News from July 8, 2013

July 9, 2013

Police probe whether fire vehicle killed passenger Several photos included in this story

It appears the 16-year-old Chinese girl, who was ejected onto the runway, may have been run over by a vehicle racing to the crash scene of Flight 214.

July 8, 2013

Swan lawyer unsure if she'll testify at Maine fraud trial

He says the ex-selectwoman never meant to defraud, but did what she had to do to survive in an abusive marriage.

July 8, 2013

Buxton police step up patrols at popular partying spot

 Police issued summonses to seven juveniles recently for offenses such as drug and alcohol possession.

July 8, 2013

‘Big Brother’ airs racist, anti-gay comments by contestants

One contestant calls a housemate 'queer' and tells a fellow Asian contestant to 'shut up and go make some rice.' Derogatory statements about blacks were also aired.

July 9, 2013

Westbrook police recover body from Presumpscot River

The body is recovered from an area of the river near the Cumberland Street Bridge.

July 8, 2013

Estranged husband sought in N.H. woman's homicide

The charge alleges that James Robarge recklessly caused the death of 42-year-old Kelly Robarge on June 27 by inflicting trauma to her body.

July 8, 2013

Friends concerned about missing Portland musician, lobsterman

Michael Allen has not been seen or heard from since Friday morning, they say.

July 9, 2013

LePage vetoes 21 bills; 82 total for session

The governor, who axed a bill to hike the minimum wage Tuesday, now has 33 more vetoes than Longley in '77.

July 9, 2013

LePage may OK bill requiring labels for genetically modified foods

 The bill received unanimous votes in the Maine Senate and House, but if approved, could draw a lawsuit from agribusiness giant Monsanto.

July 8, 2013

Rick Perry, America's longest-serving governor, won't seek re-election

The governor of Texas was well-liked in his home state, but foundered nationally when he ran for president in 2012.

July 8, 2013

Body discovered in woods off Route 4 in Livermore

It appears that the person committed suicide.

July 8, 2013

Judge to unseal search warrants in Hernandez case

Aaron Hernandez Several newspapers had filed motions to unseal the documents related to the murder case against the ex-Patriots star.

July 8, 2013

San Francisco crash investigators turn to cockpit decisions Several photos included in this story

Authorities also say a fire truck may have accidentally run over one of the teenagers killed in the crash at San Francisco International Airport.

July 8, 2013

Moody’s: Maine’s cut in local gov’t revenue-sharing a 'negative'

The amount of money the state will distribute to municipalities over the next two fiscal years is expected to drop significantly.

July 8, 2013

MDOT won't stand in the way of oil shipments

A spokesman says MDOT doesn't regulate what trains haul, their frequency of trips, their destinations or other matters dealing with interstate commerce.

July 8, 2013

Sea Dogs nipped by New Britain in duel Several photos included in this story

New Britain’s Virgil Vazquez flirts with a no-hitter to beat Portland newcomer Terry Doyle in a fast game at Hadlock.

July 8, 2013

Maine group protests in aftermath of Quebec rail explosion

A dozen protesters call for stringent inspection of Maine railways and a reduction in the amount of oil transported through the state.

July 8, 2013

Brunswick woman rescued from rising tide in Harpswell

Theresa Desjardins, 45, had been hiking behind the Harpswell town office with her 15-year-old son when they became separated. He was able to find his way out and called for help.

July 8, 2013

No cutoff in US aid to Egyptian military – for now

Under U.S. law, a coup determination would require a suspension of all non-humanitarian aid to Egypt, including $1.3 billion that directly supports the Egyptian military.

July 8, 2013

Twinkies to last longer this time around

Hostess Brands LLC says the spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45 days when they start hitting shelves again July 15.

July 8, 2013

Bill to free up extra Maine school funds on tap

The measure would allow school districts to spend unexpected state aid without voters' approval.

July 8, 2013

Success of students earns Portland program new grant

LearningWorks gets $975,000 to fund the classes and skills taught by Youth Building Alternatives.

July 9, 2013

LePage vetoes bill cutting toxic chemicals in kids' items

The governor's administration has opposed the measure saying it would cost too much for added staffing.

July 8, 2013

Portland police charge four with engaging a prostitute

The men are arrested after residents in the Parkside neighborhood asked for stepped-up enforcement.

July 8, 2013

Body of missing Saco man found by police

Kevin O'Donnell was reported missing June 12 and police asked the public to help locate him.

July 8, 2013

Police: Cyclist sexually assaulted in Maine

Police want to speak to anyone who traveled along the Whitten Road in Canaan between noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

July 9, 2013

Death toll sure to rise in Quebec oil train crash Several photos included in this story

 Police have finally entered the charred epicenter of the scene, and 50 people were still missing as of early Tuesday morning.

July 8, 2013

Jury selected in trial of former Chelsea selectwoman

Carole Swan is charged with 10 counts of defrauding the federal government.

July 8, 2013

Bulger associate testifies of murders

Kevin Weeks says James "Whitey" Bulger shot and killed two men in 1982.

July 8, 2013

Man accused of firing from window on $100K bail

Perrin Oliver, 43, is accused of firing about 70 shots during a standoff that forced the rerouting of the city's July 4 parade.

July 8, 2013

Dad says he didn't deny it was Trayvon's voice

The judge also rules that George Zimmerman's attorneys may present evidence that Trayvon Martin smoked marijuana.

July 8, 2013

Maine fisherman dies off coast of Cape Cod

40-year-old Michael Grindle died aboard the Osprey, a 107-foot herring trawler, and authorities have scheduled an autopsy.

July 8, 2013

Maine gas prices rise slightly

Prices in Maine are now almost 9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and almost 3 cents lower than a month ago.

July 8, 2013

Maine Legislature returns to clarify sales tax

The bill scheduled to be voted on Tuesday clarifies categories for which the approved sales tax increase will apply.

July 8, 2013

Co-defendant in Aaron Hernandez case ordered held

Ernest Wallace pleaded not guilty Monday to accessory to a murder that the ex-Patriots star is accused of committing.

July 8, 2013

Morsi backers urge uprising after 51 killed in Egypt Several photos included in this story

The military says it was provoked into firing on protesters, but a Muslim group denies it.

July 8, 2013

Joint Chiefs chairman visiting naval shipyard

Gen. Martin Dempsey is scheduled to visit Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base today.

July 8, 2013

New Maine college president carries on tradition

Between the three of them, Joseph Cassidy, his father and his uncle have 67 years of service in the Maine Community College System.

July 8, 2013

Maine parents urging LePage to sign anti-BPA bill

The bill would require companies with $1 billion or more in gross annual sales to report to the state if they use chemicals like BPA in food packaging.

July 8, 2013

10 killed in Alaska plane crash Video clip included

Alaska has already seen several plane crashes this year, including a June 28 crash that killed a pilot and two passengers on a commercial tour in the Alaska Range.

July 8, 2013

Colburn House is a true home of history

 The Maine Historic Site will present a program about its remarkable lore on Saturday in Pittston.

July 8, 2013

Monmouth war heroes get recognition

 Each man who died in World War II combat has a plaque featuring medals and honors he won.

July 8, 2013

After high-profile career with FBI, Mainer retires

20130701_Bickmore Peter Bickmore, who led the domestic terrorism unit, kept ties to his home state.

July 7, 2013

Boreal forest: Maine planners stand to learn lessons from Canada's subarctic timberlands

 The challenges facing Maine and Canadian forests point up the need for overall land-use planning.

July 7, 2013

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July 8, 2013

Maine firefighter shocked by extent of damage

'It looks like a war zone,' after a gas explosion destroyed the center of a Canadian city.