News from July 5, 2013

July 6, 2013

Defense furloughs will affect Mainers

About 2,100 of the state's civilian defense workers will be forced to take up to 11 days off without pay, resulting in a $7 million loss.

July 5, 2013

Lightning starts Augusta fire, leaving 14 homeless

All the apartment house occupants are evacuated without injury after the lightning bolt strikes.

July 6, 2013

Sanford considers theme park to boost tourism

The city suffered a decline of its textile mills and industrial base between the 1950s and 1990s, and has struggled to rebound.

July 5, 2013

Bruins get Iginla, ink 1-year-deal

The 36-year-old perennial All-Star entered this past season having scored at least 30 goals 11 straight times.

July 5, 2013

Custody dispute strands Mass. mother, child in Brazil

 The government blocks them from leaving until the father can meet with his 6-year-old daughter.

July 5, 2013

Local fishermen ask government to buy more shark

The desire to promote the dogfish shark as a food fish comes after deep cuts in the catch limits on cod.

July 5, 2013

Egypt's upheaval spurs debate over administration’s Mideast policy

His critics say President Obama should have used his leverage to make Egypt's rulers adhere to democratic principles, while others say such efforts to apply pressure can backfire.

July 5, 2013

Bath councilor joins Maine Senate race

David Sinclair announces he will compete for the Democratic nomination to replace Seth Goodall of Senate District 19.

July 5, 2013

Illnesses prompt Whole Foods to recall cheese

The store pulls Crave Brothers Les Freres cheeses in response to a bacterial infection in several states.

July 5, 2013

In Maine, lobster processing finally catches up

Several new plants open to fill the void that last season's glut exposed, giving the industry more control over its product.

July 5, 2013

Family still put out by 2007 oil spill in cellar

A New Hampshire man and his mother are hoping to return to their home for Christmas after six years.

July 5, 2013

In N.H., Giffords urges courage on background checks

She and her husband will take their fight to tighten gun control to Portland City Hall on Saturday.

July 5, 2013

Costa Rican woman weeps as she describes John Paul II miracle

Floribeth Mora, 50, says a photo of John Paul spoke to her after she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, telling her, 'Get up, don't be afraid,' and she was cured.

July 5, 2013

Maine residents warned about hot temperatures

Know the warning signs of heat stroke and drink lots of water if working outdoors, the state advises.

July 5, 2013

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII cleared for sainthood Video clip included

The miracle that brings John Paul to the ranks of saints concerns a Costa Rican woman who inexplicably was cured of a cerebral aneurism after praying to the late pontiff.

July 5, 2013

Police say Bath child care center fire was arson

No one was in the building owned by Family Focus child care center when the fire started.

July 5, 2013

Police: Maine man stabs future father-in-law

Timothy Curtis, 24, is suspected of stabbing Theodore Fullerton, 58, at an alcohol-fueled July 4th gathering in South China, but no are charges pressed, police say.

July 5, 2013

U.S economy gains 195,000 jobs, sees pay increases Video clip included

While signs show a strengthening economy, the new jobs are in generally lower-paying industries and many are part time.

July 5, 2013

Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Snowden

Edward Snowden Venezuela offers asylum to the NSA leaker "so that he can live (without) ... persecution from the empire," the country's president said.

July 6, 2013

Clashes in Egypt kill at least 30, hurt 210 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Islamist supporters of the ousted president vow to restore him to power and retaliate with violence.

July 5, 2013

Hernandez grand jury to hear from shooting victim

Alexander Bradley claims in a lawsuit he was shot by the former Patriots tight end after arguing in a Miami nightclub.

July 5, 2013

Maine mother pleads not guilty to murdering 2-year-old

Leanna Norris' attorney says it isn't clear how the girl died and Norris is having difficulty making the transition to jail after being hospitalized following the toddler's death.

July 5, 2013

Celtics' new coach: right guy, right time

The Boston Celtics are convinced that a humbled Brad Stevens is perfect for the coming rebuilding.

July 6, 2013

Two Maine boat explosions injure 3 people Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Gas fumes igniting are blamed for one off East End Beach in Portland and another on the Kennebec River.

July 5, 2013

US rider Vande Velde out of Tour de France

Veteran cyclist was involved in two crashes in three days during the race.

July 5, 2013

Police: Waterville man encouraged dogs to attack officer

Brian Charette, 33, was arrested early Friday in Waterville after police said he encouraged his two dogs to attack a police officer.

July 5, 2013

Egyptian turmoil jolts Gaza's Hamas rulers

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he is "monitoring developments" in Gaza's larger neighbor, and is hopeful relations will endure despite the crisis.

July 5, 2013

Brakes may have malfunctioned in fatal Bangor parade crash

Officials continue their investigation into a fatal accident during the city's Fourth of July parade.

July 6, 2013

Two Oakland women injured in Gardiner boat explosion Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Vickie Massey and Liliane Davidson, both of Oakland, were injured Friday morning in an explosion aboard a boat in the Kennebec River that left the flaming craft floating on the tide before running aground in Pittston.

July 5, 2013

Speed, alcohol suspected factors in deadly Thorndike crash, police say

A Rhode Island man is killed and two others were in serious condition Friday, a day after a vehicle they were riding in struck a utility pole, snapping it and causing a transformer to explode, police said.

July 5, 2013

Auburn mother accused of killing 2-year-old daughter ‘upset’ after leaving hospital, attorney says

Leanna Norris, 24, is charged with murder following the death of Loh Grenda in the Newport area on June 24.

July 6, 2013

Both moms take the stand in George Zimmerman trial Several photos included in this story Video clip included

In a dramatic day, the prosecution rested its case and the judge rejected a defense request to acquit Zimmerman on his murder charge.

July 5, 2013

Three companies bid for Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry Several photos included in this story

Prospects for a new ferry service starting next summer between Portland and Nova Scotia, Canada got a lot better this week.

July 5, 2013

28 injured at Calif. fireworks when platform tips Video clip included

Four people were listed in serious condition following the ground-level bursts, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

July 5, 2013

Man almost loses his nose in Lubec bar fight

Maine man charged with aggravated assault in the double stabbing.

July 5, 2013

Freeport starts process of finding a new motto

The town's former motto, "the birthplace of Maine," was historically inaccurate.

July 5, 2013

Experts: hotter planet means bigger, fiercer wildfires in West

"Twenty years ago, I would have said this was a highly unusual, fast-moving, dangerous fire," said fire history expert Don Falk at the University of Arizona at Tucson, referring to the deadly Yarnell Hill fire. "Now, unfortunately, it's not unusual at all."

July 5, 2013

Great Schooner Race sets sail from Isleboro to Rockland

The race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. today, and members of the Maine Windjammer Association will host free tours of their vessels for the rest of the weekend in Rockland.

July 5, 2013

Maine woman charged in daughter's death in court

Leanna Norris of Auburn will appear Friday in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor.

July 5, 2013

Coast Guard asks boaters not to launch fireworks



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Vermont dealing with road damage from heavy rain



July 5, 2013

Egyptian military rounds up Muslim Brotherhood leaders

The crackdown comes as Egypt's authorities install an interim president.

July 5, 2013

Vermonters exposed to rabid skunk



July 5, 2013

Massachusetts lawmakers cope with gun bills

Nearly 60 gun-related bills are under consideration more than six months after the Newtown killings.

July 5, 2013

Soggy Vermont farmers need sun

Record rains in May and June shortened the strawberry season and are wreaking havoc with hay.

July 5, 2013

Archaeological dig to continue through Richmond-Dresden bridge construction

Archaeologists and volunteers welcome extra time to complete work at the Fort Richmond site.

July 5, 2013

Choosing the right bulb has never been so complicated

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July 5, 2013

Bonding dispute may slash Maine road work

 Projects will be dropped, and jobs lost, if lawmakers can't agree on the details of a $100 million proposal.