News from December 22, 2013

December 22, 2013

Santana reunites with ex-bandmate, now homeless

Santana promised to bring Malone a set of congas and to help him get on his feet.

December 23, 2013

Natural gas flows to heat first home in Augusta

Maine Natural Gas and Summit Natural Gas are competing for customers who want to save money by switching fuels.

December 22, 2013

Patriots dominate in 41-7 win over Ravens Several photos included in this story

New England now has won 11 divisional titles under Bill Belichick.

December 22, 2013

Black ice causes numerous crashes on Maine Turnpike

A tractor-trailer jackknifed between Falmouth and Gray, a turnpike spokesman says.

December 22, 2013

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

The iPhone 5s and 5c will go on sale in Apple stores and China Mobil stores beginning Jan. 17.

December 22, 2013

Two women rob seafood market in Kennebunk

The robbers fled in a black pickup truck, police say.

December 22, 2013

Tractor-trailer truck crashes in Baldwin

Route 113 has reopened, but the sheriff’s office describes the accident as ‘serious.’

December 22, 2013

Manning breaks Brady’s NFL TD passes record with 51

Brady set the record, which previously belonged to Manning, in 2007.

December 23, 2013

LePage criticizes federal budget agreement

Maine’s governor calls it 'disgraceful' that the federal government chose to cut benefits for military members in the $47 trillion budget.

December 22, 2013

Coast Guard distress signal from Portland a mystery

Call came in from near Jewell Island

December 23, 2013

Weak security makes U.S. cards a target Several photos included in this story

Retailers, banks and credit card issuers can do more to protect against hackers, but don’t want to bear the costs.

December 22, 2013

NYPD: Man, child dead after plummet from building

A 35-year-old man and 3-year-old child are found dead a short distance away from Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.

December 22, 2013

Coast Guard calls off search for Westbrook sailor

Martin Gorham, 47, fell off the deck of a 71-foot fishing boat off the coast near Boston.

December 22, 2013

Lt Gov: ‘Duck Dynasty’ important to Louisiana tourism

Jay Dardenne says he’d use his influence to help the Robertson family if it can’t reach an agreement with the A&E network.

December 22, 2013

Feds offer $50,000 reward in Boston shooting of mailman

The letter carrier was shot in his right hand or wrist during a struggle and was treated at a hospital for a serious injury.

December 22, 2013

Auburn mom uses social media to help scatter son’s ashes

Her request for help in ‘giving him a journey’ has sent a young Auburn man’s remains to far-flung places.

December 23, 2013

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

Counselors, who have been helping people choose policies, say many are focused only on the upfront cost, not what the insurance companies agree to pay.

December 22, 2013

Airstrikes kill at least 32 in Syria

The government’s unusually heavy air campaign in Aleppo has killed more than 200 people since Dec. 15.

December 23, 2013

Icing after dark leads to spate of accidents Several photos included in this story

The freezing rain leaves thousands without power and turns roads treacherous.

December 22, 2013

LePage: New Limerick mill to add new 20 new jobs

The Louisiana Pacific Corporation plant in New Limerick hired 41 new employees last year and is hoping to continue to grow in 2014.

December 22, 2013

Pedestrian dies in Bangor lot crash

A car hits the pedestrian in the Airport Mall Hannaford’s lot

December 22, 2013

Small bomb explodes on bus in Israel

Police suspect Palestinian militants in bus blast

December 23, 2013

Rebels hold key oil capital in South Sudan

Violence escalates in the world’s newest country and threatens lives and oil production.

December 28, 2013

See remaining power outages in Maine

A county-by-county look from Central Maine Power.

December 23, 2013

Central Maine residents stay home as storm coats area with ice Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Outages in Kennebec and Somerset counties climb, Waterville stores close and Santa stays home, as freezing rain continues to fall.

December 22, 2013

Bangladesh garment factory owners charged in fatal fire

Eleven employees also could face life in prison in the 2012 blaze that killed 112 workers.

December 22, 2013

In Hawaii, Obama tries for uninterrupted vacation

Every year - until 2013 - squabbling in Congress has forced delays of the annual holiday trip.

December 22, 2013

Storm kills 2 in southern US, thousands lose power Several photos included in this story

Tornadoes and wind gusts damage homes and bring down trees and power lines.

December 22, 2013

Ice coating parts of NY, Vt., NH and Maine

In NY Gov. Cuomo declares winter ice storm emergency while Kennebec County takes the brunt in Maine.

December 22, 2013

Topless protest on Brazil beach falls flat

Photographers far outnumber women baring their breasts on Ipanema beach Saturday.

December 22, 2013

Putin critic recalls tough prison regime

Former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky, pardoned after 10 years in jail, meets his family in Germany on Saturday.

December 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Teen playing with a lighter started house fire, chief says / Blaze destroys old church converted into residence / UMaine employee injured when snowplow rolls over

December 22, 2013

Events mark 25th anniversary 
of Lockerbie airliner attack

Memorial services for the 270 victims of the terror attack are held in the U.S., Scotland and London.

December 22, 2013

Maine soldiers in Afghanistan Several photos included in this story

They send holiday greetings home.

December 22, 2013

Comet will be at closest point to sun on Christmas

Astronomers say Lovejoy is best seen with binoculars at 6:30 p.m. through year’s end.

December 22, 2013

Songwriters pushing choral music that accentuates the Maine accent

Two former teachers aim to preserve Maine’s old ways through new songs for school groups.

December 22, 2013

Sudanese in Maine fear escalation of violence in homeland Several photos included in this story

Elders in Portland explore ways to push for an end to what they fear could become ethnic civil war.

December 22, 2013

Augusta luger Clukey ponders future after narrowly missing Olympics

Called ‘classy, graceful’ in the face of disappointment, she is eager to continue her community service work, including for her girls’ camp in Readfield.

December 22, 2013

Waterville hospice group offers support for grief amid holidays

A woman whose daughter died tragically says the group helped her find coping mechanisms.

December 22, 2013

Chances of casino funds benefiting schools rise Several photos included in this story

Lawmakers take steps to avoid diversions of gambling revenue such as last spring’s raid by Gov. LePage to close a budget gap.

December 22, 2013

Restraint, seclusion more likely for students with disability

A small proportion of districts nationwide report exceedingly high rates.

December 22, 2013

Vermont college helps single parents earn degrees

Champlain College’s program supports nontraditional students in all types of ways.

December 22, 2013

Grandparents raising grandkids have a place to go

A nine-year-old support group in Connecticut allows them to speak freely without judgment.

December 22, 2013

Inspiration of all kinds leads to cross-country treks

Some go for a specific cause while others are inspired for reasons they can’t quite quantify.

December 22, 2013

Keene to study woodstove smoke

The N.H. valley town that is prone to air inversions will teach people how to burn wood more efficiently.

December 22, 2013

No income means no gifts without toy fund's help



December 22, 2013

Washington Notebook: Maine lawmakers weigh in on least productive Congress

U.S. Rep. Pingree calls it a ‘do-nothing’ Congress, but she and others note some pluses for Maine.

December 21, 2013

Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Bangor

The incident occurred Saturday night in the parking lot of the Airport Mall on Union Street, police say.