Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders looked to emerge from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary with their first victories of the 2016 presidential election, while rivals hoped a state famous for political surprises would give their own White House bids a needed boost.
Even if Republican Trump or Democrat Sanders were to stumble, the two were assured of moving on. However, for some GOP candidates, the outcome could determine whether their campaigns continue beyond the northeastern battleground. A trio of governors — Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie — have spent most of their time in the state in recent weeks and needed to show voters, as well as crucial financial donors, that they're viable candidates.
New Hampshire voters have a reputation of being free thinkers, but truly independent voters could be hard to find in the Granite State.
Undeclared voters in the state are allowed to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary, which has made them a valuable get for candidates on both sides of the aisle.
But just because a voter is Undeclared does not mean they’re undecided or don’t identify with the standard parties, according to interviews with several voters in the state and a professor at the University of New Hampshire who has studied voter patterns.
Two dogs in the Flint, Michigan, area have tested positive for lead poisoning, NBC News reported.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said they had no reports of lead toxicity in household pets in the last five years until Flint's water was contaminated — sickening an unknown number of children.
Veterinarians have reported two cases of dogs in Genesee County with high levels of the heavy metal, which can be fatal in animals. Both dogs are still alive.
Officials are reminding pet owners that their animals shouldn't drink unfiltered tap water until it's deemed safe.
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General Motors is recalling more than 473,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the brake pedals can come loose and fail to work properly.
The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles.
GM says a nut on the brake pedal pivot mechanism can come loose, causing the pedal to loosen and possibly become inoperative.
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Turns out Paris isn't the only city where love is in the air. Amazon is out with its list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities right here in the U.S., and some of them may surprise you, NBC News reported.
The online retailer's list rolled out every year around Valentine's Day, calls Alexandria, Virginia the most romantic city in the country. This is the third time the city has claimed the top spot — it was also listed as number one in 2010 and 2011.
Amazon bases its romantic city rankings on sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents. It includes purchases per capita of romance novels and relationship books, romantic comedy movies and downloads of romantic music by artists like Barry White and Luther Vandross. It also includes sales per capita of sexual wellness products.
Here's the top five: 1) Alexandria, Virginia, 2) Miami, Florida, 3) Knoxville, Tennessee, 4) Orlando, Florida and 5) Vancouver, Washington.
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A Houston-area couple is accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.
Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu were arrested Monday on charges of forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal immigrant and visa fraud. Authorities say the couple seized the nanny's passport, so she was unable to leave.
The 38-year-old nanny, whose full name is not given in the criminal complaint, told authorities she was promised $100 per month but has never been paid in her two years working for the Nsobundus in their home in the Houston suburb of Katy.
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The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency to deal with an outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months, NBC News reported.
As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.
There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.
Dengue is not endemic to Hawaii but has occasionally spread after being imported by infected travelers. The outbreak on the Big Island is the first cluster of locally acquired dengue fever since a 2011 outbreak on Oahu, the Hawaii Department of Health said.
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"Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu famously said. Among Republicans, New Hampshire's primary results over the last few decades have been better than Iowa's caucus results at predicting who would go on to become the presidential nominee.
Residents of Syria's besieged city of Aleppo are witnessing "deaths everywhere," as the U.N. warned that 300,000 people could be cut off from vital aid, NBC News reported.
"It's war," Aleppo resident Hussam — who would only give his first name out of fears for his safety — told NBC News in a phone interview. "There is shelling, there are deaths everywhere."
Government forces battling to regain full control of Aleppo from rebels have cut off aid supplies to the city from the north, triggering a flood of refugees towards neighboring Turkey. Hussam said, however, that reports of reports an exodus were "an exaggeration" but that many thousands had fled amid intensified fighting.
Hussam said the city has been in the dark since power lines were damaged in October and water supplies have been cut off for almost four weeks, with locals drawing from wells with water unfit for drinking.
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New Hampshire on Monday is hosting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a handful of communities that begin voting just after midnight. In Dixville Notch, voters in that tiny town gave Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich two votes, Republican Donald Trump got two and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won four votes for his Democratic bid. Click through for snapshots of voters who went to the polls Tuesday.
A transit police officer who was shot and critically injured during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers is retiring.
Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic gun battle in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. A 2015 report found it "highly likely" that Donohue was hit by friendly fire.
The bullet that struck Donohue severed a major artery, and he nearly bled to death.
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took the high road Tuesday in his response to rival Donald Trump's use of profanity to describe the Texas Republican.
Trump, the GOP frontrunner, derided his opponents while addressing about 5,000 people at a rally Monday. He contrasted his recent statements on bringing back waterboarding to those of Cruz.
"You know he's concerned about the answer because well, some people," Trump said pointing to a woman in the audience, "she just said a terrible thing. ... She said, 'He's a p---y.'"
When asked about the comment Tuesday in New Hampshire, Cruz shrugged.
"Oh, listen. Nothing Donald says surprises anyone. Donald does not handle losing very well."
New England Cable News reached out to each presidential campaign for its positions on education, gun policy, healthcare, taxes, the economy, immigration, and other issues. Click through to compare candidates’ responses on major issues facing the nation.