News from August 30, 2013

August 30, 2013

Pan Am train derails in Maine

A box car and tanker car tipped over and fell off the track, according to a deputy with the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office said.

August 31, 2013

Ortiz, Dempster give Red Sox a boost

David Ortiz hits a two-run single and Ryan Dempster pitches well in his return from a suspension, beating the White Sox 4-3.

August 30, 2013

Massachusetts skydiver hurt in hard Maine landing

The 32-year-old man sustains serious injuries and is being treated at Maine Medical Center.

August 30, 2013

Police seek woman who stole $100,000 in items from New England malls

She's shown on store surveillance stuffing merchandise into a large bag she was carrying.

August 30, 2013

Lawyers seek sentencing range in Maine child porn case

 James Cameron's defense and prosecution say the court must give guidelines before they can argue.

August 30, 2013

Former Maine clerk admitted to theft, police say

Police say when residents paid in cash, former Troy clerk Kathy Mattingly would keep some of the money.

August 31, 2013

Two-tone lobster called one in 50 million

Maine has seen its share of unusual lobsters, but this one is in a different class.

August 30, 2013

Researchers: Eating blueberries, apples reduces diabetes risk

Researchers find that eating more blueberries, apples and grapes can lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

August 30, 2013

Three Mass. teens accused of sports-camp rapes

Three male Somerville High School soccer players attending a sports camp in western Massachusetts allegedly raped three freshmen.

August 30, 2013

Prosecutors: Aaron Hernandez defense claim untrue

There's no truth to an allegation by lawyers for the ex-New England Patriot that investigators misled a potential witness, they say.

August 31, 2013

Fox's O'Reilly: I made wrong claim about march

Bill O'Reilly has apologized for incorrectly stating that no Republicans were invited to participate in a ceremony this week marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

August 30, 2013

More mosquitoes in Maine infected with EEE

Eastern equine encephalitis is found in additional mosquito pools in Alfred, as well as in York.

August 30, 2013

Pats cut TEs Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, 8 others

The moves indicate Rob Gronkowski might be ready sooner than expected after missing all four exhibition games following back surgery.

August 30, 2013

Second worker at N.H. restaurant develops hepatitis A

Health officials are following up with people who may have come into contact with the second worker.

August 31, 2013

Pilot project seeks better New England flatfish count

Scientists rely on the help and equipment of fishermen as they try for a more accurate survey.

August 30, 2013

Drawing determines order of Maine bonds on ballot

The five bonds include money for armories, education and roads and bridges.

August 31, 2013

Civic Center, Pirates in standoff over concessions

The team fails to sign a five-year lease by Thursday's deadline. Trustees say they will look for new tenants.

August 30, 2013

Four Portland radio stations to be sold

Townsquare Media plans to buy WBLM, WCYY, WHOM and Q97.9.

August 31, 2013

LePage pledges to help Sudanese refugees Video clip included

The governor also criticizes legislators for not doing more to help Mainers who are working toward a better life.

August 30, 2013

7.0 quake recorded in Alaska's Aleutian Islands

It was followed by multiple aftershocks, including one measuring magnitude 4.5.

August 31, 2013

Pilot dies in Limington airport plane crash

 Anthony Longley had a student pilot's license and crashed just after taking off.

August 30, 2013

U.N.'s Syria samples to undergo meticulous scrutiny

Inspectors who have been gathering evidence of a possible chemical attack will return to the Netherlands with samples for analysis.

August 30, 2013

N.Y. suspect survives 210-foot fall down garbage chute

The 26-year-old man was trying to elude police when he plunged from the 21st floor of an apartment building a few blocks from the bank he had just robbed.

August 30, 2013

Few players, so Old Orchard Beach cancels field hockey

Only seven players attend practice Friday, but the athletic director said he believes the sport will return in a future season.

August 30, 2013

Man hospitalized after Waterville hit-and-run

A witness says she saw a light green SUV strike the pedestrian on Upper Main Street and drive away.

August 30, 2013

Brunswick airport gets $1.1 million to create aviation terminal

The terminal will include passenger waiting space, pilot planning areas and a service facility.

August 31, 2013

Syria killed 1,429 with chemical weapons, U.S. says

With France as an ally, Obama weighs 'limited' retaliation for the Assad regime's attack against its citizens.

August 30, 2013

Corinth woman drives wrong way on I-95, hits cruiser, police say

No one is seriously hurt, but McKenzie Kaphammer, 22, faces several charges, including drunken driving.

August 30, 2013

Foul-mouthed Pa. chief could learn fate today

Police Chief Mark Kessler's 30-day suspension ends today, and the Gilberton Borough Council is expected to discuss what's next.

August 30, 2013

Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4

Part of the reason for the sharp rise: Parents don't want their kids to be the ones at the playground who received the lowest amount.

August 31, 2013

Gov. LePage: 'I never said hate'

The governor offers new explanations to national news media for a racial remark about President Obama.

August 30, 2013

North Korea withdraws invitation for U.S. envoy

Bob King, the U.S. special envoy, was due to travel to Pyongyang today to request a pardon and amnesty for American Kenneth Bae.

August 30, 2013

LePage signs off on bonds for transportation, education, armories

The package includes $100 million for roads, bridges, ports and other transportation projects.

August 30, 2013

Russian, NORAD forces unite for hijack exercise

The exercises on Tuesday and Wednesday were the first since U.S.-Russian relations became strained because of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, Syria, human rights and other issues.

August 30, 2013

San Diego's Mayor Filner leaves office today

The former 10-term congressman leaves office one week after a defiant farewell speech in which he told the City Council he was the innocent victim of a 'lynch mob.'

August 30, 2013

Victoria's Secret in Mass. robbed of 72 bras

The pilfering of bras worth $52 each is the latest of nine thefts from the store since April, but may be the biggest.

August 30, 2013

New N.H. law protecting auto dealers challenged

When she signed the bill in June, Gov. Maggie Hassan said it provided a more level playing field between national manufacturers and the local dealerships.

August 31, 2013

Wescustogo Hall loss 'like losing a family member' Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A 54-year-old North Yarmouth landmark burns. Investigators still haven't determined the cause of the fire.

August 30, 2013

France is sole supporter of U.S. military action against Syria

The U.K., Germany and Italy have declined to take part in any plans to strike the Damascus regime for its alleged used of chemical weapons.

August 30, 2013

Fire at Portsmouth police shooting range under investigation

The fire department is studying all bullets found at the scene of the July 30 fire, as well as the remains of rubber backstops in the range.

August 30, 2013

Safe stolen from Pemaquid historic site found

A 9-year-old boy finds the safe in a cove on the Sheepscot River.

August 30, 2013

Seamus Heaney, Irish poet who won Nobel Prize, dies at 74

Considered Ireland's greatest poet since Yeats, he produced work that was complex yet popular.

August 30, 2013

Maine Olympian Wescott's van collides with moose

The snowboarder is not hurt but damage to the van is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000.

August 30, 2013

Maine man charged with firing guns, threatening

Paul Wright of Detroit was arrested Tuesday night after he fired shots inside and outside a garage and threatened another man, police say.

August 30, 2013

Maine ed tech accused of having sex with student

Authorities say 45-year-old Tammy Larlee of Lincoln had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student this summer.

August 30, 2013

Farmington woman accused of leaving baby in car

Witnesses reported seeing the baby in the vehicle parked outside a Walmart with the windows down 2 to 3 inches.

August 30, 2013

Maine searchers find 3-year-old reported missing

State police, the Maine Warden Service and a police dog unit were involved in the search.

August 30, 2013

Navy: Upcoming training, testing may kill whales, dolphins

Most of the deaths would come from explosives, though some might come from testing sonar or animals being hit by ships.

August 30, 2013

Maine bond ballot order to be determined by drawing

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is holding the public drawing today at the Nash School Building in Augusta.

August 30, 2013

Camden Windjammer Festival gets under way today

The festival kicks off with the arrival of 15 windjammers, a dinner auction, music and a fireworks celebration over Camden Harbor.

August 30, 2013

Maine veteran accepts honors for men who died in war

A South China man is recognized for his service on bombing missions over Germany during World War II.

August 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Driver, 70, passes out, hits fence, which hits joggers / Cooking Channel's 'Eat St.' filming in Portland / Caseworker faces sex charge after visit with girl in Maine ... and more news from around the state.

August 30, 2013

New England Dispatches

Boston man's hole-in-one earns him $1 million / Male exotic dancer accused of sexual assaults at party / Woman accused of mailing drugs to jailed supremacist ... and more news from around the region.

August 30, 2013

State OKs Saco plan for quitting RSU 23

The conditional approval requires small changes to the agreement and two public hearings.

August 30, 2013

Police: Heroin bust Manchester's biggest ever

Three hundred grams of the drug and $11,800 in cash are seized and five people arrested.

August 30, 2013

St. Joseph's renovating to get fewer MaineCare users

20130827_SJManor The Portland diocese says the care facility it sponsors needs more private payers to stay financially healthy – bad news for some facing discharge.

August 30, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Republican knives out for LePage

Dear Governor LePage, do you hear that sound?

August 30, 2013

America sees downward shift in driving



August 30, 2013

Portland landlord with a past buys building with a history Several photos included in this story

20130829_MeBT_Building One of downtown's most prominent and historic buildings has been sold to a local landlord with a history of disputes over the condition of his properties.

August 29, 2013

Man hopes to build neo-Nazi stronghold in North Dakota Several photos included in this story

Craig Cobb, 61, has purchased about a dozen lots in the community in hopes of an Aryan town takeover.

August 29, 2013

Police: NYC woman offers stamp collection to pay for murder

The woman allegedly offered an undercover officer a $60,000 stamp collection to kill her husband.

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.