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News from May 2, 2013

May 3, 2013

Maine may give schools flexibility on residency requirements

 Gov. LePage is deciding the fate of a bill giving control to local boards on where superintendents must live.

May 3, 2013

Fate of Maine dogs who mauled girl under review

 The decision hinges on prior complaints and whether a judge views the two pit bulls as dangerous to public safety.

May 2, 2013

NH lawmakers honor Old Man of the Mountain

 Friday is the 10th anniversary of the Old Man's fall, but his legend and symbolism lives on.

May 2, 2013

Rhode Island becomes 10th state with gay marriage

It took 16 years to extend gay marriage rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state, and now every New England state allows it.

May 2, 2013

N.H. nonprofit director cites casino's downside

She says a casino would outbid nonprofits for the top entertainment acts needed to survive.

May 2, 2013

Pentagon: NKorea moving closer to long-range nuke

How long it takes North Korea to reach that objective partially depends on how many resources it invests in that goal, a report says.

May 2, 2013

Celtics look to Red Sox while chasing history

The Boston Celtics are looking across town for inspiration as they attempt to become the first NBA team to rally from an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series.

May 3, 2013

Remains of marathon bombing suspect are claimed

The cause of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's death won't be made public until his death certificate is filed.

May 2, 2013

Heroin overdoses surge in Portland

Authorities say a shortage of OxyContin is leading opiate addicts to seek riskier highs.

May 2, 2013

Lewiston marketing company to hire 150

Argo Marketing, which operates customer-service call centers, will add 150 full-time jobs over the next 12 months.

May 2, 2013

Man charged with sexual contact in park where police arrested naked man

On Tuesday, police charged a Yarmouth man with indecent conduct after he was spotted walking naked on one of the trails by Chief Brad Paul.

May 3, 2013

Portland parents give school an F – for fabulous Video clip included

Dozens rally outside Hall Elementary to support the staff after the state gave the school a failing grade.

May 2, 2013

Legislature OKs allowing local boards to set superintendent residency rules

Gov. Paul LePage has not yet taken action on the bill, which allows school boards to decide if superintendents are required to live in town.

May 2, 2013

N.H. Senate rejects decriminalizing marijuana

Senators say the bill, which carried no age restriction for marijuana use, was deeply flawed.

May 3, 2013

Boy, 12, set fire in Lewiston, police say Video clip included

Officials say they know the motive for the arson, which destroyed three buildings and caused $1 million in damage.

May 2, 2013

Sequestration hits White House staff with furloughs

All staff classified as non-commissioned will miss one work day without salary during May's first pay period. Employees aren't permitted even to volunteer to do their jobs during the furlough.

May 2, 2013

Hillary Clinton is great, but look at other women, too, activists say

Emily's List launches a campaign to elect the first woman president and to add to the ranks of women in Congress and governors' mansions.

May 2, 2013

Poll favors Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee

Clinton, 65, "has a rock-solid hold on the hearts of Democratic voters."

May 2, 2013

IRS, FBI raid Swedenborgian church in Boston

The federal agencies won't say what they are looking for, but say that it's unrelated to the Boston bombings.

May 2, 2013

Boston bombing investigation leads to heart of Russia's war on terror

A U.S. congressman says investigators have discovered persons of interest in Russia in the search for any link between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and extremist groups.

May 3, 2013

For three, Boston bombing suspect's friendship leads to charges

One exchanged text messages with suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but it isn't clear from court papers whether authorities believe they were instructions to destroy evidence.

May 3, 2013

Maine committee endorses gun-show background checks

The committee also shoots down a Republican bill that would allow Mainers to carry concealed weapons without permits.

May 2, 2013

Feds: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance

The multiple causes make it harder to do something about what's called colony collapse disorder, experts say.

May 2, 2013

Judge: 'Whitey' Bulger can't use immunity defense

The reputed mobster is scheduled to go on trial next month for his connection to 19 slayings. He has pleaded not guilty.

May 2, 2013

Benedict returns to Vatican to meet with Pope Francis

It's the second meeting between the two since Francis was elected March 13.

May 2, 2013

Illegal bass stocking imperils Maine trout pond

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says biologists have confirmed the presence of smallmouth bass in Kimball Pond in Vienna.

May 2, 2013

Parents seeing more food, skin allergies in their kids

A CDC survey suggests that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies, a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s. For eczema and other skin allergies, it's 1 in 8 children, an increase of 69 percent.

May 2, 2013

Saco fire station included on national register

The station, built in 1938, faced demolition before the city agreed to sell it to a nonprofit housing group.

May 2, 2013

Obama to pitch immigration overhaul in Mexico

Mexicans will be hanging on the president's words, but Obama also has in mind an important audience back in the United States.

May 2, 2013

Obama taps Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs

He said the two will help fulfill his top priority to grow the economy and create middle class jobs, in part by opening new markets overseas to sell U.S. products.

May 2, 2013

Kazakhstan says it's cooperating with U.S. in bomb probe



May 2, 2013

Violence mars May Day rally in Seattle

Thousands joined May Day rallies in dozens of cities from Concord, N.H., to Bozeman, Mont., many of them offering support for legislation under consideration by Congress that would overhaul immigration laws.

May 2, 2013

Maine man, woman get prison terms for drug trafficking

An Augusta man and an Albion woman receive federal prison terms for selling cocaine and oxycodone in central Maine.

May 2, 2013

Times Square Cookie Monster rejects plea deal

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez is accused of shoving a 2-year-old after the child's mother refused to tip Quiroz-Lopez.

May 2, 2013

Mass. meets solar goal early, sets new one

Gov. Deval Patrick said the state's new goal will be 1,600 megawatts of solar energy by the year 2020.

May 2, 2013

AG: Bangor police justified in using Taser

The attorney general says use of the Taser was within the limits of the law and its use did not cause the Sept. 17 death of 28-year-old Philip McCue.

May 2, 2013

Man charged with murdering UNH student waives arraignment

Seth Mazzaglia, 30, of Dover is charged with killing 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott during an attempted sexual assault on Oct. 9.

May 2, 2013

Police, politicians push surveillance post-Boston

From coast to coast, efforts include trying to improve police access to business security footage and traffic cameras, as well as adding cameras in certain cities.

May 2, 2013

Education chief to visit western Maine schools

Commissioner Stephen Bowen's tour today starts at a farm where Oxford Hills Middle School students take part in an experiential learning program.

May 2, 2013

LePage official blasts widely supported paint bill

The bill is sponsored by a Republican and supported by Democrats and the industry, but Melanie Loyzim testifies against it.

May 2, 2013

Maine lawmakers to decide 3 abortion-related bills

A coalition of women legislators and abortion rights activists held a press conference today to condemn the bills as anti-choice.

May 3, 2013

U.S. demands release of American sentenced in North Korea

Analysts say Pyongyang could use Kenneth Bae, a devout Christian and a tour operator, as a bargaining chip as it seeks dialogue with Washington.

May 2, 2013

Reactions are strong to low school grades

 Some say that schools serving diverse student populations are being unfairly 'penalized.'

May 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Four Maine sheriffs taking stand against pot legalization / Yarmouth man arrested for strolling naked on trails / Local author plans to share vampire expertise on TV ... and more news from around the state.

May 2, 2013

Bus driver saves choking Maine student

Nathan Philbrick uses the Heimlich maneuver that he learned in safety training to help a young bus rider.

May 2, 2013

Mentally disabled workers awarded $7.5 million each

Mentally Disabled Workers The verdict is the largest in the history of the EEOC, which sued a turkey plant over egregious violations.

May 2, 2013

Mass. Senate race attracts national attention

Ed Markey Democrat Markey points to his experience while Republican Gomez plays up his younger perspective.

May 2, 2013

Hundreds rally in Portland to demand immigration reform Video clip included

20130501_RALLY They want Congress to pass a law to help some 11 million people find a pathway to citizenship.

May 2, 2013

North Pond Hermit victims can reclaim property

A meeting Saturday in Skowhegan will include a chance to see the items seized from his campsite.