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News from May 9, 2013

May 10, 2013

Maine district attorney weighs charges in preschool gun case

A staff member found the loaded handgun in a bag a 4-year-old boy brought to a child care center in Hallowell.

May 9, 2013

Lawmakers seek to reverse money-in-politics decision

A group of Vermont lawmakers on Thursday called for a national constitutional convention similar to the one that convened in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the original Constitution.

May 9, 2013

Whole Foods mixes up chicken, vegan salads

In Maine and four other states, Whole Foods says it mislabeled the curried chicken salads and a vegan curried "chick'n" salads, but no illnesses have been reported.

May 9, 2013

Information gap cited in hearing on Boston Marathon bombings

Edward Davis But while the FBI didn't share intelligence, Boston's police commissioner says it might not have mattered.

May 9, 2013

Maine school board balks at security system overrun costs

The members deadlock on covering the $165,000 balance in SAD 51 for overspending they did not approve.

May 9, 2013

Windham's first-ever canine officer dies

Max "touched many lives, saved souls, found the lost."

May 9, 2013

Maine legislators vote to restart climate change planning

“I think the committee understood how much we all stand to lose if we don’t plan for the future,” said Pete Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

May 9, 2013

New channels coming to YouTube – but you pay

The world's largest video site is introducing all-you-can-watch channels that require a monthly fee with an average price of $2.99 each.

May 9, 2013

Minn. House approves gay marriage; would be 12th state

Lawmakers approved it 75-59, and the Senate and governor could make it law as early as Monday.

May 9, 2013

Gold medalist dies when America's Cup boat capsizes

Another sailor is injured while practicing in a Swedish sailboat, but the rest of the 13-member crew is accounted for.

May 9, 2013

Searchers return empty-handed from Rangeley Lake search for snowmobilers missing since winter Several photos included in this story

Searchers returned empty-handed Thursday after resuming their search for three snowmobilers missing in Rangeley Lake since winter, even as curious onlookers checked with them to see if any of the bodies had been found.

May 9, 2013

Casco Bay Bridge replaces switch that caused malfunction

The state replaces a switch that was blamed for causing a drawbridge to become stuck on Wednesday.

May 9, 2013

Sox to lose Hanrahan for at least two months

Joel Hanrahan, Brian Dozier A two-time All-Star in the NL, closer Joel Hanrahan goes on the disabled list for the second time.

May 9, 2013

CEO leaves Portland high-tech start-up CashStar

David Douglas Stone co-founded the company, which runs digital gift card programs for retailers.

May 9, 2013

Ex-mayor gets 5 years for defrauding Kennebunk man

Peter DiRosa Jr. convinced the victim to invest $600,000 in a Hungarian real-estate venture. The man only got $60,000 back.

May 9, 2013

Water main break slows traffic on Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough

Crews expect to be working in the area through the evening commute.

May 9, 2013

USM holds memorial service for junior who drowned in Philippines

Kim Lim was a 2010 graduate of South Portland High School who was excelling at the university.

May 9, 2013

Boston bombing victim, 7, undergoes 11th surgery

Jane Richard, whose 8-year-old brother was killed in the April 15 blast, lost a leg and still faces additional surgeries.

May 10, 2013

LePage bill for school choice hits resistance

He wants some religious schools to be partly funded by the public, as well as allow an unlimited number of publicly funded charter schools.

May 9, 2013

Maine men appear in court on murder charge

Police say Nathan Morton and Michael McNaughton killed 20-year-old Romeo Parent because McNaughton thought he was an informant.

May 10, 2013

Bipartisan group OKs emergency aid for Lewiston victims

Lewiston will be allowed to disburse $30,000 in state funds to aid more than 200 residents displaced by fire.

May 9, 2013

Seacoast Fun Park seeks Windham's OK to expand

Plans call for new parking areas, a new restaurant, more snow-tubing lanes and new water features, including a ‘lazy river’ float ride.

May 9, 2013

Man sentenced to year in prison in 2011 Kennebunkport crash

Prosecutors say David Van Blaricom was driving 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on Route 9 at the time of the crash, which injured a Massachusetts couple.

May 9, 2013

Saco police arrest four men after finding crack cocaine, stolen guns

The men are arrested after a joint investigation of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Saco police.

May 9, 2013

Fannie Mae posts record profit

When Fannie pays a dividend of $59.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month, it will have repaid $95 billion of the roughly $116 billion it received during the taxpayer bailout.

May 9, 2013

Messiah, King: Popular baby names suggest high hopes

Jacob is still the most popular name for boys and Sophia tops the list for girls for the second year in a row.

May 9, 2013

Largest U.S. hospice company sued for Medicare fraud

The Justice Department says Vitas Hospice and Vitas Healthcare submitted tens of millions of dollars in claims for emergency services for patients that weren't needed or weren't provided.

May 9, 2013

Hackers steal $45 million in ATM card breach

Prosecutors say seven people were arrested in the United States in a case involving thousands of thefts.

May 9, 2013

Veteran Maine lawmakers honored at State House

Welcome Back Day includes a public recognition of the lawmakers, along with a luncheon in the Hall of Flags.

May 9, 2013

Search under way for 2 who fell off cruise ship Video clip included

Surveillance footage shows that the couple fell from the Carnival Spirit's mid-deck Wednesday night off the coast of Australia.

May 9, 2013

Hampden fire victim saves herself by jumping out window

The woman suffers serious burns but manages to get out a second-floor window.

May 9, 2013

Report: U.S. spending on medicine dips for first time in decades

Factors behind the 2012 drop included more use of cheap generic pills and a fairly mild cold and flu season. But there was also was a big negative: people rationing their own health care.

May 9, 2013

Waterville man charged with arson in fireworks incident

Donald Fencik, 62, of Waterville, faces arson charges for allegedly burning the outer wall of a garage Sunday while setting off fireworks.

May 9, 2013

Tsarnaev's body buried in secret site Several photos included in this story

But the locale is expected to become known with the pending release of his death certificate.

May 10, 2013

DNA shows Ohio kidnapping suspect fathered girl Video clip included

The FBI also said no human remains were among more than 200 pieces of evidence collected from Ariel Castro's house.

May 9, 2013

Probe continues into Lyman crash that killed young girl

Police say they will have to do more tests to determine whether the 4-year-old girl was strapped into a booster seat at the time.

May 9, 2013

Construction headaches continue on crucial Maine-NH connections

Nighttime paving on I-95 in Kittery is expected to slow traffic for the next six weeks, while alternate routes over the Memorial Bridge and Sarah Mildred Long Bridge remain closed.

May 9, 2013

Mystery smell irks Quincy waterfront neighborhood

The persistent rotten egg smell that has lingered over The Moorings at Squantum Gardens for about six weeks is becoming unbearable.

May 9, 2013

Bangor woman accused of killing husband is ruled competent to stand trial

Authorities say 49-year-old Roxanne Jeskey killed her husband, Richard, in June 2011 after he spoke to an ex-girlfriend on the phone.

May 9, 2013

Father rescues 1-year-old son from N.H. river

David Towse said his son somehow got through a childproof door and made it to the river behind their home.

May 9, 2013

Bangladesh factory fire kills 8 as collapse toll hits 930

A fire official says the blaze, fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters, produced immense amounts of smoke and the victims died of suffocation.

May 9, 2013

Maine heating oil prices down as demand decreases

Kersosene prices are also falling, while propane prices are holding relatively steady.

May 9, 2013

Orono paving project worker struck, killed by vehicle

The death is under investigation by local police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

May 9, 2013

Arias trial now turns to whether she lives or dies Video clip included

Just minutes after her conviction Wednesday, she tells a TV station she would 'prefer to die sooner than later.'

May 9, 2013

Maine officials warn of moose on the move

May and June are the most common months for moose collisions due to a combination of factors, including calving time, weather and salt.

May 9, 2013

Maine education chief visiting tribal school

Commissioner Stephen Bowen is visiting the Indian Township School in Princeton today to see how students use touch-screen iPad computers in their classrooms.

May 9, 2013

Man killed in Monmouth motorcycle crash

Police say Bruce Morgan, 48, of Chelsea, was an experienced rider, and relatives said he owned several motorcycles.

May 9, 2013

Maine/New England Dispatches

Portland man held on drug trafficking charges / Former bus driver sentenced for sex assaults / Bill to ban ethanol gets House OK ... and other news from the region

May 9, 2013

Maine bill proposes yearly check of hospital finances

Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor, a physician, also wants to appoint a special panel to review the data.

May 9, 2013

Stuck drawbridge blamed on electrical switch

 The malfunction shut down the northbound lanes of the bridge for more than two hours and forced a cargo ship bound for Merrill Marine Terminal to turn around.

May 9, 2013

Hurting but grateful: Lewiston fire victims share their stories Video clip included

They lost nearly everything they owned in the three fires that destroyed nine buildings in downtown Lewiston in the space of a week.

May 8, 2013

Police train to respond to 'active shooter'

 The exercise includes smoke, gunfire sounds and screams to simulate a roaming gunman scenario.

May 9, 2013

Housing event helps relocate fire victims

 Meanwhile, site cleanup goes on where damaged buildings were razed, and donations are collected.

May 8, 2013

Dogs involved in attack on Lebanon girl pass test for rabies

The two pit bulls show no signs of rabies after a 10-day quarantine, officials say.

May 9, 2013

Illicit sex creating concerns for Saco police

 The city has arrested three men recently on charges of unlawful sexual contact or exposing themselves in wooded areas.

May 8, 2013

Woman who calls koi 'my Prozac' wins conditional permit

The Harpswell koi fancier must adhere to rules to retain her permit to possess the invasive fish.

May 9, 2013

Slide continues for Boston

The Twins tee off on Allen Webster, David Ortiz's streak ends, and the Sox drop their fifth in six.