News from December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Napoli re-signs with Red Sox for $32 million

The slugging first baseman, who hit several huge postseason home runs, gets a 2-year deal.

December 6, 2013

Donor offers $5M to help protect Detroit art

He hopes it will spark other to donate to protect masterpieces from being sold to pay the city's creditors.

December 6, 2013

Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

Mandela’s death has sparked an outpouring of memorials and celebrations of the former prisoner turned president who led his country out of apartheid rule.

December 7, 2013

Judge: Pirates can proceed with lawsuit against Civic Center

The hockey team wants a judge to enforce the terms of a lease agreement reached with the civic center in April.

December 7, 2013

Former Maine town clerk repays embezzled funds

Kathy Mattingly, 57, awaits sentencing after making the $18,000 payment as part of her guilty plea.

December 6, 2013

South Africa still struggling to fulfill Mandela’s hopes, dreams

While progress has been made, racial and economic inequalities still tear through the consciousness of the black majority.

December 6, 2013

U.S. draws brutal World Cup schedule

They must face juggernauts Germany, Ghana and Portugal and overcome a wearying 9,000-mile journey across Brazil.

December 6, 2013

Stephen King joins Twitter – and it leaves him speechless

He can't think of anything to say and still gets 25,000 followers in the first 15 minutes.

December 10, 2013

Flashback: an aerial view of Bayside, circa 1960

A detailed bird's-eye view of the Bayside neighborhood during its industrial heyday, circa 1960.

December 6, 2013

Kennebunk police arrest alleged serial burglars

Terry Deschenes and Shannon Reed allegedly burglarized homes in Kennebunk and Exter, N.H. before police tracked down a car linked to the suspects.

December 6, 2013

Bob Dylan’s electric guitar sells for nearly $1 million Video clip included

When Dylan first performed with it in 1965, it marked his shift away from acoustic music to amplified rock.

December 6, 2013

Mexican hospital blocked after six admitted with radiation exposure

A radioactive shipment was stolen as it was being hauled by a cargo truck, likely by thieves who didn’t know what they were stealing.

December 6, 2013

Lewiston man charged with heroin trafficking

Agents conducted undercover purchases from Macarthur Taylor, including several in designated drug-free zones near schools, the Maine DEA says.

December 6, 2013

Freeport man crashes, dies of apparent medical problem

Robert Harvey, 75, apparently lost consciousness and drove off the road into a tree, police say.

December 6, 2013

Browns QB Campbell to start against Patriots

After sitting out one game with a concussion, he will start on Sunday when the Browns visit the New England Patriots.

December 6, 2013

Officials encouraged by scarce whales in Everglades

The situation had seemed bleak just a day earlier when dozens of whales appeared fatigued and unmotivated about moving to deeper waters necessary for their survival.

December 7, 2013

U.S. economy has fourth straight month of strong hiring

Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low.

December 6, 2013

Song, dance, tears for Mandela in South Africa Video clip included

Emotional celebrations ahead of a Tuesday memorial service and a Dec. 15 funeral attest to the impact of the anti-apartheid leader.

December 6, 2013

Maine group to boost trade in North Atlantic region

The Maine International Trade Center creates a new North Atlantic office as dignitaries from Iceland visit Portland Friday.

December 6, 2013

UNH fires women’s hockey coach for player contact

The athletic director says the university has ‘zero tolerance’ for unsportsmanlike behavior.

December 6, 2013

N.H. panel backs legalizing one casino

The group approves draft legislation allowing up to 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games.

December 7, 2013

Bank’s data breach may affect Mainers who collected unemployment

The state is investigating why JPMorgan Chase waited three months to tell officials that personal information of more than 1,300 residents could be compromised.

December 6, 2013

Vitamin D’s benefit in fighting cancer, heart disease questioned

Randomized trials on vitamin D also showed little to no effect in lowering risk for diabetes, infectious diseases and mood disorders.

December 7, 2013

Biddeford armed robbery spree ends in suicide Several photos included in this story

Tyler Trottier, 27, shoots himself in the chest inside his downtown King Street apartment as police try to negotiate his surrender.

December 6, 2013

For wind power, U.S. extends permit for eagle deaths

The decision provides legal protection for wind farms that get a permit and do everything possible to avoid killing eagles.

December 6, 2013

Cargo bikes the new minivan for cycling families

The people-powered transportation works for schlepping kids to school, hauling groceries or running errands, advocates say.

December 6, 2013

Biddeford police used surveillance video to ID robbery suspect

Police searched the city for a truck videotaped leaving the scene.

December 6, 2013

Lewiston woman faces welfare fraud charges

Amina Ege, 41, is accused of illegally receiving benefits over a nine-year period starting in 2004.

December 6, 2013

Farmington police officer charged with killing cow moose

An investigation determined the bullet that killed the moose came from the officer’s gun and the shooting was unintentional.

December 7, 2013

Letter from missing N.H. teen doesn’t dispel ‘grave concerns’

Abigail Hernandez, 15, of North Conway was last seen Oct. 9 after leaving high school.

December 6, 2013

White House changes story on Obama’s uncle

Contrary to previous statements, the uncle and nephew saw each other once every few months while the younger Obama was in Cambridge.

December 6, 2013

Maine cancer panel: Expand Medicaid coverage

Each year, more than 8,000 Maine residents are diagnosed with invasive cancer and more than 3,100 die from the disease.

December 6, 2013

Roofer dies in fall from Old Town building

The man apparently lost his balance and fell head first about 15 feet at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

December 6, 2013

Maine State House tree to honor military and vets

The tree will be decorated with ornaments on which visitors can write the name of a service member or veteran they want to honor.

December 6, 2013

Suspect in Biddeford area robbery spree found dead

Biddeford Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk says it appears the man took his own life.

December 6, 2013

Efforts to capture fugitives in Benghazi stall

The lack of progress has frustrated U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers.

December 6, 2013

Hard work for low pay in fast food? Mainers know feeling well Several photos included in this story

On a day of protests in 200 cities, a report says the state’s minimum wage is far short of a livable level.

December 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine advises consumers to avoid former accountant / Auburn man, 77, dies after being hit by pickup truck / Colby gets $10 million gift to build science building ... and more news from around the state

December 6, 2013

Funding shortage hits Maine’s court-appointed lawyers in December

Private lawyers who are contracted to represent people to poor to hire their own attorney learned of the shortfall Wednesday.

December 6, 2013

Civic center attracts would-be trustees, controversy

After Bill Becker calls for new trustees to 'get the Portland Pirates back,' more than 40 applicants – and renewed disputes – emerge.

December 6, 2013

Montreal-to-Boston night train gains steam

Advocates meet in Canada to advance a plan for the ‘hotel’ passenger service, which would include stops in Portland and elsewhere in Maine.

December 6, 2013

Bill Nemitz: In civic center smackdown, trust the trustees

In a hockey game, this would be known as getting blindsided.

December 6, 2013

LePage points to climate change as plus for Maine

But his opponents and a transportation industry expert see sobering challenges, not just business opportunities as the ice cap melts and Arctic shipping lanes open.

December 6, 2013

Understanding Maine teens would treasure gifts

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

December 6, 2013

Halt to Maine rail service jeopardizes businesses Several photos included in this story

Pan Am Railways says it’s not economically sound to keep the service going without its largest client.