New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

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TOP STORIES:

AIR AMBULANCE-VERMONT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — A new, Vermont-based air ambulance service is now flying patients. At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the helicopter-ambulance based at the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington was called to fly a patient from Copley Hospital in Morrisville to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. It was then sent to Rutland, where it was to carry a patient to Burlington. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says a new statewide organization will focus on the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs.

SEAL DEATHS: Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

FAMILY DEATHS-ARREST: An autopsy shows the wife and father of a New Hampshire man charged with killing them died by strangulation.

SWOOPING BIRD-TRAIL: Officials in New Hampshire are warning hikers about a bird swooping down on people on a local trail.

FENTANYL TRAFFICKING: A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking part in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

ELDER ABUSE-FINANCIAL: A woman has been sentenced to at least 1 ½ years in prison for using about $63,000 of her elderly uncle's money for her own benefit.

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