News from August 15, 2013

August 16, 2013

Missed chances doom Boston to another loss Several photos included in this story

Chris Guccione; Dustin Pedroia; J.P. Arencibia The Red Sox go 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and end the trip with a 4-6 record.

August 15, 2013

Photo-leaking Mass. trooper reassigned to patrol

The man whose photos showed 'the real Boston bomber' gets a midnight shift in Athol, Mass.

August 15, 2013

Cayman Islands agrees to help U.S. catch tax evaders

A law likely to take effect in 2014 targets non-tax compliance by Americans with foreign accounts.

August 15, 2013

Woman loses arm in suspected shark attack off Maui

Bystanders on shore heard the woman scream, put her on a kayak and brought her to shore

August 15, 2013

Panel: Marathon bomb suspect's classmates never in danger

A task force formed by the college also concludes there's no evidence that the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth could have foreseen the actions of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

August 15, 2013

Warrants fuel questions in Calif. murders, teen's abduction Several photos included in this story

Unsealed warrants reveal that James Lee DiMaggio exchanged more than a dozen calls with the 16-year-old girl in the hours before the slaying.

August 16, 2013

Judge rules Alexis Wright can plead the Fifth Several photos included in this story

The woman at the center of the Kennebunk prostitution scandal can refuse to testify against an alleged john.

August 16, 2013

Arbitrator tells Cumberland County Sheriff to reinstate detective

Gerard Brady will return Aug. 26 to the Cumberland department, which he is suing in a separate matter.

August 16, 2013

Portland charter school denied occupancy approval

The charter school plans to fix building code violations and start year one on time.

August 15, 2013

Maine groups get grants to sign up uninsured

The 'navigator' programs will help explain different plans being offered under the Affordable Health Care Act and assist residents in buying coverage.

August 15, 2013

Second hostage shot at Louisiana bank dies of injuries

The woman was one of three bank employees taken hostage in a standoff Tuesday that ended with the gunman shooting two hostages before being killed by police.

August 15, 2013

Brady practices, shows no ill effects Several photos included in this story

 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady jogs, drops back to pass and doesn't limp after an apparent knee injury that had fans anxious.

August 15, 2013

One soldier shot 12 times in Fort Hood rampage

Testimony in the trial of Maj. Nidal Hassan indicates that one victim was shot while trying to charge the gunman.

August 15, 2013

Reality TV producer considers second Maine show

Engel Entertainment is not saying what the show is about, only that it focuses on a 'unique Maine family' and that it is being considered by the ABC Family cable channel.

August 16, 2013

'Downton Abbey' exploited – in best taste

 With the fourth season of the British TV juggernaut comes a wide range of quirky merchandise.

August 15, 2013

Jasper Johns' former assistant charged with fraud

Prosecutors say James Meyer removed the artworks from Johns' studio without his knowledge between 2006 and 2012 and sold them through a Manhattan gallery.

August 16, 2013

Michaud joins governor's race, and obstacles are many Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Launching his Blaine House campaign from a strategic – and symbolic – central Maine city, the Democrat says: ‘I’m ready.’

August 15, 2013

Egypt authorizes police use of deadly force Video clip included

The government says supporters of the deposed Islamist president torched two government buildings as violence escalates.

August 16, 2013

Portland cites progress on homelessness

Mayor Michael Brennan points to more funding and housing vouchers on the same day police start enforcing a panhanding law.

August 16, 2013

Portland 'best place' in world for circus college, founder says Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Circus Conservatory of America hopes to convert a building on Thompson's Point into a school for up to 120 students.

August 15, 2013

Mass. trooper in Rolling Stone photo flap back on patrol

A state police spokesman says the assignment is not punishment for the unauthorized release of photos of a bloodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

August 16, 2013

Bulger juror stunned by government corruption

The Cape Cod nurse offers an inside look at jurors' reactions to testimony in the Boston mobster's trial.

August 15, 2013

Obama scraps U.S. military exercises with Egypt – but not aid Video clip included

The Bright Star military exercise has been a centerpiece of the two countries' military relations for decades.

August 15, 2013

Researchers announce rare find: a new carnivore species

The olinguito is a 2-pound member of the raccoon family – with a face like a teddy bear – that lives in the cloud-draped rainforest canopies of Ecuador and Colombia.

August 15, 2013

Lawyer: Snowden and father chatted over Internet

The lawyer told Russian news agencies Thursday that Snowden and his father had acted against legal advice.

August 15, 2013

Stuntman of Olympics fame dies in wingsuit crash

The former army officer was an accomplished skydiver who starred in one of the most memorable parts of the 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony.

August 15, 2013

Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

Companies are laying off fewer workers, a trend that has lowered applications for unemployment benefits 14 percent this year. But hiring is still sluggish, resulting in only modest net job growth.

August 15, 2013

Kan. voters' limbo shows hitch in citizenship law

Kansas is among a handful of GOP-dominated states enacting rules to keep noncitizens from voting, but the most visible result is a growing pool of nearly 15,000 residents who've filled out registration forms but can't cast ballots.

August 15, 2013

Rockefeller impostor sentenced for Calif. murder

Christian Gerhartsreiter gets 27 years to life in prison for the killing of John Sohus, who disappeared along with his wife Linda in 1985.

August 15, 2013

Boston's India Day canceled in wake of marathon

New security requirements including bag checks at entrances and more police made the event prohibitively expensive, organizers say.

August 15, 2013

Helicopter school may open at Pease Tradeport in N.H.

A company is proposing to offer flight instruction and air charter service.

August 15, 2013

New monument honors Augusta-born chief justice Video clip included

A bronze statue honoring Melville Weston Fuller, former chief justice of the United States, was installed Wednesday at the Kennebec County Courthouse.

August 15, 2013

Texas woman pleads guilty in Maine bath salts case

The woman was one of four people arrested in January when authorities also seized 18 pounds of the drug with a street value of more than $1.2 million.

August 15, 2013

At this year's Hempfest, cops to hand out Doritos

A Seattle police department has affixed labels to 1,000 bags of Doritos urging people to check out a marijuana Q&A on its website.

August 15, 2013

Waterville woman accused of punching nurse, threatening doctor

A 22-year-old woman is facing charges following an incident in the emergency room at MaineGeneral Medical Center.

August 15, 2013

State to ask for natural gas bids again

The Bureau of General Services is seeking bidders to provide natural gas to state-owned buildings in Augusta, Hallowell, Waterville and Vassalboro.

August 15, 2013

DA drops charges against Fairfield rail protesters

Six Maine residents were arrested and charged with criminal trespass on June 27, when they blocked a Pan Am Railways train line and local traffic routes for about two hours.

August 15, 2013

NASA, Navy practicing space capsule recovery in Va.

While commonplace in the early years of manned space flight, the Navy hasn't been used to recover astronauts since 1975, when the USS New Orleans recovered the Apollo spacecraft.

August 15, 2013

Androscoggin jail guard sues sheriff

The lawsuit follows an incident in which the guard became embroiled in a physical altercation with a belligerent maximum security inmate in November.

August 16, 2013

Egypt's Islamists take to streets in 'Day of Rage' Video clip included

The government has authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions while the international community has urged both sides to show restraint.

August 15, 2013

New England Dispatches

Woman dies after driving into pool / Graffiti defaces highway mural / Blue shark rescued off Rockport beach ... and more news from around the region.

August 15, 2013

LearningWorks receives $2.2 million grant

The Portland agency will use the funds to place AmeriCorps members in underachieving schools.

August 15, 2013

Hospital tech: 'I'm guilty' of infecting patients

A traveling technician will serve up to 40 years for spreading hepatitis C with tainted syringes.

August 15, 2013

Maine won't drop broken rides system for state's poor

 Despite thousands of complaints, a top official says it's too early to cancel company contracts, and that MaineCare is pressing for fixes.

August 15, 2013

Maine vet killed in crash was 'sweet man'

Back from the Vietnam war 'broken,' William Partridge traveled around central Maine in a 1977 van.

August 15, 2013

Augusta rejects new Dunkin' Donuts

Planners turn down a proposal for a sixth franchise in the city after many residents oppose it.

August 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine State Prison says it has 20 jobs openings to fill / Faulty indicator suspected in plane's emergency landing / Three women arrested in home invasion, beating ... and more news from around the state.

August 15, 2013

Mainers turn out to remember baseball's Negro Leagues

'It's a chapter about the worst in us,' but it's also a story of hope, courage and perseverance, a Portland lecturer says.

August 15, 2013

Odd sale from years ago links Maine jeweler to hit TV show Several photos included in this story

Five years ago, Biddeford jewelry maker Coco Corral received an unusual request from an executive in New Mexico.

August 15, 2013

Thompson's Point eyed for circus conservatory

 The Circus Conservatory of America, a degree-granting college, would be the first new tenant for the $100 million Portland development since the project was rolled out in 2011.

August 22, 2013

Labor of love equips Maine kids to learn Several photos included in this story

 Ruth Libby's nonprofit is providing more than 4,500 students with free backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 14, 2013

Blue Jays edge slumping Red Sox, 4-3

Brett Lawrie singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, handing first-place Boston their fourth loss in six games.