News from August 23, 2013

August 24, 2013

Maine driver sentenced in robbery, 120-mph chase

Dylan Libby, a drug addict, will serve seven years in prison for actions the judge calls 'catastrophic.'

August 23, 2013

Sides agree to drop Paula Deen discrimination suit

An ex-employee last year sued Deen, saying she suffered from sexual harassment and racially offensive talk and employment practices that were unfair to black workers.

August 24, 2013

LePage apologizes to Republicans for Obama controversy

He says the president doesn't hate white people, but doesn't deny making the remark.

August 24, 2013

State backs Scarborough waterfront tax assessment hike

The town's 2012 assessments 'employ sound and acceptable mass appraisal techniques,' a state officials concludes.

August 23, 2013

Panda gives birth to female cub at National Zoo

Mei Xiang picks up the cub immediately and begins caring for it.

August 24, 2013

Woman turns up alive 13 days after her own funeral

Family and acquaintances thought the woman in the casket was 50-year-old Sharolyn Jackson, but now authorities must exhume the body.

August 23, 2013

Blasts kill 29, wound hundreds in north Lebanon

The coordinated attacks, clearly intended to cause maximum civilian casualties in a predominantly Sunni city, raise sectarian tensions.

August 23, 2013

Nowhere to go but up for Patriots Several photos included in this story

Tom Brady New England regroups after a dismal performance in Thursday's preseason loss to the Lions.

August 23, 2013

Russia joins call for probe into Syria gas attack reports

Timing is vital in detecting the use of chemicals, but U.N. investigators could face difficulties getting safe passage amid the chaos and violence of civil war.

August 24, 2013

Maine teacher faces child sex charges

Patrik Arsenault, hired in June as a special education teacher, has now been banned from all Mt. Blue property.

August 23, 2013

With scrapping of sub, Electric Boat announces layoffs

Nearly 100 workers will lose their jobs, and one reason cited is the loss of repair work to the USS Miami, which was damaged by arson in Maine.

August 23, 2013

Two Maine fishermen overcome by gas from rotting fish

They are hospitalized from hydrogen sulfide that built up in the hold after herring were unloaded.

August 23, 2013

Saco police make another arrest on sexual contact charge

The Biddeford man allegedly grabbed a police detective through his clothing in a wooded area, which police have been patrolling in an effort to stop illicit behavior.

August 23, 2013

Patrick Dempsey sues partner in Tully's Coffee purchase

Dempsey Challenge The actor, a Maine native, says his partner deceived him by not disclosing that he'd be borrowing against the coffee company's assets.

August 23, 2013

Aaron Hernandez cousin pleads not guilty to contempt

Tanya Singleton is being held on a charge of refusing to testify against the former Patriots tight end.

August 24, 2013

Maine Military Authority to cut 140 jobs in Limestone

The refurbisher of military vehicles cites the drawdown of troops and equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan as the reason for the layoffs.

August 23, 2013

Lower turnout for pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt

Those who did rally avoided major thoroughfares and squares that had been swamped by Morsi supporters in the weeks since he was toppled in a military coup on July 3.

August 24, 2013

Fort Hood shooter guilty on all counts

The Army psychiatrist acknowledged carrying out the attack that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30.

August 23, 2013

Maine Christmas present thief again convicted of burglary

Karl V. Kittredge of Sidney is to serve 1½ years in prison, and his probation on the earlier conviction is revoked.

August 23, 2013

NSA: Analysts intentionally abused spying powers multiple times

The incidents, chronicled in a new report by the NSA's inspector general, contradict repeated assertions that no deliberate abuses occurred.

August 23, 2013

Maine survivor of polar bear attack: 'A gamble I nearly lost'

Matthew Dyer, who suffered neck injuries in the attack, had surgery earlier this week.

August 24, 2013

Portland educator named teacher-of-year finalist

Karen MacDonald 'does whatever it takes to help kids learn,' her principal at King Middle School says.

August 24, 2013

U.S. soldier who slaughtered civilians gets life without parole Several photos included in this story

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to avoid the death penalty for massacring Afghan women and children in their homes.

August 23, 2013

Ann LePage to take part in 'Run for the Fallen' race

'Run for the Fallen' in Portland provides families of fallen veterans with general assistance funds and scholarships.

August 24, 2013

Voice of Maine classical music bids adieu Video clip included

Suzanne Nance begins and ends her last 'Morning Classical' program with tears of gratitude.

August 23, 2013

Teenager arrested in death of World War II veteran

Spokane, Wash., police say two young men, between 16 and 19 years old, approached Delbert Belton in his car outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend.

August 23, 2013

U.S. new-home sales plunge as mortgage rates rise

Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy.

August 23, 2013

Advice if pope calls: 'Just be natural'

A handful of strangers have gotten papal phone calls out of the blue after writing him or suffering some personal tragedy.

August 23, 2013

Mass. nuclear plant shut down after electric issue

The NRC and plant operators said there was no threat to public safety.

August 23, 2013

Family fight over TV leads to arrest in Vermont

A 54-year-old man is accused of trying to strangle another member of the household.

August 24, 2013

Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire within a year

In a statement, Ballmer noted that the company is moving in a new direction and needs a CEO that will be there for the longer term.

August 24, 2013

Rescue effort for missing boater off Ogunquit ends

The Marine Patrol will switch its mission Saturday to searching for the man's body.

August 23, 2013

New technology, politics and prices generate uncertainty for utilities

Utilities like Georgia's Southern Co. make multi-billion dollar investments based on decades-long economic forecasts, but today's climate of rapidly-changing technology, volatile fuel prices and changing regulations makes it easy to second-guess their decisions.

August 23, 2013

Working photojournalist gang raped in India

Police said the 22-year-old woman was on assignment to take pictures of a onetime textile-manufacturing neighborhood when five men confronted her and her colleague.

August 23, 2013

Obama defends government surveillance programs

The president concedes the NSA had 'inadvertently, accidentally, pulled the emails' of some Americans.

August 23, 2013

'Hyperloop' travel idea gains fans if not backers

At a computer simulation software firm, engineers are designing and testing a virtual model.

August 23, 2013

Old Town man charged with fitting room theft

Police track down the suspect at a nearby Chili's.

August 23, 2013

U.N. says Syrian child refugees top 1 million

'Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatized, depressed and in need of a reason for hope.'

August 23, 2013

Hernandez cousin pleads not guilty to contempt

Tanya Singleton refused to testify before the grand jury that indicted Aaron Hernandez in the murder of a friend.

August 23, 2013

Trenton man pleads not guilty to slaying

Prosecutors say William Morse, 43, killed 61-year-old Richard Bellittieri last year and took Bellittieri's Social Security card, driver's license, and bank cards.

August 23, 2013

LePage headed home after manufacturing summit

LePage was joined by a half-dozen other governors at the event, which he called 'a big step in the right direction to attract and keep more businesses in the U.S.'

August 23, 2013

Maine developing plan to combat mosquito-borne diseases

State Rep. James Dill says lawmakers want state agencies to create a threshold for a response such as pesticide spraying.

August 23, 2013

New England Dispatches

Inocente Orlando Montano

August 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Convicted murderer makes second bid for new trial / Two school districts set to receive millions in grants / Man found dead was close to home ... and more news from around the state.

August 23, 2013

Feature obituary: J. William Laliberte, 89, engineer who loved sailing, history

 Mr. Laliberte was responsible for maintaining and fixing the J.J. Nissen bakery's machines on Washington Avenue for nearly 30 years.

August 23, 2013

Syria says foreigners to blame for attack

The purported chemical weapons assault that killed at least 100 prompts calls for an urgent investigation.

August 23, 2013

Obama's college-aid plan plays well in Maine Several photos included in this story

Barack Obama The president proposes grading schools on affordability, and tying federal financial aid to the results.

August 23, 2013

Special exhibit shows rise of high flier from Maine

Madison's historical society commemorates Robert Rushworth, who flew to an altitude of 55 miles in 1963.

August 23, 2013

Homeland Security worker runs racist website

The website called War on the Horizon predicts and advocates a clash with the white race.

August 23, 2013

Athlete's fatal shooting shakes Oklahoma town

Chancey Luna, Michael Jones, James Edwards Jr Local residents ask how it happened that a student died simply because three teenagers were bored.

August 23, 2013

It's a tough season for Maine tomatoes

 A rainy June and disease have delayed the state's tomato harvest and significantly reduced local farmers' yields.

August 23, 2013

Maine railway's legal fees to hinder pay for victims?

A judge fears a 'run-up' of costs in MM&A's bankruptcy, leaving little funds left to compensate victims of the Quebec disaster.

August 23, 2013

A Maine summer camp to build confidence Several photos included in this story

 Rippleffect and the Center for Grieving Children offer a camp experience free of charge to a dozen refugee children.

August 23, 2013

Developers try to restart Portland waterfront projects

A settlement allows former partners to proceed separately to sell or develop parcels on the eastern waterfront.

August 23, 2013

New England shoe companies out of step on tariff

 But New Balance, with three plants in Maine, supports an import duty, as six other companies urge eliminating it.

August 23, 2013

'Substantial,' rapid progress sought for MaineCare rides

Commissioner Mayhew says there must be 'a significant turnaround' within a matter of weeks.

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.