rates. Speakers said it would do the opposite.

McPhaul of Sugar Hill thanked John Harrigan of Colebrook for coming up with the idea of Sunday’s protest, but said he couldn’t be there because of health issues.

“When I first learned about the Northern Pass, I was astounded. I could not believe any company or any person could consider putting ugly monstrous steel towers twice the size of a pine tree” through our country side and towns. “I just wanted to say, how dare you?” McPhaul said.

Harrigan’s presence was missed. He suffered two heart attacks last week, but reached by phone Sunday said he is feeling better and on the mend.

Jane Abbott Sweatt of New London and Errol, emailed a letter to Harrigan via InDepthNH.org.

“Dear John,
I also want to say that your current health was discussed as to why you were unable to make it today. I will first send my wishes for steady improvement so you can enjoy all things spring in Northern NH.
I was proud to clap and cheer in acknowledgement of your great work to get people energized about stopping the Northern Pass today at the march in Concord, NH. It was a successful event I believe with many dedicates supporters of all ages in attendance …”

“I just wanted you to know the day was beautiful, the event well attended with great speakers and thought provoking words,” Abbott Sweatt wrote.

Martin Murray, spokesperson for Northern Pass, said:

“We all want what is best for New Hampshire and for our families – and that includes clean and economic sources of energy as well as jobs. There are some who disagree with how Northern Pass proposes to deliver those significant benefits.

 “We have to earn a permit from the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee. Its decision will be based on facts – and on our demonstration that our proposal is a sensible one. We are confident that we’ll be successful,” Murray said.


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WATCH: Owl gets released back into wild by trooper who recovered him from car crash in NH

CANDIA — An owl that was rescued earlier this month gets a fresh start.

On April 14, an owl was rescued in Candia after a New Hampshire State Trooper got a call of a reported injured owl struck by a vehicle on Route 101.

READ: Owl in recovery at NH center after being hit by car on Route 101

 

The owl was taken in by On The Wing where he was nursed back to health, along with medical assistance from Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital in Brentwood.

Before releasing the owl back into the wild, test runs were conducted to ensure that he can hunt on his own again. Jane Kelly, bird of prey educator and rehabilitator at On The Wing, said the owl did very well, capturing mice and fish for itself.

The owl was released back into the wild by NH State Trooper Craig Gagne who originally rescued him.

"He remembers me," Gagne said before setting the owl free.


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