News from August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

Scott Brown says he won't run for Mass. governor

He said he wants to fulfill his commitments to the law firm where he works, and to Fox News, where he is a paid commentator.

August 21, 2013

HIV test prompts porn-industry moratorium

The actor's sex partners are currently being tested by doctors with Adult Production Health and Safety Services.

August 22, 2013

Gas grill explosion blows Buxton man off deck

The homeowner is blown off his rear deck by the force of the explosion but is not seriously hurt.

August 21, 2013

New bluefin tuna fishing rules proposed

The intention is to end the trend of overfishing bluefin. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled next month in Portland.

August 21, 2013

Woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

The woman was attacked a week ago while snorkeling and was brought to shore by another visitor.

August 22, 2013

Middlebrooks, Red Sox pound Giants, 12-1 Several photos included in this story

Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks each hit a homer and Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs apiece Wednesday for Boston.

August 22, 2013

N.H. governor gives LePage's lobsters to soup kitchen

Gov. Paul LePage shipped lobster products Monday to the other 49 governors to help promote Maine.

August 21, 2013

Iraq veterans find new freedom in opening craft beer brewery

Young Veterans Brewing Co. in Virginia provides the right fit for two friends who faced challenges returning home after combat.

August 21, 2013

Tebow's chances of staying with Patriots uncertain

The media frenzy is gone, and the backup QB's slow start has him fighting for a roster spot.

August 22, 2013

Police identify victim, shooter at Maine egg farm

 Authorities are trying to determine whether criminal negligence played a role in the fatality.

August 21, 2013

Maine man pleads guilty to abducting teenager

The Gorham 19-year-old was forced into the trunk of the BMW he was trying to sell and was let out in Delaware.

August 21, 2013

Newly released Nixon tapes span Watergate, Soviet summit

Included are phone calls he received from Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush after Nixon's first major address about Watergate.

August 21, 2013

Prosecutors to review release of suspect in Remy murder case

Jared Remy is accused of killing his girlfriend a day after he was freed in a domestic violence case.

August 22, 2013

Sales of Maine homes skyrocket in July

As increasing mortgage interest rates help propel more buyers into the market, the median sale price also rises.

August 21, 2013

Sid Bernstein, who brought Beatles to Shea, dies

Like so many in the music business, the music promoter was the hustling son of Jewish immigrants, born on Manhattan's Upper East Side, raised in Harlem and hooked on sound and rhythm.

August 21, 2013

Almanzar triple sparks Sea Dogs win over Fisher Cats, 4-2

The Sea Dogs embark on their final road trip of the year, starting tonight in Trenton and ending next Thursday in Manchester, N.H.

August 21, 2013

U.S. soldier faces more villagers at massacre sentencing

Haji Mohammad Wazir takes the witness stand during the sentencing of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales to describe the impact of losing 11 family members, including his mother, wife and six of his seven children.

August 21, 2013

Maine group touts plan to eliminate income tax

The Maine Heritage Policy Center says its proposal will spur growth in the state's poorest areas.

August 22, 2013

Baxter Academy fails another inspection, but plans to open

Charter school officials in Portland say they will get the work done in time to start classes on Sept. 4.

August 21, 2013

Details emerge about Ga. school shooting suspect Video clip included

A family who took him in was aware 'he had a mental disorder,' but says he never displayed any violent tendencies.

August 21, 2013

McPartland, jazz legend and radio host, dies at 95 Video clip included

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, she became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality.

August 21, 2013

Idexx buys Brazilian company as it seeks new markets

Terms of the deal are not disclosed as Idexx buys the distributor of its dairy and bovine testing products.

August 21, 2013

No defense from suspect in Fort Hood shooting

Maj. Nidal Hasan's move wasn't completely unexpected. He has made no attempt since the trial began two weeks ago to prove his innocence.

August 22, 2013

Car's data may show cause of fatal Port Clyde crash

Police seek answers from the recorder in the vehicle that sped onto a dock, striking a family and killing a 9-year-old boy.

August 21, 2013

Ex-Brunswick pastor appears in Social Security fraud case

The man is accused of collecting disability benefits while earning a salary at the Word of God Fellowship Church.

August 21, 2013

U.S. home sales hit 5.39M in July, highest since '09

Home sales jumped idespite higher mortgage rates, which have risen a full percentage point since early May.

August 21, 2013

Maine lawmakers returning for bond vote Aug. 29

Gov. LePage also wants lawmakers to address the serious problems that Riverview Psychiatric Center is facing.

August 21, 2013

Facebook aims to get billions more people online

Mark Zuckerberg says the Web is an essential part of modern life, and a new partnership hopes to help at least two-thirds of the 5 billion people who are not connected.

August 21, 2013

Portland school district to lease space for Adult Education

A unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday will allow the district to find a short-term home for the program.

August 21, 2013

Obama appears on unclaimed property list in Mass.

The office of state treasurer says the president is owed two cable TV refund checks for $156.23, each dating back to 2009.

August 21, 2013

Woods leaves governor's race, endorses Michaud

With no other Democrat now running for governor, Michaud can put his money toward the general election.

August 21, 2013

Maine restaurant owners get new trial due to slur

The Fuentes brothers are charged with using undocumented workers at three Mexican eateries.

August 21, 2013

Thornton Academy students to get engineering head start

Completing certain classes at Thornton Academy will let students jump ahead at UMaine.

August 21, 2013

Body found in Bowdoin, deputies say death not suspicious

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:15 a.m. today that the body was found on a small, asphalt road near Route 201.

August 21, 2013

Maine man guilty of gun charge, two heists

Joseph Morrill, whose cellphone helped nab him, used a stolen police gun in the holdups.

August 21, 2013

N.H. court rejects new trial in church rape case

Ernest Willis' trial gained national attention because the pastor made the pregnant girl apologize to the congregation.

August 21, 2013

Small fire doused at Gifford's Ice Cream factory in Skowhegan

Employees of Gifford's helped control the flames until fire crews arrived.

August 22, 2013

Intelligence leaker sentenced to 35 years in Wikileaks case Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An apologetic Pfc. Manning had faced a possible life term for the secrets he disclosed.

August 21, 2013

Biden cancels Maine appearance; son undergoes medical procedure

The vice president's son Beau Biden, who is the Delaware attorney general, expects to return home Thursday from a Texas cancer center.

August 21, 2013

Ex-Maine basketball star's sentencing postponed

Dana Wilson pleaded no contest in May to possessing child porn.

August 21, 2013

Mass. woman sues Patriots, NFL for husband's death

The suit says 40-year-old Jeffrey Chartier's heart attack was caused by a confrontation with a security guard before a game in September 2010.

August 21, 2013

Syrian activists claim deadly 'toxic gas' attack Video clip included

Shocking images emerged from the purported attack, showing pale, lifeless bodies of children lined up on floors of makeshift hospitals and others with oxygen masks on their faces as they were attended to by paramedics.

August 21, 2013

Nuke watchdog may raise Fukushima leak status to 'serious'

The leak, the fifth since last year involving tanks of the same design, raises concerns that it could be the beginning a new disaster – contaminated water leaking from storage tanks one after another.

August 21, 2013

Lewiston man acquitted of most serious charge in stabbing

Authorities say Cleveland Cruthirds stabbed Naomi Swift 21 times in December 2011 because he was angry and jealous she'd been in contact with ex-boyfriends.

August 21, 2013

Rockland woman pleads guilty to bank fraud

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Shauna Quinn stole more than $400,000 from the Rockland Savings Bank between July 2008 and June 2011.

August 21, 2013

Ann LePage to serve ice cream to military families

She says Wednesday's event is a time to 'enjoy some summer fun' for military families who're accustomed to making sacrifices.

August 21, 2013

Last Nixon tapes to be released cover key period

The final installment covers the tumultuous three months when Watergate was closing in on the 37th president.

August 21, 2013

Feature obituary: Alfred Bell, 97, hardworking man, devoted to family

 Mr. Bell worked as many as six jobs at one time to support his family, his son said.

August 21, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

 Biden scheduled to attend fundraiser in Maine / Company settles MaineCare billing case for $125,000 / Man accused of driving 111 mph in 40-mph zone ... and more news from around the state.

August 21, 2013

Freeport councilors mull deficit options

The current $140,000 shortfall stems from cuts in state revenue sharing – and another will follow.

August 21, 2013

Biddeford council OKs tabling referendum on $12M garage

Biddeford officials are still working to hammer out many details, including land acquisition and financing.

August 21, 2013

What shortfall? Board votes to fully fund Maine jails

The corrections board hopes the move forces the Legislature to come up with the necessary money.

August 21, 2013

MaineCare ride system favors certain patients

20130820_MaineCare Because drivers can earn mileage for several at once, methadone patients almost always get rides.

August 21, 2013

Michael Phelps visits Maine, swimming still his game Video clip included

 The U.S. Olympian and legendary swimmer promotes a business and youth wellness in Saco.

August 21, 2013

Report predicts climate change around globe

Handout photo of a bearded seal rests on ice off the coast of Alaska The leaked draft details major impact from global warming, but some say it is too conservative.

August 21, 2013

Study succeeds in lowering high blood pressure

Researchers in Northern California make treatment 'shorter, more convenient and more affordable.'

August 21, 2013

Maine's Pingree ranked 12th wealthiest in Congress

Nearly all of the more than $30 million in investments and real estate listed was attributed to her husband.

August 21, 2013

Report details problems at Maine psychiatric facility

Abuse of the hospital's patients has put federal funds for the state mental hospital in jeopardy.

August 21, 2013

Irving emerges as one suitor for Maine railway

Calling the Maine-based line 'vital to our operations,' the Canadian company keeps its eyes on MM&A's bankruptcy.

August 22, 2013

Mercy! Catholic sister celebrates 102nd birthday at sea Video clip included

 Sister Mary Louise Landry's two-hour excursion on Casco Bay is another high point in an extraordinary life spent serving others and breaking barriers.