Tag: New Hampshire

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National

Unusual ‘b’ leads to arrest in NH racist graffiti case

This booking photo released by the Concord Police Department shows Raymond Stevens, of Pembroke, N.H., arrested Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, on charges of criminal mischief after a two-year investigation into racist graffiti scrawled on the homes of several Concord, N.H., families originally from Africa. (AP Photo/Concord Police Department) by Lynne TouhyAssociated Press Writer CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire detective combed through hundreds of gun permit applications to find one with a distinctive lowercase “b” that led to an arrest in a 2-year-old racist graffiti case, police said Tuesday. Concord police said Raymond Stevens, 42, used a permanent black marker to deface the homes of three African refugee families in September 2011. On one home was scrawled, “The subhumans in this house are enjoying a free ride.” On another, “Go back to your hell and leave us alone.”

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Health

Insurance markets open to surge of new customers

Wendy Jackson, left, and others with Independence Blue Cross mark the opening health insurance exchange by providing information on health carereform at Suburban Station Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Carla JohnsonAP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open-enrollment period.