News from December 24, 2013

December 25, 2013

Pedestrian struck by car near Maine Mall

He is in critical condition after the Christmas Eve accident.

December 24, 2013

Santa’s visit highlights work on Yarmouth trail system

The West End Trail system, which eventually will run from Cousins Island to North Yarmouth, now stretches about five miles in length.

December 24, 2013

N.H. court upholds mother’s conviction in bathtub death

Her 1-year-old son drowned while she was on a website and left him and his brother unattended.

December 24, 2013

Fire destroys couple’s Freeport home on Christmas Eve

The duo is able to spend Christmas with relatives, the fire chief says.

December 24, 2013

U.N. says mass grave of 34 found in South Sudan

There’s a possibility for peace negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says.

December 25, 2013

Christmas wrapping paper only recyclable in some areas

In Greater Portland, ecomaine does recycle wrapping paper, says a member of ecomaine's board of directors.

December 24, 2013

Police: Teens detonate acid bombs in Waterville shopping plaza

No one is injured in the blasts. Two 13-year-old boys are arrested.

December 24, 2013

Israel launches Gaza airstrikes for worker killing

Palestinian officials report a young girl killed and 10 people injured in the attack - a response to the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian by a Palestinian sniper.

December 24, 2013

Stocks end on a high note before Christmas

The last five days of gains have added to what has been a historic year for stock market investors.

December 24, 2013

15-game suspension upheld for Bruins’ Thornton

Thornton appealed the ban last week after he was sanctioned for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent on Dec. 7.

December 24, 2013

Public art project elicits the profound, profane

Project invites passers-by to complete the sentence: ‘Before I die I want to ...’

December 24, 2013

In the Philippines, Christmas infused with tragedy

The Nov. 8 typhoon killed more than 6,100 people in the eastern Philippines, displaced at least 4 million others and left a country in ruins.

December 25, 2013

Researchers concerned by virus that killed well-known Maine artist

They believe the Powassan virus, which is spread through tick bites, has developed into a new strain that threatens more humans.

December 24, 2013

Judge sentences man to write ‘boys do not hit girls’ 5,000 times

The judge whose actions in a rape case sparked a national furor in August also sentences the man to six months in jail for fracturing the woman’s face during an argument.

December 24, 2013

Health care website tested as record numbers buy in

Error rates are lower than 1 in 200, and pages load quickly as the site receives nearly 2 million visits Monday.

December 24, 2013

JPMorgan boosts debit-card spending limits after data breach at Target

Most affected account holders can now withdraw $300 in cash and make purchases of up to $1,000.

December 24, 2013

Blaze destroys home in Pittston; generator blamed

Firefighters and neighbors are able to salvage many possessions and Christmas presents.

December 24, 2013

Astronauts make rare Christmas Eve spacewalk in 'mini blizzard'

NASA ordered up the spacewalks to revive and repair a critical cooling loop at the International Space Station.

December 24, 2013

Boyfriend ordered held in Mass. missing boy case

The boy was last seen by relatives in September and is feared dead. Authorities learned about the boy’s disappearance only recently.

December 24, 2013

Tablets are a hit with kids, but experts worry about long-term effects Video clip included

The devices are expected to rank among the top holiday gifts for children this year.

December 24, 2013

Mom of tot thrown from NYC building heartbroken

Svetlana Kanarikov said she had been nervous about her son’s visits with his father, and she initially wanted them to be supervised.

December 24, 2013

Holiday sales down for third week

The numbers, which don’t include online sales, are another challenge in what has largely turned out to be a disappointing holiday shopping season for stores.

December 24, 2013

Russia grants amnesty to one of 26 detained Greenpeace activists

The unidentified activist has not yet left Russia, and the other Greenpeace activists from the same ship remain in jail on hooliganism charges.

December 25, 2013

Many Mainers face likelihood of cold, dark Christmas

Crews working nonstop restore power to tens of thousands, but residents in central and Down East Maine are told outages could last through Friday.

December 24, 2013

State offices in Ellsworth and Kennebec County closed

Gov. LePage cites widespread power outages and icy roads in his decision to close all state offices in Kennebec County and the City of Ellsworth until after Christmas.

December 24, 2013

Bangor police say pedestrian killed was local man

Police say the driver did not know someone was trapped under his vehicle.

December 24, 2013

UN: Mass grave with 34 bodies found in South Sudan

At least two other mass graves reportedly have been found in Juba.

December 24, 2013

Saxophonist Yusef Lateef dies at age 93 in Mass.

The Grammy-winning musician and composer introduced different types of flutes and woodwind instruments from many countries into his music and is credited with playing world music before it was officially named.

December 24, 2013

Former exec’s arraignment in fatal N.H. crash delayed

Robert Dellinger told police he was trying to kill himself on Dec. 7 when he drove his pickup into an oncoming car, killing a young Vermont couple expecting their first child.

December 24, 2013

NY man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title

Along with the games, he has the devices to play them on, not only the Xboxes and PlayStations but obscure ones like the Casio Loopy, the only game system specifically geared toward girls.

December 24, 2013

Family hopes for holiday with girl on life support

A judge on Monday called for Jahi McMath to be independently examined by the chief of child neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

December 24, 2013

NSA leaker Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished. I already won’

During more than 14 hours of interviews fueled by burgers and ice cream, he reflects on the roots and repercussions of his choice to spill the NSA’s secrets.

December 24, 2013

Heart-attack spike: A sobering holiday tradition

The likely culprits, to no one’s surprise, are stress, cold weather and too much food and booze.

December 24, 2013

Maine Mall volunteers earning a rep for great wraps Several photos included in this story

They also offer the following tips for Mainers wrapping gifts on their own.

December 24, 2013

Mass. police polishing image with kids through trading cards

An Essex chief comes up with trading cards featuring his officers’ faces and stats.

December 24, 2013

Kenneth Schechter, blinded veteran guided to famous landing, dies at 83



December 24, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Five injured in crash outside Eagles club / Three charged with trafficking crack cocaine in Old Orchard Beach ... and more news from around the state.

December 24, 2013

Still defiant, members of Russian band go free

The two Pussy Riot musicians, jailed for nearly two years, scoff at the amnesty law that led to their release.

December 24, 2013

Portland developer files for permit for new DHHS, labor building

ELC Management Inc. has proposed constructing a new facility in South Portland that many have opposed.

December 24, 2013

Portland ad agency dreaming of a Bowie Christmas

The company hopes to get the rock star to record one of its songs.

December 24, 2013

Maine issues plan for Whitefield dam

Decades of complaints about Clary Lake water levels could dry up under proposed rules.

December 24, 2013

Maine flooring installer cooks for 1,000 people

Norman Lawrence expects the Central Maine Family Christmas Dinner to grow from 850 attendees.

December 24, 2013

MaineHealth increasing spending on software system that was involved with billing glitches

MaineHealth will spend an extra $55 million, mostly for training staff, on a system that has led to costly errors.

December 24, 2013

Panel clears MGM to pursue Massachusetts casino

MGM is the only remaining applicant for the only western Massachusetts resort casino license.

December 24, 2013

LePage proposal would end assistance to asylum seekers

Portland officials say a General Assistance rule change could leave many immigrants without shelter or food.

December 24, 2013

Press Herald Toy Fund: Money tight for family that relocated to Maine

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