News from December 25, 2013

December 26, 2013

Stressed mother would like a gift or two for three boys



December 26, 2013

N.H launches health care website on deadline day

The site is designed to provide state-specific information to consumers.

December 26, 2013

Fire destroys Waterville flooring business Several photos included in this story

The massive blaze produced smoke visible for miles.

December 26, 2013

Double-checking health coverage advised

Some HealthCare.gov buyers find that their applications never made it to the insurers.

December 26, 2013

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group

The move criminalizing the group’s activities escalates the ongoing conflict.

December 26, 2013

Ukraine activist and journalist brutally beaten

It is the latest in a string of attacks on opposition members calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.

December 26, 2013

Greenpeace activists get their cases closed

Peter Willcox, the captain of the ship Arctic Sunrise who has ties to Maine, said he is pleased and relieved.

December 26, 2013

University of Maine at Farmington negotiating to extend gas pipeline

Summit Natural Gas says the university’s letter of intent was an “important step” in justifying building a pipeline to the region.

December 25, 2013

US Embassy in Kabul attacked on Christmas Day

The Taliban claim they fired four rockets at the American Embassy and say they inflicted heavy casualties. But it appears no one was hurt.

December 25, 2013

Pedestrian struck near Maine Mall upgraded to serious

Christoper Ayotte, 37, of South Portland, was struck by a car on Christmas Eve while trying to cross Western Avenue.

December 25, 2013

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick questions NFL offseason workout limits

He attributes a rise in injuries to players not being prepared, but the NFL disagrees.

December 26, 2013

Hot Christmas meals brighten day for housebound Maine seniors Several photos included in this story

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels caters to 111 homebound seniors in Greater Portland on the holiday.

December 25, 2013

Another court defeat for Utah on gay marriage

Utah lawyers have repeatedly struck out in their bid to block gay marriage, getting rejected on four occasions in recent days.

December 25, 2013

Maine police out in full force over the holidays

About 70 departments across the state recently received federal grants to pay overtime for officers battling impaired drivers.

December 25, 2013

LePage urges residents to stay safe after storm

LePage is residents to stay safe and check on their neighbors as many remain without power.

December 25, 2013

Pope’s Christmas wish: hope for a better world Several photos included in this story

Francis asks for peace and understanding among warring nations, and compassion and assistance for refugees and immigrants.

December 25, 2013

UN in South Sudan denies report of mass grave

The erroneous report was an inflation of a ‘skirmish’ in which 15 people were killed, it says.

December 25, 2013

Maine warns residents about charity group scams

The Department of Financial Regulation says charitable solicitation scams sometimes increase during the holiday season.

December 25, 2013

Christmas Day bombings in Iraq’s capital kill 37

The largest attack involved a car bomb at a church that exploded after Christmass Mass.

December 26, 2013

Utilities chipping away at ice storm outages

CMP hopes to get everyone back in business by Thursday night, but fresh snow could slow the pace of repairs.

December 25, 2013

Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat

The man immediately gives the money to his bosses, and police and casino officials are able to find the money’s owner.

December 25, 2013

Gay Briton who broke code of Nazis wins royal pardon

Alan Turing, convicted in 1952 of ‘gross indecency,’ was chemically castrated and later took his own life.

December 25, 2013

Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas

With West Bank fighting on the decline, crowds come back to celebrate in the birthplace of Jesus.

December 25, 2013

Christmas Eve is dark for those without power

Loss of power interrupted many people’s holiday preparations.

December 25, 2013

Seattle teen saved from bullet by glasses feels ‘lucky to be alive’

The girl was asleep on the couch when an apparent drive-by shooting left her injured.

December 25, 2013

New England Dispatches

Puppy rescued after pet carrier tossed into trash / N.H. woman killed in three-car collision / Man charged with ramming stroller into cop ... and more news from around the region.

December 25, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police identify victim hit, dragged in fatal accident / People form human chain to salvage gifts after fire / LePage urges participation in holiday blood drive ... and more news from around the state.

December 25, 2013

Maine artist paints cards for causes

Nostalgic scenes donated by Marieluise Hutchinson grace Christmas cards for nonprofits.

December 25, 2013

Health law not first new program with launch woes

Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and SSI were also beset with major early problems, but ended up being embraced. Democrats hope history repeats itself.

December 25, 2013

Safety the best Christmas gift for refugee family living in Maine

Resourcefulness and faith take a family from the volatile country of Burundi to seek asylum – and celebrate their first true Maine Christmas – here.

December 25, 2013

Press Herald Toy Fund: Working dad needs help after unemployment stint

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