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South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

Several photos included in this story Video clip included The high number of people unaccounted for – likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean – raises fears that ...

News from May 17, 2013

May 18, 2013

LePage to Democrats: Act now, or bankrupt DHHS

But Democrats accuse the department of mismanagement and say they won't approve funds until Commissioner Mary Mayhew answers 'tough questions.'

May 17, 2013

Bruins' young defense must never rest

With veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden injured, three relative unknowns have stepped up.

May 18, 2013

Five critically injured when Connecticut trains collide

Authorities say there is no reason to believe that the crash of the two trains is anything but an accident.

May 18, 2013

Old Orchard Beach butter maker faces loss of license

The owners of Kate's Homemade Butter fail to attend a key meeting.

May 20, 2013

Maine geography whiz has whole world in his mind Video clip included

'Cool under pressure,' Archer Thomas will represent Maine at the National Geographic Bee.

May 17, 2013

Mass. psychic has message for those who lost child

Ruth Larkin, who offers such parents free readings, assures them that there is an afterlife.

May 17, 2013

Tips offered to avoid pitfalls of Powerball pools

The Lucky Eight The office lottery pool is a way to improve your odds and have fun with co-workers. But be careful.

May 17, 2013

Police: DNA of suspect in Maine killing not on gun

A court document also says Margarita Scott of Westbrook planned to return to her husband after having an affair with Anthony Pratt Jr., who is charged with killing her.

May 17, 2013

Regulators to fishermen: Don't blame catch observers

The open letter to fishermen comes after onboard monitors report increased verbal abuse at a time of strict catch limits.

May 17, 2013

N.H. man gets 15 years in prison for Maine bank robberies

A judge imposes a harsher-than-usual sentence because of the man's criminal history.

May 17, 2013

Search for missing Maine girl focuses on black truck

Police are looking for information about a black Ford Ranger pickup or similar truck that was near the girl's home Sunday night.

May 17, 2013

Mainer donates teapot with tie to Lizzie Borden

The Fall River, Mass., Historical Society gets the artifact that Borden gave to her hired companion.

May 17, 2013

Funeral home has bicycle hearse for 1 last ride Video clip included

The three-wheeler has an electric motor to give the rider a little help hauling the casket.

May 17, 2013

Maine panel rejects abortion-related bills

Bettina Hager, Jeff Foster The ACLU cheers the legislative panel's votes on measures aimed at 'chipping away' at rights.

May 17, 2013

Budget cuts cast cloud over future of air shows Several photos included in this story

An industry group says air shows pump about $1.5 billion into the national economy, but without the military flyings acts, the shows don't go on.

May 17, 2013

Beer being created to honor slain MIT officer

The beer, a dry Irish stout, has the approval of Sean Collier's family, and $1 from each sale will go to Collier's favorite charity, the Jimmy Fund.

May 17, 2013

Mayor's crack-cocaine video scandal rocks Toronto

Reports by gossip website Gawker and The Toronto Star say the controversial video was taken by a man who claimed he sold crack to Mayor Rob Ford.

May 17, 2013

Maine groups support universal pre-K

Educators testify in favor of a bill that aims for pre-kindergarten in all Maine districts by 2017.

May 17, 2013

Sen. King tours scene of Lewiston fires Several photos included in this story Video clip included

'I am going to see if there is some way to help,' he says, adding there may be some money available through the Federal Housing Administration.

May 17, 2013

Powerball jackpot reaches record $600M

It's now the second largest lottery prize in history, which would make a single winner wealthier than Tiger Woods and Queen Elizabeth II of England.

May 17, 2013

Portland museum designer to speak in June

Henry N. Cobb, who designed the museum's Payson wing, is the 2013 Bernard Osher Lecturer.

May 17, 2013

Maine panel OKs Clean Election upgrade

But with Gov. Paul LePage critical and Republican votes against the bill, it faces an uncertain future.

May 17, 2013

Maine's unemployment rate reaches four-year low

 Maine's unemployment rate dipped under 7 percent in April, the first time it has done that since December 2008.

May 17, 2013

Boston fire commissioner defends chief

Commissioner Roderick Fraser calls the 13 deputy chiefs who wrote a letter to the mayor highly critical of the chief a "bunch of dinosaurs."

May 17, 2013

Investigators find body in rubble of Maine fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said a body has been recovered from the rubble of a burned out house on Jackson Road in Monroe.

May 17, 2013

Navy commander removed from job for flirty texts

Cmdr. Allen Maestas has been temporarily reassigned to another unit.

May 17, 2013

1 dead, others injured in accident at Fort Knox Army post

The accident happened Wednesday night and involved members of a Naval branch at the post in central Kentucky.

May 17, 2013

Lewiston School Committee welcomes its first Somali member

Zam Zam Mohamud, a U.S. citizen since 2006, cast her first votes this week following her appointment by Mayor Robert Macdonald to complete the term of a member who resigned.

May 17, 2013

Doctor who promised herbal cancer cure faces sentencing

Authorities say Christine Daniel used her position as a doctor and a Pentecostal minister to entice people from across the nation to take her product to remedy cancer, Parkinson's disease and MS.

May 17, 2013

Bangor man admits to embezzling from civic groups

Bruce Fowle, 62, stole about $140,000 from the organizations over several years.

May 17, 2013

Penobscot Narrows Bridge observatory opening for season

This year's opening was delayed because of the demolition of the old Waldo-Hancock Bridge.

May 17, 2013

New Yorkers furious over photos taken through windows Several photos included in this story

The residents of a glass-walled luxury residential building had no idea they were being photographed for works of art that are now on display – and for sale – in a Manhattan gallery.

May 17, 2013

Maine teen riding on car roof pinned when car flips

Firefighters lifted the vehicle so ambulance crews could free the boy whose leg was pinned.

May 18, 2013

Treasury officials told of IRS probe in 2012 Video clip included

Meanwhile, Steven Miller tells a congressional hearing that the agency made mistakes but did not break any laws or engage in a cover-up.

May 17, 2013

Organic industry clout grows with consumer demand

Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boil over during a House Agriculture Committee debate on a farm bill that has for decades propped up traditional crops and largely ignored organics.

May 17, 2013

Sen. Angus King to survey fire damage in Lewiston



May 17, 2013

Acadia's Park Loop Road opens to vehicles today

The park's hiking trails are all open except for where peregrine falcons are exhibiting nesting behavior.

May 17, 2013

Plan opens southeastern Mass. to casinos

The Mashpee Wampanaog tribe is pursuing approvals for a tribal casino in Taunton.

May 17, 2013

A home run for Maine alewives

The Benton Alewife Festival is set to celebrate a record return of fish hatched from eggs that were laid in 2009.

May 17, 2013

Newtown parents urge Ayotte to change gun stance

Neil Heslin Gilles Rousseau said he tried unsuccessfully to talk to Ayotte at a town hall meeting she held in New Hampshire.

May 17, 2013

In Maine, slain student's parents issue call for justice

The parents of Matthew Shepard say authorities can't pick and choose those they protect.

May 17, 2013

New England Dispatches

Couple charged in brutal killing seeking new attorneys / Juror background checks requested in Bulger case ... and more news from around the region.

May 17, 2013

Westbrook buzzing over indicted school official

 Suzanne Joyce of Westbrook says she doesn't know the details of the charge against her.

May 17, 2013

Tweet map charts landscape of hate

 Hateful or demeaning words are more often broadcast on Twitter from the eastern half of the U.S.

May 17, 2013

Military: al-Qaida war to last 15-20 years



May 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police continue search for missing Glenburn girl / Limestone man charged in death of New York teen / It's iPads, not laptops, for Auburn school students . . . and more news from around the state.

May 17, 2013

'Magnificent' Portland landmark reopens

 The Custom House, where merchants paid taxes 140 years ago, shows off its $2 million renovation.

May 17, 2013

Obama makes moves on controversies; Republicans unsatisfied

The president names a senior budget official to head the IRS a day after firing its chief, and asks for more money for diplomatic security abroad.

May 17, 2013

Biddeford's arts scene draws college

 Heartwood College of Art's founder Berri Kramer: 'It feels like stepping into a community that is already culturally aware.'

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.