News from January 5, 2014

January 5

Idling cars cause gas odor at Portland apartment building, fire department says

Crews clear the fumes at 100 State Street in about 20 minutes.

January 5

Man reunited with family after AP photo published

Nicholas Simmons disappeared from his parents’ house in a small upstate New York town on New Year’s Day.

January 6

49ers' Kaepernick tops Green Bay again

Colin Kaepernick uses his arm and legs to guide San Francisco to another playoff win over the Packers.

January 5

Wave of wearable gadgets expected at CES event

There are countless smartwatches and eyeware for tech nerds this year.

January 5

1 dead, 1 critically hurt in NYC high-rise fire

The apartment fire was on the 20th floor of the 43-story building.

January 6

Chargers 'D' picks apart Bengals

The Bengals had the NFL’s No. 3 defense, but it was San Diego’s defenders who stole the show in a 27-10 playoff win.

January 5

1 killed, 2 injured in Aspen, Colo., plane crash

An FAA spokesman said the plane was headed from Tucson, Ariz., and crashed upon landing.

January 5

Logging accident cause of power outage in Washington County

Logging activity trips a power line between Epping and Columbia early Saturday morning, but power gets restored within about two hours.

January 6

Mainer killed during random act of road rage, police say

Officials appeal for help in finding a pickup driver who pursued a young Poland man and shot him in Pennsylvania.

January 5

Last BCS title game matches Domination & Destiny

Florida State has won each of its 13 games by at least 14 points; Auburn went from 3-9 last season to 12-1.

January 5

Dozens of flights canceled at Logan Airport

The canceled flights include a number of trips between Logan and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where 5 to 7 inches of snow fell overnight.

January 5

It’s back to work for Congress

Republicans intend to focus on every facet of President Barack Obama’s health care law and Democrats will press to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour and extend unemployment benefits.

January 5

Kerry pledges help but no U.S. troops to Iraq

He says growing violence in Iraq’s Anbar province has ominous implications for countries in the region.

January 5

Pope to travel to Holy Land in May amid peace push Video clip included

Pope Francis will visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem from May 24-26.

January 5

Health care law may add volunteer firefighter costs

Many may be entitled to insurance, but small towns that can’t afford to pay for it will be facing a burden.

January 5

Romney: Putin’s Russia undercuts Olympic spirit

Failed presidential nominee Mitt Romney says, 'Were it were my choice, I would not vote for Russia to hold the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics.'

January 5

Below-zero temps push into Midwest

A ‘polar vortex’ will affect more than half of the continental U.S. into Monday and Tuesday, with wind-chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.

January 5

Maine fraud trial delayed for gunpowder convict

The two sides are trying to reach a out plea deal before the new trial date of Feb. 2.

January 5

Plane slides off runway at NYC’s JFK; no injuries

Flights are halted for two hours and cause residual delays.

January 6

Penobscot Narrows Bridge closed until at least Monday afternoon

Maine Department of Transportation officials closed down the bridge in anticipation of melting as temperatures moderated for the first time in days.

January 5

French investigators seek alleged Schumacher video

A man contacts a German magazine claiming he has a smartphone video of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.

January 5

Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont plan for snowmobile weekend

Riders registered in any of those states can explore trails in the other two for free from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

January 5

Maine tomato farm making a comeback

Backyard Farms grows about 450,000 plants that produce around 27 million pounds of tomatoes each year.

January 5

Israeli hardliners object to Kerry pressure

The hardliners oppose a pullback to the 1967 border lines on security and ideological grounds.

January 6

Fighting between Iraqi troops, al-Qaida kills 34

A series of bombs in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad kill at least 20.

January 5

5,000 expected at Augusta agriculture trade show

An agricultural exhibition is Tuesday through Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center.

January 5

Chic chicks gain fame, sales for Maine mom and child

Julie and Ruby Persons’ Chicks in Hats and Gerbils in Hats products are hits on social media.

January 5

Augusta police uncover department’s colorful history

An open house last month drew people who shared their photos, articles and stories about the past.

January 5

Deep freeze expected to grip Midwest

All the weather ingredients are in place for a near-record or historic cold outbreak, experts say.

January 5

Local Dispatches

No injuries in fire likely caused by space heater / Executives testing waters for reviving shoe industry / Labor leader Charles O’Leary dies at 76 / Narrows Bridge to be closed in hopes of ice melt

January 5

Modified food labeling fight to go before N.H. House

At issue is whether or not N.H. residents have the right to know if their foods are genetically engineered.

January 5

Parsnip chips, anyone? Vt. school chefs share recipes

Their healthful, affordable recipes are featured in the new cookbook, ‘New School Cuisine.’

January 5

Plan to run power lines from Canada through N.H. faces hurdles in 2014

Opponents who fear the project would scar the outdoors brace for a fight.

January 5

A Maine ski school earns its reputation 
for churning out well-rounded Olympians Several photos included in this story

Carrabassett Valley Academy students learn to embrace uphill and downhill challenges.

January 5

Toy fund: Community worker sees families who appreciate help

Donations may still be made to the annual fund.

January 5

Medicaid expansion, welfare reform, budget top State House agenda

Those issues, rubbing shoulders with the budget, will dominate the Maine Legislature's second session, set to begin Wednesday.

January 5

Maine artist’s mosaic graces five floors of Boston hospital Several photos included in this story

Amanda Edwards’ work will be part of the opening Monday of Boston Children’s Hospital new addition.