News from January 15, 2014

January 15

Fat’s no friend to diabetics, study finds

New research sends the ‘obesity paradox’ packing, concluding that being large has no advantages when it comes to survival rates.

January 16

Eliot Cutler raises $243K in second half of 2013

The independent candidate for governor lags Democrat Mike Michaud, who raised $700,000 over the same period. Republican Gov. LePage hasn’t released his numbers yet.

January 15

Scientists document birds’ V-formation skills

Migrating birds exploit each other’s updrafts, a remarkable study confirms.

January 15

Marijuana debates continue – even where it’s legal

Activists want looser restrictions, medical users say the prices are too steep, and applications from growers and retailers far exceed the limits.

January 15

American Airlines will keep service between Maine airports and D.C.

American completed a merger deal with U.S. Airways, creating the world’s biggest airline.

January 15

J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs, close 33 stores

No Maine stores are on the list of planned closures.

January 15

TransCanada may expand rail if Keystone pipeline is rejected

The company’s top executive argues that the pipeline is the safer alternative to rail, following several recent accidents involving cars carrying oil.

January 16

Maine murderer seeks shorter sentence based on drug use

Joel Hayden’s convictions should be reduced because he was ‘likely loaded’ on drugs and should have been charged with manslaughter, his attorney says.

January 15

Drinking alcohol linked to faster mental decline in men

New research finds a correlation between heavy drinking over a period of years and mental abilities and memory.

January 15

Peyton Manning rises to second chances

Manning’s Broncos will face the New England Patriots for the AFC championship Sunday.

January 15

Lanes clear after car fire, crash disrupt traffic on Maine’s I-295

The separate incidents occur in both northbound and southbound lanes during rush hour.

January 16

Photos: Snowy owl rescued after hanging out in Portland building

The bird is removed and will be taken to a bird sanctuary.

January 15

Private-sector opportunities led Maine’s liquor-lottery director to resign

Gerry Reid says he’s proud of his role in helping arrange a lucrative 10-year contract for the state’s liquor business.

January 15

QB Tom Brady not spotted at Patriots practice

But backup quarterback Ryan Mallett says he’s not worried about the star’s availability for Sunday’s game in Denver.

January 15

Air Force: 34 missile officers in cheating scandal

Information about the possible cheating emerged from the ongoing probe into drug use at several bases.

January 15

Bill on military recruiters in Maine schools easily endorsed by committee

It would allow them to wear uniforms and sets an expectation of ‘equal access’ to students, something that critics say is not an issue.

January 15

Video shows Asiana rescuers saw survivor on ground

A fire truck-mounted camera shows a firefighter directing the truck away from 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who was later run over.

January 15

Westminster dog show will let mixed-breeds jump through hoops, too

The club’s main event will allow mixed-breeds to participate in agility trials, but Best in Show will, of course, be reserved for purebreds.

January 15

Kittens pull ‘break-in’ at upstate NY prison

The family of feral felines is cared for by inmates and prison staff.

January 15

House ushers through $1.1 trillion budget

Lawmakers are facing re-election this time around, so they avoid drama and a crisis such as last fall’s 16-day federal shutdown.

January 15

Justices doubtful on Mass. abortion buffer zone law

With implications for a Portland ordinance, the justices question the size of the zone and whether Mass. could find less restrictive ways of ensuring patient access and safety.

January 15

Apple to refund $32.5 million for selling mobile apps to kids

The FTC said it had received tens of thousands of complaints about unauthorized charges.

January 15

Rondo practices with Red Claws, returns to Celtics

The point guard, who is recovering from a knee injury, gets a workout with the Portland D-League team and plans to play for Boston Friday.

January 16

Maine Medicaid expansion prospects brighten, Democrats say

Supporters say new compromises may draw enough Republican votes to override a veto by Gov. LePage.

January 15

Freeport fire displaces five, kills family cat

The fire at 17 Griffin Road started near a space heater but it’s not clear whether it malfunctioned or if it was too close to combustible materials.

January 16

Maine man appeals cold-case murder conviction

The state’s highest court hears arguments in the case of Jay Mercier, who was convicted in 2012 of killing Rita St. Peter 32 years prior to his trial.

January 16

Maine tax officials take heat for erroneous collections letters

Legislators worry that the 1,000 made-up notices caused a scare and call for a stronger apology.

January 16

Fatal overdoses quadruple as heroin tightens grip on Maine

Statistics for 2012 highlight a growing public danger, fueled in part by restrictions on prescription drugs, a cheaper supply and possibly MaineCare cuts.

January 15

Pot amnesty boxes going up at Colorado airport

If passengers are caught trying to bring marijuana onto a plane, they could face up to $2,500 in fines and possible jail time.

January 15

Indian police hold 15 men for raping tourist

The Danish woman was attacked on her final night in India as she returned from New Delhi’s main shopping district and approached a group of men asking for directions.

January 16

Bank of America 4Q earnings jump nearly five-fold

The nation’s second-largest bank earned $3.44 billion in the October to December period, up from $732 million a year earlier.

January 15

Report: NSA maps pathway into computers

The agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers in foreign countries that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, according to new report.

January 15

Authorities: N.M. shooter warned certain students before opening fire

A middle school teacher talks the 12-year-old shooter into dropping his weapon, which prevents more carnage.

January 15

Coast Guard rescues four from disabled sailboat in Atlantic Video clip included

The Navy sends the USS Ross to serve as a refueling platform for the rescue helicopter.

January 15

Frat members sued over Yale-Harvard game death

A rental truck carrying beer kegs fatally struck a 30-year-old woman and injured two others.

January 15

Fla. theater shooting suspect had commendable police career

As a police officer, Curtis Reeves was often praised for his problem-solving and ability to manage stressful situations.

January 15

Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont Several photos included in this story

Nearly every day, police are responding to burglaries or armed robberies investigators believe are prompted by a hunger for money to feed drug addictions.

January 15

Repair work under way on NH-Maine bridge

Rreplacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is scheduled to begin in 2015.

January 15

Weather service warns Maine motorists of icy roads

Roads should begin to improve after about 8 a.m.

January 15

Standish decides against leaving school district

The town votes against spending $25,000 for a feasibility study.

January 15

Court blocks the FCC’s open Internet order

The decision is a blow to the concept that providers must treat all of the Internet equally.

January 15

Maine trade mission to enhance ties to Iceland

The trip in June builds on a relationship that took root when shipper Eimskip set up shop in Portland.

January 15

Massive federal spending bill has benefits for Maine

Bath Iron Works could have a destroyer contract finalized and some social programs would receive additional funding.

January 15

Maine's liquor and lottery chief to resign

Gerry Reid was involved in the recently inked 10-year contract for the state's liquor business.

January 15

Congress set to pass rare bipartisan budget

After months of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans seemed eager Tuesday to quickly approve the plan – even if they don’t have enough time to read it.

January 15

$2 billion, 3-year project to repair Maine roads, bridges

The MDOT will use federal highway funds and $100 million in state funds to pay for over 1,600 projects.

January 15

Debilitating virus spreading through Caribbean

Mosquitoes are spreading the rarely fatal illness.

January 15

Bill Nemitz: LePage burned by own report on MaineCare

No fool, that Eliot Cutler. You see a piece of low-hanging fruit out there on the campaign trail, you pluck it.

January 15

Silent moment, loud support at Bonny Eagle for crash victims Several photos included in this story

The community responds to the tragic deaths of Peter Reynolds and Cherrie De Melle.

January 14

Hope for restoring jobless aid dims

In a series of largely party-line votes, Democrats and Republicans failed to advance two different proposals.

January 14

Police: Maine woman assaulted, stabbed after car breaks down

The woman fought back, her assailant fled and she drove herself to the hospital, police say.