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Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

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News from April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

Obama earned less in 2012, pays $112k in taxes

President Barack Obama made less in 2012 than in any other year since taking office, with about 40 percent coming from book sales.

April 12, 2013

NH police chief faces charge after boy shoots self

Authorities say the police chief in Danville has been charged with negligent storage of firearms at his home after a 15-year-old boy fatally shot himself there.

April 12, 2013

Boston mayor fractures leg, in hospital again

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino fractured the smaller of the two bones in his lower leg on Friday, the latest in a series of health issues.

April 12, 2013

Despite cutbacks, money secured for USS Miami repairs

The nuclear sub suffered $450 million in damages during an arson at the naval shipyard in Kittery.

April 12, 2013

Lewiston man accused of murdering friend, dumping body

Maine State Police say they're charging a 23-year-old Lewiston man with the murder of another man who they say had been his friend.

April 13, 2013

Kennebunk police investigating 40 more prostitution suspects

They will be making 'a final charging decision by summer 2013,' according to a news release.

April 13, 2013

Medal of Honor recipient in Maine: Uncomfortable with term 'hero' Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Hudner will lend his name to a Navy destroyer, which is being built at Bath Iron Works.

April 12, 2013

Maine man summonsed for illegal possession of elvers

A Rockland man was summonsed on the Maine Turnpike earlier this week for illegal possession of $22,100 worth of elvers.

April 13, 2013

Source: Maine A.G. reviewing document shredding by state official

A CDC official allegedly ordered records destroyed that could show favoritism in funding.

April 12, 2013

Portland firefighters to distribute flameless candles

They take the action after Brian Barbour, 53, died of smoke inhalation Saturday when his tent caught fire, apparently from an open candle.

April 12, 2013

Sub commander faked death

But a panel of officers recommends that Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II be honorably discharged.

April 13, 2013

Woman to serve three years for fatal OOB crash

The crash, in Old Orchard Beach in 2010, killed Michael Daigle of that town.

April 12, 2013

Two shot at Virginia mall; suspect arrested

Police say they don't know what prompted the man to start shooting at a branch of a community college.

April 13, 2013

Rapist's attorney may appeal 1979 conviction

Gary Irving, who hid for more than three decades in Gorham, submits a DNA sample, which a lawyer says could help prove his innocence.

April 12, 2013

Maine lawmakers kill motorcycle helmet, cellphone bills



April 12, 2013

Racial slur alleged in Old Orchard recall encounter

An African-American collecting signatures says a town councilor called him an offensive name.

April 12, 2013

Newtown victim's mom to give Obama weekly address

Francine Wheeler and her husband, David, lost their 6-year-old son Ben in the December schoolhouse shooting.

April 12, 2013

Sox, Rays get rained out

Game-time temperatures were forecast to fall into the 30s accompanied by 20 mph winds.

April 13, 2013

City officials back bills to save state aid

Gov. Paul LePage wants to suspend revenue-sharing, which would force cities and towns to increase local taxes, critics say.

April 12, 2013

Freeport man charged in series of business burglaries

Willis Jordan III, 35, was arrested at 57 Litchfield Road on Wednesday and police executed a search warrant at the house.

April 12, 2013

Sheriff's office searches for Standish road-rage suspect

An incident that started with one vehicle passing another on Route 25 in Gorham resulted in a motorcyclist being struck by a car at a traffic light, the sheriff's office said.

April 12, 2013

After X-ray, N.H. man charged with swallowing stolen ring

Staff at a Manchester jeweler say they saw Ronald Perley swallow the ring, but he denies it.

April 12, 2013

Groundbreaking improv comic Jonathan Winters dies Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Winters was a master of improvisational comedy, whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.

April 12, 2013

Maine, Mass. residents have 2 tax filing deadlines

Monday is Patriots Day, a legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts, so state tax returns can be filed through Tuesday, April 16.

April 12, 2013

RSU 2 students protest LePage budget at State House Several photos included in this story Video clip included

About 30 Regional School Unit 2 students, plus several parents and activists, chanted "Students care! Fund our schools!" and "Choose kids, not cuts!" at a State House rally on Friday.

April 12, 2013

Brighton Ave. reopens after tractor-trailer hits pole

The crash happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. near Pine Tree Shopping Center.

April 12, 2013

Maine burglary suspect arrested in Missouri

Police say 62-year-old Ronald Fuller of Boothbay Harbor was arrested at a campground with a large amount of cash and jewelry.

April 12, 2013

2nd man arrested in probe of Colo. prison chief's death

Investigators say the two aren't suspects in the shooting death of Tom Clements, but they are members of the same white supremacist gang as the man suspected of shooting Clements.

April 12, 2013

Psalm book that dates to 1640 could fetch $30M Several photos included in this story

The Bay Psalm Book was published in Cambridge, Mass., by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It came just 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth.

April 12, 2013

Sea Dogs game against Rock Cats rained out

The Sea Dogs and Rock Cats are slated to resume the series on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium.

April 12, 2013

$4,000 flute left on Boston subway returned

A person wishing to remain anonymous gave the flute to transit police, who returned it to the owner.

April 12, 2013

Senate background check debate starts next week

GUNS SUBURBS "Nothing is going to happen quickly," says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "We're going to be on this for a while, and there's nothing wrong with that."

April 12, 2013

In N. Korea, flowers and missiles on display Video clip included

At a flower exhibition opening in Pyongyang today, elaborate floral displays feature mini replicas of red-tipped missiles and long-range rockets.

April 12, 2013

Computer boot camps promise to launch tech careers Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The schools teach students how to write code in two or three months and help them get hired as web developers.

April 12, 2013

Elver fishing group applauds Maine poaching arrest

The Maine Elver Fisherman's Association says eel poachers are "just thieves, plain and simple."

April 12, 2013

Police investigate alleged assault on school bus in Casco

Police say a 16-year-old boy allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old boy on Thursday on the way home from school.

April 12, 2013

11 state troopers graduate in Maine

The troopers are being sworn in Friday at a graduation ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

April 12, 2013

Mass. rapist caught in Maine to appear in court

Gary Alan Irving was arrested late last month in Gorham where he had been living for years.

April 12, 2013

New England shrimp season ends with a whimper

This year's harvest will go down as the smallest since 1978, when the fishery was shut down altogether.

April 12, 2013

New England Dispatches



April 12, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police say woman produced drugs, endangered child / Runaway oil tanker allowed to leave port / Port captain's widow settles local lawsuit ... and more news from around the state.

April 12, 2013

After suicide, Maine school hosts forum on prevention

The community forum follows the suicide of 13-year-old sixth-grader Kitty McGuire last month.

April 12, 2013

Sandy taken off storm name list

Storm names are recycled every six years unless they're retired because of extreme damage or a high number of casualties.

April 12, 2013

Maine dentists oppose measure expanding hygienists' role

But supporters of the bill say the addition of 'dental hygiene therapists' would expand access to care.

April 12, 2013

Topless Coffee Shop conviction stands

Maine's highest court rejects the appeal of Raymond Bellavance Jr. on his arson conviction.

April 12, 2013

Bowdoin president responds to attack by conservative group

The lengthy critique of the college 'exaggerates its claims and misrepresents' our goals, Barry Mills says.

April 12, 2013

Campsite items, theft victims reveal hermit's tastes, tactics Video clip included

Dave and Louise Proulx's seasonal camp on North Pond was burglarized so many times that they began to predict what would be stolen . . .

April 12, 2013

The gun debate: Suburban growth alters political calculus

GUNS SUBURBS In traditionally gun-friendly states, the shift from rural to suburban forces politicians to recalibrate.

April 12, 2013

As Berwick mourns, fatal crash still a mystery Several photos included in this story

The accident that killed Berwick teacher Amy Harris on Wednesday remains under investigation.

April 12, 2013

'North Pond Hermit': Choosing to spend life in isolation Several photos included in this story

Psychological or social factors could draw a person into hermit behavior, experts say.

April 11, 2013

Maine, N.H. delegations vow to resist base closings

Any talk of a new base closure process will raise concerns about the Kittery shipyard's future.