News from December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013

Celtics hold on to top Bucks, 108-100

Jordan Crawford poured in 25 points to lift Boston to the victory.

December 4, 2013

Scarborough voters overturn hotly debated leash law

The new restrictions had come after an endangered piping plover chick was killed by a dog last summer.

December 3, 2013

Mass. dispatcher failed to send police to motel where housekeeper was killed

The driver of the pickup pleads not guilty to charges including leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

December 4, 2013

LePage administration defends decision to move DHHS offices from Portland Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Critics of the move stage a protest by bus, riding to the proposed new site near the airport.

December 4, 2013

Ellsbury leaving Red Sox for Yankees

Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury A reported 7-year, $153 million contract would make him the third highest paid outfielder in Major League history.

December 3, 2013

U.S. students losing ground to Asian, European counterparts

American teens show little improvement while China makes huge gains on an international exam.

December 4, 2013

Celebrated Maine diorama painter dies at 98

After retiring from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Fred F. Scherer lived in Friendship and worked for 20 years as a consultant for the Maine State Museum.

December 3, 2013

Sanford man gets nine years for child-porn collection

Jerry Lord, 34, had amassed a library of 262 still images and 168 videos with sexually explicit material involving minors.

December 4, 2013

Union official: Train engineer ‘nodded’ before fatal N.Y. crash

Investigators are still interviewing William Rockefeller and won’t comment on his level of alertness at the time of Sunday’s accident.

December 3, 2013

Father of Maine boy who brought gun to day care pleads guilty Video clip included

Adam J. Keene could still have the charge dismissed if he abides the terms set forth by a judge.

December 4, 2013

Canceling of Gulf of Maine shrimp season a heavy blow

Fishermen lose winter income and processors fear long-term damage after the shrimp population hits a record low and the fishery is shut down.

December 3, 2013

Sex offender accused of offering candy to girls in South Berwick

Two fifth-graders said they were approached separately at bus stops, and SAD 60 sends out a notice alerting the community.

December 3, 2013

Source: Red Sox near deal for catcher A.J. Pierzynski

Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season with the Texas Rangers.

December 3, 2013

Worker dies in fall from ladder in Calais

The roofing contractor was working at Washington County Community College.

December 3, 2013

Man survives three days at bottom of Atlantic Ocean

The tugboat cook was trapped in an air pocket in the upended ship until rescued by divers.

December 3, 2013

Bob Dylan charged in France over Croatia remarks

A lawyer for a Croatian group says it wants Dylan, ‘a singer who is liked and respected in Croatia, to present an apology to the Croatian people.’

December 3, 2013

Supreme Court casts doubt on frequent flier’s lawsuit

The justices hear the case of a rabbi who was stripped of his top-level 'platinum elite' status because the airline said he complained too much.

December 3, 2013

RV industry shows more signs of recovery

Recreational vehicle makers expect to ship more than 300,000 units to dealers this year for the first time since the economic downturn.

December 3, 2013

Conn. univ. says weapons recovered, 1 in custody

The incident marks the third scare at a Connecticut university in the last month.

December 3, 2013

Guardian: We have published 1 percent of Snowden leak

NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked about 58,000 documents to the British newspaper, sparking fears about national security.

December 3, 2013

Feds ease prison restrictions on marathon bombing suspect

Several people will be allowed to disseminate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s communications to third parties for the purpose of preparing his defense.

December 3, 2013

Judge rules Detroit can shed billions in debt

A union lawyer plans to appeal after the city wins a ruling that it can cut pensions for retirees.

December 3, 2013

Official: Air Force OKs F-35 fighters in Burlington

The main complaint from opponents was the noise the new airplanes would make and the location of the airport, situated near homes.

December 3, 2013

Employers taking steps to prevent worker burnout

Some companies are beginning to set limits on the demands they place on employees’ time, recognizing that successful workers must be able to escape from work.

December 3, 2013

Notre Dame sues over birth control mandate

The Roman Catholic university says the mandate violates the church’s teaching prohibiting contraception.

December 3, 2013

Obama’s uncle gets permission to stay in U.S.

The 69-year-old Kenya-born half brother of the president’s late father was ordered to leave the country in 1992, but remained.

December 3, 2013

NH hospital gets approval to join MaineHealth

Memorial Hospital in North Conway will continue as a New Hampshire nonprofit, but MaineHealth will have input into its budget, the services it provides and the selection of a CEO.

December 3, 2013

Photos: Holiday glow shines at Spring Point Light

The South Portland lighthouse sparkles with seasonal lighting.

December 4, 2013

Portland may become home to new pro lacrosse team

The Maine Moose Trax would start indoor play next fall, possibly at the civic center.

December 3, 2013

U.S. vet detained in North Korea oversaw guerrilla group

Merrill Newman supervised a group of South Korean fighters hated and feared by the North during the Korean War.

December 3, 2013

Pedestrian struck by car in Lebanon suffers life-threatening injuries

Poor weather prevented transport of injured man to the hospital by medical helicopter.

December 3, 2013

Rash of robberies continues across southern Maine

Two businesses, in Biddeford and Arundel, were hit on Monday by armed suspects.

December 3, 2013

Survey finds growing corruption in Arab Spring countries

There is a general feeling of corruption across the board in the Middle East, including police, judiciary, and government procurement offices.

December 3, 2013

Maine teacher lauded for saving sixth-grader’s life

Teacher Alice Deegan performed the Heimlich maneuver when a bottle cap got stuck in the student’s throat.

December 3, 2013

Investigators rule out drag racing in Walker crash

Eyewitnesses told authorities that the ‘car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed.’

December 3, 2013

Bolshoi dancer gets six years over acid attack

The ballet’s director lost most of the sight in one eye and 20 percent in the other.

December 3, 2013

Asian nations dominate international exam

American 15-year-olds scored below the international average in math and about average in science and reading.

December 3, 2013

Maine wardens call off search for missing Canadian

Authorities say Renald Poulin of Quebec crossed into the U.S. on Thursday and was supposed to return a day later.

December 3, 2013

Biden: China air zone raises risk of accidents

The U.S. and Japan have refused to recognize China’s air defense zone above tiny islands that China and Japan both claim.

December 3, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Biddeford man dies after crash in snowy conditions / Portland police seeking man who carried rifle into store / New Gloucester woman killed in head-on collision ... and more news from around the state.

December 3, 2013

As online shopping increases, scammers follow

Online shopping will likely set a record – and expose more shoppers to cybersecurity hazards.

December 3, 2013

Doctors, nurses, tests ... and teacher? Several photos included in this story

Maine’s only in-hospital educator helps sick kids stay connected to their studies and provides a break from the medical anxieties.

December 3, 2013

Obama pledges up to $5 billion in global fight against AIDS

The president says an ‘AIDS-free generation’ may be within reach.

December 3, 2013

Maine town sued in shooting death of Army veteran

Justin Crowley-Smilek, 28, was shot by a Farmington police officer while carrying a large knife at town offices.

December 3, 2013

Fast-food strikes aim at 100 cities Thursday

Organizers hope to call attention to the difficulties of living on minimum wage as they push for pay hikes.

December 3, 2013

Feature obituary: Antoinette Rotolo, 93, distinguished by kindness and love of family

Mrs. Rotolo was a homemaker. Her children took turns Monday describing a woman who dedicated her life to family.

December 4, 2013

Large parcel in Westbrook may be sold

J.B. Brown & Sons is interested in about 60 acres in Westbrook, the site of a failed 2008 plan for an upscale shopping center.

December 3, 2013

Obama’s swoon hurts Democrats Several photos included in this story

Some facing tight races are keeping their distance 
from the president and his problems with the Affordable Care Act.

December 3, 2013

Maine family with sick child needs help at holidays

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

December 2, 2013

Robbery reported at store in Biddeford

Police provide no details about the robbery of the Family Dollar store on Elm Street.