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South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

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News from May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Mainer tells Congress poverty can be beaten

 The college professor, who grew up dirt poor, stresses the need to fund programs like Upward Bound.

May 17, 2013

Boston bomb suspect reportedly left note scrawled into boat

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote that the Boston Marathon attacks were retribution for America's attacks on Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, CBS News and others report.

May 16, 2013

R&B vocalist Candice Glover wins 'American Idol'

Thursday's finale also served as a farewell for Randy Jackson, the show's lone remaining original judge.

May 17, 2013

Portland standoff suspect faces new charges

Kyle Upton allegedly went on a crime spree after being released on bail following an April standoff in Bayside.

May 16, 2013

Afghans tell of U.S. soldier's killing rampage Several photos included in this story

Half a world away the military prepares to court-martial a U.S. serviceman in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, mainly women and children, last year.

May 16, 2013

Uzbek national arrested in Idaho in terrorism case

The man is accused of conspiring with a foreign terrorist organization, and officials say any potential threat was contained by his arrest.

May 16, 2013

Medicaid, hospital debate rages on in Augusta

'To do one without the other would leave the job half done,' Democratic leader Mark Eves says, but Republicans are reluctant to expand Medicaid.

May 16, 2013

Head of Fort Campbell harassment program arrested

Lt. Col. Darin Haas is relieved of his post and turns himself in to police on charges of violating an order of protection, and stalking.

May 16, 2013

Crime not ruled out in Texas fertilizer plant blast

The cause of the fire that killed 15 people and destroyed part of a town is undetermined, but investigators have narrowed down the possibilities.

May 16, 2013

Second IRS official to leave amid tea party targeting

As part of his job, Joseph Grant oversaw the division that targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny.

May 16, 2013

Monks will keep on playing

St. Joseph's gets strong pitching from Chad Rafferty in beating Salem State, 7-5.

May 16, 2013

Food pioneer Robert Kinney, Maine native, dies at 96

The former chief executive of General Mills played a major role in popularizing fish sticks and Yoplait yogurt.

May 16, 2013

Search continues for missing Maine girl

Police are searching on land and air and reviewing computer and cellphone records as they hunt for the 15-year-old Glenburn girl.

May 16, 2013

Victim's family asks for Jodi Arias to be executed

The same jurors who convicted the Phoenix woman of first-degree murder last week must decide whether she should be put to death.

May 16, 2013

Study: Staying fit cuts risk of cancer death in men

The research is among the first to show the benefit of fitness among middle-age men in surviving prostate, lung or colorectal cancer.

May 16, 2013

Venezuelans scrambling to find scarce toilet paper

The government this week announced it would import 760,000 tons of food and 50 million rolls of toilet paper.

May 16, 2013

Report: Terrorists in witness protection were allowed to fly

The Justice Department didn't share the new identities with the nation's with the Terrorist Screening Center, the department's inspector general finds.

May 16, 2013

Quebec man hurt in central Maine tractor-trailer crash

The tractor-trailer full of hardwood flooring was totaled in the crash.

May 16, 2013

Dartmouth student accused of trying to get nitrous oxide

He is charged with attempting to inhale toxic vapors of effect.

May 16, 2013

Obama picks budget official to run troubled IRS

Daniel Werfel will replace ousted acting Commissioner Steven Miller, as one of Miller's top deputies announces he'll retire.

May 16, 2013

Bomb kills 15, including 6 Americans, in Afghanistan Several photos included in this story

An Islamic militant group claims responsibility for the suicide attack on a U.S. convoy, citing U.S. plans to keep permanent bases in the country.

May 16, 2013

After 15 years, Westbrook teen center changes name

The Mission Possible Teen Center will now be called My Place Teen Center.

May 16, 2013

Two brothers arrested in New Orleans parade shooting

Police suspect the pair, who each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in the Mother's Day attack, were involved in a neighborhood gang.

May 16, 2013

VIDEO: Baby rescued from Philly train tracks Video clip included

A video shows the stroller rolling down along the slightly sloped platform and onto the tracks while the mother is apparently distracted.

May 16, 2013

Portland man gets 25 years for using child to make pornography

David Muise used his cellphone camera to take pornographic pictures of himself with a sleeping 4-year-old girl and sent them over the Internet.

May 16, 2013

Obama addresses trio of controversies

The president calls on Congress to provide more money for the security of diplomatic missions and vows to make sure the IRS does its job 'without a hint of bias.'

May 16, 2013

Obama, Turkish leader pledge to keep pressure on Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been calling for more aggressive steps to topple Assad's government, but Washington remains reluctant to take the kind of action Turkey would like to see.

May 17, 2013

Bill attacks 'epidemic' of military sex assaults

Co-authored by Maine's Susan Collins, the move to revamp the military's response to sexual assaults has bipartisan support.

May 16, 2013

Boston Marathon invites stopped runners back

The Boston Athletic Association says that 5,633 people who were stopped when the race was shut down on April 15 will be allowed to register early for next year's race.

May 16, 2013

Feds propose overhaul for child care centers

The rules would mandate fingerprinting and background checks for workers and require them to receive training in first aid, CPR, safe sleeping for babies and poison prevention.

May 17, 2013

Maine abortion measures bring out passions

Testimony continues into the evening on bills proposed by lawmakers opposed to abortion.

May 16, 2013

Powerball jackpot skyrockets to $550 million Several photos included in this story

It's the third largest prize in lottery history, which would make the winner wealthier than Mitt Romney, Jay-Z and Tiger Woods, among others.

May 16, 2013

Obama aims to halt perception of passive president

In a worrisome sign for the White House, some Democrats have also criticized the president for not being more aggressive in responding to trouble within the government.

May 16, 2013

Obama vows sustained effort on military sex abuse

Changing the culture of a male-dominated military that for years has tolerated sexism and sexist behavior is proving to be a difficult task.

May 16, 2013

Gorham police looking for ATM robber

A customer told police he was approached by a man with a knife who tried to force him to withdraw money.

May 16, 2013

Auburn goes with iPads over state's top choice

Mike Muir, Multiple Pathways Leader for Auburn schools, said Apple has a stronger focus on education, while HP has a stronger focus on business.

May 16, 2013

Colin Woodard's virtual schools report up for 2nd major prize

The state and national affairs reporter for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram chronicled the influence exerted by for-profit online education companies on the Maine Department of Education.

May 16, 2013

Beckham: 'Good way to go out' Video clip included

 The 38-year-old superstar recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He has two games left this season with PSG.

May 16, 2013

Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy Video clip included

Recent studies and anecdotal reports suggest the vibrations and soothing rhythms of music, especially performed live in the hospital, might benefit preemies and other sick babies.

May 16, 2013

Only 2 of 13 small SUVs do well in crash tests

Subaru's 2014 Forester is the only vehicle to get a "good" rating.

May 16, 2013

I-295 cleared of two accidents, traffic moving

Two accidents around Exit 10 in Falmouth slowed the morning commute.

May 16, 2013

Final span of Memorial Bridge to arrive next month

The Piscataqua River will be closed to maritime traffic from June 10 to June 15 while the span is put in place.

May 16, 2013

Police arrest Maine couple, seize oxycodone, cash

A search of their Lewiston apartment reportedly yields $20,000 in cash and 471 oxycodone pills with a street value of up to $20,000.

May 16, 2013

Maine-linked man found dead after boat crash

Vincent J. Bartolomeo, 65, was recovered in 28 feet of water Thursday after a two-boat crash on West Grand Lake.

May 16, 2013

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May 16, 2013

N.Y. man pleads guilty to sexual contact with 2-year-old Maine girl

Lester House Good, 36, of Troupsberg, N.Y., had unlawful sexual contact with the Monmouth girl while he and his family visited relatives there.

May 16, 2013

Augusta woman charged in Farmingdale armed robbery

Cynthia B. Chepke, 56, is accused in the January holdup at a Circle K.

May 16, 2013

Skowhegan police suspend search for driver in high-speed chase Several photos included in this story

Ernest Almeida, 31, of Fairfield, abandoned his vehicle following the chase and fled into the woods.

May 16, 2013

Maine AG to speak at observance for fallen officers

Today's event honors the 83 law enforcement officers who've died in the line of duty in Maine.

May 16, 2013

Maine tidal power unit on cover of Popular Science

The magazine issue focuses on five technologies that could help the nation reach energy independence.

May 16, 2013

Maine suspect arrested in death of NYC girl

Twenty-year-old Christian Ferdinand, of Limestone was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge.

May 16, 2013

Suspension cables next in demolition of Waldo-Hancock Bridge

The bridge was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1931 with its soaring suspension cables and 206-foot towers.

May 16, 2013

Maine man who murdered wife appeals 40-year sentence

Forty-eight-year-old Brian Nichols pleaded guilty to murdering Jane Tetreault in their Turner home in May 2010.

May 16, 2013

Deadly Texas tornadoes packed winds up to 200 mph Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Rescue worker combs through debris A suburb where Habitat for Humanity spent years building homes is hardest hit by one tornado.

May 16, 2013

In Maine, push for virtual schools fades

 After negative publicity, a task force's preliminary report omits key digital learning reforms championed by Gov. LePage and Jeb Bush.

May 16, 2013

For Biddeford superintendent, it's new home or new job

 Biddeford requires the leader of its schools to live in the city, and a bill seeking to override the rule was vetoed.

May 16, 2013

Mainers on Capitol Hill denounce IRS scandal

Lawmakers also condemn the subpoena of Associated Press phone records.

May 16, 2013

L.L. Bean skips Bangladesh pact

The company says it has a limited presence there and garment factory safety inspections are already done.

May 16, 2013

Plan reignites hopes for Scarborough racino

 A proposal for the land around the Scarborough Downs racetrack requests customized zoning.

May 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Fatal Cape Elizabeth plane crash blamed on 65-year-old part / Missing girl, 15, had a date with Facebook friend ... and more news from around the state.

May 16, 2013

Lobster promotion fees debated at State House

Augusta may allocate another $1 million for the ad effort.

May 16, 2013

Charges filed in kidnapping of Gorham man

An FBI affidavit details the chain of events leading to the arrest of Travis R. Landry of Surry.

May 16, 2013

Feature obituary: David Soule, 62, inspired special-ed students, others

 Mr. Soule was struck by a car at age 3 and was told he would never walk again. He proved them wrong, and his will inspired others.

May 16, 2013

Maine panel opposes guns for school employees

But four members of the public safety committee were absent, and they still could vote on the measure.

May 16, 2013

Top chefs go to bat for Boston bomb victims

It's foie gras, not Fenway Franks, at food stands as the ballpark hosts a fundraising tasting event.

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.