News from July 16, 2013

July 18, 2013

LePage has $340,000 for re-election campaign

The governor's fundraising is on pace with Eliot Cutler's and Mike Michaud's, although Michaud has raised his money in a much shorter period of time.

July 16, 2013

Maine politician's trial focuses on more extortion testimony

Charges against Carole Swan include income tax falsification, lying on forms to collect federal workers' compensation and defrauding a program receiving federal money.

July 16, 2013

Maine Natural Gas withdraws its Augusta bid

The company says that the posting of bids online gave unfair advantage to its competitor.

July 16, 2013

Bad weather complicates Coca-Cola's soda struggles

The world's largest beverage maker blames a confluence of factors Tuesday including unusually bad weather for its second-quarter results.

July 16, 2013

Dick Cheney's daughter to run for U.S. Senate

Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary, her campaign said Tuesday.

July 16, 2013

Searchers scour Mass. pond in cold case Several photos included in this story

 After a prisoner admits to killing a teenager 21 years ago, police divers look for evidence.

July 16, 2013

Woods looking for 1 key shot to turn his fortunes

British Open champions at Muirfield are more likely to be found on a ballot for the Hall of Fame than the bottom of a betting sheet, which could bode well for Tiger Woods this week.

July 16, 2013

Bulger wielded machine gun, witness testifies

A businessman says, 'I was sufficiently scared' when the gun 'was pointed in my stomach and groin.'

July 16, 2013

Coroner: 'Glee' actor died of heroin, alcohol overdose

'There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident,' the office said in a statement.

July 17, 2013

Witness sees dog kill protected Maine bird; owner sought

At approximately 10 a.m. Monday, a witness saw a dog – walking with its owner – attack a piping plover nest and kill one of the chicks.

July 16, 2013

Maine fisherman's body found in lake

William Witt, 66, was a Vietnam War veteran and a 'wonderful person' who loved motorcycles and cars.

July 16, 2013

Hagel: Top military brass to be cut 20 percent

The reductions, beginning in 2015, will apply to Pentagon headquarters offices of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and others.

July 16, 2013

Police link Bath man to series of fires, including at a day care

Bath police and firefighters responded Sunday night to a call for a fire in a dumpster at the YMCA. A search in woods nearby located 21-year-old Allan Vigil.

July 16, 2013

N.H. governor asks Obama for flood assistance

Heavy rain caused flash flooding, washed out roads and evacuated homes throughout the western part of the state from June 26 to July 3.

July 16, 2013

Man pleads not guilty to two Lewiston fires

Brian Morin is charged along with Bryan Wood in the May 6 fire that left about 200 people homeless.

July 16, 2013

Maine village to put its mark on U.S. stamp collection

The town plans a celebration for a special postmark that features a Maine painter.

July 16, 2013

Engineer at center of train derailment speaks out Several photos included in this story

Journalists are also allowed their first close-up view of the disaster, where charred oil tankers are still steaming 10 days later.

July 16, 2013

Woman to enter guilty plea in UNH student case

Prosecutors say Kathryn McDonough lied when she told investigators she had no contact with Elizabeth 'Lizzi' Marriott the day they say the UNH student was strangled or suffocated.

July 16, 2013

U.S.: 15 high-risk diplomatic posts need upgrade

Diplomatic security chief Gregory Starr says problems include improper blast walls and insufficient setback from public streets.

July 17, 2013

As heat rises in Maine, a call to crank power down

Mainers are asked to conserve as energy use nears a record during a hot week, and as air conditioners get scarce in stores.

July 16, 2013

Panama finds suspected weapons on N. Korean ship Several photos included in this story

The ship appeared to be transporting illegal missile-system parts from Cuba to North Korea, which would violate a United Nations embargo.

July 24, 2013

Testimony targets Swan's workers' comp claims

Former Chelsea selectwoman is on trial for multiple counts of fraud, including taking federal benefits because she couldn't work while she was collecting income from other sources.

July 16, 2013

Snowden submits request for asylum in Russia

Edward Snowden Snowden argues in his application that he fears "he could be subjected to torture and capital punishment" in the U.S., according to lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.

July 16, 2013

Sen. Reid says filibuster showdown may be averted

The agreement would not resolve deep partisan divisions over the future use of filibusters to block a president's executive nominees, said officials on both sides.

July 16, 2013

U.S. homebuilder confidence, sales outlook soar

Measures of customer traffic, current sales conditions and builders' outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months vaulted to their highest levels in at least seven years.

July 16, 2013

NYC man sentenced in Maine for credit card fraud

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Michael Barnes and two other people were stopped in a vehicle in 2011 and found to be in possession of 160 counterfeit cards.

July 17, 2013

Maine astronaut's spacewalk cut short after partner's helmet scare Video clip included

Chris Cassidy and another astronaut were performing some cable work and other maintenance chores when a helmet leak occurred.

July 16, 2013

More great white sharks spotted off Cape Cod

The shark spotted Sunday within 100 feet of the beach was about 15 feet long.

July 16, 2013

Witness: It was either pay Bulger or 'get killed'

Michael Solimando described terrifying moments in 1982 when he said Bulger held a handgun to his face, then pushed a machine gun to his groin.

July 16, 2013

Boston bombing suspect wants additional lawyer

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking to add a death penalty expert to the defense team.

July 16, 2013

Trial date scheduled on damage to Maine-N.H. bridge

At issue is who should pay the $2.4 million cost of repairs to the bridge that was hit by a tanker in April.

July 16, 2013

Indiana doctor suspected in 2 deadly Nebraska attacks

Dr. Anthony Garcia, 40, is being held in Illinois on suspicion of four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.

July 16, 2013

Arias back in court for death penalty argument

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home.

July 16, 2013

Maine promotes ladder safety with free app

The state says there were 114 workers' compensation claims in Maine last year from ladder fall injuries that caused people to miss at least a day of work.

July 16, 2013

New England wins U.S. money to clean industry sites

Recipients include the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

July 16, 2013

Sugarloaf hosts Maine State Golf Championship

Defending champion John Hickson is one of 18 professional golfers vying for the trophy and a share of $7,000 in prize money.

July 16, 2013

Century-old Rangeley Inn to go on auction block

The property includes the 36-room inn, a 15-room lodge, an 18-bed employee wing and an owner-manager apartment.

July 16, 2013

Sabattus woman dies after weekend collision

Charlene McKeen, 80, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by another 80-year-old woman.

July 16, 2013

In Maine, sudden sting at the gas pump Several photos included in this story

 Summer demand and Egypt unrest push the state's average price well above the national level, and it could jump another 25 to 30 cents.

July 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Yarmouth man pleads guilty to child porn / Motorcyclist killed in crash with truck / Retired Maine worker cleared of records tampering ... and more news from around the state.

July 16, 2013

Half of Mass. family doctors not accepting new patients

The annual survey of 1,137 physicians' offices in Massachusetts also shows wait times remain long.

July 16, 2013

New England Dispatches

College worker hurt in fall from window / Boston bomb suspect requests death penalty expert / As heat continues, region nears record for power use ... and more news from around the state.

July 16, 2013

Legalize marijuana? Portland voters will get final say

 Voters will decide Nov. 5 whether to OK possession of 2.5 ounces by adults older than 21.

July 16, 2013

Scientists levitate items with sound

Researchers devise a possible breakthrough for electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

July 16, 2013

Testimony: Town manager suspected Maine politician was corrupt

'You're not fooling anybody,' the ex-Chelsea town manager allegedly told Carole Swan.