News from July 25, 2013

July 26, 2013

Attorney general opens new front on voter rights

Eric Holder The Obama administration targets Texas first, but a recent Supreme Court decision may make it difficult.

July 26, 2013

Juror says Zimmerman 'got away with murder'

In a televised interview, Juror B-29 says she struggled to balance the law against what was in her heart.

July 25, 2013

Video suggests train speeding before deadly Spain crash

A fireman carries an injured child from the wreckage of a train crash Officials probe whether a systems failure or other issue led to the derailment that left at least 80 dead.

July 25, 2013

Virginia Johnson, renowned sexuality researcher, dies

She was half of the team of Masters and Johnson that produced best-selling books on subjects that had long been taboo to discuss.

July 25, 2013

Team examining Gulf shipwreck finds 2 other wrecks Several photos included in this story

The three vessels full of artifacts were likely sailing together when they all went down in a storm 200 years ago.

July 26, 2013

Ex-Maine politician says she doesn't remember Chelsea bid details

Carole Swan says that if she erred on income tax or workers' compensation forms it was because she is a victim of domestic abuse.

July 26, 2013

Wardens: Female hiker missing in Maine

Wardens say 66-year-old Geraldine Largay planned to meet her husband after hiking the Appalachian Trail, but never showed.

July 26, 2013

Video profiles Maine's cannibal lobsters

'Attack of the Cannibal Lobsters' looks at one way in which climate change is affecting our ecosystem.

July 26, 2013

Photos show Aaron Hernandez apparently holding gun

Newly released surveillance photos show the former New England Patriot holding what appears to be a gun, minutes after his friend was murdered.

July 25, 2013

Maine Med nurses trying to form union

Meetings have been held, but no vote has been scheduled. The hospital describes the effort as unnecessary.

July 25, 2013

Weiner falls in NYC poll after new sexting scandal

The NBC 4/Wall Street Journal poll released two days after the revelations shows he has slipped to a statistical three-way tie for second place.

July 25, 2013

Weiner: I messaged up to 3 women after resigning

Anthony Weiner The married mayoral candidate also said he'd had sexually charged exchanges with six to 10 women while serving in Congress.

July 25, 2013

Police raid office of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway

Canadian officers are searching for evidence in the July 6 railway disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed much of a small Quebec town.

July 25, 2013

SAC's history: Dazzling success, dubious actions

Even in the high-flying hedge fund world, SAC Capital has stood out for its audacity, ambition and mammoth returns.

July 25, 2013

Pope Francis calls for end to injustices to poor

Pope Francis The 'slum pope' receives a warm welcome from one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious shantytowns.

July 25, 2013

Accomplice in N.H. student's death pleads guilty

Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth told investigators she helped dump the body of Elizabeth Marriott into the waters off Peirce Island.

July 25, 2013

Brothers charged with breaking into York Beach arcade

Police say Joseph and Joshua Cahill broke into the Fun-O-Rama arcade Monday, but left when security alarms sounded.

July 26, 2013

Mainer in space discusses dramatic rescue, missing home Video clip included

Astronaut Chris Cassidy and colleague Karen Nyberg talk to the Press Herald via video conference from the International Space Station.

July 25, 2013

Two years later, no arrest in death of N.H. girl

The body of 11-year-old Celina Cass was found less than a mile from her home a week after she was last seen using her family's computer.

July 26, 2013

Anthem-MaineHealth network approved – with conditions

A rival network blasts the partnership as a 'backroom deal' that discriminates against central and western Maine.

July 25, 2013

Request for probe of Maine DEP on hold

A legislator says he needs to refine the goals of any review, which he's seeking in reaction to a Press Herald investigation.

July 26, 2013

Patriots ready to turn to football

The players will be focusing on the game starting Friday after an offseason of distractions.

July 25, 2013

Bangor police revive unconscious man, later arrest him

Police say the man now faces charges of possession of heroin, trafficking drugs and trafficking knives, in addition to outstanding warrants.

July 25, 2013

Maine tells railroad to report oil shipments

Pan Am Railways says Maine law requires reports only for refined oil, but not crude oil.

July 25, 2013

Ex-Chelsea selectwoman: Can’t remember contract bid details

Carole Swan, facing 10 charges of defrauding the federal government, testified today she cannot remember specifics about the bid for a 2007 culvert project awarded to her husband.

July 25, 2013

State Republican parties mired in dysfunction

Democrats are not immune to such problems, but the conflicts on the Republican side highlight the tug of war over the GOP's future as national leaders work to improve the party's brand.

July 26, 2013

LePage still riled over military recruiter-access bill

The governor says will reintroduce a bill to allow uniformed military recruiters access to schools, which opponents say is already allowed.

July 25, 2013

Major hedge fund SAC Capital charged with fraud Several photos included in this story

The federal indictment accuses the firm of unprecedented amounts of insider trading.

July 25, 2013

Admiration, puzzlement over Weiner's loyal wife

When her new husband's political career disintegrated in 2011, Humin Abedin couldn't escape the obvious comparisons with her mentor, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

July 26, 2013

Gwaro's wife: He was drunk night of Portland attack

Meanwhile, an investigator hired by the Scarborough man’s defense team says a prosecution witness has changed his story.

July 25, 2013

SLIDE SHOW: Tragedy strikes Spain



July 25, 2013

Three Maine organizations get humanities grants

The Maine Humanities Council in Portland was awarded $159,000 for its project on the Acadian experience in Maine.

July 25, 2013

Ayla Reynolds' dad pleads not guilty to unrelated assault charge

Justin DiPietro was initially absent from court, leading to the threat of an arrest warrant.

July 25, 2013

Lobsterman survives 12 hours by clinging to his rubber boots

 The Coast Guard rescues John Aldridge off of Montauk Point after he falls off his lobster boat.

July 25, 2013

Father, son, accused of tying elderly woman to bed in NH home invasion

The homeowner, a woman in her 80s, was tied to her bed and then robbed.

July 25, 2013

Amtrak to silence Downeaster whistles in Freeport

20121101_GC_DownEaster Residents who live near the track have complained about the noise since the Downeaster extended its service north of Portland to Freeport and Brunswick last November.

July 25, 2013

At 112, N.Y. man is world's oldest; oldest woman 115

Guinness World Records used census reports, immigration papers, marriage records and news reports to confirm the record.

July 25, 2013

Apple tree saplings stolen from Bath park

City Arborist Tom Hoerth says the first five saplings he planted were stolen within days. So he planted six more. Those were taken too.

July 25, 2013

Accomplice in UNH student's death to plead guilty

Her lawyer says 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth will plead guilty today to hindering the prosecution, conspiracy and tampering with a witness.

July 25, 2013

Early-morning crash in Harrison kills driver

Police say the driver of a car traveling on Waterford Road apparently lost control and hit a tree.

July 25, 2013

Ribbon-cutting for NH-Maine bridge rescheduled

The ribbon-cutting will be done by former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley, who was 5 when she cut the ribbon at the original Memorial Bridge opening in 1923.

July 25, 2013

Portland Fire Department gets $1.1M federal grant

The grant will fund firefighter positions on the department's Rescue 1 apparatus, which responds to special emergencies.

July 25, 2013

Maine power company offers electric car grants

Participants will be required to collect data about how the vehicle is being used during the first two years of use.

July 25, 2013

80 dead in Spain train crash; dramatic video shows impact Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An analysis of video images suggests that the train may have been traveling at twice the speed limit for that stretch of track.

July 25, 2013

Unlike English royalty, parents in Maine prefer trendy names

From 2001 to 2012, only 14 boys in Maine were named George – and all of them were in 2010.

July 25, 2013

Jason Sudeikis leaving 'SNL' cast

After eight years on the air at "Saturday Night Live," Jason Sudeikis says he's calling it quits.

July 25, 2013

Michaud, Pingree push redesign of railroad tanker cars

Also, the New Brunswick & Maine Railways announces new safety guidelines for parked trains.

July 25, 2013

Demise of Maine jobs program leads to finger-pointing

The Department of Corrections and Jobs for Maine Graduates each says the other chose not to continue the contract.

July 25, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Bowdoin ranks 20th on Forbes' annual list / Mentally ill offender accused of assaulting hospital worker / Portland downtown agency names interim executive director ... and more news from around the state.

July 25, 2013

New England Dispatches

Boston police seeking suspect after woman is kidnapped, killed / Voting law allows students to use their college IDs ... and more news from around the region.

July 25, 2013

City dwelling less risky than country living, statistics show

People living in urban areas are 20 percent less likely to die from serious injury than residents of rural areas.

July 25, 2013

In Freeport, one old house, many stories Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 A film documentarian unravels the shifting narrative around Freeport's Pote House, a family ancestor's home that has lodged itself into local legend.

July 25, 2013

PORTopera's 'La Boheme' simply soars

 The result is one of the best performances of the opera that I have ever seen. It should not be missed.

July 25, 2013

Maine seeing surge of scary drug called Spice

 Poison center calls about the synthetic form of marijuana have eclipsed those for cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines, despite being nearly unheard of in Maine before 2010.