News from December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013

Celtics knock off Timberwolves, 101-97

With the win, Boston remains in first place in the Atlantic Division.

December 17, 2013

World’s appetite for coal expected to grow through 2018

China’s efforts to curb dependency on the fossil fuel will slow the pace of growth to 2.3 percent a year, the International Energy Agency says.

December 17, 2013

School withdrawal issue goes to Freeport voters Tuesday

If the vote is successful, a committee would begin negotiating the district’s future.

December 17, 2013

U.S. energy outlook: More output, less usage

Gas prices are also likely to be lower in 2017 as the nation’s energy future stays on a positive path.

December 17, 2013

NORAD draws fire over Santa tracker

Children's advocates say a video featuring fighter jets as escorts injects militarism into the holiday.

December 17, 2013

N.H. domestic violence bill aims to keep track of offenders

The proposal would help clarify which of them lose the right to own guns under federal law, an advocate says.

December 16, 2013

Maine man arrested on meth charges

Police say Michael Fongemie has been the target of an ongoing investigation.

December 16, 2013

43 acres on Maine’s Katahdin Lake to be conserved

The land donation and the new easement ensure that Katahdin Lake ''will forever remain the pristine and beautiful lake envisioned by Percival Baxter.'

December 16, 2013

Source: Incognito to sit out rest of season

Ritchie Incognito was suspended Nov. 3 in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal.

December 16, 2013

Westbrook teen center receives van full of gifts – and the van

The surprise donation was given to the center by Idexx Laboratories.

December 17, 2013

Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

Researchers say the chemicals are at best ineffective and at worst a threat to public health.

December 17, 2013

LePage sends layoff notices to 58 state employees

The union president says layoffs are unlikely and the reasons LePage cites for the notices do not apply.

December 17, 2013

Maine lawyers say they weren't aware of robo-signing

Their attorneys say the three reported problems with foreclosure papers as soon as they learned of it.

December 16, 2013

Propane gas leak on Preble Street caused by snow plow

Fire crews evacuated one building after the plow hit the storage tank. No one was injured.

December 17, 2013

NSA phone snooping likely illegal, court rules

Disagreeing with a secret court, the federal judge says the data collection amounts to unreasonable searches.

December 16, 2013

Beyonce’s secret album sells 617,000 copies in 3 days on iTunes

The new album sets a record for first-week domestic digital sales.

December 17, 2013

Maine homeless suffering, surviving Several photos included in this story

When bitter cold sets in, Portland’s shelters overflow, teams fan out to help substance abusers, and some on the street have the skills to avoid freezing.

December 16, 2013

Washington County man killed in house fire

Chris Probert, 93, whose body was found in the driveway, died of smoke inhalation and burns, officials said.

December 16, 2013

Relative: Mandela signer in group that burned men

Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial, his family said.

December 16, 2013

Wave of attacks kill 65 people in Iraq

The attack comes as hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are making their way to Karbala to commemorate Arbaeen.

December 17, 2013

Colo. school shooter’s parents: ‘We are devastated’ Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, Claire Davis, 17, who was shot point-blank, is listed in critical condition at a Colorado hospital.

December 16, 2013

Detroit awaits final details on city-owned art

The bankrupt City may have to sell off its impressive art collection to pay creditors.

December 16, 2013

Neighbor of slain Ohio girl, 9, held without bond

The girl was last seen Saturday night playing outdoors near her home. Her body was found about five hours after she was reported missing.

December 16, 2013

No bombs found at Harvard after email Several photos included in this story

Speculation among students was that the email was a hoax to delay final exams.

December 16, 2013

Bill targets ‘pension poachers,’ but some worry it doesn’t go far enough

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December 16, 2013

Police arrest Jason Trickett in Bangor

Tip leads officers to Jeep stolen from Machiasport Sunday.

December 16, 2013

Coast Guard rescues Maine lobster boat captain

The vessel Just In Time started taking on water Sunday morning about a mile offshore from Jonesport.

December 16, 2013

Medium-rare items on the block: Hilltop Steakhouse memorabilia auctioned off

The restaurant’s fiberglass cows, which had been visible for years from Route 1 in Saugus, sold for as much as $1,800 each.

December 16, 2013

Massachusetts teachers fired over pregnancy settle with school

Sean Houlihan and Natalie Ferland, who are unmarried, were fired from their jobs as teachers at a Roman Catholic school after revealing that they were expecting a baby together.

December 16, 2013

Night closures this week on Kittery-Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

The bridge will be closed to all traffic from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday this week for machinery and guide rail adjustments.

December 16, 2013

UMaine hosts conference on invasive green crab

The invasive species has recently proliferated to the point where it’s having serious impacts on the clam fishery.

December 16, 2013

Brunswick to host robotics competition among Maine high schools

The event for Portland High School, Kennebunk High School and Lewiston Regional Tech Center is aimed at spurring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

December 16, 2013

Petition holding wildlife agency’s feet to the fire

Lawmakers agree that Wildlife Services, which activists accuse of ‘going rogue,’ must reveal its activities.

December 16, 2013

Feature obit: Mae Lan Wah Billingslea, 82, inspired change

She volunteered her time at church and with the temperance movement

December 16, 2013

Closing Portland street for art walk gets good reviews

Officials will meet Monday to discuss the Congress Street experiment and the feasibility of repeating it.

December 16, 2013

Jetport poll: Little support for voice calls during flights

Most people, however, are OK with texting and email.

December 16, 2013

Legislative panel considering deadlines for filling freedom-of-information requests

Officials who would have to comply argue that it can take months to fulfill such requests because of a bombardment of queries seeking hundreds of pages of records

December 16, 2013

Three lawyers face disciplinary hearing in Maine over ‘robo-signing’ scandal

The lawyers from the Portland firm Drummond and Drummond were involved in the foreclosure case that brought attention to the national mortgage industry crisis.

December 16, 2013

‘Midtown’ development involves Portland at a new level

In response to the Bayside project’s adjustment for flood threats, the city plans to elevate a section of Somerset Street.

December 16, 2013

Local Dispatches

Teen killed in Lisbon Falls accident / Police warn about man deemed dangerous / Hannaford issues ground beef warning / Greenhouse operation donated to college

December 16, 2013

A Fairfield couple keeps holiday sleigh rides as an option

The winter tradition is inextricably linked to Christmas.

December 16, 2013

'Wizard of Oz' junkie follows yellow brick road to Camden Video clip included

Willard Carroll, a Hollywood movie and TV producer, hopes to open a museum to house his ‘Oz’ collection.

December 16, 2013

Flashing lights ahead? Slow down, move over

Crashes involving troopers show many drivers don't give emergency vehicles enough room, state police say.

December 16, 2013

State House Notebook: Political actors play roles as probe stirs up casino bid

The Ethics Commission investigation of a two-year-old failed gambling initiative reveals wheeling and dealing.

December 16, 2013

Train that derailed in Bronx had preventive equipment

All Metro-North trains have the automatic speed control, but it’s not usually set for curve overrides.

December 16, 2013

Portland planners to vote on Munjoy Hill project

Munjoy Heights would include 29 condos and a new kind of street design employing a concept called ‘woonerf.’

December 16, 2013

Working couple seeks presents for their kids

The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund aims to provide toys for 7,000 children in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties.