News from April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

Schumer: Why didn't FBI question Marathon suspect?

Schumer says he'll pursue an answer as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the FBI.

April 29, 2013

Portland business owner: No more butts Several photos included in this story

 Mike Roylos, who owns the Spartan Grill in Monument Square, will offer 5 cents per cigarette butt in hopes of cleaning up the downtown area.

April 29, 2013

Celtics hoping revived offense has life in Game 5

If it's not there on Wednesday night in New York, the Celtics will have a very tough time extending their season to a Game 6.

April 29, 2013

NH man charged with robbing same bank twice

Police say David Roberts was trying to leave the branch Friday when two brothers apprehended him.

April 30, 2013

Female DNA found on at least one of Boston bombs

Its presence does not necessarily mean that a woman helped build the device, a law enforcement official says.

April 29, 2013

Boston bomb suspect gets prominent lawyer

Judy Clarke has represented the Unabomber, Susan Smith and Tuscon shooter Jared Loughner, among other high-profile clients.

April 30, 2013

Explosion, then fierce fire in Lewiston Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 About 35 apartment units are damaged in the fast-moving blaze, and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

April 29, 2013

FBI visits home of dead Boston suspect's wife

The agents were seen carrying away several bags, and Katherine Russell left with her attorneys through a back door.

April 30, 2013

Tense Portland standoff ends with surrender Several photos included in this story

Police swarm Alder Street and evacuate residents before the man is arrested after four hours on terrorizing and other charges.

April 29, 2013

VIDEO: Can't be gay and Christian, ESPN's Broussard says

NBA reporter Chris Broussard says Jason Collins, other homosexuals and fornicators are in 'open rebellion' with God.

April 30, 2013

LePage: Health law to send U.S. 'into a spiral'

Speaking to a crowd of business leaders, he also criticizes President Obama and Maine's wind-energy industry.

April 29, 2013

Gyrocopter crash kills Maine man in Florida

Scott Adair of Scarborough was an experienced paraglider pilot on his first solo flight in a gyrocopter.

April 29, 2013

Hospital group criticizes Maine Democrats' Medicaid expansion plan

Hospitals support expanding Medicaid, but don't want that issue to slow down payment of the state's debt to hospitals.

April 29, 2013

Plane crash kills seven at Bagram Air Field

The Taliban claims responsibility, but the U.S.-led coalition says there was no militant activity in the area at the time.

April 29, 2013

New England fishermen rally for relief from cuts

As of May 1, fishermen who chase bottom-dwelling groundfish face cuts that fishermen say will destroy the industry.

April 29, 2013

Groups launching Maine ad campaign for Medicaid expansion

Maine has yet to accept federal funding to expand the government-sponsored health coverage to nearly 70,000 uninsured Mainers.

April 29, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's friend 'Misha' identified as R.I. man

The man, who supposedly tutored bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, says, 'I wasn't his teacher.'

April 29, 2013

Student shoots self in Ohio classroom

An honors student at an all-male Catholic high school tried to commit suicide in his first-period classroom Monday, sending other students scrambling for cover.

April 29, 2013

OSHA proposes to fine Maine pipeline company

The federal agency says the company failed to protect workers at an excavation site in Scarborough.

April 29, 2013

Obama: Cuts means U.S. could lose years of research

The president says instead of racing ahead to the next cutting edge, American scientists are wondering whether they'll be able to develop any new products at all.

April 29, 2013

Panel seeks operator for Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry

The province is offering $21 million to subsidize the service over seven years, beginning next year.

April 29, 2013

Virgin Galactic spaceship makes 1st powered flight

While SpaceShipTwo did not break out of the atmosphere during the test flight, it marks a milestone for Virgin Galactic, which intends to take passengers on suborbital joyrides.

April 29, 2013

NBA center Jason Collins comes out as gay Video clip included

In a first-person story in Sports Illustrated, he becomes the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports to come out as gay.

April 29, 2013

Per-student pre-K spending lowest in decade

The assessment – combined with Congress' reluctance to spend new dollars – complicates President Barack Obama's effort to expand pre-K programs across the country.

April 29, 2013

Benton man, 82, loses home, dogs to fire

“I was in the bathroom a couple of minutes and I came out and the outside porch was all in flames," says Clyde Berry.

April 29, 2013

Concert promoter assailed in Michael Jackson trial

Michael Jackson's mother has accused concert giant AEG Live of failing to properly investigate the doctor convicted in his death in June 2009 at age 50.

April 29, 2013

Weather postpones trade center's ascent to tallest

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the building will stand 1,776 feet tall when the spire pieces plus a steel beacon are lifted into place.

April 29, 2013

Judge denies Bulger request for informant's idenitity

The reputed gangster's lawyers hoped the informant would undercut the testimony of a key prosecution witness.

April 29, 2013

30 boats damaged by fire at N.H. marina

Some boats were melted from the heat. No injuries were reported.

April 29, 2013

Owner of collapsed building may face 7 years in prison Several photos included in this story

Mohammed Sohel Rana was arrested Sunday as he tried to flee to India. He will be held for questioning on charges of negligence, illegal construction and forcing workers to join work.

April 29, 2013

Obama taps Charlotte mayor to run Transportation

If confirmed, he will replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood, one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.

April 29, 2013

Wildfire danger rises across Maine

Officials say a lack of rainfall has made for dry conditions, with several wildfires being reported in recent days.

April 29, 2013

Low natural gas prices electrify competition in NH utilities

Maine-based ENH Power has picked up 54,000 customers from New Hampshire utilities, primarily PSNH, since last summer.

April 29, 2013

Maine gas prices fall 3 cents

Prices in Maine are now almost 40 cents lower than on the same day last year.

April 29, 2013

Miss. man makes appearance in suspicious letters case

James Everett Dutschke was brought to federal court in Oxford, Miss., wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled.

April 29, 2013

Mother of bomb suspects insists sons are innocent

"It's all lies and hypocrisy. I'm sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children."

April 29, 2013

Hospitals trying arsenal of superbug-fighting inventions Video clip included

They're trying germ-fighting machines that resemble "Star Wars" robots, germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles, antimicrobial linens, curtains and wall paint – yet there is no widely accepted evidence that these inventions have prevented infections or deaths.

April 29, 2013

State TV: Syrian premier escapes bomb attack

The daring attack in the upscale neighborhood, which is home to many embassies and officials, was another blow to the government of President Bashar Assad.

April 29, 2013

Spring turkey hunt gets under way in Maine

Wildlife officials say Maine's turkey population is strong after once being reduced to small numbers.

April 29, 2013

Maine bill addresses open pit mining regulations

The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources takes up a bill today that seeks to change mining regulations to add water quality protections.

April 29, 2013

Legalized pot a risk to Maine medical dispensers

In an odd twist, pro-marijuana groups that provide the drug to patients fear for their future if a proposed bill passes.

April 29, 2013

Feature Obituary: George R. Paradis, 89, longtime teacher at SMCC



April 29, 2013

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April 29, 2013

Rivals to air views on turbine project

Outdoor guides and camp owners say it will turn off visitors, but backers tout new jobs and clean energy.

April 29, 2013

Task force to seek expanded wiretaps for online activity

The FBI wants to penalize tech firms such as Facebook and Google that fail to provide intercepted communications.

April 29, 2013

Writer's theme is timely after Boston Marathon bombings

Amy Waldman, whose novel is about the aftermath of 9/11, mulls American Muslims' perspectives.

April 29, 2013

Possessing the metal for education

 Sarah Finnemore plans to go to Harvard, but she's shown a flair for hands-on learning in welding work.

April 29, 2013

Lawmakers: More 'persons of interest' in Boston bombing investigation

But "the big unknown," says the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is the six months Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent in Russia.

April 29, 2013

Bus driver named Maine Marine of the Year

Ex-Marine Richard Gordon is recognized for his work on behalf of the Maine Marine Corps League.

April 29, 2013

Rental demand in Portland is through the roof

 The city hopes to see at least 800 more apartments built as demand forces up rents.

April 29, 2013

Photos & video: A bath in the mud, and next in the tub Video clip included

Close to 1,000 people of all ages ran, slithered and splashed Sunday in the 2.5-mile Into the Mud Challenge.

April 28, 2013

Westbrook fishway opens to alewives this week Several photos included in this story

 Bigger populations of alewives, shad and herring will mean better fishing in the Presumpscot River.

April 29, 2013

Sundance film screenings in Portland take aim at hunger problem Video clip included

"A Place at the Table," which was a selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, tells the true stories of three people who don't know where their next meal will come from.

April 29, 2013

Former Thornton Academy headmaster to head Baxter Academy

 Carl Stasio takes the reins of Portland's first charter school.