7:33 AM

U.S. to return armored plate to Maine soldier it saved Video clip included

Timothy Gilboe of Westbrook took a bullet in hand-to-hand combat in Afghanistan and lived to tell about it – when he has to.

1:01 AM

Star treatment as new Nova Scotia ferry arrives in Portland Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The ship is escorted with fanfare into the harbor, where it will put the ‘port’ back in Portland when service to-and-from Canada begins, the mayor says.

6:30 AM

Widow upset after Maine library declines horror writer’s archives

She says the papers of well-known Rick Hautala belong in his hometown of Westbrook.

1:03 AM

LePage: Welfare penalty to cost Maine $7 million

The U.S. wants $7 million for non-compliance that LePage says he tried to fix, but others say a big fine is unlikely and the non-compliance is from 2011.

1:00 AM

Conflict emerges in study used by foes of Maine rail project

The engineer who concluded that noise levels would be excessive at the site in Brunswick has plans for a residential subdivision nearby.

8:50 AM

Vice principal rescued from South Korea ferry found hanged Several photos included in this story

Police are seeking arrest warrants for captain and two crewmembers after ship’s sharp turn and slow evacuation.

12:30 AM

Alleged Portland pimp charged federally with sexual exploitation of children

Paul Henry, 24, was arrested on Thursday after coming under investigation by Portland police in a prostitution and drug dealing case in February.

11:33 AM

Feature Obituary: Donald Dutil Jr., 68, popular music teacher for MSAD 55

Mr. Dutil, the district's band leader, inspired a love of music in his students.

6:34 AM

Former Biddeford pastor pleads guilty to child porn, gets probation

His entire five-year prison sentence was suspended for 12 years of probation.

11:37 AM

Reality show looks for a few good Mainers to build ‘Utopia’ Video clip included

Based on a show from the Netherlands, the series will task 15 people with creating a community from scratch.

12:32 AM

Maine flood forecast hindered by missing river gauge

In the wake of severe water damage in Dexter, officials say the budget-cut device is critical to predicting conditions.

12:34 AM

WMTW moving to Westbrook studio occupied by WPME, WPXT

The space is already broadcast-ready and will require few changes.

8:28 AM

12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest Video clip included

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them.

7:49 AM

Maine student suspended for squirt gun likely playing ‘Assassin,' police say

Under rules of the game, participants try to squirt an assigned target, often in public.

1:00 AM

Local & State Dispatches

Thursday Portland temperature drop sets record / Registered Maine nurse sentenced on drug theft charges / National Endowment gives $892,500 to Maine art groups ... and more news from around the state.

6:46 AM

Maine lawyer convicted in bomb threats will give up practice

Ronald E. Hoffman resigns after a new charge stemming from an alleged threat he made against his wife.

9:56 AM

Marijuana trade show opens in Bangor Saturday

Organizers say it will include workshops, vendors, performances and a smoking tent outside the facility for qualified users.

5:43 AM

Bill Nemitz: Holy Thursday brings foot washing to Portland's Monument Square

Clergy from area churches perform a foot washing to kick off arguably the most sacred four days on the Christian calendar.

12:41 AM

Former Maine bank teller gets month in prison for embezzling $26,000

Brittany Mace stole from customers at Bangor Savings Bank in 2010 and 2011, and many of them were elderly or disabled.

11:15 AM

Maine agency reduces bond for biofuel company by $9 million

Thermogen Industries, a biofuel startup, will only get $16 million as financial uncertainties erode support on the FAME board.

12:05 AM

Final-hours push for Maine Medicaid expansion appears headed for another LePage veto

A new proposal would use federal money allocated to expand the program to help low-income Mainers buy private insurance coverage.

11:05 AM

Police: Vassalboro man bit girlfriend’s ear until it bled

Benjamin Lajoie, 23, is arrested outside Champions nightclub in Waterville and charged with domestic violence assault.

11:19 AM

Maine’s unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent

The state’s number of employed people has declined 6,700 over the year to 41,800.

10:29 AM

NASA crashes robot into moon on purpose

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater.

9:32 AM

Storms threaten launch try to space station

The unmanned cargo ship will carry supplies and equipment to repair a computer.

8:22 AM

Two Portsmouth men charged with selling heroin

One of the men is out on bail from a heroin possession charge in Maine.

8:50 AM

Transcript of distress call by South Korean ferry

‘The ship has listed a lot. Can’t move. Please come quickly.’

1:00 AM

Colorado husband ate marijuana candy before killing wife

The Denver man is accused of shooting his wife while she was calling 911.

Yesterday at 9:48 PM

Obamacare sign-ups reach 8 million, boosted by young adults

That 35 percent of those enrollees are under age 35 is crucial to the health care law’s success.

Yesterday at 10:57 PM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate and literary giant, dies at 87 Several photos included in this story

The hugely popular Spanish-language novelist may be best known for the epic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude.’

1:00 AM

Dental therapist position approved by Maine Senate

The bill goes to Gov. Paul LePage for his signature.

12:18 AM

Earth-size planet with right temperature found 500 light-years away

The planet is the first Earth-size sphere found outside the solar system in the ‘Goldilocks zone.’

Yesterday at 9:16 PM

Hackers behind Target breach could take years to find

The Secret Service investigation is complicated by the international nature of digital heists.

12:48 AM

Same-sex marriage ban tested in appellate court

A judge reviewing Oklahoma’s law appears to side with other courts that struck down bans.

12:36 AM

South Korean ferry evacuation was delayed; death toll rises

The captain waited for half an hour after an official said to get ready to abandon ship.

Yesterday at 10:15 PM

LePage signs bill to remove some highway signs

Some municipal officials said the signs are vital to direct visitors, but the state stood to lose millions of dollars in federal highway funds.