News from December 14, 2013

December 14, 2013

Divorced dad needs help for two kids



December 14, 2013

Holcomb wins again, US sweeps 2-man bobsled

The U.S. team had not swept all three medal spots in a World Cup race in nearly 13 years.

December 14, 2013

Thousands converge on Arlington for Wreaths Across America event Several photos included in this story

An estimated 143,000 Maine-made wreaths are being laid at the graves of veterans.

December 14, 2013

Pope’s crackdown on order alarms traditionalists

A religion order under investigation for taking on an “overly traditionalist bent” with the old Latin Mass is at the center of the growing controversy.

December 14, 2013

Mandela’s body arrives in his hometown

The former South African president is to be buried in Qunu, the native ground he loved.

December 14, 2013

Police seek a motive in Colorado school shooting

The shooter, 18, was looking for a specific teacher, who had left the building after warnings from students.

December 15, 2013

First major storm of the season hits Maine

The snowstorm could drop up to 18 inches in coastal areas in the south before it moves out Sunday afternoon, prompting Portland and other cities to activate parking restrictions.

December 14, 2013

Bells toll in Newtown for school shooting victims

President Obama called on the nation to help prevent future violence in an address released on Saturday’s anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown,.

December 14, 2013

Maine tree growers busy with shortened season

With Thanksgiving coming late this year, growers are dealing with a deluge of demand for Christmas trees.

December 14, 2013

Mega Millions prize hits $550 million

The lottery’s executive director expresses hope for a billion dollar prize before Christmas.

December 14, 2013

Pressure mounts on U.S. to find missing spy

Robert Levinson’s family and officials hope to find the man who went missing nearly seven years ago.

December 14, 2013

No acceptable bids made for Schilling video game

The former Red Sox pitcher’s company is now defunct, and Rhode Island is on the hook for about $90 million.

December 14, 2013

Former Massachusetts officer faces N.H. charges

Carlos Gonzalez is accused of abusing an 11-year-old Salem girl in 1992 and 1993.

December 14, 2013

MaineCare rides program losing drivers in York County

The troubled contractor hired to arrange rides for MaineCare recipients parts ways with one of its key providers.

December 14, 2013

Newtown victims inspire Maine art about caring for children Several photos included in this story

A painter hopes her work will spark thinking about protecting kids from all kinds of dangers.

December 14, 2013

Time Warner decision to drop NECN draws political pressure

A Massachusetts delegation urges Time Warner to reconsider, and a Maine group mulls action.

December 14, 2013

Police shooting brings tragic end to a troubled life

Relatives suspect that John Knudsen of Hollis intentionally provoked police into killing him.

December 14, 2013

Federal probe into Maine jobless disputes could be released in January

The investigation followed allegations that Gov. LePage tried to pressure claims adjudicators.

December 14, 2013

Explosion of snowy owls rains on Maine

A population surge is forcing the predator, usually a rare sight, to fly south for food, causing delight and concern.

December 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Collision on Route 302 leaves three injured / Councilors to vote Monday on six-month oil moratorium / Game wardens halt search for missing Quebec man ... and more news from around the state.

December 14, 2013

Document: NSA can easily decode cellphones

The leaked records show the agency can access most of the world’s calls and text messages.

December 14, 2013

States act as gun laws elude Congress

Democratic statehouses tighten background checks while those in Republican hands relax gun restrictions.

December 14, 2013

Musical mom gets ‘Magic’ surprise Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A violist who was pregnant for the first PSO holiday concert in 1980 is delighted when that daughter joins this year’s show.

December 14, 2013

Maine mother would like to see smiles on children’s faces

They are teenagers and life has been hard for them, she writes.

December 14, 2013

Dreamers grab tickets as Mega Millions jackpot reaches $425 million

Paula Otto, the Mega Millions’ lead director, said sales were 40 percent ahead of projections.