necn’s Top Stories of 2016

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Nice try, dude. An armed fugitive in an elderly man disguise allegedly <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Armed-Fugitive-Caught-on-Cape-Cod-in-Elderly-Man-Disguise-390755241.html">tried to elude</a> authorities during a bust on Cape Cod, but the realistic mask didn't fool them.
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Nice try, dude. An armed fugitive in an elderly man disguise allegedly <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Armed-Fugitive-Caught-on-Cape-Cod-in-Elderly-Man-Disguise-390755241.html">tried to elude</a> authorities during a bust on Cape Cod, but the realistic mask didn't fool them.
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<a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Alligator-Taken-From-Massachusetts-Home-389250242.html">Police in West Springfield, Massachusetts,</a> had a wild time as they caught a 6-foot alligator in a backyard with the help from local zoo workers.
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In a <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Shocking-Video-Mother-Apparent-Opioid-Overdose-Daughter-Lawrence-Massachusetts-Police-394323831.html">viral video that was called "heartbreaking,"</a> a 2-year-old who was seen tugging at her unresponsive mother's sleeve was eventually taken into the custody of Massachusetts' child welfare agency.
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A New York City man's poor driving led Vermont State Police to eventually obtain a warrant for a body cavity search - and <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Police-Find-1428-Bags-of-Heroin-in-Mans-Body-Cavity-373928211.html">the discovery of more than 1,400 bags of heroin</a>. The bust comes as the region grapples with an opioid abuse epidemic.
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A New Hampshire business owner <a href"http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Ads-Seeking-Sugar-Daddies-Pop-Up-on-UNH-Campus-394965611.html">sounded the alarm</a> this September when he noticed a flier near the University of New Hampshire's campus in Durham connecting young, vulnerable students with "sugar daddies."
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2016 was a wild year in the world of politics, full of twists and turns. New Hampshire's Republican primary declared Donald Trump the winner, and while he narrowly lost the state in the general election, he went on to win the Electoral College. <a href"http://www.necn.com/news/politics/New-Hampshire-Candidate-Tracker-295977311.html">We tracked</a> how many stops the crowded field of presidential hopefuls made in the Granite State leading up to February's primary.
8/11
Vroom vroom! www.necn.com's <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Go-Kart-Track-Set-To-Open-In-Montville-Adding-100-Jobs-To-Economy--401601386.html">readers and social media fans</a> couldn't stop reading and sharing a preview of the indoor racing track in Montville, Connecticut.
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Many around the region were <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Death-Investigation-Underway-in-Grafton-Massachusetts-375545031.html">shocked to read</a> about how police finding a 5-year-old girl wandering around in her pajamas led to the disturbing discovery of her mother's dead body and her father suffering from a neck wound in their Grafton, Massachusetts, home.
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A <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Police-5-People-Dead-After-Car-Crash-on-I-89-in-Williston-Vermont-396446321.html">Vermont community was horrified and dismayed</a> after a man going the wrong way on I-89 struck a car with five teens inside, killing them, and then stole a police cruiser, leading him to crash into seven more cars before eventually being arrested.
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"We're going to need a bigger boat": It's not unusual for a beach to be temporarily closed on Cape Cod due to a great white shark sighting these days - but a washed-up whale carcass <a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/3-Beaches-Closed-on-Cape-Cod-After-6-Great-White-Sharks-Spotted-389316522.html">shut down three beaches</a> in early August.
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