News from January 11, 2014

January 11

Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014

Conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as continued violence in Congo, and attacks in Somalia and Kenya have left thousands dead.

January 11

Ariel Sharon had charisma in war and peace

Many followed Sharon even when he switched ideological sides at the end of his career.

January 12

Seattle defeats Saints, 23-15

The Seahawks reach the NFC title game for just the second time as Marshawn Lynch rushes for 140 yards.

January 12

GOP ‘lone wolf’ pushes wage hike

Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley multimillionaire, emerges from the political sidelines in California.

January 11

Two killed in Hollis crash

Two people were killed in the crash on Cape Road Saturday afternoon.

January 11

AMC announces premiere for 'Breaking Bad’ spinoff

'Better Call Saul' will premiere in November.

January 11

Tap water still tainted in West Virginia

A chemical spill that contaminated the Elk River continues to affect residents of nine counties.

January 11

McAuliffe takes oath as Virginia’s 72nd governor

McAuliffe emphasizes bipartisanship as he puts several years of campaigning behind him and turns leading a politically divided government.

January 12

Neiman Marcus is latest victim of security breach

The retailer was notified in mid-December by its credit card processor about potentially unauthorized payment activity following customer purchases at stores.

January 11

Road to Sochi: Currier moves closer to Olympic berth

Russell Currier is the first U.S. finisher in an IBU Cup 20K sprint in Italy.

January 11

Maine courts warn residents of email scam

The Administrative Office of the Courts said residents should be aware of an email scam reported in other states.

January 11

Arbitrator cuts A-Rod suspension to 162 games

The Yankees’ third baseman says he will fight the decision in federal court.

January 11

Detroit auto show will have something for everybody

Show organizers expect more than 50 new model introductions when the show begins Monday and Tuesday.

January 11

Obama says Sharon dedicated his life to Israel

Tributes to Sharon also poured in from Secretary of State John Kerry, former President Bill Clinton and other Washington leaders.

January 11

Major events in the life of Ariel Sharon

A long career in Israeli politics.

January 11

Sharon was loathed by Palestinians as bitter foe

As an army general and politician, Ariel Sharon was at the center of the most contentious episodes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

January 11

LePage to introduce new legislation to curb welfare fraud

The governor says Saturday he will also introduce a bill to repeal a state law that prevents Maine from complying with federal requirements in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

January 11

Penn State hires Franklin as next coach

James Franklin led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there.

January 12

Two killed in storm-related crash in Hollis

A morning crash on the turnpike in Falmouth involves four tractor-trailers and a passenger vehicle.

January 11

Maine Turnpike southbound lane reopens Several photos included in this story

Icy conditions caused the crash of four tractor trailers and one passenger vehicle at mile 55 in Falmouth. The road was closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 11

Ariel Sharon, Israel's iron-fisted leader, dies after eight years in coma

The former prime minister's death evokes mixed feelings. Israelis call him a war hero, but his enemies call him a war criminal.

January 11

Maryland family reunited with lost dog in Maine

The boxer jumped a fence in North Anson on Dec. 28 and was missing for nine cold days before being found.

January 11

DHHS investigates after Maine child brings marijuana to school

A 4-year-old’s mother will not face charges after a small amount of stems were found in a backpack.

January 11

Cards of more than 5,600 Mainers listed for sale as Target breach grows

The retailer reveals that millions of additional customers have had their information stolen.

January 11

Franklin McCain, who started sit-ins 
at Woolworth’s, dies

He and three other black students sat at the ‘whites only’ lunch counter in 1960, sparking a movement.

January 11

Feature obituary: James Sanville, 79, spent 47 years in newspaper business

He started at the Press Herald as a delivery boy and eventually became assistant production director.

January 11

Maine lobstermen seek relief from 1950s federal restriction

Lobstermen say the 56-year-old consent decree has long hurt their ability to manage the industry.

January 11

Portland library, Maine Historical Society buy building to house collections

The two nonprofits hope to raise $3 million to cover the purchase and needed renovations.

January 11

Local & State Dispatches

Ex-prisoner pleads no contest in fatal assault / Local inn appeals federal jury’s naming decision / Crash on I-295 injures trooper, snarls traffic ... and more news from around the state.

January 13

Downhill racing with trucks? Only in Maine Several photos included in this story

Thousands turn out to watch the Red Bull Frozen Rush truck race on Sunday River’s ski slopes Friday.