News from July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

Rays blank Red Sox, 3-0

With the victory, Tampa moves to within a half-game of Boston for first place in the AL East.

July 23, 2013

Stepfather says Bulger strangled his stepdaughter

'Whitey' Bulger's ex-partner also admits that he twice had oral sex with his stepdaughter.

July 23, 2013

About 200 rally in Portland in Trayvon Martin's memory Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Speakers call for ending gun violence and stand-your-ground laws such as the one in Florida.

July 22, 2013

Heat takes toll on New England electric grid

Last week's stretch of excessive heat and humidity pushed weekend power use to an eight-year high.

July 22, 2013

Latest slayings set off soul-searching in Cleveland

The third recent major case involving multiple victims has community leaders asking, 'Why here?'

July 22, 2013

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July 22, 2013

Ryan Braun, former M.V.P, suspended for doping

Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season after being tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

July 23, 2013

Maine boy's arson confession inadmissible, lawyer says

He says that his 13-year-old client, a suspect in one of the Lewiston fires, was not read his Miranda rights until later.

July 22, 2013

Betting agencies have big day on royal baby names

Bookies cashed in big Monday as thousands of Britons placed bets on what Prince William and his wife, Kate, would name their newborn child.

July 22, 2013

Maine home sales rose 6.4% in June, but trailed nation

The median price statewide spiked 4.8%, and sales for all of the second quarter jumped 12%.

July 22, 2013

West Newfield man arrested after three-town car chase

Police say Jamie R. West drove a stolen Kia Soul at speeds up to 100 mph before losing control of the vehicle while trying to make a turn onto Main Street in Kennebunkport.

July 23, 2013

Police audio details wild Saco car chase Several photos included in this story

A Massachusetts woman is scheduled to make a court appearance Wednesday after allegedly ramming three police cruisers.

July 22, 2013

Brazilian crowds delight pope, frustrate security Several photos included in this story

In his first international trip as pontiff, the Argentine-born Francis has returned to his home continent.

July 22, 2013

Japanese passengers push 32-ton train to free woman

The act of heroism is captured by a newspaper photographer who happened to be there.

July 22, 2013

Officials: Zimmerman helped four out of flipped SUV

Zimmerman spoke with a deputy at the scene and then left, the sheriff's office statement said. He did not see the crash happen.

July 23, 2013

Opening statements begin Tuesday in Portland attack trial

Eric Gwaro of Scarborough has pleaded not guilty in an attack that left a 25-year-old woman with permanent brain damage.

July 22, 2013

Man charged in six burglaries in Dover, N.H.

In many cases, residents were home when the break-ins occurred, and wallets or purses were taken.

July 22, 2013

New N.H. welfare limits target liquor, gaming

Congress has required states to change their laws by 2014 to penalize public assistance recipients who spend the money on such unauthorized activities.

July 22, 2013

Dennis Farina, cop who became 'Law & Order' star, dies at 69 Several photos included in this story

Farina was a Chicago police officer before turning to acting, and most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO drama 'Luck.'

July 22, 2013

Eight companies to bid on Virginia offshore lease for wind farm

The area, 23.5 miles off the coast, offered in the federal government auction has the potential to generate enough energy to power 700,000 homes.

July 22, 2013

Hearing for Hernandez associate postponed



July 22, 2013

Federal, state clash sets up knotty barrier to hemp production

Vermont joins the growing list of states, including Maine, that have rules allowing the cultivation of hemp, and pressure for changes at the federal level is mounting.

July 22, 2013

Court may increase wait time in Maine jails

Under the proposal, a person could be held for up to 72 hours before appearing before a judge, but opposition is quickly mounting.

July 22, 2013

Woman accused of assaulting boyfriend, deputy at Sebago Lake

Police say the woman, 29, slapped her boyfriend multiple times while they were boating on the lake, then kicked a deputy.

July 22, 2013

Burglars hit storage units in N. Yarmouth, New Gloucester

One business, Walnut Hill self-storage in North Yarmouth, had 41 units broken into.

July 22, 2013

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July 25, 2013

'Ah, freedom': Historic Penobscot dam removal begins Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The river restoration project will allow fish access to spawn deep in the heart of Maine.

July 22, 2013

N.H. collision kills bride on honeymoon

Police charge a 43-year-old Somersworth man with negligent homicide and felony driving under the influence.

July 22, 2013

Defense set to begin in Swan fraud trial

The prosecution finished presenting its evidence with the testimony of Rodney Giguere, a special agent with the IRS.

July 22, 2013

Bicyclist dies following N.H. crash

Officials say Anthony White, 27, died at Maine Medical Center early Sunday morning.

July 22, 2013

Van backs over Mass. woman repeatedly, killing her

A witness says he yelled at the driver to stop but the van's music was playing loudly.

July 22, 2013

NSA revelations cause some digital users to rethink habits

Across the Internet, computer users are talking about changes small and large – from strengthening passwords and considering encryption to ditching cellphones and using cash over credit cards.

July 22, 2013

How the world will learn about royal baby's birth

Ignore all rumors on social media until there is an official announcement from Buckingham Palace.

July 23, 2013

Water service restored after Portland main break Several photos included in this story

The break left 20 buildings without water service and forced two Portland businesses to close.

July 22, 2013

Maine gas prices continue steep climb

In-state prices are now 17 cents higher than on the same day last year and almost 23 cents higher than a month ago.

July 22, 2013

10 royal baby traditions to know

If you believe the bookmakers, the royal baby's first name is most likely to be Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, or George . . .

July 22, 2013

Bulger witness questioned about sex with victim - his stepdaughter

Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi admits to having had sex with his stepdaughter and describes how James "Whitey" Bulger strangled her.

July 22, 2013

Dubai pardons Norwegian woman at center of rape dispute Video clip included

The sentence against the 24-year-old Marte Deborah Dalelv last week stirred widespread outrage in the West.

July 22, 2013

Strong earthquake in western China kills 75 people

More than 1,200 homes were destroyed by the quake, with another 21,000 badly damaged, a provincial government spokesman said.

July 22, 2013

Boston school principal caught plagiarizing

The plagiarism was discovered by a suspicious teacher who used Google to find the original, which ran in Forbes magazine in April.

July 22, 2013

Ohio man charged in three grisly killings Video clip included

Police say Michael Madison, 35, who is being held on $6 million bail, may have been influenced by the case of a Cleveland man who was convicted of killing 11 women.

July 23, 2013

Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge welcome a son Several photos included in this story

The royal couple's first child is third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William.

July 22, 2013

Maine's mentally ill waiting too long for care

Also in violation of a consent decree are deficiencies reported at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

July 22, 2013

Jail program aims to help inmates who are veterans

The jail initiative seeks to treat the military service-related problems that lead to veterans' arrests.

July 22, 2013

N.H. governor will consider Medicaid alternatives

Maggie Hassan says she wants the best model to cover 58,000 poor adults.

July 22, 2013

Crackdown on Jamaica scams has timid start

 Despite laws and some arrests, no suspects have been extradited and deterrence is questionable.

July 22, 2013

Military trend unsettling for civilian staff

With the armed forces shrinking and layoffs possible after Oct. 1, the future is full of uncertainty.

July 22, 2013

Dispatches



July 22, 2013

Pope's visit to Brazil poses security challenge

 In his first international trip as pope, Francis plans high-profile events that send him into unpredictable, potentially chaotic environments.

July 22, 2013

Capitols-visiting couple will appear on Fallon's show

The Texans, who finished their 'bucket list' at the State House in Augusta, will celebrate their 65th anniversary in August.

July 22, 2013

Mercy substance abuse program helps 'Mommy be a better mommy' Several photos included in this story

 The treatment program is designed to let the women's children live with them.

July 22, 2013

Mousam River dams at turning point Several photos included in this story

 A local group is hoping relicensing decisions about three dams will favor access for spawning fish.