News from May 14, 2013

May 15, 2013

Portland voters OK increased school budget

The decision will raise city taxes and force layoffs, but officials are pleased with the support for education.

May 14, 2013

Low price for lobster stirs anger in Canada

But protests similar to the ones last year are not expected to target Maine.

May 14, 2013

Bruins GM expected the worst before comeback

Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara From his perch on the ninth floor, Peter Chiarelli looked down on the ice at what he feared were the last few minutes of the Bruins' season . . .

May 14, 2013

Two indicted in Westbrook school sex abuse case

An ex-teacher assistant is charged with abuse, and a Westbrook school board member with obstruction.

May 14, 2013

Minnesota governor signs gay marriage bill; 12th state to approve Several photos included in this story

Cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the state Capitol, with American and rainbow flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze.

May 14, 2013

Maine panel opposes marijuana legalization

Marijuana Opponents see it as a danger to society and in conflict with federal law, but the plan isn't dead yet.

May 15, 2013

Maine panel endorses labels for genetically modified food

Agribusiness giants like Monsanto will likely sue and have deep pockets, the AG says, but lawmakers still recommend passage.

May 14, 2013

Women have more options for breast cancer surgery

New approaches are dramatically changing breast surgeries, and as Angelina Jolie said, "the results can be beautiful."

May 14, 2013

Pennsylvania abortion doctor gets life in prison

Dr. Kermit Gosnell gives up his right to appeal and agrees to two life sentences without chance of parole in the killing of three babies who were born alive.

May 14, 2013

For first time, Navy launches drone from aircraft carrier

The X-47B is considered particularly valuable because it can be used around the world without needing permission of other countries to serve as a home base.

May 14, 2013

Justice Department opens criminal probe into IRS targeting Video clip included

Attorney General Eric Holder calls the extra scrutiny given tea party groups 'outrageous and unacceptable.'

May 14, 2013

CBO cuts 2013 U.S. deficit estimate by 24 percent

Higher tax revenues and bailout repayments by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are key reasons for the improved outlook.

May 14, 2013

Saint Joseph's graduates are told their task is 'remaking the world'

The Maine college conferred 517 degrees at commencement Saturday.

May 14, 2013

Portland 4th-graders raise, release salmon

Longfellow Elementary School students in the "Fish Friends' program started with 200 salmon eggs in February.

May 14, 2013

Maine shipyard workers get reprieve from furloughs

Civilian employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are spared 11 unpaid days off.

May 14, 2013

Holder says he played no role in AP phone subpoena Video clip included

At a news conference on a separate topics, he says he removed himself from the classified-leak probe because he himself had been interviewed by the FBI as part of the investigation.

May 15, 2013

Maine ambulance for infants is ready to roll Several photos included in this story

The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital will use the $400,000 vehicle to transport seriously ill kids.

May 14, 2013

Cities favor state tax hikes over LePage budget

The Mayors' Coalition warns that the governor's plan would lead to sizable property tax increases.

May 14, 2013

Canadian lobster protests revive memories of 2012

But a Maine Lobstermen's Association official says market conditions have improved and the Canadian protests have no direct connection to Maine.

May 14, 2013

Rangeley Lake search comes up empty Tuesday, as lost snowmobiler's father waits Several photos included in this story

The Maine Warden Service on Tuesday could not locate the bodies of John Spencer Jr., 41, of Litchfield, and Ken Henderson, 40, of China, both lost in December after going though the ice on Rangeley Lake.

May 15, 2013

LePage's superintendent residency veto stands

Because of the veto, cities and towns can require superintendents to live in their district. Numerous Republicans changed their votes to support LePage.

May 14, 2013

IG says lax management allowed tea party targeting

The report comes on the same day that Attorney General Eric Holder announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether IRS officials broke any laws.

May 14, 2013

Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

Reducing the blood-alcohol limit to .05 – as it is is most other first-world countries – could save more than 7,000 lives a year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.

May 14, 2013

Imprisoned Maine foster mother loses bid to ease probation

Sally Ann Schofield, a former state child caseworker from Chelsea, was convicted in 2002 of suffocating to death 5-year-old Logan Marr.

May 14, 2013

Former Portland police chief named top cop in Detroit

A 'very excited' James Craig will be chief of the department where he got his policing start in 1977.

May 14, 2013

Guarding bombing suspect's body cost almost $50K

Several officers at a time provided round-the-clock security at the Worcester, Mass., funeral parlor before Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was whisked away for burial last Thursday.

May 14, 2013

Bank robber old, but not the Geezer Bandit

No getaway car. The robber left the bank pulling a rolling suitcase.

May 14, 2013

Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths Several photos included in this story Video clip included

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country's wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin.

May 14, 2013

N.Y. man indicted on murder charge in Westbrook woman's death

Anthony Pratt Jr. is accused of killing Margarita Scott, whose body was found in her vehicle outside a Portland motel.

May 14, 2013

British PM Cameron visits Boston Marathon memorial

Cameron visits the makeshift memorial in Copley Square accompanied by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

May 14, 2013

Anson skate park closing, too expensive to fix

For the last seven years, Susanne Lamb has tended to the park, built in memory of her son, Damon Lasley, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2004.

May 14, 2013

Maine woman charged in NH death seeks investigator

Michelle Corson, of Skowhegan, is charged with being an accomplice to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Amanda Warf.

May 14, 2013

Bill to arm Maine forest rangers stalls

Nearly 20 forest rangers testified in favor of the bill last month, but the agency that oversees the rangers doesn't back the bill.

May 14, 2013

Popular psychologist Joyce Brothers dead at 85 Video clip included

She pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s, opening the airwaves to discussions of love, marriage and parenting, as well as such taboo subjects as menopause, frigidity, impotence and sexual enjoyment.

May 14, 2013

Police: Two men confess to robbery of Kingfield store

Police say Kaleb Bowring, 20, of Madison, and Matthew Santamore, 22, of Vassalboro, confessed to robbing Tranten's Too last June.

May 14, 2013

Jolie admired for bravery in mastectomy revelation Video clip included

The Oscar-winning actress says she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother die young from cancer.

May 14, 2013

West Gardiner fires its fire chief after just 3 months

Reasons for the dismissal of Vicki Dill, the town's first female fire chief, remain murky.

May 14, 2013

1,175 homeless people counted in Maine survey

The tally by the Maine State Housing Authority represents an 8 percent increase over the 2012 survey.

May 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine man serving life sentence asks court to admit DNA / I-95 interchange bridge closing for three months / Police officer credited with saving life ... and more news from around the state.

May 14, 2013

New England Dispatches

Woman charged in dispute over pickles on sandwich / Old English bulldog attacks pair of mini horses / Avalanche safety expert gets award named for him ... and more news from around New England.

May 14, 2013

Maine bill to slash energy costs goes to panel

The package melds numerous ideas and would partly use Maine Yankee settlement funds to boost efficiency.

May 14, 2013

Local voters to rule on 3 school budgets

 Portland, Scarborough and Cape request small increases, and the city seeks to cut jobs.

May 14, 2013

Monsanto's lawsuit win poses issues for Mainers

Vernon Hugh Bowman, Mark Walters Farmers fear the company could sue for infringement of patents if its engineered seeds somehow spread to their fields.

May 14, 2013

Snowe back to fight for middle ground

Olympia Snowe Olympia Snowe argues for a return to the days when compromise was possible on major issues.

May 13, 2013

Extra officers on patrol as Maine prom season kicks off

Police in Cumberland County have assembled a task force to respond to any underage drinking.

May 14, 2013

Two Portland schools, two miles apart, far different grades Several photos included in this story

One receives an A, the other an F using test scores as criteria, exposing the system's flaws, critics say.

May 14, 2013

Driver in I-295 high-speed crash is indicted

Robby Beaulieu faces multiple charges for the allegedly drunken high-speed chase that ended in a tumbling crash.