News from February 8, 2014

February 8

UMaine takes 3-2 loss to Notre Dame

Ben Hutton had given Maine a 2-1 lead with a power play goal in the second period.

February 8

Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm

Seventeen rural communities in California were recently described as dangerously low on water by the state Department of Public Health.

February 10

Wrestling: Skowhegan rolls to Eastern Class A title

Mountain Valley, Camden Hills take Class B crowns

February 10

SMAA indoor track: Scarborough boys, Thornton girls win again

The Red Storm and Trojans repeat as league champions.

February 8

Among exile elite, a shift over Cuba-US policy

Cuban-Americans reconsidering the five-decade economic and travel embargo against the communist country.

February 8

Dignitaries, family bid farewell to Joan Mondale

The wife of the former vice president died Monday at age 83 after an extended illness.

February 8

Bergeron leads Boston in 7-2 rout of Ottawa

The Bruins outshot the Senators 42-28.

February 8

Maine boat company to add new facility, 8 jobs

LePage’s administration says the state is discussing tax incentive programs to encourage the expansion of the boat company based in Hancock County

February 8

Fire destroys Westbrook garage

The blaze started when residents were working on a snowmobile inside the structure.

February 8

Married same-sex couples get federal equal protections

General Eric Holder says same-sex spouses will qualify for the Justice Department’s employee benefit programs and the same rights and privileges as opposite-sex couples.

February 8

Dufour-Lapointe sisters go 1-2 in Olympic moguls

Hannah Kearney of the United States wins the bronze.

February 9

Hometown fans cheer Maine Olympian Russell Currier in Caribou Several photos included in this story

Many attend the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and get to watch their local hero compete in the Sochi Olympics.

February 8

Beatlemania: A moment in time never to be repeated

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ performance on “Ed Sullivan,” their first appearance in America.

February 8

Stoch stays hot in ski jumping qualifying

World Cup leader Kamil Stoch, who already had qualified for the final, was among the top finishers in qualifying.

February 8

Germany’s Loch leads after 2 runs of Olympic luge

Felix Loch is halfway to defending his Olympic gold.

February 8

Police investigate mugging in Sanford

Police say a man walking home Friday evening was knocked him down from behind by another man, who hit him in the face and took his wallet.

February 9

Iran, UN focus on Iran’s alleged nuclear arms work

Iran still denies any attempt to make such arms.

February 8

UFC fighter accused of threatening wife with gun

Thiago Silva’s chargers were reduced to aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

February 8

Fun is the goal of National Toboggan Championships

About 400 teams compete in the two-day event at the Camden Snow Bowl.

February 8

Bib draw for men’s Olympic downhill goes awry

A redraw is needed when one skier gets a spot that is already occupied.

February 9

U.S. wins team short dance, Russia takes women’s

World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White gave the U.S. a big lift.

February 9

Maine’s Currier finishes 61st in men’s biathlon 10k sprint

Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen wins the gold.

February 8

Man accused of Maine nose-biting gets 1 year jail sentence

Todd Lyons, formerly of Mechanic Falls, pleads no contest to the aggravated assault.

February 8

U.S. bobsledder uses skills to escape locked room

Johnny Quinn, a former NFL player, breaks down a door after it locked or jammed after he took a shower.

February 8

Protesting miner killed in clash with police in South Africa

The death will likely escalate tensions in a labor protest for higher wages.

February 9

Kramer sets record in defending title in 5,000-meter speedskating

Sven Kramer leads a 1-2-3 sweep for The Netherlands at Sochi.

February 8

Boulder smashes French Alps tourist train; 2 dead

The force of the boulder, which was the size of an automobile, caved in the side of the train.

February 8

Maine home heating fuel prices soar

A heating fuel survey shows the current cost of heating oil is 36 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago.

February 9

Bode Miller fastest in final downhill training

Miller establishes himself as the favorite for Sunday’s race.

February 9

U.S. holds off Finland for 3-1 hockey victory Several photos included in this story

Hilary Knight gives American women the lead just 53 seconds into the opening game at Sochi.

February 8

Sochi’s 1st gold medal goes to American Kotsenburg Several photos included in this story Video clip included

U.S. snowboarder wins slopestyle competition that Shaun White dropped out of.

February 8

Biddeford's WinterFest kicks off with Big Air event Video clip included

Biddeford is hosting its third annual WinterFest this weekend, featuring a giant sledding hill in the middle of downtown.

February 8

Lewiston-Auburn charter school board denies links with Turkish imam

Board members say the proposed charter school would have no affiliation with imam Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania.

February 8

Florida theater gunman says: ‘You don’t get do-overs’

Prosecutors play a recording of the retired officer’s police interview after the shooting.

February 8

Teenager’s call credited with saving Maine house

Flames had spread quickly from the first floor, where a wood stove is located, when firefighters arrived.

February 8

Local & State Dispatches

Bangor native hired as Portland spokesperson / Couple facing drug charges after police seize bath salts / Man serves three months for shooting dog with BBs

February 8

Salmonella outbreaks expose weaknesses of USDA oversight

Food-borne illnesses may become more severe in an age of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs.’

February 8

Addiction medicine a big risk for kids

Two Westbrook cases highlight what pediatricians and toxicologists say is a significant public health problem in Maine and elsewhere in the country.

February 8

In Maine, curlers go for the cold Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An Olympic sport that anyone can play, curling draws devotees from far and wide for ‘a great escape.’

February 8

Prosecutors didn’t withhold evidence in Saco attempted murder, judge rules

Justice Thomas Warren’s ruling Friday clears the way for Tamer Tilahun and Jonathan Dowd to stand trial.

February 8

Maine companies moving call centers overseas may lose perks

A bill would deny taxpayer-funded incentives to firms that move their call center operations offshore.

February 8

Consultants’ ties to Keystone XL queried, explained

A State Department official says letters 'show that our process to avoid conflicts of interest worked.'

February 8

Snowy winter helps make L.L. Bean boots chic

Trend spotters, including famed shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, see the Freeport company’s footwear as fashionable and practical.

February 8

Weak film incentives blamed as Maine sound stage closes

Maine’s lack of tax breaks for filmmakers doomed the South Portland business, its owner says.