News from June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

Plea deals offered to two men in Portland gang rape case

 Unable to locate the alleged victim, a prosecutor reduces the charges even though it 'sickens' her, she says.

June 20, 2013

Reports due in crash that killed Berwick teacher

 Whether to charge a teenage driver in the April 10 accident hinges on probe results Friday.

June 19, 2013

Portland cocaine smuggler to serve 25 years

Monitored phone calls nabbed Hasan Worthy, 36, who ran a New York-to-Portland drug ring.

June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini, 'Sopranos' star, dies at 51 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

An effortless killer in 'The Sopranos,' the actor is called 'a special man, a gentle and loving person.'

June 20, 2013

Maine governor to stop talking to 3 newspapers

The announcement from the Governor's Office was made after a Press Herald investigation of DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho, a former lobbyist portrayed as working behind the scenes to roll back environmental laws and regulations.

June 19, 2013

Study: HPV vaccine cuts infection by half in teen girls

The research released Wednesday echoes studies done before the HPV vaccine became available in 2006.

June 19, 2013

Elderly N.H. couple stabbed to death at home

A home-health aide finds the bodies, and residents of the working-class neighborhood are mystified.

June 19, 2013

Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe

The New York-to-Paris flight crashed in 1996 just minutes after take off, killing all 230 people aboard, and now some believe a missile brought it down.

June 19, 2013

Third case of whooping cough diagnosed at N.H. school

School officials say it's possible that more cases of the highly contagious disease will occur over the next few weeks.

June 19, 2013

N.H. man backing boat into water sinks truck, trailer

The current of the Merrimack River and truck doors that lock automatically work against the boat owner.

June 19, 2013

U.S. tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects 


The Afghan president is angered when the Taliban casts its new office in Qatar as a rival Afghan embassy.

June 19, 2013

Eliot Cutler calls for Maine election changes

 The independent gubernatorial candidate wants his opponents to support a run-off election or ranked-choice voting to ensure the winner gets at least 50 percent of the vote.

June 19, 2013

Jamaican man arrested in Maine-linked lottery scam

Damion Hill, 33, allegedly bilked a Bath woman and a Nebraska resident out of large sums of money.

June 19, 2013

In Germany speech, Obama urges 'bold' nuclear cuts Video clip included

The president also defends court-approved U.S. surveillance of Internet and phone records, describing it as a targeted effort that has "saved lives."

June 19, 2013

WMTW fires Portland TV news anchor Shannon Moss

After six years in the morning slot, Moss says she has no hard feelings and understands that change is part of the TV industry.

June 19, 2013

Men's Wearhouse ousts founder, pitchman George Zimmer

Zimmer built the specialty clothing company from one small Texas store into a multi-billion-dollar empire, but was fired over an apparent boardroom disagreement.

June 19, 2013

World Food Prize goes to three biotech scientists

The private nonprofit, which is partly funded by biotechnology companies, is not deterred by criticism of genetically modified food crops.

September 12, 2013

Legislature fails to override LePage Medicaid veto

It passes with a strong majority, but not enough to be veto-proof and expand health care to 60,000 more Mainers.

June 19, 2013

OOB police investigating Ocean Park burglary

A resident returned home at 2 p.m. Monday to find the house had recently been broken into, police said.

June 19, 2013

Optimistic Federal Reserve could start scaling back bond purchases

In its latest economic projections, the central bank predicted that unemployment will fall a little faster, from 7.6 percent now to 7.2 percent or 7.3 percent at the end of 2013.

June 19, 2013

Country-pop singer Slim Whitman dies at 90



June 19, 2013

Maine House OKs extending treatment coverage for addicts

The bill allows for continuation of MaineCare coverage for methadone and Suboxone if a person is pregnant, has serious and persistent mental illness or lives with a young child.

June 19, 2013

Maine man dies from burns while cutting oil tank

The Blaine man died after being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with burns to 80 percent of his body.

June 19, 2013

Angus King helps lead effort on student loan rates

Three senators circulate a possible compromise that would prevent interest rates on school loans from doubling this year.

June 19, 2013

Jeb Bush to headline LePage re-election event

The former Florida governor has both personal and political ties to Maine's first family.

June 20, 2013

LePage on plastic foam ban: Don't be 'nanny'

He co-signs a letter to Portland councilors as a task force urges them to prohibit polystyrene use.

June 19, 2013

Sinclair buys Raymond antenna maker Dielectric

Dielectric, which employs about 57 people, will remain at its current facility, Sinclair says.

June 19, 2013

Freeport phasing out inaccurate 'birthplace' motto

Recent research has shown that the long-standing claim simply wasn't true.

June 19, 2013

Maine Legislature passes well-diluted gun-control bill

 Aimed at encouraging background checks before private sales, the bill faces a likely LePage veto.

June 20, 2013

Member quits SAD 51 board over security spending

 Jeff Porter says the board was told too late about a $226,000 cost overrun for a school security system.

June 19, 2013

Bangor man pleads not guilty to killing girlfriend

David Coon told police the two were tussling when he covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming, according to an affidavit.

June 19, 2013

Saco police seek help in finding missing man

The 24-year-old man was last seen leaving his home on June 12.

June 19, 2013

Iceland: 'Informal talks' about Snowden asylum

Iceland has a longstanding extradition treaty with the U.S., though it has never been used to deport an American citizen.

June 19, 2013

FBI calls off latest search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains

About 40 agents were involved in the excavation of a rural field in suburban Detroit. The FBI has not put a cost on the search.

June 19, 2013

Vets First Choice gets $6.5M in funding

New funding for the Portland-based online veterinary products provider is led by HLM Venture Partners.

June 19, 2013

Victim had a connection to Patriots' Hernandez Several photos included in this story

Officials say the man found dead in an industrial park was a homicide victim.

June 19, 2013

Driver dies in single-vehicle crash in Jonesboro

Police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

June 20, 2013

Collins targets 'glaring error' in Obama health law

Her bill would redefine 'full time' in the Affordable Care Act so firms won't cut hours to save on insurance.

June 19, 2013

Obama calls for reducing U.S., Russian nuclear stockpiles

The president called for a one-third reduction of U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles, saying it is possible to ensure American security and a strong deterrent while also limiting nuclear weapons.

June 19, 2013

Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe Several photos included in this story

The 1996 crash off Long Island killed 230 people. The retired investigators claim that findings in the NTSB probe were 'falsified.'

June 19, 2013

Maine man gets 3 years for stealing VA benefits

Richard Ramsdell Jr. of Cutler obtained benefits by falsely claiming to be unemployed and unable to work because of his back and mental condition.

June 19, 2013

Farmingdale boy improving after falling into pool

Kennebec County Sheriff's Department officials say Cody Campbell is recovering at Maine Medical Center and he now recognizes his parents.

June 19, 2013

Ex-Bulger hitman grilled about his truthfulness

John Martorano is one of three former Bulger loyalists who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against Bulger at his trial.

June 19, 2013

Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and much higher in other parts of the state, people are sunbathing and swimming at local lakes and cleaning out supplies of fans.

June 19, 2013

GAO report: Smooth launch for health law no certainty

But the study also sees positive signs for new health insurance markets called exchanges to open in each state – in many cases over the objections of Republican governors.

June 19, 2013

Maine man heads to jail for '80s sex crimes

A Corinna man pleads guilty to charges of gross sexual misconduct involving two girls in Winthrop more than a quarter-century ago.

June 19, 2013

Karzai suspends talks with U.S. over Taliban move Video clip included

The move could derail the peace process even before it has begun.

June 19, 2013

Korean chefs learn all about Maine lobster

During their five-day visit, the chefs are going out on a lobster boat, touring processing plants and attending a lobster-cooking class and an industry meeting.

June 19, 2013

Man pleads not guilty to murdering 15-year-old Maine girl

Kyle Dube, 20, is accused of luring Nicole Cable of Glenburn with a fake Facebook page.

June 19, 2013

Experts: Portland really is excellent city

Outsiders, residents and statistics say Portland ranks high in terms of quality-of-life issues like jobs, safety and cultural opportunities.

June 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police investigating theft of Maine painting / LePage's veto on long-term care legislation upheld ... and more news from around the state.

June 19, 2013

Prospective astronaut from Maine always on a mission Several photos included in this story

Jessica Meir, who grew up in Caribou, is the youngest of five in a family of overachievers.

June 19, 2013

Portland landmark put on endangered list

 The Abyssinian Meeting House is one of 11 U.S. historic places identified by a preservation group.

June 19, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Backstory makes 'good' Portland slogan even better

OK, I admit it. The moment they rolled out Portland's new slogan Tuesday, I found myself somewhere between unimpressed and downright disappointed . . .

June 19, 2013

18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

'Why should we continue supporting unhealthy purchases in the false name of nutrition assistance?'

June 19, 2013

Rolling billboards must yield to Maine's ban

But enforcement action against the ad trucks, like the one roving through the area this month, is unusual.

June 19, 2013

Anthem releases details of new Maine insurance plan

Following a lawsuit, the insurer releases a list of doctors and hospitals for the statewide exchange.

June 19, 2013

Gomes' walkoff homer gives Red Sox doubleheader sweep

Jonny Gomes homers in the ninth as Boston wins its second game of the day against Tampa Bay.