News from July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

School bus, car collide in South Berwick

A school bus carrying 23 summer campers collided with a car Tuesday afternoon on Route 236.

July 9, 2013

Freeport in no hurry to replace erroneous 'birthplace' motto

The old motto was debunked by historians, but a town panel says it has higher priorities.

July 10, 2013

Attorney seeking to seal affidavits in Maine child's death

The action comes as the Press Herald requests documents related to the case of a 2-year-old whose body was found in a car in Stetson.

July 10, 2013

NTSB: San Francisco pilots relied on auto control Video clip included

The new details were not conclusive about the cause of Saturday's crash, but they raised potential areas of focus.

July 10, 2013

Acton town official arrested, quickly resigns

Assistant Rescue Chief Daniel Ouellette allegedly makes threatening remarks toward police officers.

July 9, 2013

Dying fan meets Joey Votto, sees no-hitter

A dying Cincinnati Reds fan made one last trip to a baseball game, with an assist by Joey Votto and a gem by Homer Bailey.

July 9, 2013

LePage: I'll sign bill requiring labels for genetically modified foods

But implementation will be delayed until at least January to prepare for a possible lawsuit from agribusiness giant Monsanto.

July 9, 2013

Maine man, missing eight days, is found safe

David Buckley, who was reported missing July 1, appears to be in good physical shape.

July 10, 2013

Associate saw Aaron Hernandez fire fatal shots, records say

Aaron Hernandez Court documents also detail the ex-Patriots player's connection to a July 2012 double homicide in Boston.

July 9, 2013

Man accused in 9-person shooting arrested in Maine

Police say Parris Peterson-Lloyd is a suspect in a shooting at a New York party.

July 9, 2013

Canada derailment puts tank car in spotlight

The DOT-111 type tanker cars have come under scrutiny from transportation safety experts.

July 9, 2013

Group wants bear-baiting referendum in Maine

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting plans to gather 80,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

July 9, 2013

Republicans want delay in health law's individual mandate

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the law provides financial aid and health care to low-income Americans, and Obama won't delay it.

July 9, 2013

John Kerry's wife improving at Boston hospital

Teresa Heinz Kerry remains in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

July 9, 2013

Bulger, witness exchange profanities in court

The defendant erupts when his once-loyal apprentice calls him and his partner the 'biggest rats.'

July 9, 2013

Hernandez co-defendant to remain in jail, for now

'He's a gentle man who's totally confused at his situation at this point,' says Carlos Ortiz's court-appointed attorney.

July 10, 2013

Signs of a criminal act in Canada train explosion

Investigators consider that and other possible causes of a train crash that left at least 15 dead and dozens missing.

July 9, 2013

Canada launches criminal probe into deadly train explosion Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Investigators also say the death toll has risen to 15 people, and dozens more are still missing.

July 9, 2013

Cape Elizabeth may open Fort Williams to art vendors

Up to eight vendors could operate daily under rules amended this week and up for adoption in August.

July 9, 2013

Seeking death penalty in Boston case? A long road

Since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, only three people, including Timothy McVeigh, have been executed.

July 9, 2013

Captain of wrecked cruise ship on trial in Italy

Many of the witnesses will be drawn from the 4,200 passengers and crew aboard the ship that struck a jagged reef off Giglio, took on water and capsized.

July 9, 2013

Head of rail company denies poor safety record

Edward Burkhardt said the company had only experienced a series of small incidents involving tracks in the past few years.

July 9, 2013

Maine House rejects school budget redo without voters' OK

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan has said it could cost the city as much as $15,000 to hold another vote.

July 9, 2013

Defense expert says evidence jibes with Zimmerman's story

He says the trajectory of the bullet shows Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman when the gun was fired, but then backtracks some under cross-examination.

July 9, 2013

Shaw's to close six underperforming stores in Mass., R.I.

The company, owned by Cerberus Capital management LC, still operates more than 160 Shaw's and Star Market stores in five New England states, including Maine.

July 9, 2013

Confusion on Snowden acceptance of Venezuela asylum offer

Edward Snowden The NSA leaker has applied for asylum in other countries as well, and it's not clear how easy it would be for him to get to Venezuela.

July 9, 2013

Mass. woman charged with hedge clipper attack on 9-year-old

Police say both the woman and her daughter were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

July 9, 2013

Body believed to be missing Portland musician

Michael Allen, who also worked on lobster boats, had been reported missing Monday.

July 24, 2013

Swans claimed negative $110,518 income in 2006, IRS official testifies

Robert Drisko testifies former selectwoman charged with fraud “would work outside (of board meetings) to get her own way.”

July 9, 2013

Red Cross issues emergency request for blood

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

July 9, 2013

Waterboro men charged with stealing man's cash and booze

The victim, who had sought refuge in a nearby house, said he knew one of his attackers.

July 9, 2013

Women in Ohio kidnap case post video, thank public for support Several photos included in this story Video clip included

After 10 years in captivity, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight say others' support is allowing them to rebuild their lives.

July 9, 2013

Astronauts tackle chore backlog on spacewalk Video clip included

York's Christopher Cassidy joins an Italian astronaut in checking off NASA's to-do list.

July 9, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Images from the deadly rail crash



July 9, 2013

Patient accused of assaulting two N.H. hospital workers

Officials said one of the injured employees suffered severe trauma to his face and head.

July 9, 2013

Maine town hopes to recoup cost of removing metal from lake

Fourteen truckloads of metal were recovered from the bottom of a swim area at Lake Messalonskee last month, according to an Oakland official.

July 9, 2013

Lewiston teen praised for rescuing boy who fell in river

Andrew Bilodeau admits he was scared when he waded into the river behind his family's apartment after hearing cries of the boy's friends.

July 9, 2013

Unusual pattern of spine injuries from jet crash

So far, two people are unable to move their legs – doctors don't yet know if the damage is permanent – and several others have needed surgery to stabilize their spines so they can move.

July 9, 2013

Singer Randy Travis in critical condition in Texas

Travis, 54, is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus, according to his publicist.

July 9, 2013

Pakistani report on Bin Laden blames negligence

Incompetence at nearly all levels of the government let the al-Qaida chief go undetected, the report says.

July 9, 2013

911 calls becoming heart of Zimmerman trial

Convincing the jury of who was screaming for help on the tape is important to both sides because it would help jurors evaluate George Zimmerman's self-defense claim.

July 9, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Westbrook police investigate death after body found in river / Woman rescued from Harpswell shore after getting lost / Bail set for Bangor man charged in Fourth of July shooting . . . and more news from around the state.

July 9, 2013

Derailment fuels debate over rail vs. pipelines for oil transport

 After months of controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the early-morning crash in Quebec drew national attention.

July 9, 2013

Propane suspected in Canada explosions

 Evidence mounts that the runaway train slammed into other railroad cars carrying liquid propane.

July 9, 2013

Alaska crash victims were family on fishing trip

 The nine passengers from South Carolina who died in the plane crash were headed to a fishing lodge.

July 9, 2013

Crash may affect Tuesday vote on Maine oil transport study

Environmentalists fear the Portland Pipe Line Corp. will transport the heavy crude from Canada, and say the crash justifies those fears.

July 9, 2013

In Portland, public-space smokers pay a price

 Violators get ticketed, a court date and a possible fine under a city ordinance that seeks to clear the air.

July 9, 2013

Train company averages two crashes per year Several photos included in this story

As confirmed deaths reach 13 in the small Canadian town, investigators look into whether a fire an hour before the explosions may have played a role.

July 8, 2013

State's 'F' spurs new ethics laws for Maine officials

Reforms in disclosures and to slow the 'revolving door' to lobbying are called 'a major departure.'

July 8, 2013

Feature obituary: Mark Tordoff, 51, leader at Maine Christian radio station

 Mr. Tordoff also led a push for Christian musicians to perform at music and sports venues across southern Maine.

July 8, 2013

Asiana attendant describes dramatic evacuation after crash

Lee Yoon-hye said that after the captain ordered an evacuation, she knew exactly what to do.

July 8, 2013

Flight 214: A pilot's perspective

I'd like to express my dismay over the media's shamelessly sensationalistic coverage of it . . .

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.