News from June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

Voters head to polls in Bay State Senate race

Gabriel Gomez Both sides intensify their get-out-the-vote efforts in an election expected to have low turnout.

June 24, 2013

Maine Senate must decide crucial energy questions

Is it worth risking hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign investment to help the University of Maine? Gov. LePage says yes.

June 25, 2013

Bath neighbors recall caring mother amid investigation

They say Danielle Malcolm cherished her 9-month-old daughter, who died last week at Maine Medical Center.

June 24, 2013

Maine fishermen are asked for photos of stripers

Two Maine groups are collaborating on a project to collect data on coastal Maine's striped bass.

June 25, 2013

Bruins' season comes to stunning, painful end Several photos included in this story

Chicago scores twice in the final 1:16 of regulation to beat Boston 3-2 and win their second title in four seasons.

June 25, 2013

Bill Hathaway, U.S. senator from Maine, dies at 89

Hathaway, a celebrated World War II pilot, ended the legendary political career of Sen. Margaret Chase Smith in an upset election in 1972.

June 24, 2013

Supreme Court to consider limits on anti-abortion protests

At issue is a state law that creates a 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health care facilities to keep protesters away from patients.

June 24, 2013

U.S. Senate lines up solid majority for immigration reform bill

Both Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King voted to proceed with consideration of the measure, although Collins blasted a border-security surge.

June 24, 2013

Prosecutors drop charges in Portland gang rape case

The woman who was allegedly attacked has moved out of state and authorities could not find her.

June 24, 2013

FBI file reveals Bulger as informant

But attorneys for the accused mobster, on trial in Boston, contend he paid FBI agents for information.

June 24, 2013

Poor air quality expected in coastal Maine on Tuesday

High levels of ground-level ozone mean people with respiratory problems should remain inside.

June 24, 2013

Police seek suspect in Vermont sword attack

The sword had a sheath on it that was torn and the blade cut a man's arm, police said.

June 25, 2013

Jim Carrey says new comedy too violent, post-Newtown

The creator acknowledges the onscreen body count is high, but questions whether there is any connection between fictional and real-life violence.

June 24, 2013

Social media leads to capture of missing U.S. panda

The male named Rusty went missing from the National Zoo on Monday, and it wasn't clear if he was taken by a human or somehow escaped on his own.

June 24, 2013

Leak temporarily closes some Maine Med operating rooms

The hospital moves some surgeries to other locations as seven rooms are likely to be out of service for a few weeks.

June 24, 2013

Snowden is tempting risk for Ecuadoran leader

President Rafael Correa said on Twitter that "we will take the decision that we feel most suitable," based on the principles of human rights.

June 24, 2013

White House urges Moscow to send Snowden back to U.S.

The U.S. assumes NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains in Russia, and officials are working to have him returned to America to face charges.

June 24, 2013

Supreme Court makes it harder to sue businesses 


Justices rule that someone must be able to hire and fire someone to be considered a supervisor in cases of alleged discrimination and retaliation.

June 25, 2013

LePage's budget veto sets up showdown vote

Democrats say they have enough votes to override the veto, but if they don't, Maine's government will likely shut down.

June 24, 2013

Court rejects lawsuit over Maine state pension benefits

The lawsuit, filed in February 2012, had argued that a cost-saving measure to freeze and then cap certain benefits violated a state contractual commitment.

June 24, 2013

'Obamacare' countdown gets under way

Starting Oct. 1, consumers will be able to go online to healthcare.gov and compare private insurance plans.

June 25, 2013

Portland police charge two with engaging prostitute

'There's a lot of street-level prostitution going on, more than we've seen in recent years,' said Assistant Chief Vern Malloch.

June 24, 2013

Search continues near Hernandez's home

Some law-enforcement officers don wetsuits and also search near where they found the body of a semi-pro football player who was friends with the Patriots' tight end.

June 24, 2013

CHAT Live: Job-hunting advice for the long-time unemployed



June 24, 2013

FBI informant file introduced to Bulger jury

Prosecutors say he was an FBI informant for 15 years, providing information on the rival New England Mafia.

June 24, 2013

Police investigating teeth found on N.H. island

Pierce Island is where police believe the body of 19-year-old UNH student Elizabeth 'Lizzi' Marriott was dumped by Seth Mazzaglia, who is charged with killing her.

June 24, 2013

Maine restaurant, innkeepers groups restructure

The two hospitality groups will have one manager, but keep their own boards of directors, committees, staff and budget.

June 24, 2013

Court rules generic-drug makers can’t be sued over defects

The ruling creates a legal oddity in which people who are hurt by a brand-name drug can sue the drug maker for damages, but the same is not true for those who take a generic drug.

June 24, 2013

CHAT Live: How to write a resume and cover letter



June 24, 2013

Nadal stunned at Wimbledon in 1st round by Darcis

In one of the great upsets in tournament history, Nadal was knocked out Monday by the 135th-ranked player in the world.

June 25, 2013

Two benches, $42,500? Portland sits this one out

A three-year-old plan to install artist-designed benches on the city's Bayside Trail has been halted because the price ultimately was too high.

June 24, 2013

N.H. celebrates oldest U.S. mountain hut system

AMC encourages visitors to go to its website and post photos they've taken of their stays in the huts.

June 24, 2013

Live Chat: Job hunting for the over-50 worker



June 24, 2013

Tourists in inflatable raft intercepted off Maine coast

Officials say the paddlers couldn't have made it to Eagle Island and back and were poorly equipped.

June 24, 2013

Colorado rights case ruling favors transgender student

The case is similar to one argued before the Maine Supreme Court this month involving children who identify as the opposite gender.

June 24, 2013

Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute to block sales of a new ethanol gasoline blend.

June 24, 2013

CHAT Live: Tips for entrepreneurs



June 24, 2013

Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in sex-for-hire trial

The former Italian premier, 76, also was barred from holding public office for life, but there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence becomes final.

June 25, 2013

CHAT Live: Making the jump from school to job



June 24, 2013

Patrick Kennedy now leads fight against legalizing pot

A recovering addict, he says he's partly to blame for the rush to legalize because he didn’t speak out sooner.

June 24, 2013

Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower courts

Its 7-1 decision avoids the larger constitutional issues around continued use of race as a factor in college admissions.

June 24, 2013

High court to hear Obama recess appointments case

The justices will review a federal appeals court ruling that found Obama overstepped his authority when he bypassed the Senate last year to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.

June 24, 2013

CHAT Live: Retraining tips and what to do when you've lost a manufacturing job



June 24, 2013

Good Shepherd moves distribution center to Biddeford

The new distribution center will allow the statewide food bank to better serve hunger relief agencies in York County.

June 24, 2013

US factory boss held hostage by workers in Beijing

The labor action reflects uneasiness among workers about their jobs amid China's slowing economic growth and the sense that growing labor costs make the country less attractive for some foreign-owned factories.

June 24, 2013

Snowden not on Cuba flight, whereabouts unclear Video clip included

The founder of the WikiLeaks secret-spilling organization, Julian Assange, insisted he couldn't go into details about where Snowden is.

June 24, 2013

Hiker collapses, dies, along N.H. trail

Police said 48-year-old Bryce Griswold of Mendon, Mass., collapsed and became unconscious due to an apparent medical condition.

June 24, 2013

Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in Trayvon Martin shooting Several photos included in this story Video clip included

George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," prosecutors say during opening statements.

June 24, 2013

Police: 5-year-old girl fatally shoots self in La.

The New Orleans Police Department said in a news release the girl was home alone Sunday, somehow found her mother's revolver, and accidentally shot herself in the head.

June 24, 2013

Texas lawmakers advance bill to restrict abortions

Supporters say the bill will raise the standard of women's health care, but opponents point out the bill would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state.

June 24, 2013

Maine anglers asked to help count stripers



June 24, 2013

Mandela still in critical condition

South Africa's president says doctors are working to keep the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero comfortable and asks the country to pray for him.

June 24, 2013

Maine kids rate high in health, worse on family economics

The state holds on to its 13th place national ranking in the annual Kids Count survey released Monday.

June 24, 2013

Vermont wary of tar sands oil pipeline

The governor asks for a federal environmental review if a Montreal-to-Portland flow is proposed.

June 24, 2013

Michael Potter, 89, did ground-breaking tumor research

The scientist won top awards and laid the framework for a Nobel Prize win.

June 24, 2013

Rena Price, 97, involved in start of Watts riot

The arrest of her son, Marquette Frye, touched off six days of tumult that killed 34 people.

June 24, 2013

Everett, Mass., votes in favor of casino

The city just north of Boston supports an effort backed by Steve Wynn's company.

June 24, 2013

Vermont colleges take extra steps for veterans

A variety of programs help them transition to student life, given their special circumstances.

June 24, 2013

State House notebook: Override of budget veto in spotlight



June 24, 2013

Viral video changed school bus monitor's life

Karen Klein Karen Klein was able to retire after four kids bullied her.

June 24, 2013

Hikers' 50th reunion recalls rescue

 Three men meet atop Mount Washington where, in a 1963 storm, one man broke the rules to save the other two.

June 24, 2013

Blind woman celebrates 50th birthday with sky dive

Leona McKenna of Augusta made her first jump Saturday and she says the experience was life-affirming.

June 24, 2013

Milk price proposals miss mark for Maine Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Congress weighs a change that ends U.S. subsidies, but farmers here prefer a plan that could cost consumers.

June 24, 2013

Drugs imperil county jail contact visits in Maine

 Despite state standards, some sheriffs prefer video-only visits so contraband can't be smuggled.

June 24, 2013

School-cost conflict could split RSU 5

Differing priorities strain the union of Regional School Unit 5's towns of Freeport, Durham and Pownal.

June 24, 2013

Maine college makes hay out of farm trend

 Kennebec Valley Community College will teach students organic farming in its sustainable agriculture program.

June 24, 2013

Steve Solloway: Ex-player from Maine has felt the fury of a run for the Cup

WEINRICH MORRISON Eric Weinrich of Yarmouth played five seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.