News from January 4, 2014

January 4

3rd person dies after Minn. apartment explosion

The explosion and fire Wednesday injured 14 people and destroyed the three-story building. Two people were found dead at the scene.

January 4

For Colts, good fortune, and a lot of Luck to beat Chiefs 45-44

Indianapolis pulls off one of the greatest playoff comebacks, defeating Kansas City after trailing 31-10 at halftime.

January 5

NY critics pick ‘Llewyn Davis’ as 2013’s best film

he group also presented its best director award to Joel and Ethan Coen.

January 5

Elderly couple die in house fire in Piscataquis County

The fire swept through their home in Elliotsville Township early Saturday.

January 5

Maine man followed, shot dead, on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania

Timothy Davison, 28, of Poland called 911 to report being chased by and shot at from a pickup truck.

January 4

Small plane makes emergency landing on NYC highway

The single-engine Piper set down safely with no serious injuries.

January 4

Local labor influence takes hit in Boeing contract

Machinists took a late-night vote that defied their local union bosses by narrowly approving a new labor contract that secures a coveted plane project for the Seattle area but moves workers away from pensions.

January 5

Three charged in drug trafficking investigation in Waterville

One man is believed to be part of a New York City-based group.

January 4

Krug scores twice in Bruins’ 4-1 win

Boston beats Winnipeg for its second straight win.

January 4

Ice fishing season weeks early on Sebago Lake Several photos included in this story

The ice has thickened earlier than in recent years, giving fishermen a jump on the season.

January 4

Titans fire Mike Munchak as coach

In three years, Munchak was 22-26 with one winning season.

January 4

Iraq city falls fully into hands of al-Qaida group

Police have left Fallujah and positioned themselves on the edge of town.

January 4

Cruz hopes to ‘soon’ renounce Canadian citizenship

Lawyers are preparing the paperwork.

January 4

Executives want to restore shoemaking in Dexter

The businesspeople are gauging interest in a job fair.

January 4

Towson suspends 2 starters from FCS title game

The two seniors were suspended for unspecified violations of NCAA rules.

January 4

Maine man shot, killed in road-rage incident in Pennsylvania

Timothy Davison of Poland dies from injuries at York (Pa.) Hospital.

January 4

Historic freeze could break Midwest temp records

Forecasts: minus-25 in Fargo, N.D., minus-31 in International Falls, Minn., and minus-15 in Indianapolis and Chicago.

January 4

Barbara Bush leaves Texas hospital

The former first lady spent nearly a week in the hospital for pneumonia.

January 4

Al-Qaida group says responsible for Beirut bombing

The al-Qaida group sought to punish Hezbollah – and their ordinary Shiite Lebanese backers – for sending fighters to Syria.

January 4

South Sudan peace talks delayed

The two sides have yet to agree upon an agenda for the meeting.

January 5

Lambeau Field will be frozen tundra again

Temperature for Sunday’s playoff game between the Packers and 49ers is 2, with a wind chill of minus-15 to minus-20.

January 4

Fire destroys Dexter home

An unattended space heater likely caused the fire Friday morning.

January 4

Line workers sent home as Mainers remained in the dark

Bangor Hydro Electric Co. waved off the extra help from other states because it said it had enough people to complete the job.

January 4

Senior al-Qaida figure dies in custody in Lebanon

Majid al-Majid dies while being treated at the central military hospital in Beirut after his health deteriorated.

January 4

Putin backs off Sochi demonstrations ban

Meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, marches and picketing not connected with the games may be held in places or along routes approved by the Interior Ministry.

January 4

Kerry says there’s some progress in Mideast peace deal

The U.S. Secretary of State meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the second straight day.

January 4

Penobscot Narrows bridge closing again

The bridge will be closed Sunday in hopes that warming temperatures will melt the remaining ice.

January 4

Slain teacher’s family decries court decision

Massachusetts’ high court rules juveniles should have the chance of parole.

January 4

Maine veterans’ true advocate ends service

Scott Karczewski, retiring from director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus Regional Office has seen attitudes toward veterans evolve.

January 4

EPA moves to curb particle emissions from wood stoves

The proposed new rules would also apply to wood-fired heaters that are built in 2015 or afterward.

January 4

Local & State Dispatches

Elementary school closed following heating oil spill / Maine bridge runs into problems from cold weather

January 4

Maine tax relief gets local in light of state cuts

Portland will consider joining a handful of communities that provide property tax rebates to certain residents.

January 4

U.S. defends Obamacare’s contraception requirement

But the nuns group says taking an exemption would be like ‘deputizing’ a third party to sin for them.

January 4

Pair charged in theft of rings from elderly Maine neighbor

Stephen Frappier, 27, allegedly stole the items when the woman left her apartment for the holiday.

January 4

Maine wind farm still a worry in development-free town

Officials and activists will host a meeting to discuss plans for 62 turbines in neighboring communities.

January 4

New wing of South Portland High embracing technology

Smart boards and innovative construction techniques abound in the addition, which opens to students Monday.

January 4

Myths about snow, safety and staying warm Several photos included in this story

When the temperature dips below zero and snow piles up over the lid of the trash barrel, do you know what to do?

January 4

How low can Portland temperatures go? Several photos included in this story

Friday’s frigid temperature does not trump winters past when Casco Bay froze for up to 12 weeks.

January 4

Cut in military pensions reconsidered

Members of Congress introduce proposals to reduce or reverse cuts that outrage veterans in Maine and elsewhere.

January 4

Press Herald Toy Fund gave family a happy holiday

Donations may still be made to the annual fund.

January 4

Supreme Court urged not to halt gay weddings

Attorneys for same-sex couples argue there is no urgent need to intervene in the battle over Utah’s ban.