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October 27, 2013

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The Worcester district attorney’s office says the 61-year-old Langelier stole the money between January 1, 2005 and July 31, 2011 while acting as the elected tax collector for the town of Barre.

A listed phone number for Langelier was out of service.

Barre has about 5,400 residents and is about 60 miles west of Boston.

Coakley asks court to toss anti-gay marriage laws

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says laws in Nevada and Hawaii prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

Coakley is leading a coalition of states in filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing the laws violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and should be struck down.

Coakley said the experience in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry only strengthens the institution of marriage.

Coakley led the filing of the amicus brief on behalf of Massachusetts and 13 other states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Hawaii and Nevada provide many protections for same-sex couples, but deny them full marriage status.

NH moose hunt winding down, success rate off

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire moose hunting season is winding down and preliminary numbers suggest hunters aren’t being as successful this year.

The moose hunt ends Sunday at dusk.

WMUR-TV reports that as of Wednesday, 119 moose had been taken, 63 bulls and 56 cows, a success rate of 42 percent. Last year, 50 percent of hunters had taken a moose by the same point in the season.

N.H. Fish and Game Department Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines says biologists checking moose carcasses brought in by successful hunters say they have seen unusually high numbers of winter ticks on some harvested moose, while others seem to be carrying a typical load of the pests.

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