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N.H. on alert after 'spice' overdoses

N.H. on alert after 'spice' overdoses

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency after more than 40 people overdosed on synthetic cannabinoid, also known as "spice." At least 41 people in Manchester suffered "serious medical reactions," and at least 20 were hospitalized, Hassan's office said Thursday. Three people in Concord became seriously ill. Spice, usually sold at gas stations, is supposed to be used as incense, but people also smoke it to get high. The state of emergency allows authorities to investigate, quarantine and require the destruction of targeted spice brands.

Retired marine in video scandal dies

A decorated retired Marine whose career as a sniper was derailed by a video that showed him and three other Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in 2011 has died, his attorney said Friday. Cpl. Robert Richards, 28, was found dead Wednesday by his wife at their home in Jacksonville, N.C., outside Camp Lejeune, attorney Guy Womack said. He said the death was probably from Richards' changing the medications he took because of injuries he suffered in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.

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    Nation

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    Blogs

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    Blogs

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    Blogs

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    Business

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