News from August 22, 2013

August 22, 2013

Ben Affleck to be the new Batman

The 41-year-old actor-director will star as the Dark Knight in the 2015 'Man of Steel' sequel.

August 23, 2013

Patriots stumble, fumble in 40-9 loss to Lions Several photos included in this story

New England turns the ball over on four of its first five possessions, and the defense is equally abysmal.

August 22, 2013

$330 million in cocaine seized from Vanuatu yacht

The drugs were found in the engine compartment of the yacht. No arrests have yet been made.

August 23, 2013

Grand jury brings more indictments in Maine hermit case

 A grand jury in Kennebec County adds six more indictments against the North Pond Hermit.

August 22, 2013

Major League Notebook: Braun issues apology, admits to using PEDs

The suspended Milwaukee slugger says in a statement released Thursday that he took banned substances during his 2011 MVP season.

August 22, 2013

Neighbor likely killed elderly Nashua couple, authorities say

The couple were stabbed to death, and the neighbor later died of an overdose.

August 22, 2013

Newtown gun shop owner pleads guilty to firearms counts

David Laguercia, 56, pleads guilty to transfer of a firearm before completing a background check and failure to maintain records.

August 22, 2013

Rare bobcat spotted in Cape Cod

Wildlife officials confirm that a video shows the animal not seen on the Cape in centuries.

August 22, 2013

Through surrogacy, some men become single dads

Their reasons for choosing such an option are the same as women's: They've always wanted a family and time is running out.

August 22, 2013

VIDEO: Sinkhole swallows giant trees in Louisiana



August 23, 2013

Maine bill may expand to address Riverview funding

The Maine psychiatric hospital could lose $20 million in federal money if problems aren't fixed.

August 22, 2013

Maine to help market Canada ferry, secure line of credit

LePage meets with Nova Scotia's economic minister to move the project forward.

August 22, 2013

Australian killed in Oklahoma was pursuing passion for baseball

Three teenagers are charged in the thrill killing of the college athlete.

August 22, 2013

Pirates open season in Lewiston, plan January return to Portland

Renovations at the Cumberland County Civic Center will put the team in Lewiston for three months.

August 23, 2013

Scarborough says state review of tax assessments comes up short

Town officials say an analysis sheds little light on whether new waterfront property values are valid.

August 22, 2013

U.S. soldier apologizes for Afghan massacre 


Staff Sgt. Robert Bales slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians in their village, mostly women and children.

August 22, 2013

CMP warns customers of collections scam

The targets are mostly small businesses and restaurant owners in the Portland, Lewiston and Augusta areas.

August 22, 2013

Car crashes into Kittery store on Route 1

No one is injured when the car rams into Rising Tide Natural Foods store Thursday afternoon.

August 22, 2013

Cool temps hamper bees' production 
in top two U.S. states

The bad year follows continuing losses of bees from colony collapse disorder.

August 23, 2013

Six Old Port properties to be auctioned online

Current tenants include Buck’s Naked BBQ, Fore Play, Gorgeous Gelato, The Merry Table Crêperie and Shine Salon.

August 22, 2013

Police identify man found dead on road in Bowdoin

David Curtis, 56, was found a few houses away from his home, and foul play is not suspected.

August 23, 2013

U.S. railroad chief 'shocked' at Maine company's single-person train crews

He tells the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway that he expects two-person crews in the U.S.

August 22, 2013

Tour bus overturns on S. California freeway, injuring 50

Officials say five of the injured were flown by helicopter to a trauma center, but most of the others are believed to have relatively minor injuries.

August 22, 2013

No verdict yet in Fort Hood shooting trial

The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base declines to address jurors.

August 22, 2013

Glitch brings Nasdaq trades to halt

The three-hour breakdown raises questions about the pitfalls of electronic systems for stock trades.

August 22, 2013

Bath Iron Works plans to lay off 40 workers

The shipbuilder says the layoffs will include 15 pipe coverers and 25 insulators. Still, the shipbuilder's workforce has risen this year to about 5,500 employees.

August 22, 2013

Russian spacewalkers encounter faulty equipment

The misaligned base of a new telescope platform complicates its installation.

August 22, 2013

Cat-killing raccoon in Monmouth tests positive for rabies

The raccoon got into a Main Street home on Sunday afternoon and killed the owner's cat.

August 23, 2013

Committee's OK moves Maine bond deal closer to statewide vote

The package includes almost $150 million for transportation and higher education projects.

August 22, 2013

Limerick boy driving pickup pins mom, brother against house

Police say the boy's foot apparently slid off the clutch as he backed up. The injured woman and boy are taken to Maine Medical Center.

August 22, 2013

Convicted N.H. murderer arrested in Maine on parole violation

Barry Brown, 50, was staying at a residence in Chesterville without permission from his parole officer.

August 22, 2013

Obama proposes cost-conscious college ratings Video clip included

He says with students facing much more global competition, making college affordable is 'an economic imperative' for the country.

August 22, 2013

Calif. girl: I texted abductor about a ride Video clip included

Hannah Anderson was kidnapped by family friend James Lee DiMaggio on Aug. 4 after he killed her mother and 8-year-old brother, authorities have said.

August 22, 2013

Maine to sell $220M liquor revenue bond next week

The state plans to use the proceeds of the bond offering to repay debt owed to Maine's 39 hospitals.

August 22, 2013

Egypt's ousted leader Mubarak placed under house arrest at hospital Video clip included

The longtime autocrat, 85, is released from prison even as his democratically elected successor remains jailed at an undisclosed location.

August 22, 2013

Portland man charged with trespassing at Taylor Swift's house

Joseph Bernatche, 55, allegedly handed a security guard a note telling her to call him and leaving his cellphone number.

August 23, 2013

Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman Video clip included

Bradley Manning The soldier asks to be known as Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment.

August 22, 2013

Skowhegan group protests 35-year sentence for Bradley Manning

The group of a half-dozen or so stood on the Margaret Chase Smith Bridge for about an hour, holding up signs and wearing pro-Manning clothing, soliciting honks from passing vehicles.

August 22, 2013

Study seeks 'super ager' secrets to brain health Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they've had some tantalizing findings . . .

August 22, 2013

Maine moms charged after ATV crash

Two girls, ages 8 and 12, were on the all-terrain vehicle on Tuesday that crashed in Lincoln.

August 22, 2013

Woman who battled to recover from shark attack dies in Hawaii

20-year-old Jana Lutteropp is the first person to die from a shark attack in Hawaii since 2004.

August 22, 2013

Syrian forces bomb area of alleged chemical attack

The United States, Britain and France have demanded that a team of U.N. experts already in Syria be granted immediate access to investigate the site.

August 22, 2013

Ex-Patriot Hernandez indicted on murder charge Video clip included

'There has been an incredible rush to judgment,' and the state doesn't have enough evidence to prove the charges, Hernandez's lawyer says.

August 22, 2013

Sabattus man convicted of slaying seeks new trial

Daniel Roberts, 44, was found guilty of the August 2005 shooting of 29-year-old Melissa Mendoza in a custody dispute.

August 22, 2013

School employee helped avert tragedy in Ga. standoff Video clip included

Police say school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was heroic in how she responded after being taken hostage by Michael Brandon Hill, a 20-year-old man with a history of mental health issues.

August 22, 2013

Barbara Bush reads to kids at Portland children's hospital Several photos included in this story

She reads 'The Best Mouse Cookie' by Laura Numeroff to the young patients at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

August 22, 2013

Maine to offer training for seaweed farmers

The clinic will be taught by leading industry members from the Portland-based commercial kelp farm Ocean Approved and University of Connecticut scientists.

August 22, 2013

Beau Biden returning to Delaware with father

The vice president's office said Beau Biden would fly to Delaware aboard Air Force Two as Joe Biden returns to Wilmington.

August 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Body of 56-year-old man found near Route 201 / Rockland woman admits $400,000 theft from bank / Crew quickly douse fire at ice cream factory ... and more news from around the state.

August 22, 2013

Portland committee OKs sale of downtown plaza

The City Council will vote on the $524,000 agreement for Congress Square Plaza on Sept. 9.

August 22, 2013

Scarborough moves ahead with leash law despite opposition

 About two dozen people plead Wednesday for their dogs' freedom on Scarborough beaches.

August 22, 2013

Feds join tribe in lawsuit against Maine

The Penobscot Indian Nation wants to control fishing and hunting rights on the Penobscot River.

August 22, 2013

Loss of drivers cited for MaineCare ride troubles

 A new contractor says it's recovering after many drivers quit over lower reimbursement rates.

August 22, 2013

Bath council won't release details of controversial sale

Keeping the executive session private makes any investigation pointless, critics say.

August 22, 2013

Maine bees struggling to produce honey Several photos included in this story

 Production is way down in Maine this summer, but the reason bees seem to be less busy may surprise you.

August 22, 2013

Boston church fire blamed on electrical short Video clip included

Parts of the roof caved in as flames shot through it, and crews had to back out of the church at one point because of safety concerns.

August 26, 2013

U.N.: Snipers shoot at inspectors' vehicle in Syria

The team plans to visit the site in the suburbs of Damascus where an alleged chemical weapon attack occurred last week, reportedly killing hundreds.