News from August 29, 2013

August 30, 2013

Tebow, youngsters lead Patriots to 28-20 victory Several photos included in this story

The third-string quarterback is at times efficient and erratic in the preseason finale.

August 30, 2013

Red Sox lose to Orioles, miss chance to pad lead Several photos included in this story

David Ortiz, Shane Victorino One night after coming back for a 4-3 win, Boston is handcuffed while David Ortiz's slump continues.

August 29, 2013

Details unveiled for proposed Mohegan Sun casino in Mass.

The agreement calls for annual fixed payments to the town of $15.2 million, plus nearly $3 million upfront.

August 29, 2013

Single-family homes selling in Bay State

July was the best month for sales in years, with around a 20 percent increase over last year.

August 29, 2013

Donor pledges $1M for N.H. animal shelter

The shelter will be the third named in honor of Lyman Pope, including one in Rockland, Maine.

August 29, 2013

Bruins GM Chiarelli rewarded with extension

The Bruins have signed Peter Chiarelli, who built the team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice in three years, to a four-year contract extension.

August 29, 2013

Boston bomb suspect's friend charged with making false statements

Robel Phillipos Meanwhile, organizers for the Boston Marathon say they'll accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year's race.

August 30, 2013

Legislature sends $150 million in bonds to Maine voters

Of the proposals, the largest at $100 million would fund transportation projects.

September 12, 2013

Anthem's Maine network plan draws scores of critics

At a central Maine hearing, state officials are told the insurance setup with Maine Med will cause financial and physical hardship.

August 30, 2013

Gay marriage to be treated equally by IRS

The historic announcement includes legally married gay couples who live in states that have banned same-sex marriage.

August 29, 2013

A dozen sites make Maine's most endangered list Several photos included in this story

 Maine Preservation shines a spotlight on the aging structures and says saving them helps communities.

August 30, 2013

Legislature OKs Maine prison bill Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, the federal government accepts Riverview psychiatric hospital's correction plan.

August 30, 2013

Tylenol maker tries new warning cap to curb overdoses

The unusual step comes amid growing concern about the overuse of acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that's the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.

August 29, 2013

Grand jury indicts friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Robel Phillipos met the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, while they were students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is accused of lying to police.

August 29, 2013

U.S. readies possible solo action against Syria Several photos included in this story

Protesters against U.S. military intervention in Syria are pictured as they set up a cardboard cutout of U.S. President Obama, during a rally outside the White House in Washington Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., says the administration is in the process of declassifying evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.

August 29, 2013

Grand jury indicts friend of marathon bombing suspect

Authorities say Robel Phillipos is facing up to 16 years in prison in connection with two federal criminal counts.

August 29, 2013

Maine tidal power company gets nearly $5 million in grants

Ocean Renewable Power wins two Department of Energy grants that will help it develop its technology and add jobs.

August 30, 2013

U.S. won’t stop states from legalizing marijuana

The policy director for the Marijuana Project calls today's decision 'a major and historic step toward ending marijuana prohibition.'

August 29, 2013

U.S. economy grew at surprising 2.5% rate in spring

Economists expect growth to stay at that rate in the second half of the year, helped by steady job gains and less drag from federal spending cuts.

August 29, 2013

NFL to pay $765 million to settle brain-injury lawsuits Several photos included in this story

All former players are eligible to seek care, screening or compensation from a pot of $765 million.

August 29, 2013

Obama advances new gun control steps

The move signals Obama's intent to show he hasn't lost sight of the cause he took up after 20 first graders and six adults were gunned down last year in Newtown, Conn.

August 29, 2013

Raye joining Republican fray for Michaud's seat

His legislative experience and fundraising ability make him a top contender, despite two prior losses in that district.

August 29, 2013

Pratt & Whitney nears $1B contract for F-35 engines

The tentative jet contract calls for the North Berwick plant to make 38 units at a lower cost than its last order.

August 29, 2013

Manchester drug bust is largest in city's history

Police found some of the drugs at the feet of a 6-year-old child in a car.

August 30, 2013

Maine man who posted Obama slur quits town positions

David Marsters resigns – with an apology – just as Sabattus selectmen were to review his status.

August 29, 2013

89-year-old killed in western Maine highway crash

Police say Rumford resident Jean Bolduc was killed after his truck drifted into oncoming lane.

August 29, 2013

Joggers hit when man drives through fence in Brunswick

Police say Rodman Johnson, 70, passed out while driving on Route 1 Thursday morning.

August 29, 2013

'Blitz' on to inspect oil-train contents

Regulators are checking for improper cargoes and testing flammability in the wake of the deadly Quebec crash.

August 30, 2013

Truck derails Maine locomotive pulling propane cars

Police are investigating why the dump truck driver swerved around another vehicle and hit the train.

August 29, 2013

Three arrested in Poland home invasion

Arrested were Corey Brume, 20, of Lewiston, Paul Farrell, 21, of Lewiston, and Devin Charest, 22, of Auburn.

August 29, 2013

Boston Marathon to add 9,000 runners for 2014 race

Registration will begin Sept. 9, with the fastest qualifiers getting the chance to sign up first. It will continue through the end of the week.

August 30, 2013

Democrat Vitelli sworn into Maine Senate

Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic won the District 19 election to fill a seat left vacant by the resignation of Democratic Sen. Seth Goodall.

August 29, 2013

Woman injured in I-295 Falmouth rollover

A tractor-trailer moving into the passing lane taps the rear of her car, sending it into the median, where it rolls over, state police say.

August 29, 2013

Sources: Intelligence on Syria weapons no 'slam dunk'

A report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence outlining that evidence is thick with caveats.

August 29, 2013

House speaker presses Obama for answers on Syria

He says Obama should provide 'a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action – which is a means, not a policy – will secure U.S. objectives.'

August 29, 2013

In 60 cities, fast-food workers picket for raises Several photos included in this story

Restaurant owners say they would have to raise prices and reduce jobs to pay people $15 an hour.

August 29, 2013

Fishermen thank senators for proposed $150M in aid

The House must still approve the allocation, which would be split between the Northeast, Alaska and Gulf Coast fisheries.

August 29, 2013

Boston fast-food workers planning to stage strike

The protests are part of what organizers say are similar walkouts planned in dozens of cities today.

August 30, 2013

In Belfast, clash, shots, and a life lost Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Police say a man killed a woman and wounded her son, 22, in what was 'not a random act.'

August 29, 2013

Gun-toting, foul-mouthed Pa. chief won't back down

The 41-year-old coal miner-turned-cop says his message – that the federal government is too big, too powerful and wants to grab guns – is resonating with a segment of the public.

August 29, 2013

Vt. caseworker accused of sex crime after visiting Maine girl

Bangor police say 26-year-old Jeffrey Parfitt is accused of doing an inappropriate exam on the girl after asking her father to leave.

August 29, 2013

Maine Legislature returns for special session

On the agenda: a $149.5 million bond package for roads and education and a bill to create a prison mental health wing.

August 29, 2013

Feature obituary: Irma Andrews, talented in math and motherhood, dies at 85

 Mrs. Andrewsa was adedicated employee of the former Union Mutual Insurance Company, who balanced work and family with grace and ease.

August 29, 2013

Veteran's dream realized at Maine camp Several photos included in this story

Seven wounded veterans and their families are guests for Founders Week at Camp Kennebec.

August 29, 2013

Activists starting petition to block sale of Portland plaza

The Friends of Congress Square Park is focusing on changing Portland's land bank ordinance.

August 29, 2013

Handling of St. Joseph's discharges criticized

The Portland assisted-living facility has shown disrespect and hasn't provided clear details about the future, families say.

August 29, 2013

Angus King invokes spirit of marchers

Angus King Maine's senator channels one of his favorite figures from history – Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain – to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

August 29, 2013

Visitation supervisor charged in Waterville child-abduction case

Jennifer Dore allegedly did not immediately report the apparent abduction of two children.

August 29, 2013

More are home alone, and loving it, census data show

One is apparently not the loneliest number anymore, as more people young and old choose to live solo.

August 29, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Driver won't face charge in death of paving worker / Man charged with arson to have mental evaluation / Planning Board to consider shipyard's plan for new hall ... and more news from around the state.

August 29, 2013

Baxter Boulevard's future: Never on Sunday?

 The Portland street will reopen to traffic soon. But the calm of the months-long closure could return on a regular basis.

September 12, 2013

Maine tackles the rising cost of health care

The state, ranked fifth in per-capita health spending, is devising strategies for efficiencies when Obamacare arrives.