News from November 12, 2013

November 13, 2013

Augusta Planning Board OKs mosque Several photos included in this story

Capital city’s first mosque for the Islamic Socity of Greater Augusta approved unanimously

November 13, 2013

Rare diamond fetches $35.5 million

The 14.82-carat pear-shaped orange diamond is the largest of its kind ever sold at auction.

November 12, 2013

Police still seeking driver in Windham hit-and-run

The crash injured a Windham man and his teenage son.

November 13, 2013

New heart disease guidelines issued

The new strategy – which seeks to cut risks for both heart attacks and strokes – may double the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.

November 12, 2013

N.H. man pleads not guilty to writing racist graffiti

Raymond Stevens, if convicted of writing on the homes of African refugee families, faces 10 to 30 years in prison.

November 12, 2013

Old Sox manager edges out new Sox manager for top award

Terry Francona wins AL Manager of the Year, beating out Boston’s John Farrell.

November 13, 2013

Deering High community bids farewell to beloved coach Several photos included in this story

Brendan Conway, who died at 34 while playing basketball, is remembered for his caring nature and for touching many lives.

November 13, 2013

Death toll could reach 2,500 in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

The enormity of the devastation slows relief efforts.

November 12, 2013

Hawaii to become 15th state to allow gay marriage

The bill is a victory for civil rights and the state’s economy, lawmakers say.

November 12, 2013

Arizona football player dies after game injury

The boy’s death comes at a time when head injuries in football are attracting attention at all levels of the sport.

November 12, 2013

Scandal, latest loss have Dolphins fans fed up

A harassment case and a loss to the only winless team in football can have that effect.

November 13, 2013

One dead, one critically injured in rush-hour crashes in southern Maine Several photos included in this story

A collision between a pickup and an SUV kills a man in Sanford, while an elderly woman is critically hurt in a Portland crash.

November 12, 2013

Ohio town comes together to give dying boy an early Christmas

Devin Kohlman, 13, died Monday, but not before the community created a wintry celebration for him.

November 12, 2013

Study: Obesity alone raises heart attack risk

The new findings run counter to the assumption that other factors are better indicators of whether a person is likely to have impaired cardiovascular health.

November 12, 2013

Seat belts on commercial buses delayed for decades

Hundreds of passengers have died and even more have been injured since the National Transportation Safety Board made its initial recommendations.

November 12, 2013

Maine’s top court rules in diocese’s favor in sex-abuse case

Justices find the church was not obligated to reveal prior molestation claims against the priest named by William Picher of Augusta.

November 12, 2013

Somali pirate gets life in prison for killing four Americans

Ahmed Muse Salad tried to portray himself as a savior who killed other pirates aboard the yacht after the hostages were shot.

November 12, 2013

Once nearly extinct, streetcars getting new life Several photos included in this story

Many U.S. city planners are convinced that old-timey cars tethered to overhead electric cables, or their futuristic descendants, ignite economic development in a way that buses cannot.

November 12, 2013

Maine woman pleads not guilty to stealing from wrestling boosters

Wendi Willette of Winslow is accused of taking between $10,000 and $30,000.

November 12, 2013

Medicaid is health overhaul’s early success story

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 9 million people will gain coverage through expanded Medicaid next year.

November 12, 2013

Skeletal remains found in Maine likely those of Virginia man

Paul Tolbert, 33, was attending a drug rehabilitation program in Winthrop when he disappeared.

November 12, 2013

Feds to advise on death penalty in marathon attack

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will make the ultimate decision on whether to seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

November 13, 2013

Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry deal is finalized

After a five-year hiatus, it appears the ferry service will resume in May, although time is short for preparations.

November 13, 2013

Views differ on airline merger’s impact on Maine

The director of the Portland Jetport sees the merger of American Airlines and US Air as positive, but Rep. Michaud cautions, ‘The devil is always in the details.’

November 12, 2013

Conn. woman loses arm in pit bull attack

The victim was underneath a car in a driveway trying to protect herself when an officer arrived and shot the dog.

November 12, 2013

Maine prepares to expand prison mental health unit

The unit is a response to a federal funding loss at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

November 12, 2013

UMaine student charged with hitting horse-drawn buggy

An Amish teenager driving the buggy and his horse were uninjured, but the buggy was destroyed.

November 12, 2013

Typhoon reveals weak Philippine infrastructure

Haiyan’s devastation underlines the pressing need to spend more money to build more roads, ports and power lines.

November 12, 2013

1 World Trade Center named as tallest US building

Without a 408-foot ‘needle’ on top, the building would have been only 1,368 feet tall – well short of Chicago’s 1,451-foot Willis Tower.

November 12, 2013

Two Maine teens hospitalized after two Lebanon crashes

One vehicle ends up in a swamp, another rolls over after hitting a telephone pole.

November 12, 2013

High court won’t hear Okla. ultrasound case

The measure required women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound exam and then have the image placed in front of them while the provider described the fetus.

November 12, 2013

Maine man who drove stolen car to Missouri pleads guilty

Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Ronald Fuller of Boothbay Harbor was a suspect at the time in several burglaries.

November 12, 2013

Holy grail for researchers: No computer passwords Video clip included

Scientists at Purdue University say logging in with a simple scan of a user’s iris or fingerprint will soon become more common.

November 12, 2013

Slain Iranian musicians came to NYC for music freedom

Two brothers were among three men shot and killed in their Brooklyn apartment early Monday by a fellow musician who police say was upset over being kicked out of another Iranian band.

November 12, 2013

Shoplifter in Waterville walks out with $200 worth of groceries

Police say the woman refused to stop when confronted by store employees.

November 12, 2013

Maine church looks at ways to muffle loud bell

Neighbors of the First Baptist Church say the bell began ringing louder after the church tower’s clock underwent repairs about a year ago.

November 12, 2013

Tom’s of Maine to name winners of $150K in grants

The public cast more than 58,000 votes online in selecting the winners from 51 finalists, one from each state and the District of Columbia.

November 13, 2013

Maine trial begins in woman's 1998 disappearance

The defense argues murder charges against the Presque Isle man can’t be proven because Starlett Vining’s body has never been found.

November 12, 2013

UMaine holds public meeting on offshore wind project

The university hopes to put two floating wind turbines south of Monhegan Island and 12 miles from the mainland.

November 12, 2013

Banded Horn Brewing brings hope, hops to Biddeford

The city embraces its first craft brewery – in a former mill building.

November 12, 2013

Maine DHHS could reduce fines for dentists

Dentists complain about large fines by an auditor for minor clerical errors in MaineCare patient cases.

November 12, 2013

Feature obituary: Carolyn Bennett, 72, shared love of arts with family



November 12, 2013

Coming out difficult at any age, Mainers say

The decision to reveal one’s sexual orientation can be wrenching, stir unpredictable reactions – and bring solace.

November 12, 2013

Marijuana vote raises marketing questions for Portland

While the effect on the city's 'brand' is not yet known, some businesses see opportunity.

November 12, 2013

Korean War veterans remembered in Maine Several photos included in this story

Cumberland, Yarmouth and North Yarmouth give tribute and thanks.

November 12, 2013

Iraqi refugees find Augusta appealing

Affordable living, tolerance and services mean more may arrive.

November 12, 2013

Skowhegan woman indicted in murder plot

Michele Corson is charged in connection with a New Hampshire killing.

November 12, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man, 36, dies in fiery crash after driving in wrong lane / Skeletal remains ‘tentatively identified’ / Police find vehicle they say struck horse-drawn buggy . . . and more news from around the state.

November 12, 2013

Eels a slippery catch to regulate Several photos included in this story

A Maryland fisherman applauds Maine’s plans to scale down its harvest.

November 12, 2013

Red Sox’s Ortiz to co-produce MTV show

The 30-episode weekly series set to begin next spring will meld pop culture and baseball.

November 12, 2013

Portland's Mallett Brothers Band on the road to stardom Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The fall tour, which concludes this week, is the band’s most ambitious yet, with 21 dates since Oct. 6.

November 12, 2013

Tons of aid in Philippines, but not where needed Several photos included in this story

The official death toll from the disaster rose to 1,774 on Tuesday and more than 9 million people have been affected across a large swath of the country.