News from July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

N.H. gets key deal for new health care plans

The state's largest health care provider agrees to join the state's managed care network for Medicaid.

July 2, 2013

Dramatic rescue on Mount Katahdin after falling rock strikes hiker

The rescue involved strapping the victim to a tethered harness dangling off a helicopter and flying him six miles.

July 1, 2013

Newtown families worry over charitable donations

Questions about the value of a dead child versus the value of a dead teacher are too painful, they say.

July 1, 2013

Mohegan Sun unveils plan for Mass. casino

The Connecticut-based company seems to up its amenities in an effort to win a state license.

July 1, 2013

After fatal explosion, Mainers ask for propane inspections

The fatal blast in Yarmouth, the second in Maine this year, prompts some to request leak tests.

July 2, 2013

College loan rate doubles, hurting affordability

Graduates in Maine already have average debt of $26,000, and they'll owe even more unless Congress acts.

July 1, 2013

Steinway OKs $438M buyout by private equity firm

The famed piano maker, in business for 160 years, agrees to a $438 million purchase by Kohlberg.

July 1, 2013

'Antiques Roadshow' keeps on trucking for PBS

In its 18th season, it's still public television's highest-rated series, and has now visited 47 of the 50 states. Maine has yet to appear.

July 1, 2013

Obama suggests it's common for nations to spy on allies

Allegations of U.S. spying on European officials in German news weekly Der Spiegel could jeopardize next week's opening of trans-Atlantic trade talks between the United States and Europe.

July 1, 2013

Celtics' Ainge: Many trade offers for Rajon Rondo

Boston's GM says teams are inquiring about the Celtics' All-Star point guard, 'but we have no intentions of moving Rajon.'

July 1, 2013

Massachusetts may require photo IDs on welfare cards

The proposal would exempt the elderly and disabled from the requirement, who often don't have easy access to photos IDs.

July 1, 2013

At Bulger trial, ex-FBI agent apologizes for killing

A former FBI agent who admitted taking payoffs from James "Whitey" Bulger offered a tearful apology Monday to the family of one of Bulger's alleged murder victims.

July 2, 2013

Elite firefighters killed in Ariz. remembered, mourned Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Here are the stories of the 19 elite firefighters who died Sunday in the the deadliest single day for firefighters since Sept. 11.

July 1, 2013

Suspect to be sent to Mass. in Aaron Hernandez murder case

A man arrested in Florida has agreed to return to New England to face a charge in the murder case against the former Patriots tight end.

July 1, 2013

Rain in Maine puts Sea Dogs out of the game

Tonight's scheduled matchup with the Trenton Thunder has been postponed until Aug. 31.

July 1, 2013

Police officers testify in George Zimmerman trial

Zimmerman told police he was following Trayvon Martin because he suspected the teenager was a burglar and 'these guys always get away.'

July 1, 2013

Traffic moving again after Portland-area crash backs up I-295

The accident caused traffic to back up for about five miles from Cumberland to Tukey's Bridge in Portland.

July 2, 2013

Teens charged with making Falmouth home their own

Artem Tymchenko and his 17-year-old girlfriend had been eating Beefaroni and Pringles and drinking wine when the homeowner returned.

July 1, 2013

Man facing 27 years charged with punching officer at Portland jail

Two Cumberland County corrections officers were preparing to put handcuffs and shackles on Trezjuan Thompson, 29, of Lewiston, after he showered when he spun around and hit one, police say.

July 1, 2013

Elite Arizona firefighters were the front-line crew

The Hotshot crews, who are highly trained and work long hours in extreme conditions, had deployed their protective covers, a last-ditch effort only used in the worst conditions.

July 1, 2013

Kayaker rescued near Cow Island over the weekend

Falmouth police and the Portland harbormaster find the man and his companion while checking for drunken boaters.

July 1, 2013

Man who fell from Kennebunkport roof transported to hospital



July 1, 2013

Cirque du Soleil acrobat killed in fall during show

The 31-year-old performer falls about 50 feet during a Las Vegas production of 'Ka.'

July 1, 2013

Three sex-abuse lawsuits against ex-Elmo actor thrown out

A New York judge said Monday the men waited too long to sue. A fourth lawsuit is still pending in Pennsylvania.

July 1, 2013

LePage boosts funding to help victims of domestic violence

Gov. LePage directs $100,000 from state's emergency contingency fund to Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

July 1, 2013

Traffic moving again on I-95 between Saco, Biddeford

A crash had slowed northbound traffic early in the afternoon.

July 2, 2013

After water-soaked June, rain continues to pound Maine Several photos included in this story

Some parts of southern Maine recorded as much as 3 inches of rain Tuesday, close to July's typical month-long average.

July 1, 2013

Maine examiners appeal F. Lee Bailey's law license

The celebrity attorney is going to have to wait a few months to find out if he can restart his legal career in the Pine Tree State.

July 1, 2013

Portable shelters couldn't save 19 firefighters in Arizona Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots marked the nation's biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years.

July 1, 2013

N.Y. firm gets Maine tourism PR account

The Dilenschneider Group will work with a Portland-based partner, Burgess Advertising and Marketing, to promote Maine tourism.

July 1, 2013

Egypt's military issues 48-hour ultimatum

The second ultimatum in the last week issued to President Mohammed Morsi says he must meet 'the people's demands' or face removal.

July 1, 2013

Putin: No Russian asylum for Snowden if he reveals secrets

The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. secrets has reportedly asked Russia for political asylum, a move that its leader knows would hurt already strained ties with the U.S.

July 1, 2013

Serena loses to Lisicki in Wimbledon stunner Several photos included in this story

Serena Williams joined a growing list of marquee names eliminated early at this wild and unpredictable Wimbledon.

July 1, 2013

Maine legislators toss their hats in 2nd District ring

State Sen. Troy Jackson and state Rep. Alex Willette say they will run to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is considering a bid for governor.

July 2, 2013

Michaud gets $300,000 for gubernatorial campaign

The amount of the haul shows Democrats are fired up for his Blaine House run, a USM professor says.

July 1, 2013

Man from England charged with sexually assaulting Maine teen

A father tells police that his 13-year-old daughter had been communicating online with the English man for about a year.

July 1, 2013

Waldo County man shot after fight over girlfriend

Police are investigating a weekend shooting in Prospect that sent a 34-year-old man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

July 1, 2013

New limits for NH commercial fishing take effect

The new rules, which apply to cod, haddock, and other groundfish, follow a decision by federal fisheries officials in May that slashed commercial quotas in New England.

July 1, 2013

Fire damages downtown apartment building in Portsmouth NH

The Daniel Street fire produced heavy smoke and damaged two shops in Portsmouth's downtown area.

July 1, 2013

Fisheries commissioner, Maine lobstermen to meet

The meetings will discuss ideas for Maine's lobster industry, and are scheduled for July 9 in Rockland, July 11 in Machias, July 16 in Ellsworth and July 17 in Scarborough.

July 1, 2013

2 dead in Clifton motorcycle crash

A man and a woman were killed when their motorcycle struck a guard rail on Route 9 eastbound at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

July 1, 2013

Maine GOP announces firearms training fundraiser

The $150 training is intended for those who want to get concealed weapons permits.

July 1, 2013

Maine hoping against whooping cough repeat Several photos included in this story

 Last year's surge began in midsummer, and the severe outbreak totaled 737 cases.

July 1, 2013

Skowhegan Savings branch adopts 'dialogue banking'

 A trend toward fostering closer teller-customer relationships arrives in Augusta.

July 1, 2013

Changing priorities hit Head of Falls

Despite investment in Waterville's waterfront infrastructure, focus is put on other areas.

July 1, 2013

Readfield sues man again over cows in roads

The town claims that the Winthrop resident's cattle continue to get loose and threaten public safety.

July 1, 2013

Dispatches



July 1, 2013

Churches targeting fossil fuel industry

New England Protestants urge their denominations to divest from holdings in coal, oil and gas firms.

July 1, 2013

Bike ferry resumes on Lake Champlain

Flood damage shut down the Colchester Causeway service for two years.

July 1, 2013

Maine team now tracks loons near and distant

 Staffers from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham study the birds in habitats as far away as Alaska and Mexico.

July 1, 2013

Feature Obituary: Joseph 'Tim' Dufour, 91, fought in the Battle of the Bulge



July 1, 2013

Maine town comes together for Boston bomb victim

 Well-wishers stage a fundraiser in Old Orchard Beach for Karen Rand, who lost a leg in April.

July 1, 2013

Gettysburg: 'A most unexpected battle' Several photos included in this story

Mainers are among the visitors at the site of the 20th Maine's heroic charge at Little Round Top.

July 1, 2013

Wind-fed fire kills 19 Arizona firefighters

The victims, many from the city of Prescott, were battling a 2,000-acre fire amid a heat wave.