News from February 9, 2014

February 10

College all-star reveals he’s gay as he’s headed for NFL draft

Missouri’s Michael Sam could make history as the first openly gay active player in the league.

February 9

No. 1 Syracuse tops Clemson 57-44 for 23rd in row

Syracuse extended its school record for wins to start a season and matched the program mark for consecutive wins.

February 9

600 evacuated from blockaded Syrian city of Homs

Dozens of refugees were wounded by gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells as they fled the city.

February 9

Border collie owned by Cape Elizabeth resident wins Westminster show agility trial

The competition put a fast-growing canine activity on U.S. dogdom’s biggest stage for the first time.

February 9

Casco man in new Weather Channel series

Nick D’Ascanio appears in a show focusing on life at a Coast Guard station in Washington state.

February 9

Snowmobilers hit Maine trails; at least 10 injured

The Maine Warden Service urges sledders to slow down and use more caution.

February 9

New Microsoft CEO’s collegial style sparks hope

Satya Nadella’s calming, collegial style, stands in stark contrast to the blustery, passionate, rally-the-troops approach employed by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Steve Ballmer.

February 10

Poland’s Stoch wins men’s normal hill gold at Sochi

The World Cup leader takes control with a great first-round jump.

February 9

New Haven mayor proposes soda tax to fight obesity

Toni Harp says a 2 percent tax on high-calorie sugary drinks would reduce sales of the beverage and generate about $144 million in revenue.

February 10

Germany’s Loch wins 2nd gold in Olympic luge

Felix Loch joins only two others to repeat as Olympic champs.

February 9

Calif. company recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat

Rancho Feeding Corp. recalls the meat because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection.

February 9

Iran, UN agency agree to expand nuke probe

The U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has complied with the first steps of that deal reached over the weekend.

February 9

Danish zoo kills giraffe to prevent inbreeding

The killing triggers a wave of online protests and renews a debate about the conditions of zoo animals.

February 10

Russia wins its first gold at Sochi Olympics

Russia clinches gold in the new team figure skating event before the final dance begins, and the U.S. earns a bronze.

February 9

Slovakia’s Kuzmina defends Olympic title in biathlon sprint

Anastasiya Kuzmina collects her third career Olympic medal.

February 9

Bode Miller surprisingly 8th in Olympic downhill

Bode Miller was considered the prerace favorite, but didn’t come close to the way he skied during practice runs.

February 9

Maine neighborhood concerned about stray bullets

The bullets may have come from an Orrington gun club.

February 9

Iran official says oil contracts to be revised

The new plan being developed aims to ensure long-term cooperation with outside investors.

February 9

Photos show Putin probably missed Olympic rings glitch

Photos taken from the presidential lounge show Russia’s president turning away from the screen, missing one of the rings not lighting up at the opening ceremony.

February 9

Schaus to start in goal for US women against Swiss

Coach Katey Stone plans to rotate her goaltenders in the Olympics.

February 9

Maine urging groups to sign up for Big E fair

The State of Maine building at the fair in September in Massachusetts shows off everything from Maine foods, products, fisheries, recreation and tourism.

February 9

SBA makes low-interest loans available in Maine

The federal economic injury disaster loans cover damages from flooding, excessive heat and rain, and lightning and high winds between April 1 and Oct. 31, 2013.

February 9

Memorial Bridge to close off-peak for repairs

The bridge between New Hampshire and Maine will be closed during off-peak hours for the next five days for guardrail adjustments.

February 9

Wust gives Dutch another speedskating gold at Olympics Video clip included

Ireen Wust wins the women’s 3,000-meter skate, knocking off the defending champ.

February 9

Russian protest rejected after men’s skiathlon

International Ski Federation deliberates briefly before making its ruling.

February 9

Gunman kills nun, parishioner in Russian cathedral

Law enforcement officers were trying to determine why the private security guard attacked the church.

February 9

Anderson gives US Olympic sweep in slopestyle Several photos included in this story

Jamie Anderson’s flawless final run follows Sage Kotsenburg’s gold in Sochi’s opening event.

February 9

Austria’s Mayer wins men’s Olympic downhill; Bode Miller 8th

After dominating training sessions, American Miller hits a gate and loses precious time on his final run.

February 9

Muslims flee mobs in Central African Republic

The violence is in reaction to abuses carried out by Muslim Seleka rebels during their 10-month rule of the country.

February 9

Skowhegan's Bargain Hunter fills shopping needs, long-vacant storefront

Aimey Ribeiro's store has a sense of history along with merchandise ranging from doomsday supplies to wedding gowns.

February 9

Maine high court ruling on land access sends out tremors

When the state supreme court affirmed the rights of private property owners at a Kennebunkport beach, advocates for public use all over Maine found reasons to cheer and to worry.

February 9

Local & State Dispatches

Sanford police investigate mugging report / Tobaggan championships in Camden / Boat company expanding ... and other news from around the state

February 9

Libra Foundation aims to spread its wealth in Maine Several photos included in this story

Its decision to stop funding the winter sports center fits its history of varying the projects it supports.

February 9

Connecticut ‘Pizza geek’ gains fame with television appearances

Bruno DiFabio gets exposure as a judge on the competitive cooking series 'Chopped.'

February 9

Panel focuses on bullying problems for young and old

Speakers discuss ways people of any age can be perpetrators or victims.

February 9

Winter sports center’s hunt for new funding in full sprint Several photos included in this story

The County’s training facility needs $550,000 to keep its success story on track – and ‘failure is not an option.’

February 9

Gorham man hosts Maine State Pinball Championship Several photos included in this story

Mike Haycock of Windham took home the trophy at one of eight championships across the country Saturday.

February 9

CMP plans more sound tests for contentious substation

Benton residents have complained that the power company cherry-picked the times of previous tests.

February 9

Washington Notebook: Maine's congressional delegation ranks in center and left

Sen. Susan Collins ranked as the most moderate Republican in 2013; Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud ranked as fourth most liberal in the nation.

February 9

Bill Nemitz: Checking out Beatles ‘hype’ became magical history tour

A Saco man and his teenage friends got themselves into a prized position to see the Fab Four in 1964.

February 9

RSU 2 angles for fun and alternative funds

An ice fishing derby is the first of several aiming to raise $100,000 for the school budget.