News from April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013

State capitalizing on 'Live Free and ...'

After a boost in tourism, New Hampshire plans to use the fill-in-the-blank motto in other areas.

April 23, 2013

N.H. Senate considers stand-your-ground repeal

Supporters of the bill want to return to the old statute, which allowed for defense of the home.

April 23, 2013

Low-cost TV provider coming to New England

Aereo will offer Boston broadcast channels to Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

April 24, 2013

N.H. store: Bombing suspect bought fireworks

Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought two "Lock and Load" reloadable mortar kits containing 24 shells each on the evening of Feb. 6.

April 23, 2013

Government joins lawsuit, says Lance Armstrong was 'unjustly enriched'

The Justice Department notes that the Postal Service, as a sponsor, paid the cyclist $17 million over six years.

April 23, 2013

Report: Private funding of Maine elections rises

The report by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections details spending on last year's legislative races.

April 23, 2013

Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical

In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend and a Muslim convert, family members say.

April 23, 2013

LePage names co-chairs of unemployment investigation

The governor is accused of pressuring unemployment hearing officers to decide more cases in favor of business.

April 23, 2013

Legislators scrutinize Democrats' tax ideas

Republicans stand firm against rate hikes for the wealthy as a week of hearings begins in Augusta.

April 23, 2013

Border jumper to be deported from Maine to Italy

Leandro Bettiol, 26, pleaded guilty to an illegal entry charge Monday in federal court in Bangor.

April 24, 2013

Uphill battle for defense of Boston Marathon bomb suspect

'The reality is you just try to save his life,' says one lawyer who has defended several terrorism suspects.

April 23, 2013

Mass. administrator suspended over denied lunch incident

The students were denied lunch because they could either not afford to pay or their pre-paid accounts were depleted.

April 24, 2013

Man describes finding bomb suspect in his boat

David Henneberry of Watertown says he feels lucky to be alive.

April 23, 2013

Portland offers help to incoming kindergartners

Kindergarten Readiness Night is Thursday.

April 24, 2013

Maine police to help honor fallen MIT officer Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The contingent will include about 30 Portland officers and two dozen state troopers.

April 23, 2013

Newtown officers share lessons with Maine responders

Police officers from Newtown, Conn., told hundreds of rapt emergency responders gathered Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center that the lessons from the Sandy Hook school shootings are many.

April 23, 2013

Stephen King makes 'substantial' donation to gun control effort

Stephen King The Coalition for a Safer Maine says King is a gun owner who supports expanded background checks on gun sales and a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

April 23, 2013

Maine mom who gave pot, alcohol to teens is going to jail

The Brownville woman will finish serving her year in jail after her appeal is rejected.

April 23, 2013

Charges dropped against man in poison letters case

The man was accused of sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. leaders, including President Barack Obama.

April 23, 2013

Indictments say UNH killing suspect plotted to mislead

Seth Mazzaglia, 30, of Dover is accused of killing 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott during an attempted sexual assault.

April 23, 2013

Two Waterville men sentenced for drug trafficking

Patrick Hanson, 22, is sentenced to five years in prison, and Jesse Jones, 25, receives a sentence of 21 months.

April 23, 2013

Obama salutes national teacher of the year

The winner is Jeff Charbonneau, a science teacher at Zillah High School in Washington state.

April 23, 2013

Panel backs bill to restrict gun magazines to 10 rounds

But Republicans says the proposal will hurt Mainers who want to protect themselves.

April 23, 2013

Funerals held for young bomb victim, slain officer

A private funeral Mass was held this morning for 8-year-old Martin Richard, followed by his burial.

April 23, 2013

Hackers spread false report of White House explosions, Obama injury

The cyberattack on the Associated Press Twitter account causes the stock market to briefly plummet 143 points.

April 24, 2013

Officials: Bombers acted alone, radicalized on Internet

The older brother, Tamerlan, is described as the 'dominant force,' allegedly turned anti-American by extremist websites and a man named Misha.

April 23, 2013

Judge rejects three charges against Pennsylvania abortion doctor

Dr. Kermit Gosnell still faces five counts of murder.

April 23, 2013

Bangor bomb squad destroys grenade

Police say a public works crew discovered the grenade at 10:30 a.m. today behind an auto parts store.

April 23, 2013

Suspect in S. Portland bank robbery in custody

The 23-year-old South Portland man is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $150,000 bail.

April 23, 2013

Idexx posts higher first-quarter results, but trims outlook

Idexx's stock drops in midday trading as the company trims its growth outlook for the year.

April 23, 2013

Judge boosts F. Lee Bailey's bid for Maine law license

A Supreme Judicial Court judge finds that Bailey is almost fit to practice law, except for an outstanding tax debt of nearly $2 million.

April 23, 2013

Boston Marathon finish line area coming back to life

Boston police this morning allowed traffic and pedestrians to cross Boylston on Clarendon Street for the first time since the Patriots' Day bombings.

April 23, 2013

Weather postpones UMaine-Holy Cross baseball at Goodall Park in Sanford



April 23, 2013

France approves gay marriage, violent protests erupt Several photos included in this story

France becomes the 14th country to legalize gay marriage, but within hours, fiery clashes break out between protestors and police.

April 23, 2013

Officials continue to build profiles of bombing suspects

There is not a single profile of a violent extremist in the U.S., but counterterror experts describe one classic pattern: young first- or second-generation immigrants striking out after struggling to fit in.

April 23, 2013

Officials: Six-term Democratic Sen. Baucus to retire

A Democrat with an independent streak, Baucus supported the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and Obama's signature 2010 health care law.

April 24, 2013

In Maine, privacy for gun permit data likely

The bill would shield data that has been public for more than 30 years.

April 23, 2013

Dielectric closing plant in Raymond; 57 jobs to be lost

Town officials say the company is the second-largest employer in town.

April 23, 2013

Petitions verified; four facing Old Orchard recall vote

The beach town's three remaining councilors could be added to the ballot by the time voting is set.

April 23, 2013

Ceremony puts Bush back in public eye Several photos included in this story

On Thursday, thousands of high-profile guests from around the world will gather for a ceremony to formally dedicate the Bush presidential center.

April 23, 2013

Maine students place a long distance call: Hello space station

The conversation is part of a Bates College Museum of Art exhibition.

April 23, 2013

Feds delay policy to allow small knives on planes

A policy change scheduled to go into effect this week that would have allowed passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners will be delayed, federal officials said.

April 23, 2013

2 men accused in Canada terror plot appear in court

Canadian investigators say Raed Jaser, 35, and his suspected accomplice, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, received "directions and guidance" from members of al-Qaida in Iran.

April 23, 2013

Medical examiner: Man found dead on Bailey Island drowned

The body of 28-year-old Ryan Johnson of Harpswell was found on the shore by a fisherman last Thursday morning.

April 23, 2013

More rain expected for already swollen Midwestern rivers Video clip included

With an inch of rain expected to fall from Oklahoma to Michigan through today, the National Weather Service heightens the crest forecast for some rivers.

April 23, 2013

Funeral service held for slain MIT officer

A memorial service for Sean Collier, open to law enforcement and the MIT community, is scheduled for Wednesday.

April 23, 2013

Brush fire in Clinton burns more than 5 acres

The wind directed the fire into a wet area, which helped to contain it until firefighters were able to fully extinguish it. "We got lucky," said a fire official.

April 23, 2013

U.S. hospitals send hundreds of immigrants back home Video clip included

The system, called "medical repatriation," allows hospitals to put patients on chartered international flights, often while they are still unconscious.

April 23, 2013

New England colleges pledge to reduce food waste

Maine participants are the University of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington and College of the Atlantic.

April 23, 2013

Maine home sales rise in March

Cumberland County had the highest median sales price from January through March, at $219,000.

April 23, 2013

Manhunt drew millions to TV



April 23, 2013

Feature obituary: Peter Reali Jr., 60, former owner of P&R Snow Plowing

 Mr. Reali operated his Portland-area snow-plowing business for more than 25 years.

April 23, 2013

Firm helping Maine towns catch some rays

 Windham's council will hear ReVision Energy's plan Tuesday for the East Windham Fire Station.

April 23, 2013

Maine girl still hospitalized after dog attack

The 3-year-old girl injured by the Rottweiler is expected to remain in a Boston hospital for at least another month.

April 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Bill to let fishermen sell lobster by-catch is dead / Police looking for man who robbed TD Bank / Climate experts will hold conference Thursday at USM ... and more news from around the state.

April 23, 2013

Committee votes against two LePage budget items

Proposals to split teacher retirement costs and vouchers for low-income students are rejected.

April 23, 2013

LePage allows alewives bill to become law

The 18-year-old blockade on the St. Croix River will be lifted in a few days after LePage opts not to veto the bill.

April 23, 2013

Lobstermen, dealers likely to split marketing costs

The funding for a new Maine promotional council is designed to raised prices and demand for lobster.

April 23, 2013

Maine bill would sever ties to firms linked to terrorist countries

The Boston Marathon bombings have given the measure more exposure, its co-sponsor says.