News from July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Pan-Am violating law by not reporting oil volume in Maine

A government spokesman says that Pan-Am Railways failed to report oil volume for April and May.

July 11, 2013

Ortiz sets hitting record as Boston beats Seattle, 11-4 Video clip included

The Red Sox slugger now owns the all-time record for hits by a designated hitter.

July 11, 2013

Mistreated by debt collector? Tell regulators

A complaint registry goes live online on the day a Portland hearing is held on industry practices.

July 10, 2013

Remains of slain three identified in Bulger trial

The bodies are those of people Bulger is accused of killing, a former state forensics expert testifies.

July 10, 2013

Penalties to be tougher in pharmacy robberies

The threat of federal charges follows a 2012 theft spike in Maine; cheaper heroin may help slow the 2013 pace.

July 11, 2013

In Maine lab, chasing cancer breakthrough Several photos included in this story

 Local scientists are excited about their promising research on eliminating breast tumors.

July 10, 2013

Ski resort: Slow border process hurts business

Ski resorts aren't the only firms willing to pay for more guards and faster crossings.

July 11, 2013

Singer Randy Travis recovering from brain surgery Video clip included

The 54-year-old country music star underwent surgery Wednesday night to try to relieve pressure on his brain.

July 10, 2013

Driver goes airborne, strikes tree in Lebanon crash

The driver of the Ford Taurus was trying to avoid a deer, he says.

July 11, 2013

Swans' income figures scrutinized at Maine trial

The former Chelsea selectwoman and her husband underreported business income by $670,000, the prosecution says.

July 10, 2013

Pig virus migrates to US, threatens pork prices

The virus has killed piglets in 15 states at an alarming rate in facilities where it has been reported.

July 10, 2013

Scarborough man indicted for tattooing middle school girls

Joshua Grant allegedly tattooed the girls at a Scarborough motel, and is also charged with furnishing drugs and liquor to a minor.

July 10, 2013

Bruins G Tuukka Rask signs 8-year contract

Tuukka Rask turned an outstanding first season as the Boston Bruins' No. 1 goalie into a long-term commitment on Wednesday.

July 10, 2013

Grand jury indicts alleged Lewiston arsonists

Bryan Wood and Brian Morin will each face three counts of arson.

July 10, 2013

Maine teen fails license test after crash

The teen driver and his license examiner have to be taken to a local hospital following a crash on Route 236.

July 11, 2013

Maine chain moving on from 'Marden's Lady'

Karmo Sanders, who has portrayed slightly crazy Maine shopper Birdie Googins in Marden’s ads for five years, says the Maine chain has decided to no longer use her.

July 10, 2013

Missing Portland musician's body officially identified

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determines the death was a suicide.

July 10, 2013

Bangor Savings plans matching donation program for Black Mountain

The ski area had its best year to date after a price drop last winter but still projected an $80,000 loss.

July 10, 2013

Poliquin: Not interested in Maine GOP chairmanship

Last week Poliquin said others had approached him about taking the job, and that he was considering it.

July 10, 2013

Maine nonprofit to pay nearly $100K for improper billing

Bridges of Maine allegedly billed MaineCare for services provided by a former licensed social worker who had been excluded from participating in federal health care programs.

July 10, 2013

Hannaford store in Wells evacuated after Freon leak

Members of the Wells Fire Department are at the store and it will be closed for the duration of the incident.

July 10, 2013

LePage nemesis Jackson named Senate majority leader

Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash replaces Seth Goodall, who has been tapped to serve as regional administrator of the SBA.

July 10, 2013

Out of seclusion, Romney to headline N.H. fundraiser

It's the first time the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a political fundraiser since his November loss.

September 12, 2013

Maine health sites awarded $1.4 million for Obamacare

The grant funding is targeted at signing people up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

July 11, 2013

Senators close in on plan to lower student loan cost Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Lawmakers hope to strike a deal to keep interest rates low, but Democrats can't muster 60 votes for the current proposal to overcome a Republican filibuster.

July 11, 2013

Deal seeks safety for Bangladesh garment workers Several photos included in this story

But critics say L.L. Bean and 16 other retailers fall short in the plan negotiated by two former Maine senators.

July 11, 2013

Thirty still missing in train crash likely dead Several photos included in this story Video clip included

As total deaths hit 50, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois arrives to tour the disaster site.

July 10, 2013

Scarborough police investigate early morning burglaries

Police recovered all but one of the items stolen from two sheds and a car.

July 11, 2013

George Zimmerman opts not to testify in own defense Video clip included

Jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday about whether George Zimmerman murdered the unarmed Florida teenager.

July 10, 2013

Tearful John Kerry says wife's condition improving Video clip included

The 74-year-old Heinz Kerry was hospitalized after becoming ill Sunday on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, where the couple owns a home.

July 10, 2013

Boston police chief: Gap in terror information sharing

Edward F. Davis III tells a Senate panel that cellphone service immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings was "completely useless" as a means of communication at the scene.

July 24, 2013

Fraud trial testimony shows Marshall Swan had a booming business

Former Chelsea Selectwoman Carole Swan and her husband made a lot of money but didn’t pay taxes from 2006 to 2010, according to testimony on day 3 of her fraud trial.

July 10, 2013

N.Y. judge: Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

She says the 'evidence is overwhelming' that Apple conspired to eliminate Amazon.com's popular $9.99 price for e-books.

July 10, 2013

Poll: Most Americans see Snowden as whistle-blower, not traitor

The view predominated among almost every group of respondents broken down by party, gender, income, education and age.

July 10, 2013

Maine senator Goodall resigns for SBA regional chief position

A special election will be held for Senate District 19, which covers Sagadahoc County and the town of Dresden.

July 10, 2013

Mass. woman acquitted in son's hibachi grill death

Li Rong Zhang was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

July 10, 2013

Rare film shows FDR in concealed wheelchair Video clip included

'This raw film clip may be the first motion picture images of the president in his wheelchair, and it was never meant to be shown to the world,' says Ray Begovich, the journalism professor who found the clip.

July 10, 2013

Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader

The Islamist leaders are suspected of inciting the violence outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo on Monday that left 54 people dead.

July 10, 2013

Navy to attempt first unmanned carrier landing

The X-47B experimental aircraft will take off from a naval air station in Maryland before approaching the USS George H.W. Bush, which is operating off the coast of Virginia.

July 10, 2013

Pilot in Maine helicopter crash recovering after surgery

The helicopter was just above tree level on July 3 following signals from a bear's tracking collar when it went down.

July 10, 2013

Maine House OKs Livermore Falls vote on switching counties

Supporters say town is closer to the Franklin County seat than to the Androscoggin County seat and it would save money transporting criminal defendants to and from jails and courts.

July 10, 2013

Boston bombing suspect makes first public appearance Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The former college student appeared nonchalant, almost bored, during the hearing, only repeatedly speaking two words: 'Not guilty.'

July 10, 2013

Consumer agency to hold Maine event on debt collection

The federal agency was formed in 2010 and works to make consumer finance rules more effective by enforcing those rules and educating the public.

July 10, 2013

Lewiston felon sentenced for possessing gun

Lewiston police spotted Daniel Fowler running and carrying what looked like a bag with a barrel of a gun sticking out of it last July.

July 10, 2013

Red Sox hit 5 homers to rally past Mariners 11-8

Boston hit five home runs Tuesday night, and the bullpen came through to beat Seattle.

July 10, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Town official charged with threatening police officers / Teenager saved life of boy who fell in river / School bus carrying campers crashes ... and more news from around the state.

July 10, 2013

Feature obituary: Gilman Bouchard, 71, veteran, corrections officer, family man

 Mr. Bouchard grew up in Madawaska, the second-youngest of 12 children.

July 10, 2013

Freeport eyes withdrawing from school district

The town seems ready to hire a consultant to work on a hypothetical budget as it considers secession.

July 10, 2013

Portland approves $40 million expansion of hospital

Despite financial problems, Maine Medical Center will undertake a $40 million project on its main campus.

July 10, 2013

White House intensifies push to sell Obamacare



July 10, 2013

Four firms eye Maine for lobster processing

 Expanding capacity is 'a very high priority,' the marine resources commissioner says.

July 10, 2013

Override bids leave most LePage vetoes standing Several photos included in this story

 Gov. Paul LePage shot down an unprecedented 83 bills during this year's session, and only five were overturned.

July 10, 2013

Whiteflies force major Maine farm to destroy crop Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 Backyard Farms, which produces 27 million pounds of tomatoes a year, says an infestation will force the company to destroy its half-a-million plants and start over.

July 9, 2013

Egypt's crisis widens debate on democracy in Middle East

The president's removal casts doubt on whether Arab Spring ideals are right for the region, given the array of forces there.

July 10, 2013

Wildlife refuge weighs future of historic Biddeford cottage

 The 14-bedroom cottage, built around 1930 by the master architect Charles Ewing, was open to the public for the first time Tuesday.

July 10, 2013

Successful ex-Maine musician returns to play, teach

Jon Manasse has made a career out of playing his clarinet; now he's passing those skills on.

July 9, 2013

Witness: Maine politician listed negative $110,000 income

As the fraud trial of former selectwoman Carole Swan continues, an IRS official tells of her tax filings.

July 10, 2013

Fake George Bush baseball cards could cost some collectors

Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu helps uncover the possible fraud.