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South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

Several photos included in this story The high number of people unaccounted for – likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean – raises fears that ...

News from December 29, 2013

December 30, 2013

SnowTrac: Maine Snowfall Dec. 29-30, 2013



December 29, 2013

Patriots defeat Bills 34-20 in soggy Foxborough

Blount leads Pats to bye in the playoffs with win over Bills

December 29, 2013

Home in Sanford destroyed by fire

The owner lost his home and two dogs in the blaze. He was attending a memorial service out of state when the fire occurred.

December 30, 2013

In governor races, Democrats eye wage increase

Potential challengers, like Mike Michaud of Maine, see talk of an increase as key to unseating Republican incumbents.

December 29, 2013

US beats Germany 8-0 in world juniors

The US scores six power-play goals to wrap up a spot in the playoff round.

December 29, 2013

Man hurt in wrong way Saco crash in fair condition

Frederick Lamb of Old Orchard Beach was operating his vehicle westbound in the eastbound lane on Interstate Route 195 Saturday.

December 29, 2013

Cruise ship passenger goes missing off Puerto Rico

The Canadian man jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship.

December 29, 2013

Quake in southern Italy rattles Naples area

No injuries or major structural damage is reported.

December 29, 2013

Colts’ Vinatieri joins NFL’s 2,000-point club

The former Patriots kicker reaches the milestone with a second-quarter field goal against the Jaguars.

December 29, 2013

Syria evacuates 5,000 from town near Damascus

An activist group said the death toll from nearly two weeks of Syrian government airstrikes has surpassed 500.

December 29, 2013

Pitfalls abound as legal pot sales begin

Colorado and Washington are the first two states to regulate and allow a full industry.

December 29, 2013

Report: flu now widespread in Massachusetts

Tests have confirmed nearly 860 flu cases across the state this season.

December 29, 2013

Lawmakers dispute Snowden’s declaration of victory

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Snowden should have stayed in the United State to demonstrate the courage of his convictions.

December 29, 2013

Polish composer Wojciech Kilar dies at age 81

The composer wrote scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning “The Pianist” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”

December 30, 2013

Health insurance sign-ups nearing 2 million

Yet to be reported are December results from the 14 states that run their own websites for enrollees.

December 29, 2013

Confrontation in South Sudan averted

Community leaders persuade most of the 25,000 “White Army’ soldiers to return home.

December 30, 2013

NH rescuers help 2 hikers who triggered avalanche

The two hikers are hospitalized after the rescue is completed Sunday morning.

December 29, 2013

Abandoned rowboat found off Cape Elizabeth

A Coast Guard search plane is looking for floating debris and other signs of a possible mishap.

December 29, 2013

Penobscot Narrows Bridge closed after ice chunks hit cars

No injuries are reported when five vehicles are damaged by chunks of ice dropping from the beams and suspension cables of the Route 1 bridge in Prospect near Bucksport.

December 29, 2013

Former F1 champion Schumacher injured while skiing

Michael Schumacher sustains a serious head injury while skiing in the French Alps.

December 29, 2013

Justice Sotomayor to help Times Square ball drop

The U.S. Supreme Court judge will lead the final 60-second countdown on New Year;s Eve to usher in 2014.

December 29, 2013

No date set for Vonn’s return

Lindsey Vonn, recovering from a knee injury, may not compete before the Olympics.

December 30, 2013

Outages rise exponentially with arrival of heavy snow in Maine Several photos included in this story

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to plunge to minus-10 degrees by Thursday night.

December 29, 2013

Suicide blast kills 16 in Volgograd, Russia Video clip included

Scores are wounded in the second attack on the transportation hub in as many months.

December 29, 2013

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

Israel responds by firing toward the source of the launch in a rare flare-up between the two countries.

December 29, 2013

Seen from above: Aerial photos from 2013

These images were captured by Staff Photographer Gabe Souza.

December 29, 2013

Augusta bistro owners to mirror Manhattan in New Year’s Eve ball drop

They cite the growing success of Bangor’s event as they build their own ball to drop at midnight.

December 29, 2013

Friend sues estate of UMaine professor

Daniel Toto, the only individual named in the will, says a $100,000 check should be honored.

December 29, 2013

Dispatches

Police hold man in beating death of wife / Woman dies, two others hurt in head-on collision ... and other news from around the state

December 29, 2013

Feature Obituary: Barbara Drummond Gilman, 96, artist who beat illnesses earlier in life

Among her accomplishments was winning an art contest judged by Norman Rockwell.

December 29, 2013

Outcome of trade talks splits state Several photos included in this story

A proposed new international agreement has implications for Maine companies that compete with and sell to Asia.

December 29, 2013

The not-so-missing lynx: Canada lynx appears to be making a comeback in Vermont

Protected lands provide habitat for the big-footed cat – an endangered species in the U.S. and Vermont.

December 29, 2013

Photographer shares stories of capturing the great on film

Gregory Heisler’s first book tells how he got portraits now preserved on 70 Time magazine covers.

December 29, 2013

Craft Beer Cellar plans nationwide growth

The Massachusetts beer store aims to expand into new territory with its focus on quality.

January 8

Maine's top newsmakers of 2013

Maine stole its share of the spotlight in 2013. Before we say goodbye to the year that was, here’s a look at some of the people behind the headlines of 2013 and where they are now.

January 14

The year in photos

Take a look back at 2013 through images selected by our staff photographers.

December 29, 2013

Police search for driver who left scene of Freeport accident

The man fled into the wood after his Jeep Cherokee hit a pickup truck on I-295.