News from May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

Atop Mount Washington: Extremely cool museum

 Interactive exhibits in a new museum will highlight the mountain's fierce winter weather.

May 23, 2013

Maine bill to lower power costs up for vote

It has strong support in committee, but a planned new fee draws criticism.

May 24, 2013

Rangers beat Bruins in OT, avoid sweep Several photos included in this story

Chris Kreider scored seven minutes into overtime, keeping New York alive for at least one more game.

May 24, 2013

In Maine, wet holiday weather may curb some traffic

Predictions of rain every day but Monday, and cool temperatures too, could put a damper on Memorial Day travel.

May 23, 2013

Arias jury unable to decide life or death; mistrial declared Several photos included in this story

Now a new jury will be asked to decide how to punish the convicted murderer.

May 23, 2013

Maine panel rejects two LePage education bills

The panel votes not to support student transfers out of struggling schools or more than 10 charters.

May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts vote to accept gay boys

But the ban on gay Scout leaders remains in place, continuing the debate over membership policy.

May 23, 2013

IRS official who took the Fifth has been replaced

A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been placed on administrative leave.

May 23, 2013

Conservatives struggling to expand IRS scandal – so far

Conservatives hoping someone high up ordered the targeting – or even knew about it – have yet to find any the evidence they're looking for.

May 23, 2013

In reversal, Windham's Summerfest is back on

News of its cancellation motivated residents to make the festival happen.

May 23, 2013

Windham High music teacher up for Grammy honor

Rick Nickerson is one of 217 quarterfinalists for a new music educator award from the Grammy Foundation.

May 23, 2013

Maine Turnpike to keep volume discount for commuters

Maine E-ZPass account holders who take at least 40 one-way trips a month get an additional 50 percent off their entire bill for that month.

May 23, 2013

N.H. Senate votes to keep stand-your-ground law

New Hampshire residents can continue to use deadly force as a first option when responding to a threat in a public place.

May 23, 2013

Carmaker Tesla repays federal loans nine years early

This week, Tesla wired the U.S. government some $452 million dollars, using a portion of the $1 billion it just raised on the debt and equity markets.

May 23, 2013

Newspapers seek to unseal affidavit in Maine girl's murder

The objection is filed to a judge's decision to seal the police affidavit in the death of Nichole Cable.

May 23, 2013

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May 23, 2013

Two more suspects arrested in London terror attack

Islamic hardliners say the man who appeared with bloody hands in a video following the attack on a British soldier is a convert from Christianity.

May 23, 2013

Obama defends drone strikes but says no cure-all

The president also announces a renewed push to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.

May 23, 2013

Maine Medicaid bill meets its fate: passed, vetoed

Minutes after Democrats' symbolic victory, LePage wipes it out and calls for a different bill to repay Maine's hospital debt.

May 23, 2013

King co-sponsors bill requiring independent drone strike analysis

Angus King The legislation would require the creation of a “red team” to analyze data purporting to support a “targeted strike” against U.S.. citizens and report back to intelligence agencies within 15 days.

May 23, 2013

Maine's supreme court dismisses Nader lawsuit

Ralph Nader The Green Party candidate had claimed Democrats tried to keep him off the presidential ballot in 2004.

May 23, 2013

Six Wyeth paintings fetch $2M at auction

The 1938 painting of a fisherman off the coast of Maine sells for nearly $844,000.

May 23, 2013

Japanese man, 80, oldest to top Everest – for now Several photos included in this story

Yuichiro Miura, a former extreme skier who also climbed the 29,035-foot peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time today.

May 23, 2013

Unum executive to retire; company raises dividend

Kevin McCarthy, chief operating officer of the company and CEO of its Unum US operating unit, plans to retire in the first quarter of 2014.

May 23, 2013

Man given 4 years for robbing Saco cabbie twice

Wayne Thompson, 27, also pleads guilty to robbing a Cumberland Farms store in Saco.

May 23, 2013

Brave woman tried to reason with London attackers

The 48-year-old mother kept talking to the two bloody attackers before police came, trying to keep them calm.

May 24, 2013

Fugitive rapist found in Maine is punished

 Gary Alan Irving, who fled after his 1979 conviction in Massachusetts, gets up to 40 years for his crimes.

May 23, 2013

Fuss over LePage's TV exceeds trivial dispute Video clip included

LePage tells reporters and Democrats he will move out of the State House because of the disagreement.

May 23, 2013

U.S. power grid seen as vulnerable to cyberattack from Iran

One Midwestern utility said its computer systems were being probed constantly, in some cases by automated programs designed to detect weaknesses that can be exploited later.

May 23, 2013

Father of man shot in Boston probe shares regrets

Abdul-Baki Todashev says he agreed to his son's request to remain in the U.S. "because it seemed like the safest country."

May 23, 2013

Maine man gets 4 years for identity fraud

Authorities say the Lisbon man used his child's Social Security number on job applications, then failed to report wages to illegally receive welfare and housing benefits.

May 23, 2013

Solar plane completes 2nd leg of trip across U.S.

The Solar Impulse is making the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across the country.

May 23, 2013

Bronx 'ghetto' tours stop amid residents' outrage Several photos included in this story

Real Bronx Tours took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx "from a safe distance."

May 23, 2013

Maine manufacturer accused of firing workers trying to unionize

ALCOM, a Winslow trailer manufacturing company, calls the claims by labor groups "very false."

May 23, 2013

Hallowell business owners say street project would ruin them

Major construction on Water Street will cause economic disaster in downtown Hallowell, several business owners said at a public forum on Wednesday.

May 23, 2013

Nearly all U.S. states see hefty drop in teen births

The lowest rates are in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont, each with rates under 17 per 1,000.

May 23, 2013

Maine education commissioner visits Belfast school

A film crew is accompanying Stephen Bowen to produce videos showcasing student-centered, proficiency-based approaches.

May 23, 2013

Maine man gets 35 years on child porn charges

Authorities say 44-year-old Carey Gonyer sexually assaulted a boy for months before asking him for sexually explicit cellphone pictures.

May 23, 2013

Signs to alert Maine motorists to turtle crossings

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy are marking the turtle crossings in Wells, South Berwick and York.

May 23, 2013

Portland mayor meets with immigrant business owners

Michael Brennan and the city's economic development director are visiting businesses today to discuss immigration reform and other issues.

May 23, 2013

Obama all too familiar with Oklahoma's heartbreak, pain

From Newtown to Hurricane Sandy to Boston to Oklahoma, this president has faced an unprecedented string of tragedies.

May 23, 2013

Case delayed for North Pond Hermit

 A court-ordered mental health evaluation will be done before Christopher Knight reappears in court.

May 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

County sues over $280,000 jail payment / No new license required if Oxford Casino is sold / Senate sends lobbying proposal to LePage ... and more news from around the state.

May 23, 2013

Group deadlocked over Congress Square proposal

 A proposal to build an events center in the downtown Portland plaza will be presented to a City Council committee May 29.

May 23, 2013

PUC probing Electricity Maine for possible false ads

Did the company's ads give the impression it is the state's cheapest provider? Regulators ask for answers.

May 23, 2013

Authorities: Old Orchard councilor committed no crime

 An Old Orchard Beach town councilor is alleged to have used a racial slur against a black resident, but it is protected speech, police say.

May 22, 2013

Surge in housing demand sparks Portland bidding battles

 Available houses dwindle and prices rise as the city's housing market sees 'a very big change.'

May 23, 2013

Pay for CEOs changes, but still at a peak

Typical compensation was $9.7 million in 2012, up for the third straight year, as critics pressed for reforms.