News from May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Schilling's lawyer says charges should be dropped

The former Red Sox pitcher's attorney says his company disclosed everything before a loan.

May 22, 2013

Acupuncturist hopes to save stranded sea turtles

 Dexter and Fletcher Moon were stranded on Cape Cod this winter and are struggling with health problems.

May 23, 2013

Falmouth teen named finalist in Google art contest

 Out of more than 130,000 entries submitted nationwide, 14-year-old Joey Han finished in the top five.

May 22, 2013

Michaud: Backlog of veterans' claims 'unacceptable'

With Memorial Day near, lawmakers are stepping up efforts to address a backlog that has some veterans waiting years to receive disability claims.

May 22, 2013

Boruch Spiegel, 93, survived ghetto uprising against Nazis

Boruch Spiege With Spiegel's death, the tiny group of survivors of the legendary World War II revolt that was crushed 70 years ago grows even smaller.

May 22, 2013

LePage announces two judicial nominations

The governor selects two Washington County attorneys to fill vacancies on the district court.

May 22, 2013

U.S. drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009

The four include Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was targeted, and three others who were not targets of counterterror operations in Pakistan and Yemen.

May 22, 2013

Black Bears win first game of America East tournament, 7-0

Maine will play the winner of an Albany-Binghamton matchup Thursday night.

May 22, 2013

N.H. House votes down casino bill

The governor had backed a plan that would allow one facility with 5,000 video slot machines.

May 22, 2013

Portland radio station named one of best in nation

WGAN news radio is ranked as the 20th-best station in the country.

May 22, 2013

More than 2,000 Mainers cut off from telephones

Fairpoint will restore service for USA Telephone users who were caught in the middle of a dispute.

May 22, 2013

New owner to reopen Jameson Tavern this summer

He plans to restore the historic Freeport tavern and revamp the menu to serve local seafood.

May 22, 2013

Who else has taken the 5th? Baseball star, banker, more

An IRS official is just one of many well-known witnesses who have refused to answer Congress' questions.

May 22, 2013

New warden named at Maine State Prison

Rodney Bouffard will replace Patricia Barnhart, who was fired earlier this year.

May 22, 2013

Death or life in prison? Arias jury can't decide Video clip included

The judge tells the jurors to try to work through their differences Thursday, or else a new jury must be seated.

May 23, 2013

No deal in sight to rescue Maine health bill

Gov. LePage looks poised to veto the popular hospital payback plan in order to block Medicaid expansion.

May 22, 2013

Brutal London attack heightens terrorism fears

In an ultra-bloody attack, two men with butcher knives hacked another man to death near a military barracks.

May 23, 2013

Portland company to design tug-barge

McAllister Towing and Transportation wins the cargo vessel design contract.

May 22, 2013

Lake Region approves school budget

All four towns in the school district voted in favor of the $27.9 million budget.

May 23, 2013

Oklahoma mourns lost children Several photos included in this story

Seven of the tornado's 24 victims were students at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

May 22, 2013

Maine woman's summer trip: Cover One Direction

A Maine blogger will follow the British boy band around the U.S., report on its concerts and be paid to do so.

May 22, 2013

One block: How neighbors saw twister's deadly path

Block by block, a storm ripped apart Moore, Okla., for the second time in 14 years, leaving survivors to wrestle with the awful decision of whether to rebuild or move on. This is the story of one of those blocks.

May 23, 2013

Oklahoma twister could become costliest ever Several photos included in this story

Authorities estimate the damage at as much as $2 billion, with as many as 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

May 22, 2013

New lobbying rules for ex-lawmakers await LePage action



May 22, 2013

Maine Senate votes to repeal mandate for east-west highway study

The resolve removes a requirement that the state Transportation Department conduct a feasibility study on the $2 billion project.

May 22, 2013

Mortgage lender buys Westbrook land previously destined for mall

The 61-acre spot is where Jason Snyder tried for years to realize his vision to build high-end Stroudwater Place.

May 23, 2013

IRS official takes Fifth; no evidence senior managers involved Video clip included

The boss of tax workers who improperly screened conservative groups says she did nothing wrong.

May 23, 2013

Girl's murder suspect silent amid sea of grief in Maine court Several photos included in this story

As Kyle Dube is formally charged with killing Nichole Cable, 15, the judge seals an affidavit with case details.

May 22, 2013

Official: Treasury played no role in IRS targeting

Lawmakers are trying to learn whether the IRS targeting was politically motivated. The inspector general and IRS officials have said there is no evidence of that.

May 22, 2013

New England economy seen improving, but unevenly

The New England Economic Partnership says external factors such as Europe's recession and federal spending cuts are crimping the region's economy.

May 23, 2013

Man killed while being questioned in Boston bomb probe Several photos included in this story

Ibragim Todashev, a mixed martial-arts fighter, was fatally shot after lunging with a knife at an FBI agent who was questioning him at his Florida townhouse, police say.

May 22, 2013

Octogenarians race to be oldest Everest climber

One climber who is 80 years old, is on the mountain close to the summit. His 81-year-old rival is in base camp preparing to grab the title of oldest man to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain.

May 22, 2013

Boy Scouts meet to decide policy on gay Scouts

Scouting officials propose allowing openly gay Scouts but retaining the ban on gay adult Scout leaders.

May 22, 2013

Oxford Casino sale awaiting state approval

The casino won't be required to apply for a new operator's license if the sale is approved.

May 22, 2013

New Maine shipyard leader will be aboard soon

After 3½ years at the helm, Capt. L. Bryant Fuller will step down in a ceremony Friday.

May 22, 2013

NY judge refuses to dismiss Kerry Kennedy case

Kennedy argued that the drugged-driving charge should be dismissed because she took the sleeping pill accidentally.

May 22, 2013

Somerset County sues state over withheld $280K jail payment

The county's attorney says Somerset residents paid the bills to run the jail in January, February and March without the promised reimbursement from the state.

May 22, 2013

Anthony Weiner launches bid to become NYC mayor

'I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down, but I also learned some tough lessons,' he says in a YouTube video.

May 22, 2013

Photos of bin Laden burial will stay secret, court rules



May 22, 2013

King meets with Brewer students via teleconference

The senator will hold a 'Capitol Class' with students Brewer High School students today.

May 22, 2013

2 more Maine municipalities deemed 'business-friendly'

Presque Isle and Richmond will be given a certificate and two road signs to tout the award.

May 22, 2013

Bill will give Maine school employees suicide-prevention training

The unanimous measure was sponsored by Rep. Paul Gilbert, D-Jay, and co-sponsored a broad contingent of lawmakers.

May 22, 2013

Gorham church leads in aiding tornado victims

The church's new pastor, who once lived in 'tornado alley,' understands what it's like to live there.

May 22, 2013

Auditor says Old Orchard finances are 'rock solid'

But he raises concerns about internal controls including bank deposit reconciliations.

May 22, 2013

Amendment clarifies review process for Portland oil pipeline

It would ensure there is no reduction in scrutiny of the environmental risks.

May 22, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Standing up to a master of tantrums

It's all downhill from here for state Sen. Dawn Hill...

May 22, 2013

IRS scandal continues to unravel

Cliff Toye The commissioner takes responsibility for the failure to come clean on the targeting of groups.

May 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Courtroom surprise: Stabbing suspect freed / Three Aroostook residents charged with making meth / Man arrested following standoff ... and more news from around the state.

May 22, 2013

Maine educators object to evaluation emphasis

They say too much weight is placed on student assessments in the proposed process.

May 22, 2013

Portland street artists pleased with modest rules

City councilors scale back a task force's tough approach, but those who perform with fire face new safety scrutiny.

May 22, 2013

Official: Portland will get $30 million to replace, fix schools

The state funds will go toward replacing Hall Elementary and fixing Longfellow Elementary, says Portland's finance director.

May 21, 2013

Phippsburg house fire quickly brought under control

The house suffers some interior smoke and water damage but should be liveable.