News from June 30, 2013

July 1, 2013

Culture, vocal foes foil Maine gun limits

Justin Alfond Despite the Newtown massacre and the 31 weapons-related bills, lawmakers added few controls.

June 30, 2013

Carnivals a labor of love for Clinton men

 Despite challenges and negative stereotypes, they give their all to a business that they were born into.

July 1, 2013

Long Islanders still pleased with secession 20 years later Several photos included in this story

Since splitting from Portland, the island town has managed its own affairs, invested in the community and, as hoped, kept life the same.

June 30, 2013

Severe thunderstorm warning for three counties has been lifted

There were no reports of damage from the storms that rolled through the region.

June 30, 2013

State police investigating pileup on Interstate 295 in South Portland

At least five vehicles are involved in the crash which took place in the southbound lane of Interstate 295.

July 1, 2013

Bulger lawyers focus on denying informant label

 That may be a sign of how the defendant wants to be remembered, or a bid to paint the FBI as unethical.

June 30, 2013

Authorities report two early morning crashes Saturday in Lebanon

In one of the crashes, police are unable to locate the driver.

June 30, 2013

State police investigate two-car crash in Lebanon

The crash took place near the entrance to the Lebanon House of Pizza on Route 202.

June 30, 2013

Big crowds turn out for gay pride parades

Two Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage add to the celebratory atmosphere.

June 30, 2013

Egyptian protesters demand Morsi's ouster

Fears grow that backers of President Morsi could be on a collision course with the demonstrators.

June 30, 2013

Error gives Red Sox 5-4 win over Blue Jays

The win is Boston's fifth in six games.

June 30, 2013

Berwick motorcyclist flown to Boston hospital

Robert V. Cushing Jr. was not wearing a helmet when he crashed his Harley-Davidson.

June 30, 2013

Sea Dogs pound Fisher Cats, 13-5

Portland racks up 17 hits to support Anthony Raunado, who has an off game but gets a win.

July 1, 2013

Kenseth wins Sprint Cup race at Kentucky

A fuel-only pit stop is enough to enable him to beat Jimmie Johnson at Kentucky Speedway.

June 30, 2013

Avalanche pick MacKinnon with first pick in NHL draft

Nathan MacKinnon, 17, is a center considered to be a natural scorer.

June 30, 2013

Friends raise funds for Maine native who lost leg and friend in marathon bombing

Karen Rand, who grew up in Westbrook, said the loss of her friend, one of three killed in the blast, was far worse than losing her left leg.

June 30, 2013

Supreme Court justice refuses to halt gay marriages in California

Anthony Kennedy denies a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California's now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

June 30, 2013

UMaine study aims to fight childhood obesity

iCook is a study to determine how cooking can impact childhood obesity.

June 30, 2013

Coyotes goalie agrees to 6-year deal

Mike Smith's new contract will average around $5.7 million per year.

June 30, 2013

Helicopter lands in NYC's Hudson River, all safe

The New York Police Department says the pilot and four Swedish tourists were rescued and taken to shore.

June 30, 2013

Bakelants wins 2nd stage of Tour de France

Jan Bakelants pulls away from Peter Sagan with a few hundred meters remaining.

July 1, 2013

The new names at Wimbledon

Major upsets during the first week of Wimbledon have opened up opportunities for some lesser known players.

June 30, 2013

Bomb attacks kill 49 in Pakistan

The deadliest of the three attacks killed at least 28 near a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta.

June 30, 2013

Ecuador president: Snowden can't leave Moscow

Rafael Correa says "the case is not in Ecuador's hands" and said NSA leaker Edward Snowden must assume responsibility if he broke U.S. laws.

June 30, 2013

SF rapid transit talks break down; strike possible

A strike, which is "95 percent" possible would derail the more than 400,000 riders.

June 30, 2013

Crowds march in Egypt, pushing for Morsi removal

The demonstrations are the culmination of polarization and instability that have been building since Mohammed Morsi's June 30, 2012 inauguration as Egypt's first freely elected leader.

June 30, 2013

Vermont airport lauded for yoga room

An international Hindu group praises U.S. airports in Burlington and two other cities for hosting recently established yoga studios.

June 30, 2013

Maine outdoor recreationists surveyed

Surveys are being randomly sent to 1,000 people, asking them to share their thoughts about the public use of private land.

June 30, 2013

Lobster trap limit increased for Swans Island

A new bill allows lobstermen on Swans Island an additional 75 traps.

June 30, 2013

Maine fireworks sales go off like a rocket

Zach Gushing About $7.6 million was spent through May, raising three times the tax dollars originally estimated.

June 30, 2013

Kerry says progress made in peace talks

"We started out with very wide gaps and we have narrowed those considerably," said John Kerry regarding negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

June 30, 2013

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June 30, 2013

Maine Turnpike in Falmouth reopens

A section of the Maine Turnpike was shut down for almost two hours while Central Maine Power Co. replaced two utility poles that were slumping toward the highway.

June 30, 2013

Vermont farmer charged in pot trafficking ring

Kirt Westcom is arrested in connection with drugs that officials say were smuggled from Canada.

June 30, 2013

Prosecutors seeking 10 years for Rwandan

New Hampshire's Beatrice Munyenyezi was convicted of lying about her role in a genocide.

June 30, 2013

Rumford ski area for sale

The owner of Black Mountain hopes to find a nonprofit organization that will buy the ski hill.

July 1, 2013

The state budget: 5 things you need to know

MAINE STATE HOUSE You will feel the effects of the financial plan approved by the Legislature last week. Here's a glance at you can expect.

June 30, 2013

A signer of the times: Falmouth woman's rap hands go viral Several photos included in this story

 A deft American Sign Language interpreter at concerts and music festivals has many fans of her own.

June 30, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Sen. Katz bravely reprises 'class acts'

In a highly unusual move, the state Senate's assistant minority leader calls out the governor, who is from his own party.

June 29, 2013

Film recounts 16th Maine Regiment's heroic stand

 The half-hour documentary features ‘one of those untold stories’ from Gettysburg.

July 1, 2013

Why Gettysburg's called a 'Maine battlefield' Several photos included in this story

 For three days in July, 150 years ago, the course of this nation's history took a dramatic turn in a Pennsylvania town, and Mainers by the hundreds did their part to see the Union preserved.