News from May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013

Maine lobster a major treat on D.C. streets Several photos included in this story

 Sales are on a roll for a roving business that gets many of its seafood products from Maine and offers them curbside.

May 16, 2013

Walks in the ballpark hurt Sea Dogs in 5-4 loss

Portland pitchers give up 14 walks, including five in a brief stint by Daniel Bard, in a loss to Manchester.

May 15, 2013

Ethanol bill fuels debate in Maine Legislature

The chambers disagree on a bill that would – depending on other states' actions – ban ethanol.

May 15, 2013

Cumberland County faulted for demoting veteran detective

Gerard Brady's punishment is ruled 'excessive' and he is reinstated to his position in the Sheriff's Office.

May 15, 2013

As Maine grays, so grays its work force

A state analysis of census data finds imbalance in all job sectors and counties.

May 15, 2013

Pats cut starting defensive tackle after diabetes diagnosis

Kyle Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago then gained about half of it back, his agent said.

May 16, 2013

Maine 'Star Trek' fans boldly go to early screening

The franchise's latest film, 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' opens widely Thursday, but Saco Cinemagic held a special screening Wednesday night.

May 15, 2013

Stem cells coaxed from cloned human embryos

The success with human embryos is hailed as a landmark in the search for new treatments.

May 15, 2013

Robin Williams returning to television

The famed comedian will star in the new CBS comedy 'The Crazy Ones,' playing an unorthodox advertising executive.

May 15, 2013

Dartmouth student faces 4 counts of rape

A Dartmouth College rugby player has been charged with raping a female student, and police suspect there is at least one more victim.

May 15, 2013

Bruins face Lundqvist and shot-blocking Rangers

Putting the puck past Henrik Lundqvist is a huge challenge for the Boston Bruins. Their task begins Thursday.

May 15, 2013

Jury swiftly deems Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty

Her sentencing for the gruesome killing of Travis Alexander will come after testimony from his family and from witnesses who may plead for her life.

May 15, 2013

LePage: I don't support higher tobacco taxes

The governor issues a statement after his office receives angry phone calls from people who read 'outdated stickers' from the Baldacci era.

May 15, 2013

Portland identifies streets targeted for improvements this year

The work will begin Wednesday night and continue into the Fall months.

May 15, 2013

Eric Holder: Potential civil rights violations at IRS

The FBI conducts an investigation for potential crimes after the IRS gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups, but some experts say it would be hard to prove employees knowingly violated the groups' rights.

May 15, 2013

Benghazi emails spell out concerns

The talking points were whittled down over the CIA’s objections after the State Department weighed in.

May 16, 2013

Obama ousts IRS chief over targeting of groups

A visibly angry president says 'I will not tolerate this kind of behavior' and vows to also hold others who were involved accountable.

May 15, 2013

Alleged Cleveland kidnapper to plead not guilty

 Ariel Castro is accused of kidnapping three women and holding them hostage for about 10 years.

May 15, 2013

Both parties challenge Eric Holder over news service subpoenas

Holder defends the move to collect AP phone records in an effort to hunt down sources who disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen to stop an airliner bombing plot.

May 15, 2013

Portland commuters encouraged to bike to work Friday

Bikers will be eligible to receive refreshments and prizes from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

May 15, 2013

Convicted Maine killer seeks DNA test

Jeffrey Cookson, convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and a young boy in 1999, says if the victims' blood is found on another man's clothes, it could help exonerate him.

May 15, 2013

Traffic moving again after Maine turnpike crash

The accident happened near the Scarborough-South Portland town line.

May 15, 2013

Owner of Portland-Montreal Pipeline seeks ruling re-do

 In its request, the company says it has no plans to convert the Maine-to-Montreal pipeline to carry tar-sands oil.

May 15, 2013

South Portland woman accused of stealing from the elderly

Police say she gained entry into elderly residents' homes by saying she was from 'the agency.'

May 15, 2013

Maine Shipyard workers say Congress failed others

Most in Kittery will be exempt from furloughs, unlike the majority of Pentagon employees.

May 16, 2013

Maine Democrats meld Medicaid expansion, hospital payback

The Maine Hospital Association supports both concepts, but Republicans are angry about tying the two together and hospitals fear a LePage veto.

May 15, 2013

Demoted Cumberland County sheriff 's deputy reinstated to detective

An arbitrator rules that Gerard Brady, a 34-year veteran, deserves a reprimand for his private work, but that his demotion was 'excessive.'

May 15, 2013

Maine Senate votes against possible ethanol ban

The Senate rejection follows a House vote in favor of the bill last week.

May 15, 2013

Dive team recovers bodies of Rangeley snowmobilers Several photos included in this story

Extreme weather led to delays and extended the search for John Spencer and Ken Henderson.

May 15, 2013

Convicted Maine killer seeks new trial or acquittal

Jason Twardus' attorney argues that police didn't share evidence that pointed to an alternative suspect.

May 15, 2013

Sanford police warn of counterfeit $50 bills

Police said they had received several telephone calls today reporting the fake bills.

May 15, 2013

2 escape burning lobster boat off Wells

The flames quickly engulfed the boat and the crew donned survival suits and climbed into a life raft, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

May 15, 2013

Maine Senate considers exercise requirement for kids

The Senate also upholds Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that sought to change the school budget approval process for school units known as alternative organizational structures.

May 15, 2013

N. Korea: American starts life at 'special prison'

North Korea has recently released several statements about Kenneth Bae, and outside analysts have said Pyongyang is likely using him as bait to win diplomatic concessions.

May 15, 2013

Former Gorham star named Westbrook boys' basketball coach



May 15, 2013

Prince Harry ending U.S. visit with Conn. polo match

An invitation-only crowd of about 400 people is expected for the match at the polo club, which is inside an exclusive Greenwich enclave.

May 15, 2013

Mystery of foul odor on Quincy waterfront solved

A test conducted by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority points to a type of brown algae as the culprit.

May 15, 2013

13 deputies criticize Boston fire chief for marathon response

In a letter to the mayor, the deputies said Chief Steve Abraira's response was the latest in a pattern of not taking command during emergencies and shielding himself from accountability.

May 15, 2013

Criticisms of tax breaks growing in Maine Legislature

A growing list of legislators have called for a review of programs that leading economists have critiqued for not delivering on promises to create jobs.

May 15, 2013

N.H. city sues parking meter 'Robin Hood' group

Keene, N.H., accuses the group of interfering with officers' work and claims one officer suffered stress, anxiety and heart palpitations because of the group's actions.

May 15, 2013

Bears visit two Maine towns

Black bears have been spotted in Rumford and Ellsworth this week.

May 15, 2013

Cornville's 10-Mile Yard Sale set for this weekend

For several years, people called it the Three-Mile Yard Sale. Then they called it the Six-Mile Yard Sale. Now in its 30th year, the sale stretches from state Route 150 in Cornville to U.S. Route 2 in Skowhegan.

May 15, 2013

Lawyer: Tsarnaev's widow to continue cooperating

Katherine Russell hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing, but she is under intense scrutiny by the FBI as it investigates the deadly April 15 bombing.

May 15, 2013

Maine man, woman accused of stealing copper from barn

Police say an elderly woman had reported that on at least four occasions recently, a vehicle with a man and woman inside had parked in the driveway and then disappeared behind her barn.

May 15, 2013

Police search for missing Maine girl

Authorities say that Nichole Cable, 15, was last seen by her parents at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

May 15, 2013

Tanker owners seek dismissal of N.H.-Maine bridge lawsuit

They say repairs of damage to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge "constitute an improvement or betterment of the bridge."

May 15, 2013

Augusta woman gets suspended sentence for embezzling

Carmen P. Robillard, 41, embezzled $50,575 from a Hallowell lawyer.

May 15, 2013

Arias back in court as jury ponders death option

The prosecutor must convince the jury that the murder was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner.

May 15, 2013

Big transformer headed to new Maine substation

The transformer is scheduled leave the Mack Point Marine Terminal in Searsport early this morning on a 16-axle tractor-trailer rig.

May 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Tally of homeless shows rise of eight percent / Westbrook woman's alleged murderer indicted / Student to represent Maine at National Geographic Bee ... and more news from around the state.

May 15, 2013

Update on Portland fire staffing has 'no magic pill'

But the city's fire chief says he expects to have a plan in August to implement changes.

May 15, 2013

Maine skiffs to be launched with hope but no prayer

Challenged by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Bristol Elementary School students change a tradition.

May 15, 2013

Call for lower OUI limit raises concerns in Maine

 Regulators say a 0.05% threshold would save lives, but others predict fairness and enforcement issues.

May 15, 2013

Feature obituary: Roland Pelletier Jr., 63, counselor of veterans, student advocate

 Mr. Pelletier Jr. was a decorated Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam and received numerous commendations for his service.

May 15, 2013

Lawmakers outraged over another military sex abuse case

The back-to-back Army and Air Force cases highlight a problem that is drawing increased scrutiny in Congress and expressions of frustration from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

May 15, 2013

Obama's second term: Are distractions a perfect storm?

U.S. President Obama steps off stage after speaking at Democratic Party fundraiser at Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York Analysis: Republicans are invigorated as the White House struggles to control administration missteps.

May 15, 2013

Maine highway budget targets product, commish says

It would cut 56.5 vacant positions, cap state costs for employees' health insurance and freeze merit and longevity pay for employees

May 15, 2013

LePage not happy with bipartisan energy bill

The governor wants more money for homeowners switching heating systems.

May 15, 2013

Like Angelina Jolie, Mainer cuts cancer risk Video clip included

 Portland's Denali Wright says a double mastectomy can be a good choice for those at highest risk of breast cancer.

May 15, 2013

Computer flaws added to Maine Med financial loss

A new $150 million database failed to bill patients for some services, which has helped lead to a hiring freeze and cuts.

May 14, 2013

School budgets: Cape 'yes,' Scarborough 'no'

Scarborough now has 10 days to revise its school budget and schedule another referendum.