News from December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013

Five injured in Arundel crash

The driver of one of the vehicles was charged with driving drunk.

December 23, 2013

Drugs found in Hernandez's late friend’s system

Thaddeus Singleton, who also was Aaron Hernandez’s cousin-in-law, died in a car crash in June.

December 24, 2013

Woman charged after police find Maine man stabbed

The Augusta man also said the woman thrust a lit cigarette into his eye.

December 23, 2013

Deal is reached on closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

The agreement between the state and the owner of the plant sets a path for decommissioning.

December 23, 2013

Thousands seek safety at U.N. base in face of South Sudan violence

Humanitarian workers ask for funds from the West, and the U.N. calls for more peacekeepers.

December 24, 2013

Target: Justice Department investigating data breach

Computer security experts say the announcement could mean a suspect has been identified.

December 23, 2013

Aaron Hernandez lawyers allege leaks, seek gag order

Prosecutors in the murder case against the former Patriots tight end deny the accusations.

December 24, 2013

Maine company wins $100 million wind contract

Cianbro’s Brewer facility will build a platform and electrical substation for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

December 24, 2013

New Big Easy adding laughs to Portland lineup

Oliver Keithly, who ran The Comedy Connection, expects to open his new comedy/music club in January.

December 23, 2013

Obama signs up through D.C. health care exchange

The White House said Obama selected a plan at the less-expensive ‘bronze’ level.

December 23, 2013

BIW gets $23 million contract change for work on destroyer

The extra design and planning work is in addition to $2.8 billion in existing contracts.

December 23, 2013

‘Fast & Furious 7’ delayed until April 2015

Production on the film was on Thanksgiving break when star Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, died in a fiery crash on Nov. 30.

December 23, 2013

U.S. moving troops in prep for more action in South Sudan

Additional Marines and aircraft from Spain are being moved to the Horn of Africa to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from the violence-wracked country.

December 23, 2013

Judge rejects request to halt Utah same-sex marriages

In a decision last week, he said the ban against gay marriage violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

December 23, 2013

Three Mass. men arrested in OOB on crack charges

Old Orchard Beach police said the men intended to sell $2,000 worth of crack cocaine.

December 23, 2013

Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of AK-47, dies at 94

With an estimated 100 million guns worldwide, it is by far the most popular firearm ever created.

December 24, 2013

White House extends health care deadline by one more day

The extension is given after at least 850,000 visits on the final day, the highest number the website has seen.

December 23, 2013

In Iceland, hidden elves delay road projects

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century ‘Huldufolk’ got political representation.

December 23, 2013

Siemens awards contract to Cianbro in Cape Wind deal

Siemens says it will subcontract construction of an offshore electric service platform to Cianbro’s Brewer, Maine, facility.

December 23, 2013

Online services tap into demand for locally grown foods Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Virtual marketplaces are beginning to change the way people buy groceries and create new markets for small farmers and food makers.

December 23, 2013

NH dad faces jail for yelling at daughter’s coach

The prosecutor says the 46-year-old man was upset that his daughter did not get playing time.

December 23, 2013

Police: Bangor pedestrian dragged half a mile before death

Bangor police say that the driver was unaware that someone was trapped under their car until they reached a Hannaford parking lot.

January 9

Maine's 133rd Engineer Battalion: Special report

Columnist Bill Nemitz and Staff Photographer Gabe Souza report from Afghanistan with the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion.

December 23, 2013

Mass. mom, boyfriend due in court in missing boy case

The boy was last seen by relatives in September and is feared dead.

December 23, 2013

Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

He says the voter-approved measure is a violation of gay couples’ constitutional rights under the Equal Protections Clause of the 14th Amendment.

December 23, 2013

Second opinion planned for teen declared brain dead

Jahi McMath’s family obtains a court order to keep doctors a California hospital from removing the girl from a ventilator.

December 23, 2013

Two members of Russian punk band released from prison

The release was largely viewed as the Kremlin’s attempt to soothe criticism of Russia’s human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

December 24, 2013

Cold, dark Christmas in store for many Mainers Several photos included in this story

About 100,000 were without power early Tuesday, and it could be days before electricity is restored to all.

December 23, 2013

Opponents of legal marijuana fight perception problem

In Maine and nationally, more teenagers consider pot harmless now than in years past.

December 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Two women sought in Kennebunk seafood robbery / Coast Guard suspends search after distress call / Woman arrested in stabbing ... and more news from around the state.

December 23, 2013

Troubled path to trial for suspect in 1976 killing

Long before his arrest, after a ‘chewing gum survey’ sting, Gary Raub had many run-ins with the law on both coasts.

December 23, 2013

Immigrant parents seek some joy for their children

Fleeing war and settling in Maine has been exciting and difficult.

December 23, 2013

Will study facilitate MaineCare compromise?

Described as controversial yet innovative, a contractor hired by Gov. LePage may be the key to Medicaid expansion in Maine.

December 23, 2013

Collins helps put spotlight on long-term care concerns

The senator and others on a special committee on aging seek solutions in the face of soaring need and costs for elder care.