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South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

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News from January 24, 2014

January 25

Cold winter fuels price increase for natural gas

There is record demand, record withdrawal from storage, and short-term production is threatened.

January 25

NBA roundup: Thunder strikes Celtics

Undermanned Oklahoma City still beats Boston.

January 25

Maine father accused of shaking baby, causing brain damage

Aleah Peaslee remains in grave condition at Maine Medical Center.

January 24

AP says Zimmerman painting is copy of AP photo

Angela Corey's office prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

January 25

Maine man indicted in death of girlfriend

Transcripts shed light on events the night Jillian Jones, 24, was found dead in the Augusta apartment she shared with her boyfriend and another man.

January 24

Maine nurse charged with stealing prescriptions

The caregiver at a nursing home allegedly took narcotics and replaced them with other prescription drugs.

January 25

Saco boy, 10, succumbs to injuries from zip-line accident

Matthew Cox had remained comatose since December at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he died peacefully Friday with his family beside him.

January 25

Wescott’s bid for Olympics ends

Maine’s two-time gold medalist can’t overcome major knee surgery and will set his sights on 2018.

January 24

Traffic moving again in Gorham after Route 25 crash

No information is immediately available about injuries.

January 24

Maine court system warns of scam

Callers pretending to be court employees seek to get personal information by saying a fine is due or a court date has been missed.

January 25

DHHS lowers expected budget shortfall by $30 million

Lawmakers welcome the data as they prepare to craft a supplemental spending plan.

January 25

Judge: Remove life support for pregnant Texas woman

John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Marlise Munoz on life support against her family’s wishes.

January 24

Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series watch up for auction

Ruth got the watch for the 1923 series when the Yankees beat the Giants in six games and he hit three home runs.

January 24

Global markets slump on fear of slowing growth

The Dow sinks 318 points Friday, its biggest one-day drop since June.

January 24

Three convicted in major Maine marijuana trial

The men are guilty in connection with a raid in Washington County that yielded 3,000 plants worth an estimated $9 million.

January 24

Seal pup rescued in Maine is released

Carson, who is about 7 to 8 months old, goes back into the wild off the Rhode Island coast.

January 24

Bitstrips amuses, annoys as its comics go viral

The mobile app that lets people turn their lives into comic strips started off as a joke more than 20 years ago.

January 24

Mass. woman on trial for friend’s slaying, fetus theft

Prosecutors say the defendant tried to pass the infant girl off as her daughter.

January 24

In Hawaii, shark repelling devices grow in popularity Video clip included

Users strap the devices to their ankles, wetsuits or surfboards. Some are about the size of an oversized watch, others the size of a wallet. But do they work?

January 25

USM student ‘leveled’ pistol at friend’s face

Alan-Michael Santos, arrested after an armed standoff in Gorham, is released on $10,000 cash bail.

January 25

Republicans shorten presidential nominating season

The party's chairman said the changes would not allow Republicans to 'slice and dice' each other for six months or participate in 'a circus of debates.'

January 24

Pope Francis drafting encyclical on environment

The Vatican has no publication date yet and says the document will address ‘the ecology of man.’

January 25

Maine document-shredding probe deepens; FBI interviews whistleblower

Lawmakers decide to interview state CDC officials as they continue to investigate the findings of a report that an employee was ordered to destroy public documents.

January 24

Maine fixes unemployment processing glitch

Claims by up to 2,200 Mainers are processed after delays caused by a computer problem this week.

January 25

Maine man wanted in shooting arrested in Massachusetts

A Bay State detective spots a car registered to Paul Coyne’s girlfriend and police recover a handgun and drugs during the arrest.

January 24

Extreme cold triggers health alert in Maine Several photos included in this story

Maine’s top health official warns residents to avoid prolonged exposure to the frigid conditions.

January 24

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife plead not guilty to corruption charges

The former Republican power couple was indicted on 14 counts Tuesday after a lengthy investigation into their relationship with a former CEO of a dietary supplement maker.

January 24

Maine's lowest temperatures: ColdTrac for Jan. 24, 2014

Maine's lowest temperatures unofficially recorded around the state in the 24 hour period, ending at 9:00 a.m. January 24, 2014

January 24

Mexico City aims to change habits with tap water law Several photos included in this story

Bad tap water accounts in part for Mexico being the world’s top consumer of bottled water and – worse – soda, some 43 gallons per person a year.

January 24

Falmouth schools name superintendent finalist

Geoff Bruno, a curriculum official in Saugus, Mass., will come to Maine next week.

January 24

Work on connecting I-95 and Pa. Turnpike OK’d

The project will ultimately provide an unbroken I-95 between Maine and Florida.

January 25

LePage to discuss priorities in State of the State address

The governor says he’ll announce a major business investment initiative.

January 24

FDA says nutrition facts label will get a makeover

Calories are expected to be more prominent and serving sizes more realistic on facts panels.

January 24

Massive pileup on Indiana highway kills three

More than 20 hurt in a series of accidents involving more than 40 vehicles.

January 24

Maine man charged with rampage says he was insane

Michael Callahan is charged with attempted murder and arson.

January 24

Syrian government threatens to walk out of peace talks

Direct talks planned for today between the Syrian government and the Western-backed Syrian opposition have been scrapped.

January 24

The Forks rafting lodge on Kennebec destroyed in fire

Firefighting efforts were hampered by a lack of water when a tanker ran out and the frozen Kennebec River couldn’t provide a refill.

January 24

Judge: Riverview pen attack was deliberate, driven by anger

A former patient is convicted in the assault on a mental health worker at the state psychiatric hospital.

January 24

Singing or sinking? Justin Bieber hits new low

The 19-year-old pop star is facing possible jail time after his arrest in Florida on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

January 24

Oil spilled at Maine school leached into wetlands

The spill at Hebron Station School occurred Dec. 24 when the gauge on the school’s oil tank malfunctioned, spilling 1,900 gallons.

January 24

Maine scallop fishery to remain open 3 days a week

Draggers can fish Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays, and divers can fish Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

January 24

LePage seeks candidates for supreme court vacancy

He says he’s looking for a candidate ‘of the highest ethical, legal and intellectual caliber.’

January 24

Maine/New England Dispatches

Windham animal control officer faces child pornography charge / Bath painting contractor sentenced for stealing / Cumberland County sheriff faces challenge in primary . . . and more news from across the region.

January 24

Mass. bill would set 35-year minimum for juvenile first-degree murderers

The bill comes in response to recent rulings that sentencing juveniles to life without parole is unconstitutional.

January 24

Mars rover, despite its age-related problems, still sends back information to NASA

After a decade, still taking advantage of Opportunity

January 24

Portland proposal to raise minimum wage will get lots of scrutiny Several photos included in this story

The city plans to move slowly in assessing the impact of the mayor’s idea on businesses and workers.

January 24

N.H. heroin use reaches ‘epidemic’ level

Police in the Granite State say burglaries and robberies have increased as people make heroin their drug of choice.

January 24

Report: Caseload no excuse in Massachusetts boy's disappearance

The state issues its report as lawmakers hold a hearing prompted by the case of Jeremiah Oliver, who is missing and feared dead.

January 24

Mars rover turns up mysterious ‘jelly doughnut rock’

The rock appears where there was nothing days earlier.

January 24

Former Conn. officer jailed for abuse of Latinos

Dennis Spaulding gets five years in prison for violating the civil rights of Latinos in a New Haven suburb.

January 24

Forget fantasy football. In Colby player’s league, champs are economists

Assistant professor Finley Edwards and many colleagues earn bragging rights by assembling teams of titans in their chosen field.

January 24

Protest will demand action in Ayla Reynolds case

A rally for the missing Maine toddler will be held outside the Waterville police building on Saturday.

January 24

Winter Olympics: Sochi resembles an armed camp as security tightens

Metal detectors, cameras and armed troops are highly visible at the site of the Winter Olympics.

January 24

Most Central Maine Power customers to see 10 percent rate increase

Maine’s public advocate says ‘it won’t be the last’ increase ratepayers see.

January 23

Chet Curtis, longtime Boston television news anchorman, dies at age 74

With his former wife, Natalie Jacobson, he ruled the news show ratings in Boston for decades.