News from November 15, 2013

November 16, 2013

Rewards of $10 million offered for Benghazi suspects

The State Department says the rewards have been in place since January.

November 15, 2013

High School Football: Cony tops Brunswick 48-38 for Eastern Class B title

Quarterback Ben Lucas threw five touchdown passes, as Cony advances to the state championship game.

November 15, 2013

Homeowner charged in controversial Mich. porch shooting

Ted Wafer, who is white, shot a 19-year-old black girl who was knocking on his door early in the morning.

November 15, 2013

UMaine hockey beats BU 7-0

The Black Bears are 5-1 at Alfond this season.

November 15, 2013

Identical twins share breast cancer, rare surgery

Kristen Maurer of Indiana didn’t hesitate to donate tissue for her sister’s reconstruction surgery.

November 15, 2013

TE Gronkowski, Patriots prepped for Panthers

A key matchup will be Gronkowski against Carolina’s all-world linebacker Luke Kuechly.

November 15, 2013

Augusta man charged in stabbing death of girlfriend

Justin Pillsbury is taken into custody as he leaves a hospital where he was being treated for what police say are self-inflicted stab wounds.

November 16, 2013

Witness to I-295 hit-and-run says driver stopped, then took off

The account contradicts the driver who said she didn’t realize she had been in a collision that sent a family tumbling into a ditch.

November 15, 2013

JPMorgan Chase reaches $4.5 billion settlement

The bank settles with 21 institutional investors over mortgage-backed securities.

November 16, 2013

Man convicted of murder in Maine woman’s 1998 disappearance

George Jaime’s attorney argued he shouldn’t be convicted because Starlett Vining’s body was never found, but the jury disagrees.

November 16, 2013

Four charged with running meth lab in Owls Head

This is the record 14th time the MDEA has responded to a meth lab-related incident this year.

November 15, 2013

Maine basketball coach arrested on sex-assault charges

Travis Tatro, 30, is indicted in a case involving two teenage girls.

November 16, 2013

Batkid gets his wish – crime-busting in San Francisco Several photos included in this story

Miles Scott, 5, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, becomes a ‘full-blown phenomenon’ as a celebrity crime stopper.

November 15, 2013

Portland council to vote Monday on abortion clinic buffer zone

If adopted, a 39-foot buffer would take effect Dec. 18.

November 15, 2013

Smith & Wesson to eliminate 37 Maine jobs

The company said it will be using polymers instead metal for more parts, and moving several other manufacturing processes to Springfield, Mass.

November 16, 2013

Maine's high opiate addiction rate endangers newborns

Some in the state's medical community worry about the impact of the state's recent two-year cap on methadone and buprenorphine for Medicaid patients.

November 15, 2013

Police identify missing Fla. man who fell from plane Video clip included

An FAA spokeswoman said the plane was flying at about 2,000 feet, some 8 miles southeast of the Tamiami airport.

November 15, 2013

Major retailers open tech labs in Silicon Valley Several photos included in this story Video clip included

They’re trying to replicate the creativity and culture of online startups as they seek to improve their websites and engineer their own apps.

November 15, 2013

Spurwink getting $12 million grant to help high school freshmen

The Portland nonprofit must raise $1.2 million in private matching funds – half of it by Dec. 11 – to receive the grant.

November 15, 2013

Libyan militiamen kill at least 31 protesters

The carnage in Tripoli prompts some demonstrators to take up arms and join with other militias to fight back.

November 15, 2013

Rescuers disentangle whale off NJ coast

The humpback appeared to be between 2 and 5 years old.

November 16, 2013

Feature Obituary: Benjamin Dooling, 40, gifted writer and poet

The Portland resident was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and dedicated his time to helping other men struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

November 15, 2013

Toronto council strips Mayor Rob Ford of powers Video clip included

An unusually subdued Rob Ford vows to fight the action in court.

November 15, 2013

Man wanted in Maine arrested in N.H.

Nicholas Edmond, 27, was arrested Friday morning by U.S. marshals and members of the Maine Violent Offender Task Force.

November 16, 2013

Feds to pay Maine Yankee $35.7M for nuclear waste storage

A federal judge orders the Energy Department to pay the plant because it has failed to remove the nuclear waste.

November 15, 2013

House passes bill to weaken Obamacare

Democrats say that the measure creates a shadow market of substandard health insurance plans.

November 16, 2013

New Yorkers arrested for drugs after trying to elude Biddeford police

Officers find 90 packets of heroin, with a street value of about $4,500, as well as almost $2,000 in cash.

November 16, 2013

Labonte pleads not guilty in Biddeford fatal crash

He is accused of driving while intoxicated when he struck a family on bicycles.

November 16, 2013

Portland woman shot in mouth at Scarborough home

She remains in intensive care, no charges have been filed and Scarborough police are calling it an accident.

November 15, 2013

Maine man gets eight years in meth lab case

Charges against David Coffren of Kingfield included endangering the welfare of a child.

November 15, 2013

Augusta man, uncle arrested in Chesterville burglary

Police say Stephen Dingus and his uncle, James Dingus, both 31, may also be connected to other crimes.

November 15, 2013

Waterville woman accused of cutting teen with pocket knife

Linsey Soucy, 19, was arrested after cutting the 15-year-old girl on the forehead during a fight, police say.

November 15, 2013

Waterville physician surrenders license during investigation

Former Inland Hospital doctor Michael Durr was under investigation for incompetent practice, according to the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine’s website.

November 15, 2013

Dresden man arrested in Augusta pharmacy robberies

Ryan McLaughlin is facing federal charges after allegedly robbing Shaw’s pharmacy twice in 48 hours.

November 16, 2013

China relaxes ‘one-child’ policy rules

Human rights groups, who wanted the policy abolished, also hail a decision to scrap labor camps.

November 15, 2013

Lack of younger enrollees threatens exchanges

The insurance industry has increasing cause for concern as early enrollment reports suggest a trend that could cause insurance premiums and deductibles to rise sharply.

November 15, 2013

TSA officer bled for 33 minutes before medical attention at LAX

For all but five of those minutes, there was no threat from the suspected gunman

November 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man accused of biting stranger’s nose held on bail / Congress Street to be closed for Dec. 6 art walk / Number of Mainers earning GEDs skyrockets ... and more news from around the state.

November 15, 2013

Aid begins to reach Philippine typhoon victims

The total number of people affected by the typhoon rises to 12 million.

November 15, 2013

DNA study suggests dogs originated in Europe

The kind of wolf that gave rise to dogs is now extinct.

November 15, 2013

N.H. House, Senate panels recommend expanding Medicaid

But their plans differ on how to implement the expansion.

November 15, 2013

Military keeps new camouflage uniforms hidden

Costs are a major reason for the delay.

November 15, 2013

Toronto mayor denies pressuring staffer for sex

In an obscenity-laced statement on live TV, he also threatens to sue ex-staffers who spoke to cops.

November 15, 2013

Sinkhole forces evacuation of Florida neighborhood

Two homes will have to be demolished.

November 15, 2013

Amid JFK assassination chaos, a young reporter kept his cool Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Fifty years later, the Maine resident says it was a struggle to do his job while full of sadness.

November 15, 2013

Fans of Colucci’s delighted as post-arson repairs begin

The popular store on Portland's Munjoy Hill, damaged by an arson fire in March, will reopen under new ownership.

November 16, 2013

In Maine, Obamacare shift could affect many

About 15,000 facing canceled or altered policies might be able to keep their plans, but it’s uncertain.