News from July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013

Three facing drug charges after raid on Fairfield home

Police say a search of the men's home turns up crack, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

July 26, 2013

Amid scandal, Weiner tours storm-damaged NYC home

But even in that setting, in the farthest reaches of the city, he couldn't escape his latest sexting scandal.

July 26, 2013

Saco wins state Little League title Several photos included in this story

Saco completes a rebound from the losers' bracket and is headed to the Eastern regional in Connecticut.

July 27, 2013

Maine wardens seek help finding loon's killer

The protected bird dies of an infection after being hit by a shotgun blast.

July 26, 2013

Tebow's future could depend on versatility

His future with the New England Patriots, if he has one, may depend on versatility rather than his questionable quarterbacking skills.

July 26, 2013

Trashed Mass. lottery ticket a $1M winner

A married couple accidentally threw away the winning ticket before digging it out of the trash.

July 27, 2013

Polar bear mauls Maine lawyer after breaking through fence

Matthew Dyer, a Lewiston attorney, was attacked while camping in Torngat Mountains National Park in Canada.

July 27, 2013

LePage touts ferry bid by Maine firm

The governor pledges state financial support for re-establishing Portland-to-Nova Scotia service if a Maine firm is selected.

July 26, 2013

Snowden's father: Congress trying to demonize son

He says he's proud of his son for sharing 'the truth with the American people.'

July 26, 2013

WikiLeaks soldier's case goes to judge

The most serious charge Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25, faces is aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence.

July 26, 2013

White House seeks transfer for two Gitmo detainees

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration wants Congress to support Obama's efforts to close the prison.

July 26, 2013

Vandal splatters green paint on Lincoln Memorial Several photos included in this story

Crews are busy cleaning the statue's shins, chair and base, as well as on the floor of the memorial building.

July 26, 2013

UNH, UMaine team on pollution project

Research will provide stronger data to use when deciding whether to close beaches, shellfish beds.

July 26, 2013

Maine tribe to try for casino – again

The Passamaquoddy are hoping for a local election instead of a statewide one.

July 26, 2013

Study: Tall women have higher cancer risk

Researchers concluded that a woman’s cancer risk increased 13 percent with every 4 inches of height.

July 26, 2013

FDA proposes rules to ensure food from abroad is safe to eat

Only around 2 percent of imported food is inspected by the government when it enters.

July 26, 2013

New health insurance markets: Not like Travelocity

Struggling with a deadline crunch, some states are delaying online tools that could make it easier for consumers to find the right plan when the markets go live on Oct. 1.

July 26, 2013

Maine ex-official's fraud jury deliberates into evening

Carole Swan, a former selectwoman, is charged with 10 counts of fraud.

July 26, 2013

Bail for Hernandez associate set at $500,000 cash

Ernest Wallace is accused of being an accessory after the fact to murder in connection with Odin Lloyd's killing.

July 26, 2013

U.S. rules out torture, execution of Snowden

Edward Snowden In an effort to secure the fugitive's return, the U.S. attorney general makes assurances to Russia.

July 26, 2013

Gunmen rob bank branch in Winslow Several photos included in this story

None of the employees or customers are injured after everyone is ordered to get down on the floor.

July 27, 2013

House ethics committee extends investigation of Michele Bachmann

The committee similarly takes more time on investigations for three other members of Congress, including John Tierney, D-Mass.

July 26, 2013

Attorney for Lewiston arson suspect says confession inadmissible

The attorney says 13-year-old Brody Covey was not read his Miranda rights until more than an hour and 45 minutes into an interview with a Lewiston detective.

July 27, 2013

In testimony, Gwaro denies murder attempt Several photos included in this story

The Scarborough man takes the stand to say that he struck a woman but wasn't trying to kill her.

July 30, 2013

Ashley Drew, young Scarborough woman who inspired many, dies at 26 Video clip included

 Despite being born with cystic fibrosis, she became an accomplished athlete and musician and gained national attention in an Affordable Care Act video.

July 27, 2013

Plea deal gives Ohio kidnapper life plus 1,000 years in prison

Ariel Castro pleads guilty to imprisoning three women in his home for more than a decade in Cleveland.

July 26, 2013

Maine search for missing hiker to resume Saturday

The Warden Service is looking for a 66-year-old woman who was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

July 26, 2013

Dartmouth student charged in urination incident

19-year-old Christopher Kipouras turns himself in following a complaint filed by a woman working on a film crew at the student's fraternity house.

July 26, 2013

Mainer is new commander of USS Constitution

Cmdr. Sean Kearns takes over command of the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat.

July 26, 2013

Deer Isle man convicted of molesting girl

Prosecutors say the former bus driver molested the girl when she was between 4 and 8 years old.

July 26, 2013

Suspect in shooting of NYC officer nabbed in Maine

Federal, Maine and New York law enforcement authorities apprehended Michael Faison in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Auburn.

July 26, 2013

Married gay couples' political contributions to get equal treatment

The decision issued Thursday is one of the first legal reverberations of the Supreme Court's decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

July 26, 2013

Truck, boat burned, houses vandalized in Mount Vernon

A pickup truck and boat were set on fire and several houses were vandalized on a road near Echo Lake, police say.

July 26, 2013

Police: Suspect in Maine killing was high, sought more drugs Several photos included in this story

Jason Cote, 22, enters no plea in court Friday to charges he bludgeoned 47-year-old Ricky Cole to death on July 18.

July 26, 2013

Police lower death count in Spain crash to 78

Investigators, meanwhile, have taken possession of the 'black boxes' of the train, which hurtled at high speed along a curve and derailed on Wednesday.

July 26, 2013

Three swimmers rescued in waters off N.H. beach

Bystanders rescued one; two others were rescued about 75 yards offshore.

July 26, 2013

Man wanted in Maine slaying arrested in Mass.

Sebastian Moody faces charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution in connection with the April killing of Romeo Parent of Greene.

July 26, 2013

Police arrest researcher suspected of poisoning wife with cyanide

Dr. Robert Ferrante is accused of giving the deadly poison to his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein. She died on April 20.

July 26, 2013

Agent's riveting account ends case against Bulger

The prosecution's final witness details the capture of the reputed Boston gang leader.

July 26, 2013

Rally cars arrive for race at Sunday River resort

Rally cars feature a driver and navigator who race against the clock on dirt roads.

July 26, 2013

Bangor's annual 10-day fair gets under way today

One of Maine's largest, it draws 60,000 to 70,000 people each year.

July 26, 2013

Photos: Preserving Pemaquid's past



July 26, 2013

Westbrook High's lights fund hits goal

A last-minute donation means the sports stadium lights should be up and running by this fall.

July 26, 2013

After two years in courts, bathroom-mess case ends

A Portland man loses his second appeal of a conviction that he deliberately smeared his feces inside a U.S. District courthouse.

July 26, 2013

Scarborough councilor wants dogs leashed on beach

Ronald Ahlquist says tighter rules would protect endangered birds, one of which was killed by an unleashed dog last week.

July 26, 2013

Family berates woman who lured N.H. friend to death

Kathryn McDonough is sentenced for her role in the death of a University of New Hampshire sophomore.

July 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Missing toddler's father pleads not guilty to assault / Police resuscitate fallen man, then charge him / Rail company, Maine DEP disagree on oil reports, fees ... and more news from around the state.

July 26, 2013

Maine's Collins aims to help elderly avoid scams

But her bill does not provide any funding for a new office in the Federal Trade Commission.

July 26, 2013

The tar sands fight in our backyard Several photos included in this story

 Opponents of tar sands oil flowing into South Portland have awakened a powerful foe: an industry that says a pre-emptive city ordinance threatens its existing regional investment.

July 26, 2013

Portland panel delays $40M school bond vote until 2014

School officials and parents had urged the Finance Committee to set an earlier date in hopes of renovating three elementary schools.

July 26, 2013

Five indicted in global hacking case

Paul Fishman The four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian are accused of stealing millions from major corporations.

July 26, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Maine Republican chairman copes with twin images

Rick Bennett's election comes, as he put it, at 'a very interesting time to be a Republican in Maine and probably across the nation.'