News from June 27, 2013

June 28, 2013

Website sheds light on new health exchanges

Individuals and small businesses in Maine can start learning about the health care process and all their options.

June 28, 2013

UFC president exploring possible show in Bangor

Dana White, who graduated from Hermon High, would hold the event in a new 8,000-seat facility.

June 28, 2013

In final days of session, Republicans and LePage grow apart

 The budget vote marked a noticeable shift: Not only did many Republicans buck the governor, but they did so loudly and visibly.

June 28, 2013

Maine protesters arrested for trying to block oil train to Canada Several photos included in this story

The group, who opposes fracking methods allegedly used to collect the oil, erected a makeshift wooden scaffold on the tracks to block the train's path.

June 28, 2013

Police name 6 arrested in Fairfield track protest Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The protesters tried to block a Pan Am train expected to pass through town Thursday evening by erecting a makeshift wooden scaffold on the tracks.

June 27, 2013

Nelson Mandela's health improves

Makaziwe Mandela, Ndileka Mandela The report comes amid a growing sense in South Africa that Mandela is nearing the end of his life.

June 27, 2013

NFL criminal cases put focus on vetting

Two felony charges in one day were more than a bump in the NFL's offseason. They pointed to an ongoing problem for the league.

June 28, 2013

Garrison Keillor to include Maine on summer tour

The humorist will perform in Bangor on July 27 and in Hampton Beach, N.H., on July 28.

June 27, 2013

Celtics, Nets closing in on Pierce, Garnett trade

The blockbuster deal would land the Celtics three first-round picks, and enable them to move on from their high-priced, aging stars.

June 27, 2013

U.S. spy program gathered Americans' Internet records

The program, which began under President George W. Bush and revealed email logs but not content, continued until 2011.

June 27, 2013

Noel, Len atop an NBA draft full of questions

It's still unclear who will be the No. 1 pick at tonight's NBA draft, but none will likely have the immediate impact of former top picks like LeBron James and Tim Duncan.

June 27, 2013

Puma ends relationship with Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

June 27, 2013

Slain Maine inmate died of head trauma, autopsy finds

Prosecutors plan to seek charges against fellow inmate Guy Hunnewell in the killing of Alan Powell Jr.

June 27, 2013

Police remove man from Maine Turnpike median

The man was waving his shirt at cars on the highway in Kennebunk on Thursday afternoon.

June 28, 2013

Senate OKs historic bill offering 'pathway to citizenship' for immigrants Several photos included in this story

Maine's senators support the bipartisan reforms, which include up to $30 billion for securing the Mexican border, but the House could still foil the historic plan.

June 27, 2013

Senators: Student loan interest rates to double

Without congressional action, rates on subsidized Stafford loans are set to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

June 27, 2013

Ex-FBI agent says he received gifts from Bulger

The accused mobster and killer swears at the former agent, calling him a liar.

June 27, 2013

Boston bomb suspect: 'I don't like killing innocent people'

The 30-count indictment against him reveals the handwritten note he scrawled into a boat the night he was captured.

June 27, 2013

VIDEO: Two-headed turtle hatches in Texas Video clip included

Experts at the zoo say the female turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk.

June 28, 2013

Casco Bay Ferry terminal expansion is delayed

Casco Bay Lines decided against doing $2.1 million worth of work in the summer so completion is expected by February.

June 28, 2013

Maine beach water ranked among worst

A report released ahead of the July 4 tourist rush puts Maine low on the list of 30 coastal states.

June 27, 2013

Report: High school seniors faring no better than in 1970s

But students ages 9 and 13 have improved their performances during the same period.

June 28, 2013

Maine Robotics Institute gets off the ground Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Gov. LePage and Dean Kamen help unveil the new institute, which will help students afford to participate and compete on robotics teams.

June 27, 2013

Target cuts ties with Deen; drugmaker distances itself Video clip included

Paula Deen's multimillion-dollar merchandise and media empire continues to unravel following revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

June 27, 2013

Maine cyclist's death shows risks of draft from big vehicles

A preliminary report says turbulence from a passing truck probably caused the Trek Across Maine rider to lose his balance.

June 27, 2013

African host rebukes Obama on gay rights Video clip included

Barack Obama, Macky Sall Obama said recognition of gay unions in the United States should cross state lines and that equal rights should be recognized universally.

June 27, 2013

Ecuador renounces U.S. tariff benefits

The move comes as the nation faces U.S. pressure to avoid granting asylum to Edward Snowden.

June 27, 2013

Brunswick crash sends Phippsburg woman to hospital

The 66-year-old woman was driving south on Route 1 at 4:30 a.m. when she lost control.

June 27, 2013

Trayvon Martin's friend stands firm under cross-examination Video clip included

Rachel Jeantel is one of the prosecution's most important witnesses because she bolsters the contention that George Zimmerman was the aggressor.

June 28, 2013

Ex-Patriot Hernandez denied bail in murder case Video clip included

On Thursday night, Massachusetts state police said they were also seeking another man, Ernest Wallace, in connection with Olin Lloyd's killing.

June 27, 2013

Police: Theft suspects use tandem bike as getaway in N.H.

Police responding to the liquor store theft spotted the suspects riding the bicycle down an alley.

June 27, 2013

Perry, Texas GOP revive abortion limits fight

The Texas governor has called a second special legislative session beginning July 1, allowing the GOP-controlled statehouse another crack at passing restrictions.

June 27, 2013

FTC issues $7.5M fine for Do Not Call violations

A telemarketing company is accused of placing more than 5 million calls to numbers on the national Do Not Call registry.

June 27, 2013

Litchfield fires its town manager

Michael Byron, who is also a city councilor in Augusta, was hired as town manager in Litchfield in January 2008.

June 27, 2013

Murder conviction against U.S. Marine overturned

The decision is seen as a major blow to the military's prosecution of Iraqi war crimes.

June 27, 2013

N.H. woman accused of leaving kids in hot car

Officials said the children, ages 2 and 3, were crying, sweating and their faces were red when emergency crews arrived.

June 27, 2013

Norridgewock vandalism may lead to heightened surveillance

'The vandalism to our public facilities is getting to be expensive. It's nauseating,' says the town manager.

June 27, 2013

What's in and out under new school snack rules

Snack foods will have to be less than 200 calories and have some nutritional value.

June 27, 2013

James Gandolfini remembered as plain yet complex man Several photos included in this story

Celebrities, fellow actors and fans gather at a funeral for the 'Sopranos' actor in New York.

June 27, 2013

Snack foods expelled from schools

 New federal restrictions and guidelines won't allow sugary, high-fat snacks in school vending machines.

June 27, 2013

Lightning knocks out power to thousands in central Maine

Lightning hit a pole and knocked a major transmission line from a Manchester substation to the ground, according to CMP officials.

June 27, 2013

Police search Conn. home of Hernandez relatives

Police could be seen taking photos of a black folder that was removed from small, single-family house.

June 27, 2013

Body of Superstorm Sandy victim lay undetected for months

Nobody thought to look inside the tiny construction trailer rusting away on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.

June 27, 2013

Video: Weatherproofing history in Colonial Pemaquid Video clip included



June 27, 2013

No motive yet in Maine prison homicide

 Guy Hunnewell is accused of killing fellow inmate Alan Powell Jr., but state officials aren't saying what might have caused the attack.

June 27, 2013

New England Dispatches

Man arrested after seeking remote for stolen TV / Use of deadly force justified against apartment intruders ... and more news from around the region.

June 27, 2013

After Texas filibuster on abortion rights, star rises

Wendy Davis State Sen. Wendy Davis prevents a vote and gains admiration across the nation.

June 27, 2013

Portland bistro probed as possible source of food-borne illness

 Petite Jacqueline is described as a 'commonality' between a food handler and a patron who fell ill.

June 27, 2013

Senate overrides LePage's energy bill veto

But the unanimous vote for the sweeping bipartisan legislation comes with a price.

June 27, 2013

1,100 Mainers to lose jobless benefits

Automatic federal spending cuts and a lower unemployment rate mean extended benefits fall from 63 to 46 weeks.

June 27, 2013

Maine budget drama done, it's time for details Several photos included in this story

Mainers will get some relief on property and income taxes, but also face a higher sales tax.

June 26, 2013

Maine patrols to enfore boating while intoxicated law

Operation Dry Water, a national campaign, is held each year on the weekend before the Fourth of July.

June 26, 2013

N.H. is ready to allow medical marijuana

A measure passes easily after a compromise eliminated an option to grow plants at home.