News from December 27, 2013

December 27, 2013

Wynn Resorts can file final application for Boston-area casino

Massachusetts regulators find that the company is suitable to pursue a gambling license.

December 27, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police call woman’s death on Christmas Day suspicious / Driver who refused sobriety test gets February court date ... and more news from around the state.

December 27, 2013

Vermont Yankee could serve as model for decommissioning

Experts say the nuclear plant could help lead the way to a more transparent and inclusive process.

December 28, 2013

Faster speed limit, later bar hours will take effect in N.H.

Drivers will be allowed to hit 70 mph on Interstate 93 and bars can stay open until 2 a.m.

December 28, 2013

N.H. proposal makes shorter prison terms a possibility

The House will vote on a bill that would give young adults credit for completing programs.

December 27, 2013

Michigan residents still without power growing frustrated

Some leave their houses and go elsewhere while others endure the outages at home.

December 28, 2013

1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

For struggling families, the loss of the more than $1,100 per month average stipend could cause difficulties and may hurt the economy.

December 27, 2013

New Year’s polar bear plunges could be extra polar this year

The high for Portland is forecast in the teens, and some places, such as Wisconsin, are expecting wind chills as low as minus 25.

December 27, 2013

A&E reverses decision on ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch

The channel had put Robertson on what it called ‘hiatus’ following his comments in a magazine article about his view of gays.

December 27, 2013

Police investigate suspicious death in Ellsworth

An ambulance crew responding to a call find a woman dead inside a home.

December 28, 2013

Police file on Newtown yields chilling portrait

The thousands of pages include text, photos and recordings of 911 calls, but shooter Adam Lanza’s motives may never be known.

December 28, 2013

‘American Hustle’ a portrait of swank ’70s fashion

The hit movie is a cinematic romp through the over-the-top styles of the 1970s.

January 2

Flashback: New Years of old

New Year's celebrations from 1939, 1950, and 1988, from the Portland Public Library's archival collection of historic Portland Press Herald photographic negatives.

December 27, 2013

Cowboys’ Romo has back surgery, out for winner-take-all finale

‘He’s devastated,’ head coach Jason Garrett said. ‘Devastated. He puts a lot into this.’

December 28, 2013

Disabled Maine man, 59, rescued as home without power burns

The owner says he was using candles to keep a water heater warm.

December 27, 2013

Target confirms that customers’ encrypted PINs were stolen

The company believes the numbers are secure because of the extent of the encryption, but experts advise people affected to change their codes.

December 27, 2013

Judge rejects challenge to NSA spying program

He finds that the collection of Americans’ phone records does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

December 27, 2013

Three injured in two-car crash in Gray

A woman driving a Scion suffers significant – but not life-threatening – injuries.

December 27, 2013

Denver gives out recreational pot sales licenses

Denver is one of 19 municipalities and seven counties in Colorado that will allow retail sales of recreational pot to those 21 and older.

December 27, 2013

Balloting begins! Oscar nominations voting starts

The academy is offering electronic voting for the second consecutive year.

December 27, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing AP sports story of year

The sports story of the year is an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

December 27, 2013

Long wait in the dark and cold for some Mainers Several photos included in this story

Some remote areas still lack power, but many officials are satisfied with utility ice storm efforts.

December 27, 2013

Maine group helps kids avoid weekend hunger

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a volunteer-run organization that provides backpacks or bags of food every Friday for children who otherwise would go hungry over the weekend.

December 27, 2013

South Sudan government agrees to end hostilities Several photos included in this story

The announcement is raising hopes for a potential breakthrough in efforts to cease violence that has displaced more than 120,000 people in the world’s newest country.

December 27, 2013

Car bomb kills ex-ambassador to U.S., 5 others in Beirut

Mohammed Chatah was seen as a moderate political figure despite his deep opposition to the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

December 27, 2013

Louisiana man on rampage injures three, kills three and himself

Left dead are the man’s current wife, former mother-in-law and former boss at four locations across two parishes.

December 27, 2013

Portsmouth seeks historic designation for downtown

Planners say that adding the downtown district to the National Register of Historic Places would allow developers to secure tax credits for building renovations.

December 27, 2013

Boston’s Callahan Tunnel closes for several months

An average of 30,000 vehicles flow through the tunnel each day and the lengthy closure will undoubtedly add to traffic issues.

December 27, 2013

For divided Congress, water projects are a unifier

Once derided as pork spending, water infrastructure projects now provide rare common ground for a divided Congress.

December 27, 2013

Conn. man charged with Maine bus station break-in

42-year-old Dale Quereux told officers he was trying to provide a warm place for himself and his fellow passengers when he forced his way into the locked station on Christmas day.

December 28, 2013

Police file on Newtown shooting released Several photos included in this story

The state police report totals several thousand pages and includes text, photos and 911 calls that detail a tragedy but also reveal heroism and moments of grace on the part of educators first responders.

December 27, 2013

Raw sewage spills into Naugatuck River in southern Conn.

On Thursday, a ruptured wastewater siphon was dumping 100 to 200 gallons a minute into the river, a tributary of the Housatonic.

December 27, 2013

Press Herald Toy Fund: Medical costs swamping single mom

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

December 27, 2013

Maine cocaine hearing no-show forfeits $100,000 bond

The defendant is charged in a cocaine distribution ring operating between Maine and New York.

December 27, 2013

Maine energy consultant seeks dismissal of fraud lawsuit

Richard Silkman’s attorney also argues that if the federal case proceeds, it should be moved to a court here.

December 27, 2013

Storm season heightens carbon monoxide risks

The lethal gas poisons and hospitalizes about 100 Mainers each year. Last February, a Biddeford family survived after being minutes from death.

December 27, 2013

Ex-Troy town clerk gets 90 days in embezzling case

The state, when deciding the sentence, said she cooperated with police and made full restitution.

December 27, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Boy critical after tree falls on him while riding zip line / Prides Corner developer modifies plan / Bus passenger arrested in break-in at closed bus depot ... and more news from around the state.

December 27, 2013

Bill to replace troubled MaineCare rides system faces uphill fight

The plan to put local groups back in charge would need Republican support to survive a possible LePage veto.

December 27, 2013

South Portland synagogue gets national architectural acclaim

Congregation Bet Ha’am's house of worship features a concave roofline and banks of windows positioned to maximize natural light coming inside.