News from January 2, 2014

January 2

Storm suspends search for Brown student

The 21-year-old’s empty kayak was found after he didn’t return from a duck hunting trip Tuesday.

January 2

Solar-powered tags track sharks

The goal is to understand the sharks’ migratory patterns and keep their population healthy.

January 2

Marchand lifts Bruins to 3-2 OT victory over Nashville

Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk also score for Boston, which snaps a two-game losing streak.

January 2

In wake of data theft, Snapchat finally talks

It says it will enhance security after hackers stole millions of user names and phone numbers, but is criticized for a cavalier attitude toward protecting information.

January 2

Reports indicate economy to get stronger in 2014

Two key sectors, factory activity and construction spending, are showing signs of sustained growth.

January 2

Wounded Knee leader Carter Camp dies at 72

He was the only member of the occupation and gunbattles to serve time.

January 3

SnowTrac: Maine snowfall Jan. 2-3



January 2

N.H. to consider allowing Keno in bars, restaurants

Advocates see dollar signs, while opponents argue that such games damage communities.

January 2

Marines delay new pullup requirement after half fail

The move comes after more than half of female Marines in boot camp cannot do three pullups.

January 2

Al-Qaida militants try to take over 2 Iraqi cities

Radical Sunni militants freed prisoners, torched police stations and seized mosques on in Falluja and Ramadi in two of the country’s most important cities.

January 2

On Sunday, ‘Downton Abbey’ will carry on

The scripts are sharper and tighter, but don’t worry, Violet still usually gets the last word.

January 3

Maine man tries to plead guilty to manslaughter

Superior Court Justice Ann Murray didn’t accept his plea.

January 3

Slideshow: Readers share their winter weather photos

Sunrise, sunset, sea smoke and snow – Mainers find beauty in this harsh winter.

January 2

Massachusetts couple claim $23.9M Powerball prize

The Hinkleys say they have no immediate plans for the money beyond taking care of their children and grandchildren.

January 2

Former Patriots coordinator O'Brien to lead Texans

It means the man who coached Tom Brady and led Penn State out of scandal will be one of the Patriots' AFC rivals.

January 2

New CEO aims to keep Wex growing

Melissa Smith plans to lead the company into more credit card services in more places.

January 2

Kerry: Mideast peace still possible despite rifts

The Israeli prime minister accuses his Palestinian counterpart of giving freed terrorists a hero’s welcome.

January 2

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to seek re-election

The Toronto City Council has stripped Ford of most of his powers, but he continues to receive support from the city’s more conservative suburbs.

January 2

Fierce storm takes hold of region as blizzard warning is issued Several photos included in this story

Airlines cancel thousands of flights as the Northeast braces for the brunt of the storm Thursday night.

January 2

Woman has toe bitten off at Boston party

Police say the party’s host asked the victim to leave, which led to a fight in which the host allegedly bit off the guest’s toe.

January 2

Railroad in Mainer’s death criticized for safety ‘failure’

A senator from Connecticut, where the accident occurred, says the company should notify local authorities whenever a train strikes an object.

January 2

Barbara Bush ‘doing great,’ still hospitalized

The former first lady is being treated for a respiratory problem, but a spokesperson said the family is hopeful she will be released from the hospital soon.

January 2

Two major newspapers call for clemency for Snowden

The New York Times and the Guardian newspapers say the former National Security Agency contractor should be praised for his disclosures.

January 2

UMaine chooses Karlton Creech as new athletic director

Creech, a senior associate director of athletics at North Carolina, will start in Orono on Feb. 10 and make $175,000 per year.

January 2

Gift from Obamas mistakenly delivered to Illinois woman

She was surprised to find a ‘beautiful, personal’ book in the bottom of a damaged box her family opened on New Year’s Day.

January 3

Leading Maine gay-rights group endorses Michaud in governor’s race

Independent Eliot Cutler objects as EqualityMaine’s political clout goes to his openly gay rival.

January 2

Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living settle dispute

But the settlement doesn’t affect Macy’s lawsuit against J.C. Penney Co. alleging breach of contract.

January 2

Pope draws 6.6 million at Vatican in 2013

The official count of visitors began with Francis’ March 13 election.

January 2

Maine unemployment rate below New England’s average

Rhode Island’s rate is the hightest, Vermont’s is the lowest in the region.

February 6

ColdTrac: Maine's lowest temperatures



January 2

Saco man accused of stealing lottery tickets

Nathaniel Glavin has been charged with stealing tickets in New Hampshire.

January 2

Snowy conditions, several crashes

Accident near Exit 11 has slowed morning traffic.

January 3

N.H. gunpowder plant owner will fight fraud charge in Maine

The man plans to appeal his conviction in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed two workers.

January 2

Melissa Smith assumes CEO position at Wex

Smith has worked at the South Portland company since 1997.

January 2

Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

The eagerly anticipated rescue came after days of failed attempts to reach the vessel.

January 3

Storm brings extreme winds, bitter cold to Maine Several photos included in this story

And it’s only going to get worse as Maine endures a storm that combines close to a foot of snow, whipping winds and the harshest deep freeze in decades.

January 2

Relief, confusion as new health benefits begin

The burden for implementing the law now shifts to insurance companies and health care providers.

January 2

Cuts to elvers fishery up for discussion in Maine

The baby eels have come under scrutiny since prices ballooned to $2,000 and more per pound.

January 2

Ariel Sharon’s condition worsens

The former Isreali premier, 85, remains in a coma after a stroke incapacitated him on Jan. 4, 2006.

January 2

For buyers and sellers of antiques, New Year’s show not same old thing Several photos included in this story

The annual event at the Augusta armory features more than 30 dealers and a wide variety of wares.

January 2

Early black performer Moore dies at age 99

She started as a chorus girl at New York’s Cotton Club and went on to roles in TV and film and on Broadway.

January 2

N.H. hunters bag 569 bears, almost ideal number, in 2013

The total count is down from 808 in 2012.

January 2

James Avery, ‘Uncle Phil’ on ‘Fresh Prince,’ dies at 65

The 1990s hit sit-com role put him on TV Guide’s list of 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.

January 2

Supreme Court ruling temporarily allows Catholic groups out of the birth control requirement

The last-minute ruling came as key provisions of the new health care law took effect.

January 2

AP photographer Dave Martin remembered as mentor, friend, talent

For 30 years, he covered major news and sporting events in the South and around the world.

January 2

Trip-to-Mars hopefuls narrowed to 1,058

More than 200,000 people from 107 countries applied for a chance for take the one-way trip to Mars.

January 2

Asset-sharing services gaining economic ground

But a downside to sharing cars and handbags and bedrooms is the decline of the ownership economy.

January 2

Test begins in Colorado for policies on legal pot

As buyers crowd the stores, what happens next will influence other states where the push is on to allow the drug, including Maine.

January 2

N.H. lawmakers weight 'hike safe' card

Cardholders would not be liable for costs if rescued.

January 2

Yarmouth library will close during book move

Ahead of an extensive renovation, librarians plan to spend February relocating thousands of resources to a temporary home.

January 2

New England Dispatches

Crash involving seven vehicles kills one, injures two / Missing man's kayak found off West Island / Police looking for pickup that hit and killed bicyclist / Thief carries away 250-pound safe

January 2

Hospital: No surgeries for girl declared brain dead

Her family struggles to move the 13-year-old, on life support after a tonsil operation, to a care facility.

January 2

Fiat OKs deal to buy Chrysler

Chrysler’s profits have helped prop up Fiat as the Italian automaker struggles in a weak European market.

January 2

Lack of key details holds up new ferry service marketing

With tour operators booking for 2014, the company scrambles to provide data to help sell the new Portland-Yarmouth route.

January 2

Maine seaweed may be protected as value rises

The growth of the rockweed harvest for a variety of products brings proposals to manage the shoreline resource.

January 2

All-female ticket aims for Texas statehouse

Despite long odds, the two women hope to make history as governor and lieutenant governor.

January 2

Maine libraries write new chapter on lending

Cake pans, fishing poles, dolls and ukuleles are among the items circulating in Maine as libraries expand their mission.