News from February 15, 2014

February 16

Two injured in Westbrook accident

The vehicle they were in hit a utility pole on County Road.

February 15

Obama signs debt ceiling measure into law

The bill restores benefits for younger military retirees.

February 15

Railroad in Quebec crash to get new name

The former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway will be known as the Central Maine and Quebec Railway.

February 16

Florida man found guilty of lesser counts in music shooting

Jury fails to convict Michael Dunn of first-degree murder.

February 16

Maine’s Sebago Lake derby gets back on track Several photos included in this story

The ice fishing contest draws a crowd for the first time in three years.

February 15

Western Class D boys’ basketball: Forest Hills foils Islesboro

The top-seeded Tigers are tested but pull away for a 60-45 quarterfinal win.

February 16

Western Class B boys’ basketball: Yarmouth fights off Cape Elizabeth Video clip included

The Clippers hang on for a 45-43 quarterfinal victory.

February 15

Late tourney basketball games in Portland and Augusta postponed until Monday

Weather forces several changes to the high school tournament .

February 15

Stoch wins Olympic gold double in ski jumping

Poland’s Kamil Stoch is first in the large hill competition.

February 16

Boys’ basketball: Morse wins in double OT, 63-61 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Shipbuilders survive a scare from Lake Region to reach the Western Class B semifinals.

February 15

Portland home and garden show attracts a full house

The 24th annual event gives the civic center a chance to show off its newly renovated digs.

February 15

21-year indoor pole vault record broken

Renaud Lavillenie breaks Sergei Bubka’s mark with a vault of 6.16 meters.

February 15

Boys’ basketball: Poland knocks off Spruce Mountain

The No. 6 Knights lead from the start and advance to the Western Class B semifinals.

February 15

Russia’s Tretiakov wins gold in skeleton

Matt Antoine of the U.S. wins bronze, the first skeleton medal for the U.S. since Jimmy Shea’s gold in 2002.

February 15

Saturday snowstorm delivers another winter blast in Maine

Hancock and Washington counties could see close to 2 feet of snow

February 15

Billie Jean King to attend Sochi closing ceremony

The tennis great could not attend the opening ceremony because of her mother’s death.

February 15

Automated Electronic Defibrillators to be provided in rural Maine

A Maine-based health organization was awarded $600,000 from the federal government for the equipment.

February 15

Maine opens nominations for annual business award

Businesses can apply themselves or be nominated for the 2014 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence.

February 15

Brodka upsets big names in 1,500 speedskating

Zbigniew Brodka captures Poland’s first gold medal in speedskating.

February 15

Men’s hockey: US tops Russia in shootout Several photos included in this story

T.J. Oshie gets the winner in the eighth round of the shootout.

February 15

Russian skicross racer has successful surgery

Maria Komissarova breaks and dislocates her spine during training.

February 15

Syria peace talks in doubt after 6th day in Geneva

A U.N.-Arab League mediator ends direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition.

February 15

Women’s hockey: Sweden tops Finland in quarterfinals

The Swedes will play the United States in the semifinals.

February 15

Taliban mark 25th anniversary of Soviet withdrawal

A Taliban spokesman urges Afghans to “deal with today’s invaders as they dealt with yesterday’s invaders.”

February 15

Russians claim gold, silver in men’s 1,000 short track

Viktor Ahn adds to gold-medal total at Sochi.

February 15

China’s Zhou wins Olympic 1,500 short track gold

Zhou overcomes a false start to defend her Olympic title.

February 15

Somerset County urges court to make state pay up

County officials argue that the Board of Corrections had no right to withhold a jail payment.

February 15

Maine’s Sebago derby could be on the way back

Officials think years of canceled contests are over.

February 15

Central African Republic convoy halted

Muslims trying to flee violence in the capital are turned back by peacekeepers.

February 15

Bail sought for nanny accused of killing Massachusetts child

The nanny’s lawyer points to records of injuries to the baby that happened when the nanny couldn’t have inflicted them.

February 15

Thousands without power in the South in the wake of winter storm

People in Georgia and South Carolina may be without electricity for several more days.

February 15

North American leaders urged to discuss monarch butterfly decline

A letter signed by more than 150 intellectuals targets a meeting by President Obama and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts.

February 15

Ugandan president plans to sign harsh anti-homosexuality bill

A report by ‘medical experts’ convinced him that some offenses should be punished by life imprisonment, his spokesman says.

February 15

Scientists making a pizza that cuts it on the battlefield

Researchers close in on a recipe that requires no refrigeration or freezing and can last three years.

February 15

Dispatches



February 15

MaineCare rides to be reviewed in legislative work session on Wednesday

Legislators could proposal changes that affect the two largest providers of rides for MaineCare members

February 15

Scarborough plan eases dog restrictions

The new proposal for when and where dogs can and can’t run free also addresses other threats to shore birds.

February 15

Augusta Dog Park shuttered after pooches’ waste piles up

Guilty or not, central Maine pet owners pay for neglect of park rules with the loss of park use, at least until spring.

February 15

New program sends Kennebec County deputies into schools

Law enforcers fan out to make schools safer and become more familiar as a force for good.