News from January 12, 2014

January 12

Partisans divided over scandal fallout for Gov. Christie

Politicians took to the Sunday talk shows to debate the fallout from the traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge and any role the New Jersey governor may have played.

January 13

'12 Years a Slave' wins Globe for best drama Video clip included

‘American Hustle’ lands three awards, including acting honors for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

January 13

Broncos hang on to beat Chargers, 24-17

The Patriots will face the Broncos next Sunday for the AFC championship in Denver.

January 13

Kaepernick lifts 49ers over Panthers 23-10

San Francisco will travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks for the NFC championship game next Sunday.

January 13

Saco man dies at York County Jail

Jail officials said Jeffrey Noonan, 49, had been treated for a medical condition the day before he died.

January 12

Railway says rain caused Canada train derailment

A downpour caused a beaver dam to wash out, spilling large amounts of water onto the tracks

January 13

Two missing surfers found safe off Kennebunkport

Searchers locate the pair after rough surf conditions force them to swim to an island and away from Goose Rocks Beach.

January 12

Two Limington residents died in Saturday’s crash in Hollis

Police identified the victims as Peter Reynolds, 49, and Sherri Demelle, 43.

January 29

Road to Sochi: Maine’s Currier named to Olympic biathlon team

The Stockholm native became the first Mainer to earn a spot in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

January 12

West Virginia water tests encouraging after chemical spill

Frustration is high in the town because coal and chemical companies provide jobs for the area, but at what cost?

January 12

4th-floor balcony collapses at Philly home; 1 dead

The 22-year-old man who died had severe head and neck injuries

January 12

Winnipeg fires coach Claude Noel

The Jets hire Paul Maurice, who has coached 1,084 NHL games.

January 12

Wood banks keep those in need warm

Some of the northern New England firewood banks make home deliveries, while others are self-serve.

January 12

Neighbor accuses Justin Bieber of egging home

The neighbor videotaped the incident.

January 22

Wagner makes US figure skating team despite falls

U.S. Figure Skating officials took into account Wagner’s past performances.

January 12

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s belongings to be sold at auction

Any money raised will go to the families of his victims.

January 12

French first lady hospitalized after affair report

Valerie Trierweiler is expected to leave the hospital on Monday.

January 12

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates defends new memoir

The former Pentagon chief under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama says his book is ‘an honest account.’

January 12

Fey and Poehler to kick off Golden Globes party

Poehler and Fey last year brought the Globes telecast to a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million.

January 13

Clock starts Jan. 20 on Iran nuclear deal

Daily inspections can begin and some sanctions will be lifted for six months as officials forge a final pact, but the agreement stops short of ensuring that Iran can never develop a nuclear weapon.

January 12

‘Sister Wives’ family humbled by polygamy ruling

“What we’ve been looking for is simply to live free and to be able to live our religion without the threat of prosecution,” says Kody Brown, who has four wives.

January 12

Jaguar Land Rover reports record car sales in 2013

The U.K.-based company says full year retail sales totaled 425,006 vehicles, up 19 percent from the previous year.

January 12

Maine moose population holding steady

In New Hampshire, wildlife biologists say winter ticks are weakening the state’s herd.

January 12

Car bombings kill 13 civilians in Iraqi capital

The deadliest of the two blasts occurred at a bustling bus station in central Baghdad.

January 12

Maine wants people to report ice storm damage

The Maine Emergency Management Agency says more information is needed to determine if the state might be eligible for assistance.

January 13

Offshore wind project in Maine faces major hurdle at PUC

The agency’s decision will affect financing for the two-turbine test site off Monhegan Island and prospects for a $50 million federal grant.

January 12

Flood watch issued for entire state

The weather should be warm and bright for several days following Saturday’s icy rainstorm.

January 12

Body of Israel’s Ariel Sharon lies in state

Hundreds of Israelis lined up outside Israel’s parliament building to pay their last respects.

January 12

Attack on aide of Pakistani prime minister kills 5

Amir Muqam is not hurt in the bomb attack.

January 12

Pope names 19 new cardinals, focusing on the poor

Sixteen of the appointees are younger than 80, meaning they are eligible to elect the next pope.

January 12

Afghan women at risk of losing freedoms

Uncertainty reigns, with a presidential vote in April and the departure of most foreign troops by 2015.

January 12

Mainer named one of world’s brightest students

But the eighth-grader at Messalonskee Middle School doesn’t let test scores go to his head.

January 12

Small ski areas rely on sense of community

The tradition of coming to the mountain is something that is handed down through families.

January 12

Food printers steal gadget show in Las Vegas

The treats are one of many signs that everyone will get a taste of 3-D printing soon.

January 12

Local Dispatches

Portland man sentenced on child pornography charge / Mainers warned against court-related email scam

January 12

Five suspected terrorists arrested in Russia

The bust in Nalchik, about 185 miles east of Sochi, comes less than a month before the Winter Olympics.

January 12

Maine family in fuel business born to deliver Several photos included in this story Video clip included

In a bitter Maine winter, their small company, like many others, scrambles to keep customers warm.

January 12

The growing cost of play for Maine youths Several photos included in this story

Youth sports academies send the price of sports soaring out of reach for some as experts question the value of training.

January 12

Abortion clinic buffer zones near deciding line

Protests continue from a distance as both sides wait for a high court ruling that also will affect Portland.

January 12

New England Dispatches

Inspirational boy dies of illness that speeds aging / Massachusetts teenager killed in car crash / Man charged after bullet hits neighbor in the head ... and other New England news

January 12

Connecticut author uses words to fight bullying

His new book teaches kids to be assertive without being violent when confronted.

January 12

City lagging on ferry preparations

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is well ahead of Portland and Maine in the push to be ready by May 1.

January 12

Rooting out EBT fraud more complex than it seems

Gov. LePage’s examples of possible misuse illustrate why it’s so difficult to crack down on questionable purchases.

January 12

Museum opening on Mount Washington in June

Exhibits will present a sampling of the ‘World’s Worst Weather.’

January 12

D.C. Notebook: Congress’ agenda items will affect Mainers

Unemployment benefits, flood insurance, food stamps and dairy pricing are among the issues facing lawmakers.

January 12

Young, talented and committed to UMaine hockey Video clip included

A seventh-grader who starts for the NYA varsity plans to be a Black Bear in six years.

January 12

Patriots beat Colts 43-22 to advance to the AFC championship

LeGarrette Blount had four touchdown runs in keeping the colts from their second straight comback win.