News from June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013

Maine insurance bills pass, but face likely vetoes

One proposal aims to prevent insurance companies from charging higher rates in some rural areas.

June 17, 2013

LePage vetoes bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan

The bill would extend health insurance to more than 60,000 low-income Mainers under the federal Affordable Care Act.

June 17, 2013

2 arrested in Maine pharmacy robbery

Two 23-year-old men from Dresden, Maine, have been charged with robbing a Walgreen's pharmacy in Bath.

June 17, 2013

Putin: U.S.-Russia positions on Syria don't 'coincide'

While Putin has called for negotiated peace talks, he remains one of President Bashar Assad's strongest allies.

June 18, 2013

Maine Senate approves weakened gun bill, disappointing advocates

One group is considering pushing for a statewide referendum to ask voters to mandate background checks for all gun sales.

June 17, 2013

Thunderstorms knock out power to thousands of Mainers

The storms pack a punch, bringing hail and powerful wind gusts.

June 17, 2013

Maine lawmakers uphold LePage veto on five bills

The measures cover topics including timber harvesting and the licensing of recreational therapists.

June 18, 2013

LePage's finance chief wants to avoid government shutdown

 But he has no firm answer on the state's bond rating and says there is no 'plan B' if the the governor successfully vetoes the budget.

June 17, 2013

Maine peeper gets two years for videotaping teen girls

'It's probably the worst decision I've made in my entire life,' Michael Femling tells the judge.

June 17, 2013

Windham boy, 2, falls from second-story window

The boy was awake and crying after landing, having hit a first-floor roof on his way down.

June 17, 2013

Man arraigned in Portland kidnapping that ended in Delaware

Travis Landry pleads not guilty to kidnapping a Gorham man in April.

June 17, 2013

Boston Marathon charity receives about 250 applications

The One Fund has collected $47.5 million, and the highest awards will go to families of the four people who died in the bombings and manhunt.

June 17, 2013

Maine lawmakers in final days, but key issues unresolved 


Lawmakers await word from Gov. LePage on whether he'll veto the two-year state budget and a bill to expand Medicaid.

June 17, 2013

Seattle businessman tries his luck at building marijuana brand

Jamen Shively hopes to build an international marijuana empire. He also risks getting himself indicted.

June 17, 2013

Seacoast Energy in Newcastle buys TempControl

The purchase expands the company's range of services and and geographic territory.

June 17, 2013

IVantage Health Analytics in Portland gets $10M investment

The health-care information company says the money will be used to add staff and technology infrastructure, and expand sales and marketing efforts.

June 17, 2013

Firefighters save snakes from burning Auburn attic

Firefighters responding to a fire learned that a tenant was keeping 25 to 30 ball pythons in the attic.

June 18, 2013

Maine police: Cyclist probably fell into truck

Evidence indicates the rider was killed when he lost his balance while sipping water, police say.

June 17, 2013

Maine Legislature passes partial rollback of GOP health-care law

But the chance of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage looms large, as only five Republicans in both chambers break ranks to back one bill and none back the other.

June 17, 2013

Accident injures 3 climbers at Acadia National Park

A man and a woman are released from a hospital a day after the complicated, four-hour rescue.

June 17, 2013

Sweeping US-EU trade talks to start in July

President Barack Obama says a deal would be "a priority of mine" and that he was "confident we can get it done."

June 17, 2013

NSA leaker Snowden says he can't get fair trial in U.S.

Snowden's remarks came in a question-and-answer session on the website of Britain's Guardian newspaper.

June 18, 2013

Lifelong dream fulfilled: Mainer to become astronaut

Jessica Meir of Caribou, whose yearbook goal was to walk in space, is one of eight new candidates chosen by NASA.

June 17, 2013

S. Portland group gets signatures to ban importing oil Several photos included in this story

The group opposing tar-sands oil gets nearly four times the 950 needed to put the question to voters.

June 17, 2013

Supreme Court blocks law requiring voters to prove citizenship

In a victory for voting-rights advocates, the court says the law tried to illegally displace legislation at the federal level.

June 17, 2013

Stephen King's scary library needs $9M repair

Bangor voters will decide Tuesday whether to back a tax-exempt bond to help repair the library's 101-year-old copper roof.

June 17, 2013

Violent weekend in Chicago leaves at least 6 dead

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says the youngest victim was a 15-year-old boy.

June 17, 2013

U.S. homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high

Steady job growth, low mortgage rates, rising home prices and tight supplies of homes for sale have supported a recovery in housing this year.

June 17, 2013

Chinese supercomputer named as world's fastest

The Tianhe-2 is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops – or 33,860 trillion calculations – per second.

June 18, 2013

2 drivers killed Monday in Augusta Route 3 head-on crash

A head-on crash claims Laura Hall, 46, and Dean A. James, 45; James, who caused the crash by crossing the center line, was a convicted drug dealer.

June 17, 2013

Obama: Northern Ireland peace will be tested

Acknowledging the reality of a sometimes-fragile peace, Obama recalled the Omagh bombings that killed 29 people and injured hundreds more after the peace accord was signed.

June 17, 2013

Apple details government requests for data

The company says the most common requests came from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer's, or hoping to prevent a suicide.

June 17, 2013

Longtime hitman says Bulger 'broke my heart'

The ex-gangster says he was 'stunned' that Bulger had been an FBI informant, and placed him in murder scenes.

June 17, 2013

Final section of Maine-NH bridge to be floated in

Maritime traffic on the Piscataqua River won't be allowed for five days as the bridge is hooked up and tested. Traffic is expected to resume on June 22.

June 17, 2013

Stretch of northbound I-95 to close for repair in Maine

During the closure, traffic is being diverted to U.S. Route 2, which runs parallel to I-95 and won't add significant time for motorists driving north.

June 17, 2013

Mayors Against Illegal Guns holds rally in Augusta

The rally is part of a national tour aimed at building support for background checks and other measures it says will reduce gun violence.

June 17, 2013

Efforts to reduce risks to kids run into a powerful foe Several photos included in this story

Overseen by a former chemical industry lobbyist, Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection resists regulations on substances that may be harmful to children and fetuses.

June 17, 2013

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June 17, 2013

Social media not friendly or forgiving to business

A clash between a motorist and a cyclist that moved online results in a loss of corporate sponsors.

June 17, 2013

Bite-mark evidence derided as unreliable in courts Several photos included in this story

Critics are questioning its scientific validity and the qualifications of those paid to testify about it.

June 17, 2013

N. Korea proposes unconditional talks with U.S.

But Washington says that Pyongyang must comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions first.

June 17, 2013

IRS supervisor in Washington handled tea party applications

Her assertion contradicts agency claims that a small group of Cincinnati agents was solely responsible.

June 17, 2013

Revitalization effort focuses on Lincoln Park Several photos included in this story

 Frank E. Reilly heads up The Friends of Lincoln Park, who want to restore Portland's first park.

June 17, 2013

'Days of Our Lives' wins best-soap Emmy

Doug Davidson Doug Davidson of "The Young and the Restless" earns his first career trophy for a role he's played since 1978.

June 17, 2013

George E. Manning, 66, remembered as the 'mayor of Commercial Street'

 The Portland fisherman drowned after falling off a wharf on the city's waterfront last week.

June 17, 2013

With officers out, Cumberland County Jail sends Father's Day visitors home

Four people are unable to celebrate Father's Day as a family after the jail found itself shorthanded.

June 17, 2013

Miss Connecticut carries away crown at Miss USA contest

Erin Brady, 25, of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas Sunday night.

June 17, 2013

House expected to take up dental bill this week

 Most hygienists support the measure that would allow them to provide additional services.

June 17, 2013

Lab tracks Maine's tick time bomb Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks have spread inland from coastal regions and into the northern reaches of the state.