News from December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013

Guantanamo deal would let up to half of detainees go home

It’s the first time Congress has moved to ease restrictions since Obama came to office promising to close the prison holding terror suspects.

December 18, 2013

More U.S. teens smoking pot than cigarettes

Officials say efforts to legalize the drug are a message to kids that marijuana is not harmful.

December 18, 2013

Skiers rescue Maine man whose tractor fell through ice

The women heard the man’s cries for help and slid an aluminum boat onto the ice to get him.

December 18, 2013

Stocks soar as Federal Reserve eases stimulus

Now that investors have an outline for how the Fed will pull back, they can move forward.

December 18, 2013

L.L. Bean to give $1.6 million to community organizations

The gifts ranged from $500 to $25,000 to organizations ranging from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Preble Street community center.

December 19, 2013

Billy McMillon named new manager of the Portland Sea Dogs Several photos included in this story

A former Sea Dog, McMillon replaces Kevin Boles, who has been promoted to manage the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

December 18, 2013

Saco woman honored as judicial employee of the year

Gail Merritt is the supervisor of the family division.

December 18, 2013

Weapons used in attack shown in Maine murder trial

Roxanne Jeskey told police she used several items, including a baseball bat and pliers, to kill her husband in Bangor.

December 18, 2013

Elf on the Shelf inspires its share of mayhem

The Christmas tradition involving a picture book and stuffed felt elf becomes the object of some cynical backlash even as families continue their elf duty.

December 19, 2013

Budget compromise averts crisis Video clip included

Maine’s senators say they hope the compromise will bring an end to crippling partisan stalemates.


December 18, 2013

Travel is clear after crash on I-295 in Portland caused delays

The accident, which injures two, happened around 1:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes near the Fore River Bridge.

December 18, 2013

Review shows deficiencies in case involving Red Sox broadcaster’s son

Jared Remy is charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death the day after he allegedly pushed her into a mirror.

December 18, 2013

Insurers extend health premium deadline by 10 days

The move reduces the risk that coverage could be interrupted for consumers switching plans under the federal overhaul.

December 18, 2013

Three finalists for Maine's best senior football player

Ben Lucas of Cony, Nicco DeLorenzo of Kennebunk and Justin Zukowski of Portland are in the running for the Fitzpatrick Trophy.

December 18, 2013

Fed will scale back stimulus by $10 billion in January

The economy is gaining steam, and the Fed is ‘now recognizing the trend and decided to go with the flow,’ says one economist.

December 18, 2013

FBI adds ex-Massachusetts man to most-wanted terror list

Ahmad Abousamra, who has been charged with conspiracy and supporting terrorism, may now be living in Aleppo, Syria.

December 18, 2013

Maine-linked Greenpeace activist awaits amnesty in Russia

A Russian bill passed Wednesday may let the ship captain and his wife, an Islesboro woman, return to the U.S.

December 18, 2013

Whole Foods loses its taste for Chobani

Part of the decision to discontinue selling the popular brand of yogurt might be fueled by the chain’s push to phase out foods that use genetically modified ingredients.

December 18, 2013

Officials: Six Americans killed in Afghanistan crash

One person aboard the Black Hawk UH-60 is injured and survives, but no details are available.

December 18, 2013

Farmington gets more time to respond to shooting lawsuit

The parents of a U.S. Army veteran who was killing by a police officer seek unspecified monetary damages in the wrongful death suit.

December 19, 2013

Judge approves bidding process for bankrupt Maine railroad

Meanwhile, MM&A trains rolled into Lac Megantic, Quebec, for the first time since the July disaster that took 47 lives.

December 18, 2013

N.H. man gets 35 years to life for fatally shooting wife

James Perriello, 42, pleaded guilty to killing Natalie Perriello in a jealous rage.

December 18, 2013

Ex-BP engineer convicted on one obstruction charge

Prosecutors argued that the 52-year-old engineer from Katy, Texas, was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor.

December 18, 2013

Wealthy avoiding taxes by moving assets to no-tax states

The asset shifts mirror steps corporations such as Google have taken across national borders to lower the taxes they pay.

December 18, 2013

Republicans use rule to block hearing for Maine judge

Jon David Levy, nominated to federal court, is one of the latest victims of Republican efforts to thwart the president’s judicial appointments.

December 18, 2013

Ex-wife of former Bush lawyer awarded $28.6 million

A jury finds John Michael Farren liable for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

December 18, 2013

Maine man pleads guilty to sexually abusing young girl

A deputy district attorney said the victim, who is now an adult, said Richard M. Libby threatened to hurt her and her family if she told anyone what he was doing.

December 18, 2013

Harvard student appears in court on bomb hoax charge

The threats led to the evacuations of four buildings and Harvard Square on Monday.

December 18, 2013

German town revokes Hitler’s honorary citizenship

Previously deadlocked, the town council voted unanimously to nullify the 1933 honor.

December 18, 2013

Frannie Peabody, Ogunquit museum receive grants

The Tramuto Foundation will also give a grant to the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

December 18, 2013

Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off U.S. church Several photos included in this story

While many other orphanages also fail new national standards, the group’s facility stands out because it’s run by an organization with such a successful fundraising operation.

December 18, 2013

India diplomat says she faced cavity search in NYC

The case has sparked widespread outrage in India and infuriated the New Delhi government, which revoked privileges for U.S. diplomats in protest.

December 18, 2013

Lawsuit: Fire risk known before Carnival ship sailed

A leak from a hose on engine No. 6 led to a fire early on Feb. 10 as the ship returned from a stop in Cozumel, Mexico.

February 10

New bishop for Maine who 'understands poor, disenfranchised' Several photos included in this story

Congregants and an expert look for the new leader of the Portland diocese, the Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, to emphasize service over cultural battles.

December 18, 2013

Portland schools closed today because of storm

See list of more closings and cancellations.

December 18, 2013

One of two Mega Millions jackpot winners in ‘state of disbelief’

A Georgia woman takes a lump sum of $123 million. The other lucky Mega Millions ticket was sold in San Jose, Calif.

December 18, 2013

Dial-a-Carol program is on-demand fun

Illinois college students will take requests for holiday favorites until midnight Wednesday.

December 18, 2013

Proposed bus service from Auburn to Boston hits snag Several photos included in this story

The private transport company is concerned that Maine will decide to subsidize competing travel by train.

December 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine man dies when truck collides with tractor-trailer / Neighbor says woman in murder case admitted attack / Mother of missing toddler again asks for support ... and more news from around the state.

December 18, 2013

After years in limbo, Maine land board ready for new proposals

The group is anxious for new projects now that Gov. LePage has released funds approved by voters more than three years ago.

December 18, 2013

Fewer deals for doctors to market drugs, but more trust

People in Maine’s medical industry are pleased that a major pharmaceutical company will stop paying physicians to push its brands.

December 18, 2013

Maine businesses export winter fun to cities

A sledding and skating structure at Fenway Park is the latest example of providing ‘wintertainment.’

December 18, 2013

More snow and bitter cold, and it’s not over

Brutal conditions send outreach workers into the woods and alleys of Portland, looking to persuade vulnerable people to seek shelter.

December 18, 2013

Feature obituary: Najeeb Lotfey, 81, dedicated and prominent CPA

His family said he was a humble man who valued his family time.

December 18, 2013

Press Herald Toy Fund: Living in a shelter, need help for kids

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