News from February 2, 2014

February 2

Customers at Portland sports bar split $10,000 in Super Bowl promotion

Binga’s Stadium promised a cash prize if a kickoff was returned for a touchdown to start the game or the second half.

February 2

Bruno Mars delivers red hot set at Super Bowl

The Grammy Award-winning singer translated his high-energy live show to the largest of stages.

February 3

Super Bowl Ads: Nothing much to talk about

Advertisers play it safe, focusing on connecting with causes, playing up Americana roots and a little light humor.

February 2

Raymond man grazed by bullet while ice fishing

Wardens say a man apparently hunting illegally on Sunday fired the shot that struck Scott Fraley.

February 2

Rondo scores 19 for Boston in 96-89 win over Magic

The Celtics let a 12-point lead slip to one in the final period before pulling away at the end..

February 2

Pirates remain winless at home in 2014

Squander three-goal lead for third lopsided loss of weekend.

February 2

World War I Portland veteran’s Purple Heart returned to his family

Frank Conroy was wounded in 1918 in France and received the medal around 1934. Decades later it turned up in Vermont.

February 2

Travis Bader of Oakland breaks Division I 3-point record

Bader breaks the career record of Duke’s J.J. Redick.

February 2

Man suffers head wound in apparent accidental shooting on Cobbosseecontee Stream

Police said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and confiscated a Chinese-made rifle with bayonet attached from a West Gardiner man.

February 2

Small Maine town’s only snowplow damaged in crash

The plow hit a crevice, spun around and flipped onto its side in Grand Isle, on the Canadian border.

February 3

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'great talent' known for off-kilter roles, dies Video clip included

Friends, peers, family members and his countless fans are in grief after Hoffman was found in his Greenwich Village apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.

February 2

Baseball memorabilia auction may be one for the ages

Items from an 1862 baseball game could also attract Civil War buffs.

February 2

Paul Ryan: Immigration legislation unlikely in ’14

The representative from Wisconsin says the House doesn’t trust the Obama administration to enforce the law.

February 2

Top Republicans say they stand by NJ Gov. Christie

They discredit claims that there is evidence Chris Christie knew about the traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in September.

February 2

Florida murder trial echoes Zimmerman case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of a man accused of shooting a black teenager.

February 2

Dylan Farrow renews Woody Allen molestation claims

The Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice says the prosecutor’s office won’t re-examine the case unless it is asked to.

February 2

Daley remains in hospital for tests

Doctors are trying to determine why the former Chicago mayor was feeling ill and disoriented on his trip to Arizona.

February 3

Seahawks beat Broncos 43-8 in runaway Super Bowl Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title Sunday night in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

February 2

Two killed in clash at terror-linked Kenyan mosque

Police raided the mosque acting on intelligence that a meeting to recruit militants was going on.

February 2

J.K. Rowling says ‘Harry Potter’ ending may be wrong

The author tells a magazine she is having second thoughts about romantically pairing Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley.

February 2

Ligety wins World Cup giant slalom

The convincing win boosts Ted Ligety’s Olympic hopes.

February 2

Vermont woman returning Purple Heart medal to Maine family

The medal belonged to the late Pfc. Frank E. Conroy, who was injured in World War I and lived in Portland after the war.

February 2

Maine awards $100K in grants for forestry programs

Among the grant winners are the towns of Camden and Topsham and the Alna Volunteer Fire Department.

February 2

LePage touts Maine’s low insurance rates

Maine is third in national rankings of lowest average auto insurance premiums.

February 2

Iran’s serious about long-term nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif said his country and Western nations were at a “historical crossroads” and just beginning to build the trust necessary for a long-term agreement.

February 2

School shootings continue despite safety emphasis

An Associated Press analysis finds there have been at least 11 school shootings this academic year.

February 2

Groundhog: Six more weeks of winter Video clip included

The National Climatic Data Center has put Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts to the test and found them sorely lacking, declaring the groundhog has “no predictive skill.”

February 2

Donations off, demand on the rise at central Maine food banks

For the first month of this year, the Augusta Food Bank operated at a net loss of almost $2,000, and last year it fed more people than ever.

February 2

Quality child care tough to find everywhere; more challenging in Maine

Waiting lists, lack of online information and overloaded inspectors complicate parents' search.

February 2

Questions to ask caregivers

Providers should be willing to answer questions and allow visits, experts say.

February 2

Mushroom farms are cropping up all over Maine Several photos included in this story

Several indoor fungi farms have sprouted to meet a growing year-round demand for locally grown specialty varieties.

February 2

Skowhegan Drive-In’s 60th year could be its last

The owner says seasonal theaters like his need help to make the costly conversion to digital.

February 2

Maine Dispatches

Maine to receive more for heating assistance / Electrical problem likely caused towing company fire ... and other news from around the state

February 2

N.H. bill would let voters pick ‘none of the above’

Even the measure’s sponsors say it’s probably doomed.

February 4

Aroostook County biathlete holds Maine’s Olympic hopes Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Russell Currier is the sole native son in the Winter Games in Sochi.

February 2

Public comments coming on proposed wind farm

A pair of meetings will bring feedback for a project once stalled by concerns over bats.

February 2

Bill Nemitz: No basketball finals on TV? Time Warner tests Mainers’ tolerance

The cable behemoth could accommodate the high school championships for very little money. Why would it choose not to?

February 2

Washington Notebook: Sen. King, colleague: Should NFL have tax advantage?

Roger Goodell Two U.S. senators co-sponsor the PRO Sports Act, which would cut tax exemptions that sports leagues now enjoy.

February 2

Meet 13 Olympians with Maine ties



February 2

D-League: Red Claws reward sold-out crowd with a win

Maine gets ‘a really good team win’ over Erie.