News from January 20, 2014

January 21

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

The data does not include Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where 1.5 million gallons spilled and a train exploded in July, killing 47 people. The cargo originated in North Dakota.

January 20

Iran says nuclear enrichment has halted

Sanctions are lifted by the European Union in response to the announcement.

January 20

Stolen Target data being sold by region, Texas police say

Two Mexican citizens are accused of using fraudulent credit cards to obtain tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise in Texas.

January 20

PBS won’t move American ‘Downton Abbey’ finale closer to British run

‘It would be very hard for me to imagine putting it anywhere else than where it has seemed to have found a very strong audience,’ PBS' president says.

January 20

Marchand lifts Bruins to 3-2 win over Kings in holiday clash

Brad Marchand scores two goals, Patrice Bergeron nets two assists, and Boston wins an afternoon affair on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 20

Portland man charged with choking woman

Roger Kleinsmith offered to let a woman stay in his motel room and attacked her when she rebuffed his sexual advances, police say.

January 20

Mothers in ‘survival mode’ as U.S. trails world on paid leave

Papua New Guinea is the only other nation that doesn’t provide or require a paid maternity leave, according to information on 185 countries.

January 20

Pope Francis’ Vatican hotel kitchen goes kosher for a day

The special occasion was a visit by more than a dozen rabbis from Argentina.

January 21

Maine's Cohen: On MLK Day, fight for social justice goes on Several photos included in this story

The former secretary of defense speaks at Portland’s annual breakfast honoring the slain civil rights leader.

January 21

Portland man wakes up amid fire, barely escapes Several photos included in this story

Everyone gets out of the apartment house on Irving Street, but the Victorian-era building shows major damage.

January 20

Repair work continues on ruptured Kittery sewer

The Kittery Water District said it hopes to have the repairs finished before the Tuesday morning commute.

January 20

Two dead, 10 injured in Omaha plant explosion

The search for bodies in the crippled International Nutrition plant progressed slowly Monday, but the death toll wasn't likely to get bigger.

January 20

PSO gets grant for promoting Maine health through music

The Portland Symphony Orchestra receives $15,000 to fund the second year of the program.

January 20

Maine police hope video provides clues to hammer-wielding bank robber

The man, wearing a ski mask, took off with cash from the Bingham branch of Camden National Bank. Nobody was injured.

January 20

Shortage of charging stations causes friction in Silicon Valley

Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating animosity among employees.

January 21

Temperatures dive as cold air returns to Maine

Snow is also expected along the coast Tuesday as a storm is expected to drop up to 4 inches.

January 20

Belichick: Broncos’ Welker tried to ‘take out’ Talib

The Patriots coach calls the play on Sunday one of the worst he’s seen and says Wes Welker made no attempt to get open.

January 20

Maine wedding shows attract more grooms-to-be

At the Augusta show, a general store in Windsor gets to show off its stock of wedding dresses.

January 20

Maine man pleads guilty to illegally tattooing middle school girls

He will spend three years in prison for inking two 14-year-olds in his motel room, and for related sex and drug offenses.

January 20

Wedding insurance expands as ‘I do’ gets pricier

With thousands of dollars on the line, nobody wants to swallow the price of a wedding hall bankruptcy, no-show photographers or, heaven forbid, a change of heart.

January 20

Christie aide: Hoboken treated no differently

The New Jersey lieutenant governor calls the claim ‘false’ and ‘illogical’ that Superstorm Sandy aid was withheld become of politics.

January 21

2nd home damaged by fire on Freeport road

Both blazes were caused by food left cooking on stoves, the fire chief says.

January 20

Rescuers come to aid of four on Mount Washington

Facing below-zero temperatures and 95 mph wind gusts, the group tries to dig into snow for shelter.

January 20

Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl pits top ‘O,’ top ‘D’

It will be the first Super Bowl since 1991 pitting the league’s highest-scoring team in the regular season against the team that was scored on the least.

January 20

Italian court hears final rebuttals in Amanda Knox trial

The prosecution also will make its final rebuttals Monday, the last hearing day scheduled in the trial ahead of the verdict later this month.

January 20

Comet-chasing spacecraft ‘wakes up’ after 3 years

If all goes as planned, Rosetta will reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the coming months and drop a lander onto its icy surface to take samples.

January 20

Train carrying crude oil derails on Philly bridge

Authorities say there’s no report any of the oil has leaked from the cars.

January 20

Gas prices drop a bit in Maine

The average price is 3.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

January 20

Iran curbs atomic work; some sanctions lifted Several photos included in this story

In the first step of an interim accord, Iranian TV said officials have disconnected centrifuges producing 20-percent enriched uranium.

January 20

Gay Republicans face long odds in congressional campaigns

From New Hampshire to San Diego, gay Republican candidates must challenge Democratic opponents in addition to religious conservatives from their own party.

January 20

Wide-ranging Obama profile reveals president beyond headlines

The president comments on a range of topics and waxes philosophical in The New Yorker.

January 20

Crew of 24 rescued from sinking ship in west Pacific

The Chinese crew of the 500-foot ship had abandoned the 500-foot ship was rescued from life rafts.

January 20

Unions angered by Postal Service's Staples outlets

The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces well-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.

January 29

A crumbling Sochi hides behind Olympic facades Several photos included in this story

While state-run TV trains its cameras on luxury malls, sleek stadiums and high-speed train links, thousands of ordinary people in the Sochi area put up with squalor and environmental waste.

January 20

Maine man charged with robbing store with hammer

Police arrest Jeremy Holt of Clinton in the robbery of the Super 95 One Stop, where he is a former employee.

January 20

Maine fire marshal: Rise in arson reflects weak economy

Officials say a Palmyra case highlights a trend of desperation when the economy goes sour.

January 20

Ukraine protests escalate to street battles

The nation’s president later says he has named a group to work out a solution to the crisis with the opposition.

January 20

Dispatches

LePage applauds renovation of 2006 transit coach bus / Direct flight to Washington to remain following merger / Two-person team to discuss findings from pipeline study

January 20

Maine communities questioning the fairness of flood maps

Several expect to appeal new federal flood zones, which could mean soaring insurance rates for property owners.

January 20

Flashback: Portland's NAACP

Historic photos from 1967, 1978 and 1986 chronicle some of the activism that the Portland branch of the NAACP brought to Maine.

January 20

Feature obituary: Richard E. Richardson, 85, owned boatyard on Sebago Lake

Now owned by his two sons, the nearly century-old boatyard is believed to be the only fourth-generation-owned boatyard in New England.

January 20

State House Notebook: Will Americans Elect be a savior for Cutler?

Campaign finance disclosures reveal connections that suggest the independent candidate could get a boost from the well-heeled group.

January 20

Virginia becomes key in gay marriage fight

The state’s history includes a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage.

January 20

For famed, disbarred attorney F. Lee Bailey, ‘redemption’ only part of it Video clip included

At 80 and settled in Maine, Bailey still has more he wants to do in his career and says being readmitted to law practice would help.

January 20

Natural gas bonanza has a downside Several photos included in this story

The two companies installing lines in central Maine have forced water utilities to divert resources.

January 20

Martin Luther King made a lasting first impression in Maine Video clip included

The humble manner and powerful message of the civil rights icon left his Maine audience in awe.

January 20

Aerial yoga provides a real lift in Scarborough

Participants find that performing poses off the floor can be easier and more relaxing than traditional yoga.