News from January 14, 2014

January 15

Portland approves $105 million ‘midtown’ project

Planners approve the plan for four high-rise towers in Bayside despite misgivings, neighbor protests and a lawsuit threat.

January 14

Brady-Bundchen household keeps the stress low

The Patriots quarterback and the Brazilian model find different ways to relax, and win or lose, family comes first.

January 14

Secondary is a primary force for Patriots against Manning

New England will have to be at its best against a prolific Denver passing game.

January 14

Justin Bieber's house is searched in egg-throwing probe

Police find cocaine in the pop star’s house and arrest a member of his entourage.

January 15

F. Lee Bailey argues in Maine for reinstatement of law license Several photos included in this story

The Board of Bar Examiners appealed a decision by a Supreme Judicial Court justice to allow the celebrity defense attorney to practice law in Maine.

January 14

Offshore-wind power prospects re-energized in Maine

The PUC approves a power contract for a pilot project off Maine, a key step after efforts were sidetracked.

January 14

Judge rejects NFL concussion settlement as inadequate

She calls for more financial analysis to make sure the proposed $765 million would cover all claims.

January 14

Wild weather feeds homeowners’ anxiety over trees

The taller the tree, the more it’s feared, but health matters more than size, arborists say.

January 14

Prospective buyer calls Time Warner Cable a ‘turnaround project’

The Connecticut company says its buyout offer is needed because Time Warner is losing customers, but Time Warner calls Charter’s offer ‘grossly inadequate.’

January 14

Lawmakers back compromise on bigger raises for Maine judges

Pay would increase 4% in each of two years, in a state with judicial salaries ranked second-lowest in the nation.

January 14

Maine House overrides LePage veto of local food bill

The bill aims to ensure state-funded institutions buy a growing percentage of their food from Maine producers.

January 14

MPBN hires new classical music host

Robin Rilette from Northwest Public Radio will join the Maine radio network in February as the replacement for Suzanne Nance.

January 14

GM global sales hit 9.7 million last year, beating VW

Toyota, the sales champion in 2012, will report its sales next week.

January 14

Teens arrested in connection with 2 Maine fires

The state Fire Marshal’s Office says four teenage boys have been charged in connection with fires in an unoccupied home and in a wharf bait shed.

January 14

$10K reward offered in Maine man's highway murder

The reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot Tim “Asti” Davison, 28.

January 14

Dozens arrested under anti-gay law in north Nigeria

Human rights activists said that people are being hunted down and arrested under the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act enacted in Nigeria.

January 15

Maine bill to protect social-media passwords gets mixed reviews

 Supporters say that employers and school administrators have no right to see employees’ or students’ private messages on Facebook or Twitter.

January 14

Fla. man accused of shooting texter says he feared attack Video clip included

Police say the victim threw a bag of popcorn at the former police captain before the ex-officer shot and killed him.

January 14

Pregnant, brain-dead woman’s husband sues hospital

The husband and wife are paramedics who agreed they would not want life support in this situation.

January 14

Mass. mill that started Buffett’s empire demolished

The nation’s second-wealthiest person called his purchase of the mill in 1965 one of his biggest blunders.

January 15

Democrats slam Maine Medicaid report during hearing

They dispute poverty estimates and other elements, and grill the controversial Pennsylvania consultant who wrote it.

January 14

12-year-old boy opens fire at N.M. school; 2 wounded

The governor says the suspected shooter dropped his weapon after a teacher ‘walked right up to him and asked him to set (it) down.’

January 14

Maine PUC approves offshore wind power pilot project

The project could set the stage for a new billion-dollar alternative energy industry for the state.

January 15

Kathy Duke, beloved advocate of Biddeford food pantry, dies

She was known for transforming Stone Soup into a community resource center.

January 14

Caffeine may help you forget less, study says

The same amount of caffeine you’d find in a grande latte may enhance long-term memory in humans.

January 14

Beanie Babies billionaire gets two years’ probation

H. Ty Warner, 69, was sentenced Tuesday for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts.

January 14

Police: Video of pot plants leads to Conn. arrest Video clip included

In the video, a man welcomes people to his garden and says he’s growing marijuana because he has terminal cancer.

January 14

Clashes kill 3 as Egyptians vote on key charter

Egyptian security officials say clashes between police and protesters loyal to the country’s ousted president have killed three people.

January 14

200 dead in South Sudan after boat fleeing war sinks

The boat, carrying mostly women and children, sank while crossing the Nile River.

January 15

Suspects in Casco home invasions don’t get far

Police quickly arrest the trio after terrifying attacks in which one intruder lost his gun and forgot to conceal his identity.

January 14

Egypt holds key vote on country’s new charter

The balloting potentially deals another heavy blow to the Muslim Brotherhood and paves the way for a likely presidential run by the nation’s top general.

January 14

Christie proposes longer school day amid scandal

The New Jersey governor hopes to regain his footing after revelations that aides orchestrated massive traffic backups near the George Washington Bridge.

January 14

Boy charged in Lewiston fire ruled not competent

The blaze was one of three arsons at about the same time that terrorized the city in May.

January 14

Affordable housing for gay seniors opens in Pa. Video clip included

The Philadelphia apartment complex vindicates years of work by supporters who felt gay elders have been marginalized by youth culture, even within LGBT circles.

January 14

West Virginia chemical spill site flew under regulators’ radar

Chemicals stored at the facility are not considered hazardous enough to prompt routine inspections.

January 14

Maine bean plant fights petition to stop rail service

Meanwhile, the state sides with St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railway's claim that volumes are so low it’s losing money on the line.

January 14

Portland's Big Easy reopening amid hard feelings

Some local musicians are upset that the previous operator didn’t have his lease renewed.

January 14

Crossword constructor gets puzzle printed in Times at age 100

Bernice Gordon is almost as old as the crossword puzzle itself.

January 14

Maine municipalities give mixed reports on salt, sand

If FEMA declares the ice storm a disaster, those in eligible counties could recoup 90 percent of costs.

January 14

Standish urged to vote on $25,000 question

At special town meeting Tuesday, residents will decide whether to fund a study of leaving SAD 6.

January 14

Feature obituary: Leona Boxer, 91, cafeteria worker at Lincoln Junior High

Mrs. Boxer, who died Friday, was dedicated to family and community.

January 14

Bowdoin College receives trove of art as gift Several photos included in this story

The donation of 300 pieces by 60 artists is one of the most significant in the museum’s 200-year history.

January 14

Fire destroys ancient town in China’s Shangri-La

Dukezong dates back more than 1,000 years and is known for its cobbled streets, ancient structures and Tibetan culture.

January 14

Study: Phone data gathering not stopping terrorism

An analysis says traditional investigative methods are working better than the NSA’s bulk collections.

January 14

South Portland council to pick oil sands committee members

Three people and a facilitator will help craft a local ordinance barring the handling of oil sands in South Portland.

January 14

Portland looks to challenge loss of homeless clinic grant

The nonprofit center that won the funding says the key goal is to provide services, but 1,300 people may lose access to health care.

January 14

X-Games star tells Mainers to stand up against bullying Several photos included in this story

‘Bullies need an audience. People who will laugh without getting involved. I want you to stop being bystanders and start being upstanders,’ he tells students.

January 14

Supreme Court may limit presidential appointment power

The justices are questioning use of the power when the Senate is in recess.

January 14

Senate postpones unemployment votes

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is one of two Republican negotiators seeking a deal to restore jobless benefits.

January 14

Auditors probe Chris Christie ads paid with storm funds

But the firm that made the ads says Christie appeared only after they couldn’t get Springsteen or Bon Jovi.

January 14

Texting triggers fatal shooting in Fla. movie theater

A retired Tampa police captain is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man, 43.