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BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 6 pm, NH

December 18, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Hampshire. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 603-224-3327. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

TOP STORIES:

PREP SCHOOL-SEXUAL ABUSE

CONCORD, N.H. _ A judge has refused to shorten the jail term for a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in 2015, saying he needs to consider the victim’s family who wanted him to serve the remaining 10 months of his sentence. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler on Tuesday appeared unmoved by the defense, which argued 23-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont had become more mature and had already been punished by being under a curfew and having to wear an electronic monitoring device. Prosecutors wanted Labrie to serve the remainder of his sentence. By Michael Casey. SENT: 740 words, photos.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award. The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. By Ralph D.Russo. SENT: 565 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

ELEVATOR SHAFT DEATH: Prosecutors say a construction worker in Massachusetts has fallen down an elevator shaft and died.

CRITICIZING COPS-LAWSUIT: The American Civil Liberties Union has challenged New Hampshire’s criminal defamation law in the arrest of a man who posted comments saying a police chief “covered up” for a “dirty cop.”

NOVEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT: New Hampshire officials say the state’s unemployment rate for November was 2.5 percent, a low that hasn’t been reached since August 1988.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-DEATH: Police in New Hampshire say they are investigating an apparent act of domestic violence that resulted in a fatality.

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING: A New Hampshire husband and wife accused of using Chinese nationals in a sex-trafficking operation in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to be detained until at least next week.

POLICE RECRUIT-THREATS: A police recruit accused of threatening to kill fellow officers at his graduation ceremony has been released on bail on conditions that include staying out of New Hampshire.

OFFICER DEATH: A judge has sentenced a teen to prison for his role in a crash in New Hampshire that killed an off-duty Massachusetts police officer.

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