News from December 31, 2013

January 1, 2014

Maine's Wescott expresses concern over Olympic security

The gold medalist may skip the Opening Ceremonies if he qualifies for the team.

January 1, 2014

Ex-first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

A statement said updates will be issued when warranted.

January 1, 2014

Target reveals gift card snafu

The problem comes two weeks after the retailer had a massive data security breach that affected about 40 million debit and credit card holders.

January 1, 2014

Utah appeals to Supreme Court to stop gay marriages

The state wants the weddings to halt while its case works its way through the legal system.

December 31, 2013

Northern Pass transmission line clears regulatory hurdle in NH

The $1.4 billion project would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power, enough to serve 1.2 million homes.

December 31, 2013

Red Claws grab 103-96 win over Delaware

The victory ends a four-game losing streak for Maine.

December 31, 2013

Hawks rally, drop Celtics, 92-91

Kelly Olynky scores a career high 21 points, but Boston ends the year on a sour note.

December 31, 2013

Fame, fury follow ‘Zealot’ author

The book, which portrays Jesus as an angry rebel, has propelled Reza Aslan into a life as an Internet-era public intellectual who has a movie deal and is a social media regular.

December 31, 2013

Former senator, Maine high court justice, among deaths in 2013

Bill Hathaway and Caroline Glassman and are just two of the prominent state residents who died in 2013.

December 31, 2013

Colorado readies for ‘Green Wednesday’ marijuana sales

Police add extra patrols and the airport installs new signs warning visitors their weed can’t legally go home with them, all in preparation for the opening of the legal sale of marijuana.

December 31, 2013

LePage: Oil truck drivers may work longer hours

Federal rules are waived so drivers are allowed to make deliveries more than 60 hours per week until mid-January.

December 31, 2013

Eliot Cutler to forgo PAC money in governor’s race

Democrat Mike Michaud said the decision seems politically motivated, while Gov. Paul LePage declines comment.

December 31, 2013

Mainer likely was struck, killed by Connecticut train

Crew members reported they had hit something on the tracks, but no one notified police because there was no evidence a person had been struck.

December 31, 2013

Joseph Baldacci says he won’t run for Congress

The brother of the former governor passes and the Democratic primary seems set with 3 candidates.

December 31, 2013

Cold weather in Maine settles in Several photos included in this story

Saturday, in particular, is expected to be bitterly cold, the National Weather Service forecasts.

December 31, 2013

‘Selfie,’ ‘twerk’ top school’s annoying word list

Michigan university releases it annual list of overused words that deserve banishment from the American language.

December 31, 2013

Small improvement for Michael Schumacher after second surgery

The Formula One champion, who turns 45 on Friday, suffered critical head injuries when he fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing in France.

December 31, 2013

Four arrested on drug charges in Rockland

Crack cocaine, oxycodone pills and drug paraphernalia were found in rooms at the Trade Winds Motor Inn.

December 31, 2013

Fresh fighting in South Sudan as peace deadline nears

The violence that began on Dec. 15 now focuses on a battle for the city of Bor.

December 31, 2013

Revelers start ringing in 2014 with fireworks Several photos included in this story

New Zealand, Australia get the party started with Dubai promising the world’s largest fireworks show.

December 31, 2013

Smoke alarm woke woman who escaped Berwick house fire

The blaze destroys an attached garage and extensively damages the home on Haley Road.

December 31, 2013

Coalition casualties in Afghanistan drop in 2013

Casualties among Afghan troops increased as they took the lead in the war against the Taliban.

December 31, 2013

Weather shift near ND train derailment worries officials

Residents in Casselton and nearby towns are being asked to evacuate to avoid potential health hazards.

December 31, 2013

Confetti and music but no mayor for NYC ball drop Several photos included in this story

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will lead the 60-second countdown in Timesd Square.

December 31, 2013

Oil spill keeps Oxford County school closed

Ground and air testing by the DEP is being done at the Hebron Station School.

December 31, 2013

Conn. turns up heat on flying ice from vehicles

New law imposes fines on truckers and drivers who fail to clear snow from their cars.

December 31, 2013

Maine ocean group holding run, plunge Tuesday morning

The Natural Resources Council encourages participants to wear polar bear costumes.

December 31, 2013

Bombings raise fears of terror at Olympics

Russian officials insist security at the Sochi games is sufficient following a second attack in Volgograd in as many days.

December 31, 2013

Maine couple wins $1.1 million verdict against high-profile lawyer Daniel Lilley

A jury finds the attorney and his law firm failed to properly represent the farmers in a suit claiming that Agway drove them out of business.

December 31, 2013

Wardens urge Maine snowmobilers to use common sense Several photos included in this story

The warning comes on the one-year anniversary of crashes on Rangeley Lake that claimed four lives.

December 31, 2013

Waterville business disputes cause of Christmas fire

Grenier’s Classic Flooring says wood ash could not have started the destructive blaze.

December 31, 2013

Interim chief named as Lebanon reviews rescue department

He takes over a department with $207,000 in debt, shaky financial practices and the husband-and-wife leaders departing.

December 31, 2013

Bill seeks to avoid conflicts that paralyze Maine PUC Several photos included in this story

A plan to provide for alternate commissioners follows recusals that foiled a Nestle Waters case.

December 31, 2013

For old-style incandescent bulbs, it’s lights out

On Wednesday, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.

December 31, 2013

Certain heavy smokers urged to get yearly lung scans

A government task force says the new screening could prevent as many as 20,000 deaths a year.

December 31, 2013

Some Maine businesses flourish, others snowed under when harsh weather hits

Indoor shopping at the mall and midstorm pizza deliveries also tend to spike.

December 31, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

York woman facing charge after vehicle lands on pond / Florida woman charged over incident at Maine airport ... and more news from around the state.

December 31, 2013

Census shows no growth in Maine

The stagnant population and graying of Maine have significant business and policy implications.

December 31, 2013

Portland’s citywide parking ban is getting a new twist

City officials announced Monday that the test project will take effect Wednesday, New Year’s Day.

December 31, 2013

Press Herald Toy Fund: Parents' work hours cut, children suffer

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

December 31, 2013

Some Mainers left in cold as ice, snow stymie fuel trucks

After a series of winter storms, drivers are forced to deny some oil deliveries if they deem conditions unsafe.

December 30, 2013

Rose Parade float to hold a gay wedding

The two men getting married say they aren’t concerned a few thousand may boycott the parade.