News from March 3, 2012

March 4, 2012

Western caucus goes to Romney

Washington state gives the GOP front-runner his fourth win in a row in advance of Super Tuesday.

March 4, 2012

Bill Nemitz: Benjamin Pollard trains his sights on Senate, and why not?

 Make no mistake about it, Benjamin Pollard fully understands how most people perceive his crusade to become Maine's next U.S. senator.

March 3, 2012

Limbaugh apologizes for calling law student 'slut,' 'prostitute'

After coming under fire from Democrats, many Republicans, women and advertisers, radio host Rush Limbaugh says he 'did not intend a personal attack.'

March 3, 2012

Man who shot famous JFK Jr. photo dead at 76

The photographer who took the iconic picture of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father's coffin during the slain president's 1963 funeral has died. He was 76.

March 3, 2012

Bike tracks lead to arrest in South Portland burglary

Money and cigarettes were taken from Cumberland Farms early Saturday morning, according to police.

March 3, 2012

Missing Maine toddler remembered at vigil Several photos included in this story

More than 100 people gathered today to remember missing toddler Ayla Reynolds and donate teddy bears in her name. Reynolds has been missing two-and-a-half months.

March 3, 2012

YouTube phenomenon has girls asking: Am I pretty?

Hundreds of these video have been posted, which generate nasty and hurtful responses. Some experts say the videos represent a new type of distress signal by pre-teen and teenage girls.

March 3, 2012

Details unveiled for Mass. casino near Patriots' home

Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn unveiled details Friday of a proposed Massachusetts resort casino he hopes to develop near the home of the New England Patriots.

March 3, 2012

Gingrich, Santorum battle for Bible Belt voters Several photos included in this story

The GOP presidential candidates are fighting to win over conservative voters in the Bible Belt as the race takes on a more Southern focus.

March 3, 2012

Baby found alone in Indiana field after storms

A baby girl found was alone in a field in Indiana after Friday's massive, tornado-spawning storms. She's been sent to a hospital in Kentucky.

March 3, 2012

Obama: Fuel-efficient cars an answer to gas prices

U.S. automakers are on pace to build cars that average 55 miles per gallon by next decade, and already have vehicles that are significantly more fuel-efficient.

March 3, 2012

Child-porn crackdown in Vermont nets nine arrests

The nine people arrested so far come from all walks of life and include a lawyer, a photographer and a voice coach.

March 3, 2012

Losses mount from scams targeting older Americans

Boomers beware: Scams and frauds targeting the elderly are a growing billion-dollar industry. In some cases, the schemes have reached — and swindled — Maine residents.

March 3, 2012

BP expects to pay $7.8 billion in Gulf spill lawsuit settlement

BP's settlement with more than 100,000 fishermen, businesses and others negatively affected by the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history will likely cost them $7.8 billion, the company said. If it goes through, it'd be one of the largest settlements in history.

March 3, 2012

Weekend activities planned at Maine state parks

Events include snowshoe hikes, skiing and other programs.

March 3, 2012

Can-Am Sled Dog races kick off in Maine

The purse in the 250-mile race, which goes through the wilderness of northern Maine, is $29,000.

March 3, 2012

Two charged in convenience-store arson

Police say the owner of the JP Corner Store in Livermore Falls paid a man to burn down her business.

March 3, 2012

New Maine casino holding job fair for blackjack dealers

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Oxford.

March 3, 2012

Police make 1 arrest, seeking 2 others in Arizona club shooting

Two of those shot are in serious condition, police said.

March 4, 2012

After tornado outbreaks, survivors begin to reassess damage Several photos included in this story

Emergency crews desperately searched for survivors Saturday after a wave of violent storms demolished towns in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

March 3, 2012

Senator says she’ll consider endorsing a replacement for Republican primary



March 3, 2012

Topless coffee shop arsonist will be sentenced this month

A judge sets the hearing for March 19 after rejecting a request for a new trial.

March 3, 2012

Photos: Illustrating his point



March 3, 2012

37 Maine residents become U.S. citizens

20120302_Citizens Fifth-graders in Falmouth bear witness as 37 people from 22 countries raise their hands, recite the Pledge and gain American citizenship.

March 3, 2012

Dispatches



March 3, 2012

She and her dad defined success; then, she lived it

 Writing about a talk she had with her father helps an active Winslow High senior earn a $20,000 scholarship.

March 3, 2012

Teachers getting help with supplies and demand

 When the school budget falls short, local businesses pitch in to equip an elementary classroom.

March 3, 2012

Clearing up a storm

 The 'marathon' snowstorm – easily the biggest of the season – keeps city work crews busy overnight, and the frigid forecast has them scrambling to prepare.

March 3, 2012

Waterville man who stole car in Augusta arrested after Florida standoff

Police accuse the Waterville resident, a former Elvis impersonator, of keeping them at bay with a vial of deadly ricin.

March 3, 2012

Inmate saves another from choking in jail

The men were at lunch when one performed the Heimlich maneuver during a medical emergency.

March 3, 2012

Westbrook sets goals for next 10 years

The latest comprehensive plan borrows from the previous one, except for new attention to the growing number of cultures and languages in the city.

March 3, 2012

Man in his underwear arrested at dental office

Police responding to an alarm found the door to the office kicked in and the Waterville man inside.

March 3, 2012

Maine Diocese dials down anti gay-marriage campaign

 Instead of actively fighting a gay-rights ballot question, Maine's bishop will highlight the benefit of traditional unions.

March 3, 2012

In Senate race: Decisions, decisions Several photos included in this story

Olympia Snowe Maneuvering in the wake of Snowe's departure is likely to hinge on U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine.

March 3, 2012

BP settles oil spill lawsuits

The company estimates it will pay out about $7.8 billion to various plaintiffs.