News from December 19, 2013

December 19, 2013

Restraining order preserves Aaron Hernandez mansion

The $1.25 million residence could be used to satisfy a judgment in a case filed by the victim’s family.

December 19, 2013

Al Goldstein, Screw magazine publisher, dies at 77

He spent millions to defend himself against obscenity charges and millions more on divorce settlements.

December 19, 2013

Facebook, CEO to sell 70 million stock shares

Mark Zuckerberg also will buy Class B shares, thus maintaining most of his stake and voting power.

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin ends donations to Boy Scouts

The aerospace company says the group’s anti-gay policy conflicts with Lockheed’s commitment to diversity.

December 19, 2013

Santa comes in colors that suit children

In an increasingly diverse nation, various versions of Claus visit malls, pueblos and reservations.

December 19, 2013

New Mexico legalizes same-sex marriage

It joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing lesbian and gay couples to wed.

December 20, 2013

LePage: We might keep troubled MaineCare rides contractor

He says all their contracts might not be renewed, but Democrats say the governor’s response to inadequate service doesn’t go far enough.

December 20, 2013

Scarborough picks committee to create dog rules

The seven members must try to balance the needs of dog owners with the necessity of protecting piping plover nesting areas.

December 19, 2013

LePage to allow commissioners to testify at hearings

Lawmakers say the change is a positive step forward.

December 19, 2013

Scarborough police find threat to schools to be groundless

The department stationed officers at elementary schools Thursday as a precaution.

December 19, 2013

LePage defends efforts to reduce welfare fraud

The Democratic House speaker says the governor’s effort is strictly about scoring political points.

December 19, 2013

More than 75 injured in London theater collapse Several photos included in this story

Officials said most of the injured are ‘walking wounded’ with upper-body injuries, and that all are conscious and breathing.

December 20, 2013

Thousands of Mainers’ card data may have been stolen at Target Several photos included in this story

Target customers in the state – up to 100,000 or more – are told to watch accounts for odd charges.

December 20, 2013

Report: Maine political giving tied to tax break program

A spokesman says businesses have influenced lawmakers to preserve a $69.9 million tax break subsidized by Maine taxpayers last year.

December 20, 2013

Auburn man pardoned by Obama had turned his life around

More than 20 years after being convicted, Derek Laliberte is co-owner of Crystal Spring Water and church activities director for the Maine Knights of Columbus.

December 19, 2013

Americans, Brits evacuate South Sudan as ethnic violence spreads

South Sudan’s government admits to losing control of the capital of the country’s largest and most populous state, as hundreds are killed.

December 20, 2013

Federal jury awards The Brunswick Inn $10,000 in name dispute

The judge has yet to decide whether the Inn at Brunswick Station will have to change its name as a result of the verdict in U.S. District Court.

December 20, 2013

Portland Pirates drop lawsuit; lease talks with civic center to resume

The team’s new majority owner and the arena's trustees’ chairman decide to ‘look toward the future.’

December 19, 2013

Oil trains raise concerns in small towns, cities

Fears are stoked by the July crash in Lac Megantic, but a review shows the number of accidents has remained steady and most involve small quantities of oil.

December 19, 2013

Maine man who fired up to 70 shots pleads guilty to gun charge

No one was hurt by the gunfire, but the city of Bangor had to reroute is Fourth of July parade.

December 19, 2013

One person killed in Lewiston crash

Two vehicles collide on one of city’s busiest roads.

December 19, 2013

Jury deadlock means mistrial in fatal ’89 N.H. fire

David McLeod allegedly bragged about setting the fire that killed a family of four, but he wasn’t arrested for two decades and his attorney says there was no new evidence.

December 19, 2013

Ryan Flaherty fields some curveballs from Portland eighth-graders Several photos included in this story

The Baltimore Orioles player visits his alma mater to talk about friends, video games and his most memorable MLB moment.

December 19, 2013

Christie’s values Detroit’s art at up to $867 million

The auction house spent months determining the collection’s fair market value after Detroit filed for bankruptcy last summer.

December 19, 2013

Boston Celtics owners plug into Formula E racing

They invest $21 million into the all-electric circuit.

December 19, 2013

Former Mass. Sen. Brown moves into N.H. home

He is also scheduled to be the featured guest Thursday night at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s holiday party.

December 19, 2013

Man who fired 70 shots on July 4 in Bangor pleads guilty

No one was hurt by the gunfire, but the city had to re-route its Fourth of July Parade.

December 19, 2013

Methodist pastor defrocked for performing gay son’s wedding

Last month, a church jury suspended the Rev. Frank Schaefer for 30 days for performing the 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions are legal.

December 19, 2013

Police arrest 10, seize 45 grams of heroin in Augusta

Seven of the suspects are from Pennsylvania and some have ties to a violent street gang, officials say.

December 19, 2013

Maine joins national effort to combat human trafficking

Attorney General Janet Mills and attorneys general in 46 other states sent a letter asking Congress to fund a measure to protect trafficking victims and help prosecute traffickers.

December 19, 2013

Obama looks to Baucus to serve as China ambassador

The Montana Democrat, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election to the Senate, is knowledgeable on trade issues but better known for steering Obama’s health care overhaul into law.

December 19, 2013

Two men guilty of stabbing soldier to death on London street

Moments after the attack, one was filmed holding a cleaver and a knife, justifying the attack ‘because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers.’

December 20, 2013

'Just a matter of time' before Maine justice confirmed for federal bench

Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins speak in support of Jon David Levy a day after Republicans blocked his nomination hearing.

December 19, 2013

Accident on southbound I-295 slows morning commute

A vehicle struck a guardrail near Exit 11 in Falmouth shortly before 8:30 a.m., causing traffic to back up all the way to Yarmouth.

December 19, 2013

Europe launches satellite to map 1 billion stars

The satellite is headed to an orbit 930 million miles from Earth.

December 19, 2013

Rodman in N. Korea to prep for game on leader’s birthday

His visit comes less than a week after North Korea announced the execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was one of the most powerful figures in the country.

December 19, 2013

N.H. man accused of striking woman with sword

The man was arrested on a charge of first-degree assault and held on $50,000 bail.

December 19, 2013

Tractor-trailer crushes car; Maine woman escapes serious injury

The truck apparently rolled over the top of the Toyota’s front passenger side.

December 19, 2013

India demands that US drop case against diplomat

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed it strip-searched India’s deputy consul general in New York and placed her in a cell with other female defendants last Thursday.

December 19, 2013

Temperance union to hold open house at Portland’s Dow mansion

The group will hold a Christmas gathering Saturday to show off the mansion that belonged to the Union general, entrepreneur and Prohibitionist.

December 19, 2013

Target says up to 40 million affected by data breach

Payment card data was reportedly stolen from customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

December 19, 2013

Mass. missing-boy case stirs more investigations

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the question remains: Are there similar cases in the child protective agency?

December 19, 2013

New charge, same claims by vigilante Bernie Goetz

The man who shot four black teens on the subway in 1984 feared a plainclothes cop was a mugger before his recent pot-sale arrest.

December 19, 2013

Holiday sales not so bright so far

Fewer than expected shoppers are looking at steeper discounts, with sales behind predictions.

December 19, 2013

Pipeline construction company sues Summit Gas of Maine

The federal suit is the latest round in a public dispute that has delayed gas installation in central Maine.

December 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Pliers, other items used in killing introduced as evidence / Three-vehicle crash injures two / Maine man rescued by skiers after falling through ice ... and more news from around the state.

December 19, 2013

Portland-area water rates rising to fund new pipes

Bills are likely to increase 3 percent as the Portland utility that serves 11 communities doubles its repair efforts.

December 19, 2013

Vote set on Standish school district withdrawal study

Voters will decide next month whether to hire consultants to explore leaving SAD 6.

December 19, 2013

Some Maine mills forced to idle lines as price of power soars

The temporary measures during an early cold snap show how the state’s natural gas shortage is a threat to businesses and workers.

December 19, 2013

Alfond proposes possible solution to Pirates, civic center stalemate

It would allow the team to share revenue from alcohol sales without getting a liquor license, which 'certainly makes sense,' both sides say.