News from December 2, 2013

January 21

Mass. gov. sues to block Martha's Vineyard casino

Gov. Deval Patrick says the local tribe ceded gambling rights in a 1983 settlement that secured tribal lands on the island.

December 2, 2013

Year-end signups pose major test for improved health care website

The risk is that some people could end up with a break in their coverage.

December 2, 2013

Americans turn to mobile devices for Cyber Monday

Mobile devices see a bump this year, accounting for 30 percent of all online traffic, including 50 percent at Walmart.com.

December 3, 2013

Jesse Owens’ Olympic gold medal up for auction Several photos included in this story

In 1936, Owens upended Hitler’s claim that black athletes were inferior, winning four gold medals in Berlin, and one is now for sale.

December 2, 2013

Defense questions medical evidence in Farmington overdose sentencing

Four defendants pleaded guilty in exchange for a two-year sentencing cap.

December 3, 2013

Portland to honor businesses for boosting economic development

Awards will go to Charlie Poole, Putney Inc. and Public Market House for efforts to improve the local economy.

December 3, 2013

Report: Mystery barges to be Google stores

They’re likely to be moored in three big cities and serve as showrooms for wearable computers, documents say.

December 2, 2013

Portland police seek man who brought rifle into RSVP

The man went into the Forest Avenue liquor store Friday and showed a rifle before fleeing.

December 2, 2013

Fertility doctors aim to slow epidemic of twins

Twins aren’t always twice as nice; they have much higher risks of serious health problems. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One.

December 2, 2013

New Gloucester woman killed in early-morning crash in Auburn

Tara Chase, 20, is killed instantly in a head-on collision with another car on Route 136.

December 3, 2013

State trooper injured in icy Maine Turnpike crash

Trooper Bill Baker’s cruiser was struck on the side in York, one of four cruiser crashes over the holiday weekend.

December 2, 2013

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December 2, 2013

U.S. manufacturing grows at fastest rate since 2011

The encouraging figures in one trade report conflict with weaker recent data on factory activity, making it difficult to discern a clear trend..

December 2, 2013

Investigators: No emergency call from pilot in Glasgow pub crash

Police remove the wreckage of the helicopter and haven’t ruled out the possibility of finding more bodies in the rubble.

December 3, 2013

Portland councilors vote to retain control over agenda

A disagreement has arisen about whether the mayor or the council ultimately controls meeting agendas.


December 3, 2013

Critics of DHHS move out of Portland: Bus route to new site has 72 stops

Senate President Justin Alfond says that’s an obstacle for those who need aid, but the LePage administration says most recipients will have easy access.

December 2, 2013

Collins may face Republican challenger next year

Erick Bennett founded the Maine Equal Rights Center, a conservative group focused on constitutional issues.

December 3, 2013

Divers search Kennebec River for evidence in homicide Several photos included in this story

A Vassalboro man, 30, is charged with murder in the Nov. 21 slaying of a Waterville man, 69.

December 3, 2013

Maine tax panel gives report lacking details

The task force charged with cutting $40 million in tax breaks ultimately fails to reach a consensus.

December 3, 2013

Maine man who shot ex-boyfriend wrote of his despair

But Patrick Milliner did not threaten violence before police say he killed Matthew Rairdon, 22, of Westbrook in an ambush.

December 3, 2013

12 named semifinalists for Maine’s top senior football player

The list will be reduced to three in voting by coaches and media members, and the winner will be announced Jan. 19.

December 3, 2013

Ruling lets all states try to tax Web sales

The Supreme Court allows New York’s levy to stand. Under Maine laws, the state is losing millions.

December 3, 2013

Prices for Maine scallops skyrocket

Officials cite low supply as the reason for the strong prices, as the state's scallop season kicks off.

December 2, 2013

Armed robbery in South Portland leads to four arrests

Two juveniles and two 18-year-olds from Westbrook face charges following the robbery on Saturday.

December 2, 2013

Seven displaced in Lebanon house fire

Crews from Rochester, Berwick, Milton and Somersworth arrived to the scene and cleared the fire by 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

December 3, 2013

Amazon.com sees delivery drones as the future Video clip included

CEO Jeff Bezos says the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds, and could deliver orders to customers within 30 minutes.

December 10, 2013

Flashback: South Portland's Legion Square

A photo from the Portland Press Herald's photograph archives shows children walking to school in South Portland's Legion Square in the year 1958.

December 3, 2013

Derailed Bronx train was going 82 mph at 30 mph curve Video clip included

There are many factors still to be determined, including whether human error or faulty brakes are to blame for the crash that killed four passengers.

December 2, 2013

Investigators examine pilots’ use of automation as factor in crashes

Humans simply aren’t wired to pay close and continual attention to systems that rarely fail or do something unexpected.

December 2, 2013

Maine health exchange panel to continue its work

The top Health and Human Services official for New England will update lawmakers on the status of the federal exchange.

December 2, 2013

NYC train derailment is latest woe for Metro-North

The number of train accidents for the rail service has been falling for the past decade, but injuries from those accidents are up dramatically this year.

December 2, 2013

Speed, snow blamed for fatal Maine crash

Police say 55-year-old Norman Ayotte of Biddeford was driving too fast for the snowy conditions on I-95 when he lost control of his SUV.

December 2, 2013

Eagle steals camera in Australia, records journey Video clip included

The bird’s flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens.

December 2, 2013

Madoff’s right-hand man takes the stand

Frank DiPascali kept Madoff’s secrets for decades until he agreed to cooperate with the FBI in early 2009 following Madoff’s arrest.

December 3, 2013

N.H. hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis outbreak

David Kwiatkowski, who admits stealing painkillers and replacing them with tainted syringes, pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal drug charges.

December 2, 2013

Maine tax breaks panel to unveil recommendations

A special group of lawmakers, economists and business leaders is expected to make preliminary recommendations to the Legislature’s budget-writing committee.

December 2, 2013

Grandmother asks for help for her granddaughter

Donations can be made on the website or mailed to the toy fund.

December 2, 2013

In Bath, monthly food truck helping those in need get through lean times Several photos included in this story

Volunteers serve up to 300 families in a day and nothing goes to waste.

December 2, 2013

Windham streetlight plan’s fate looks dim Several photos included in this story

The energy panel will meet Monday evening, following opposition from the public and some town councilors.

December 2, 2013

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok

Three people are killed and dozens are injured as pro- and anti-government supporters clash.

December 2, 2013

Rally in Ukraine turns violent

Dozens of people are injured when a group of demonstrators besieges the president’s office.

December 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Affordable Care Act doesn't change Medicare policies / Cider Monday promotes local shopping ... and more news from around the state.

December 2, 2013

Cursive getting squeezed out of Maine curricula

While it has some practical applications and academic benefits, typing ability and computer skills have more.

December 2, 2013

Judge: Woman led Augusta pharmacy heist Several photos included in this story

She could get 41 to 51 months in prison at her sentencing Tuesday.

December 2, 2013

Charlie’s brief stay on Earth made a lasting impression Several photos included in this story Video clip included

A Maine baby born with cancer dies after 17 days but inspires others.

December 2, 2013

In Maine and beyond, furry ambassadors are businesses’ best friends Several photos included in this story

Marketing experts see the value of mascots as a means for savvy companies to stay ahead of the pack.

December 2, 2013

Bottling water could bring cash flow to Passamaquoddies

Tribe leaders want to build a bottling plant to provide jobs and bolster services.

December 2, 2013

Details emerge about victim in Westbrook murder-suicide Several photos included in this story

Friends of Matthew Rairdon react with shock to his death Saturday at the hands of a former boyfriend.

December 2, 2013

State House Notebook: Alfond denies Medicaid votes-chemical bill trade

The Senate president explains the vote to kill a bill making phthalates a priority chemical.