News from December 9, 2013

December 10, 2013

Lebanon man hit by car dies from injuries

Authorities say Ryan Kelley, 34, was struck on Dec. 2 as he walked along Milton Mills Road.

December 10, 2013

U.S. household wealth reaches high of $77 trillion

A surging stock market and a steady recovery in home prices drove the trend.

December 10, 2013

18 L.A. sheriff's deputies face federal corruption charges

The charges were announced at a news conference Monday after 16 of the 18 defendants were arrested earlier in the day.

December 10, 2013

Congress renews ban on undetectable, plastic guns

Republicans, however, block an effort to strengthen the ban by requiring that such weapons contain nondetachable metal parts.

December 10, 2013

‘Sound of Music’ actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

She was known for playing strong-willed women and was nominated three times for Academy Awards.

December 12, 2013

Maine waitress needs help to provide gifts to daughters

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

December 9, 2013

Eight vehicles crash on Casco Bay Bridge

The pileup occurs on the Portland side of the bridge around 5:37 p.m. and disrupts rush-hour traffic.

December 9, 2013

Portland vigil Tuesday to honor Mandela

A service is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Monument Square.

December 10, 2013

Maine group recommends arming forest rangers

Critics say arming rangers is unnecessary and would transform their role and relationship with the public.

December 9, 2013

U.S. lost $10.5 billion on GM bailout

The remaining stock has been sold, and the Treasury secretary says the alternative to saving the company would have been worse.

December 10, 2013

Gronkowski injury spotlights NFL’s surge in knee damage

The low hits that cause such injuries come as defenders try to avoid penalties for hitting the head.

December 9, 2013

Storm snarls travel nationwide; power outages persist Video clip included

More than half of the nation’s flight cancellations on Monday were at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

December 10, 2013

Police arrest a dozen in Old Orchard Beach drug investigation

Police Chief Dana Kelley says there may be more arrests as the investigation continues.

December 9, 2013

Several Maine towns far from health insurance sign-up help

Out of 77 communities where most people work and shop and where most hospitals and colleges are located, 11 are more than 15 miles from the nearest assistance.

December 10, 2013

Wiscasset man charged in connection with Gardiner shooting

A 34-year-old woman was shot at her home Saturday night, and police have charged Sean Kingston with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

December 9, 2013

Princeton starts mass meningitis B vaccinations

Scores of students were lined up in a campus center after an outbreak of the potentially life-threatening disease.

December 10, 2013

Serial big-tipper doles out $500 to Portland waitress Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Seth Collins surprises Emily Young at Flatbread Company in Portland, as he travels the country repeating the kindness in memory of his late brother.

December 9, 2013

Attorney confirms Wis. snuggle business has closed

It offered customers an hour of cuddling in a bed with a professional snuggler for $60.

December 9, 2013

N.H. law targets bed bug infestations in rentals

Landlords and tenants worked together to set up protocols for dealing with the problem.

December 9, 2013

Former San Diego mayor sentenced for harassing women

Bob Filner has kept a low profile since leaving office in August, less than nine months into a four-year term.

December 10, 2013

NSA spies on gamers in hunt for terrorists

Britain also infiltrates online fantasy universes popular with adolescents and escapists, according to leaked documents.

December 9, 2013

Maine first lady riding in wreath procession

Ann LePage hopped on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle Monday to accompany the caravan out of Maine on its trip to Arlington National Cemetery.

December 9, 2013

Gronkowski out for the season

The New England Patriots have placed their star tight end on injured reserve with what a source is describing as a torn ACL and damaged MCL.

December 10, 2013

Snow turns to freezing rain in most of Maine

The spate of accidents include an eight-vehicle crash on the Casco Bay Bridge that snarls traffic for an hour.

December 9, 2013

Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall of Fame

They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

December 9, 2013

Jury selection begins in trial of newlywed accused of fatal push

22-year-old Jordan Graham is charged with pushing her husband of eight days off a cliff in Glacier National Park.

December 9, 2013

American Airlines, US Air merge to create world’s biggest airline

Whether the deal leads to higher ticket prices, the issue at the heart of legal challenges from the government and consumer groups, remains to be seen.

December 9, 2013

Biddeford clock tower’s number not up yet

A Portland antiques lover posts a $5,000 bond and buys the structure for $1 to halt its demolition.

December 9, 2013

Purge sends chilling message to North Korea’s elite

By purging his own uncle, Kim Jong Un signals that no one is beyond reach, not even family.

December 9, 2013

Waterville teen attacks car with bat, injures owner

Police say the victim was transported to the hospital after his eyes were injured by flying glass.

December 9, 2013

Arrest made in Orono rooming house stabbing

A 50-year-old man with life-threatening wounds was transported to a Bangor hospital.

December 9, 2013

Invasive cockroach found in NYC can take freezing cold

The species Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now.

December 9, 2013

Maine insurance regulators to highlight health care overhaul

The Maine Bureau of Insurance will hold a public informational session on the Affordable Care Act in Bangor on Tuesday.

December 9, 2013

Rural Maine water utilities to vie for best taste honors

Fryeburg Water Company was crowned last year’s winner.

December 9, 2013

Opinion split on Portland’s Bayside neighborhood development in advance of public hearing

The public hearing on the ambitious development project is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

December 9, 2013

Dispatches

Pregnant woman dies in car crash / Kentucky man to tip lucky waitpersion $500 ... and other news from around Maine

December 9, 2013

Destructive winter moths back in Maine

The state is asking residents to report sightings of the pest.

December 9, 2013

Bossov Ballet names new director

Under Natalya Nikolaevna Getman, the Pittsfield nonprofit is rehearsing for a full-length ‘Nutcracker.’

December 9, 2013

Many female vets struggle without seeking help from VA

The VA tries to reach out to the growing number of women who have served as many face sexism as well as mental health and financial issues.

December 9, 2013


Big storm dumps snow on East Coast, travel dicey

Snow and ice affect travel from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic region.

December 9, 2013

Building on history in Bayside

An ambitious development in a neighborhood with an unsettled past could face a key vote Tuesday.

December 9, 2013

Help pours in for Maine store owner's kin in Philippines

Customers of Four Corners General Store in West Gardiner rally to help a Filipino family affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

December 9, 2013

Obituary: Richard Potvin, 83, veteran, Biddeford official, youth mentor

After recovering from a gunshot to the head in the Korean War, he built a business, founded a boxing club and served his community.

December 9, 2013

Taxis taking more calls for troubled MaineCare rides broker

Details emerge about the plan to improve service, but questions remain and a state evaluation is ongoing.

December 12, 2013

Formerly homeless, family needs help

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

December 12, 2013

Proposed new Maine DHHS office faces tight timeline

The plan to move state agencies to South Portland requires completion in about a year.