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News from July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013

House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration

With a comprehensive bipartisan solution passed by the Senate, Democrats say they won't settle for a watered down version from House Republicans.

July 23, 2013

First lady asks for Latinos' help on health care

In her remarks, Mrs. Obama tied the push to get the uninsured to sign up for health care to her campaign against childhood obesity.

July 23, 2013

CDC: 250 in 6 states have unidentified stomach bug



July 23, 2013

Proposed Portland rock climbing gym gets solid review

Evolution Rock and Fitness wants to build an indoor rock climbing gym on Warren Avenue.

July 23, 2013

Big stink made over 'corpse flower' in D.C.

As many as 20,000 people line up to get into the U.S. Botanic Garden to see the rare 8-foot-tall bloom of the titan arum.

July 24, 2013

Critics sound alarm on S. Portland plan to ban tar sands oil

Citing ‘innuendo and rhetoric,’ representatives of oil-based businesses warn about financial implications for South Portland.

July 23, 2013

Some Kennebunk residents may not get Internet, phone back until Wednesday

A defective marine cable in the Kennebunk River was too difficult to fix, and FairPoint is switching customers to an above-ground, fiber-optic cable.

July 23, 2013

FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies

The agency hasn't received reports of injury or illness connected with the products, which aim to cash in on the nation's diabetes epidemic.

July 23, 2013

Seven sentenced in N.H. for mailing illegal drugs

The scheme involved shipping packages containing drugs and cash between California and New England for two years.

July 23, 2013

N.H. becomes 19th state to OK medical marijuana

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Gov. Maggie Hassan signs the law, but it could take awhile for dispensaries to get up and running.

July 23, 2013

No more one-man crews on oil trains, Canada says

The order applies to trains carrying hazardous cargo like the one operated by a Maine rail company that crashed, killing 47.

July 23, 2013

Court upholds smog standard that Maine sought to strengthen

However, the federal ruling says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must revisit a secondary standard aimed at protecting forests and other vegetation from ozone pollution.

July 23, 2013

'I've been rammed!': Police audio of Saco chase



July 23, 2013

Pedroia, Red Sox agree to 7-year, $100 million extension

Dustin Pedroia likely would have received more money if he had become a free agent, 'but I want to be at a place where it's special to me and this place has been that.'

July 24, 2013

Anthony Weiner caught in another sexting scandal Video clip included

But he stands with his wife to say that he will remain in the race for mayor of New York City, which he leads, according to recent polls.

July 23, 2013

In testimony, Swan says abuse has 'never stopped'

Former town official Carole Swan, on trial for fraud charges, testifies in her own defense.

July 23, 2013

Portland apartment plan stirs concerns on parking Several photos included in this story

The proposed mixed-income complex would have 19 spaces instead of one for each of the 57 units.

July 23, 2013

William, Kate show off their newborn prince Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Kate describes herself as 'very emotional,' while William jokes, 'He's got her looks, thankfully.'

July 23, 2013

Emile Griffith, boxing champion who killed opponent, dies at 75

An elegant fighter and man, Griffith's brilliant career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Benny Paret in a 1962 title bout.

July 23, 2013

Report: Parents no longer shoulder biggest chunk of college bill

A report by Sallie Mae finds students relying more on grants and scholarships to cover spending that was about $21,000 per student in 2012.

July 23, 2013

Maine ranks near top in lighthearted honesty test

In an unscientific experiment by Honest Tea, 99 percent of people (including tourists) who used an honor-system kiosk in Kennebunk paid the dollar if they took a bottle of tea.

July 23, 2013

BIW gets $7.5 million contract modification

The contract is for engineering and design services on the USS Independence, a littoral combat ship.

July 23, 2013

Portland Jetport gets $1.4M for new snow equipment

On the shopping list are two front-end loaders, two snow plows and a snow-sweeping vehicle.

July 23, 2013

Maine Republicans' new leader seen as unity move

Former legislator Rick Bennett has respect from all sides, experts say.

July 23, 2013

FDA: Menthol cigarettes likely pose greater health risk

The review suggests that menthol use is more likely to initiate smoking by younger people and that menthol smokers have a harder time quitting.

July 24, 2013

Witnesses describe screams, stomping in Gwaro case Several photos included in this story

His attorney concedes Eric Gwaro hit Sherri York, but he says he was provoked and wasn't trying to kill her.

July 23, 2013

Flash flood watch issued for southern Maine

Already by 10:30 a.m. today, as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain had fallen in some parts of southern Maine.

July 23, 2013

Idexx posts higher earnings; shares fall on lower outlook

The Westbrook company said second-quarter growth was driven by strong sales in its pet group.

July 23, 2013

N.H. town sets up drop box for unwanted meds

Police said no questions or requests for identification are made.

July 23, 2013

Royal couple thank hospital for 'tremendous' baby care

The new family was expected to remain in the hospital until Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

July 23, 2013

China bans construction of government buildings

Across China, grand government buildings with oversized offices and fancy lighting have mushroomed in many cities, alienating many ordinary citizens.

July 23, 2013

Lawsuit filed in Ill. over Quebec train explosion

The lawsuit against Rail World and its Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway also names CEO Edward Burkhardt. It seeks at least $200,000 in damages.

July 23, 2013

Feds review Dartmouth sex harassment complaints

A Dartmouth spokesman says the college is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Education investigation.

July 23, 2013

Bank of Maine sells six branches to Machias Savings

Bank of Maine's chief executive says the sale will allow the bank to focus on its remaining branches in central and southern Maine.

July 23, 2013

Ex-partner accuses Bulger of being a pedophile

Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi is questioned more closely about the killing of his stepdaughter in James 'Whitey' Bulger's racketeering trial.

July 23, 2013

Images of N. Korean launch pad show work halt

The sight of unfinished roads and grass growing from the foundation of a large new rocket assembly building could be welcome news for Washington.

July 23, 2013

LaGuardia runways open after Southwest flight's hard landing

Ten passengers were treated at the scene, and six were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the plane's nose gear collapsed on landing Monday.

July 23, 2013

Trooper who leaked bombing suspect photo is on desk duty

The duties of Sgt. Sean Murphy, who has already served a one-day unpaid suspension, are restricted until an investigation is completed.

July 23, 2013

Grants, scholarships take lead in paying for college

Since the recession, more college-bound students have eliminated schools from their searches based on costs and have relied less on their parents once they get to campus, a report finds.

July 23, 2013

Tropical bird goes astray, sparks U.S. birding frenzy

Never before has there been a recorded sighting of a Rufous-necked wood-rail in the United States.

July 23, 2013

Maine man gets 18 months for financial crimes

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Samuel Hall opened a bank account in his brother's name and unlawfully sold prescription and over-the-counter creams online.

July 23, 2013

N.H. governor to attend Maine Democratic fundraiser

The party says Gov. Maggie Hassan is the only Democratic woman now serving as governor.

July 23, 2013

Portland's cruise industry growing Several photos included in this story

The city expects fewer ships this year but more visitors, mirroring a trend in the industry.

July 23, 2013

New England Dispatches

Truck transporting prisoner hits, kills bear / Van fatally strikes woman pushing her granddaughter ... and more news from around the region.

July 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine's gas prices rise another 7 cents / Police say 43 storage units were burglarized / Two workers seriously hurt in 20-foot fall from ladders ... and more news from around the state.

July 23, 2013

Maine police review evidence from Detroit death

The body of Ricky Cole, 47, was discovered Thursday inside the mobile home he was renting in Augusta.

July 23, 2013

Maine residents divided on wind turbines

The biggest wind farm in the state could bring significant cash, but it could also mar the rural scene in northern Somerset County.

July 23, 2013

Portland seeks quick vote on spending extra state funds

Restoring as many as eight 'high-value' positions may be one option considered in a Portland referendum.

July 23, 2013

Obama speech goal: Refocus on economy

His middle-class themes had been set aside while he dealt with the fiscal crisis and gun debate.

July 23, 2013

Hybrid Maine trawler to have all the trappings

 Two Mainers plan to build their diesel-electrics for those who want an energy-efficient, lobster boat-style pleasure craft.

July 23, 2013

Maine hay farmers struggle to stay afloat

One of the wettest Junes on record in central Maine puts hay farmers way behind schedule.

July 23, 2013

Ex-Waterville mayor, legislator Carey dies at 84

 He is remembered for enthusiasm, humor, colorful exploits and some financial controversy.