News from August 20, 2013

August 20, 2013

Massachusetts woman dies of EEE

The health department identified the victim only as a woman in her 80s. She was hospitalized in mid-August and died a few days later.

August 20, 2013

Bruins promote Gretzky, Hall of Famer's brother

The Boston Bruins have promoted Keith Gretzky, the younger brother of the hockey Hall of Famer, to director of amateur scouting.

August 20, 2013

Allegiant Air to offer flights from Portsmouth

The passenger air service back will fly from New Hampshire to Florida, with fares as low as $99 roundtrip.

August 20, 2013

Italian astronaut recounts near-drowning during spacewalk Several photos included in this story

With water covering his mouth and nose, Luca Parmitano relies on his safety cable to pull himself back to the hatch and to the help of crew members.

August 21, 2013

Mainer named acting Small Business Administration leader

Karen Mills, also of Maine, picks a successor to fill her Cabinet post until the president names one.

August 20, 2013

Lyman man accused of driving 111 mph in Wilton

Police say Jeremy Doucette, 38, also had marijuana and illegal knives.

August 20, 2013

Air-quality alert issued for Maine coastal towns

Unhealthy ozone levels are forecast for the state's coastal regions.

August 20, 2013

Waterboro woman escapes from burning home

The woman escapes from her burning home but needs to be treated for smoke inhalation.

August 20, 2013

Marathon responders and war vets play at Fenway

One night after the Red Sox and Yankees played another of their four-hour grudge matches, Fenway Park was friendly again.

August 22, 2013

2 escape injury in Bingham small-plane crash Several photos included in this story

Ray Ayer, of Monmouth, and Paul Householder, of Wayne, are uninjured Tuesday after their plane plunges into the Kennebec River near Main Street.

August 21, 2013

Ayla Reynolds' mother plans to reveal evidence tied to disappearance

Trista Reynolds plans to post the information on two websites and hold a news conference.

August 20, 2013

Mosquitoes worse this summer in much of U.S.

In parts of Connecticut, mosquito traps have double the usual number of bugs and Minnesota traps in July had about triple the 10-year average.

August 20, 2013

Michaud, Woods to hold joint press conference

The current Democratic congressman and 2014 candidate for governor will appear with Steve Woods, a Falmouth businessman who also has entered the race.

August 20, 2013

Copper may play key role in Alzheimer’s disease

The mineral is important to healthy nerves, hormone secretion and bone and tissue growth, but researchers also say that too much of it may be a bad thing.

August 20, 2013

Ryan Dempster suspended five games for hitting A-Rod

Major League Baseball also fines Yankees manager Joe Girardi $5,000 for arguing with plate umpire Brian O'Nora on Sunday night.

August 20, 2013

Gunman opens fire at Georgia elementary school Several photos included in this story Video clip included

No one is injured as 500 students are quickly evacuated and the 20-year-old man and police exchange gunfire.

August 20, 2013

Maine opponents seek to expel Common Core educational standards

Two groups say the new benchmarks strip control from local school boards.

August 20, 2013

Prosecutors rest in Fort Hood shooting trial

After calling nearly 90 witnesses in 11 days, prosecutors say they have completed their case during the trial of Maj. Nadal Hasan.

August 20, 2013

Nova Scotia's schooner Bluenose remains in dry dock, hampering tourism

It's one more setback for the province, which is also struggling with the loss of ferry service connecting it to Maine.

August 20, 2013

Nova Scotia official to visit Maine to discuss new ferry service

Nova Scotia's economic development minister will meet with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

August 21, 2013

LePage denies 'Obama hates white people' comment Video clip included

He calls the claims 'gossip,' but two Republicans at the event confirm hearing it.

August 20, 2013

Police: Teens killed Australian baseball player for 'the fun of it'

Christopher Lane, 22, was visiting his girlfriend in Oklahoma when he was shot in the back by three boys who said they were bored, police say.

August 20, 2013

Telescope captures dramatic moment of starbirth

The images show material streaming from the baby star at incredible speed, glowing as it plows into the surrounding gas and dust.

August 20, 2013

Judge acquits alleged john in Kennebunk prostitution trial Several photos included in this story

Because Alexis Wright's ledger could not be used in the trial, the state failed to prove its case against the former high school hockey coach, the judge says.

August 20, 2013

EEE virus found in York mosquito sampling

Experts expect more mosquitoes to test positive for the dangerous virus before summer ends.

August 20, 2013

Iron gate to be installed at Sandy Hook School

Since the shooting, the driveway has been blocked by concrete barriers and traffic cones, with a police officer guarding the site around the clock.

August 21, 2013

Details hazy in shooting of worker at Maine egg farm Several photos included in this story

A 57-year-old man was killed by a fellow employee who was shooting at rodents and stray chickens at the Moark Egg Farm in Turner.

August 20, 2013

Mother of abducted Calif. girl died of head injury

Christina Anderson, 44, was found dead Aug. 4 when firefighters extinguished flames at the home of James Lee DiMaggio.

August 20, 2013

Colo. family evicted after mother killed by gunman

The Denver Housing Authority said it had no choice but to evict the relatives of a mother killed by a rampaging gunman three days after her slaying.

August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard, master of the crime novel, dies at 87 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Pretty much every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and his stories spawned hit movies and TV shows.

August 20, 2013

Biden's son undergoing medical tests in Texas

Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general, began experiencing weakness and disorientation after driving to Indiana for a family vacation.

August 20, 2013

San Diego mayor in sex harassment settlement talks

Bob Filner is facing a recall effort prompted by a cascade of sexual harassment allegations..

August 20, 2013

Tractor-trailer rolls over on Route 1 in Brunswick

The accident happened near Cook's Corner at 6:17 a.m.

August 20, 2013

Arizona man dies in single-car crash on I-95

Police think the 85-year-old man either fell asleep at the wheel or may have had a medical issue.

August 20, 2013

Two hospitalized after Saco crash

The crash happened at 6:24 a.m. on the Portland Road.

August 20, 2013

Vintage Chevy auction to deal in low-mileage gems

Next month about 500 vintage cars and trucks will go on the auction block in Nebraksa. About 50 have fewer than 20 miles on the odometer, and some are so rare that no one has established a price.

August 20, 2013

Man trying to open door prompts emergency landing

AirTran flight 265 was on its way from Baltimore to Austin, Texas, when the incident took place.

August 20, 2013

N.H. man accused in break-in had girl in stroller



August 20, 2013

Maine man building high-tech Iron Man costume Several photos included in this story

Thomas Lemieux of Oakland spent more than $2,000 and 400 hours building the elaborate costume in his basement.

August 20, 2013

Jury to start deliberating in Lewiston man's trial

Authorities say Cleveland Cruthirds stabbed Naomi Swift 21 times because he was angry and jealous she had had contact with ex-boyfriends.

August 20, 2013

First portraits of Prince George are a family affair

The casual images are a departure from the royal tradition of hiring professional photographers for baby portraits.

August 20, 2013

Egypt arrests Brotherhood's spiritual leader

Mohammed Badie's arrest is the latest stage in an escalating crackdown by authorities on the Brotherhood in which hundreds have been arrested.

August 20, 2013

Augusta woman pleads guilty to endangering infant daughter

The child was taken into state custody and is in a foster home.

August 20, 2013

Airline to offer flights to Florida from N.H.'s Pease

The new Allegiant Air flights will operate twice weekly between Portsmouth and the Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

August 20, 2013

Doctor: Boston Marathon suspect was shot through face

The 'high-powered injury' resulted in a skull-base fracture, injuries to his middle ear, the skull base, the pharynx and mouth, a surgeon says.

August 20, 2013

Portland police offer training for dealing with shooter

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says Portland is a safe city but everyone should know 'the basic steps to take to protect themselves.'

August 20, 2013

Maine replacing written driver's exam with electronic test

The new testing system with touch-screen monitors is easier to use and is offered in different languages, according to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

August 20, 2013

Company pays $125K for improper MaineCare billing

Prosecutors say Employment Specialists of Maine Inc. billed MaineCare for services given by a nurse who had been excluded from participation.

August 20, 2013

Guardian chief: U.K. had newspaper's disks destroyed

Alan Rusbridger said the destruction was the culmination of weeks of pressure on the Guardian by British officials.

August 20, 2013

Pakistan's Musharraf charged in Bhutto killing

Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed during a gun and bomb attack in 2007. Prosecutors have said that Musharraf, who was president at the time, failed to properly protect her.

August 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Two firefighters injured in commercial building fire / Police charge woman with screwdriver assault on child / Lawmakers to vote on roads and education bond package . . . and more news from around the state.

August 20, 2013

Council to decide whether Biddeford parking garage moves into next gear

 The estimated $12.6 million project needs City Council approval before it can be placed before voters.

August 20, 2013

South Portland puts tar sands issue to vote

 Councilors will ask voters if they want an ordinance to prevent the oil from flowing through the city.

August 20, 2013

Portland String Quartet founding member, an inspiration to many, dies Video clip included

 Talented violinist Stephen Kecskemethy dies after fighting a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

August 20, 2013

MaineCare ride provider has history of problems

 The contractor hired to coordinate rides for Maine Medicaid recipients was forced to drop a contract in Wisconsin.

August 20, 2013

Maine's obesity rate levels off, but its rank worsens

Maine goes from 25th to 23rd most obese state, but the number of obese people barely rises.

August 20, 2013

Draft of new Maine mining rules raises concerns

The DEP releases a draft report that sparks controversy even before it's fully understood.

August 19, 2013

Maine mother charged with abducting her kids had lost custody

The Fairfield woman faces charges of abducting her two children last week.