News from November 17, 2013

November 17, 2013

N.Y. man, 32, dies in Bahamas freediving contest



November 17, 2013

Two killed, 20 injured in Colorado mining accident

Officials say a release of chemicals inside the mine is responsible for the injuries and deaths.

November 17, 2013

Jimmie Johnson wins 6th NASCAR championship

The driver is now chasing the mark of seven titles held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

November 17, 2013

Pirates defeat Providence with power-play goal

Portland’s rookie goalie made 43 saves in his first start for Pirates.

November 17, 2013

Vettel wins US Grand Prix for 8th straight victory

Victory gives German a single-season record for wins.

November 17, 2013

Forbes Media puts itself up for sale

Forbes Media, which is controlled by the Forbes family, includes Forbes magazine, which has covered wealth and finance since 1917.

November 17, 2013

Social worker arrested after child cuffed to porch

The 11-year-old boy had a dead chicken hanging from around his neck.

November 17, 2013

Czech Republic keeps Davis Cup title

The Czechs top Serbia 3-2 when Radek Stepanek sweeps Dusan Lajovic in the decisive singles match.

November 18, 2013

Storms sweep across Midwest, killing six in Illinois

Washington, Ill., Mayor Gary Manier estimates that from 250 to 500 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the storm and that it wasn't clear when residents would be allowed to return.

November 17, 2013

Sony sells over 1M PlayStation 4s in first day

Sony expects to sell 5 million units by the end of its fiscal year in March.

November 17, 2013

LePage, Democrats spar over committee hearings

The battle comes as lawmakers prepare and set their legislative agenda for their January return.

November 18, 2013

Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones author, dead at 66

She died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

November 17, 2013

Afghan villagers find bodies of 6 beheaded workers

The men were involved in building police compounds and checkpoints in Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban.

November 17, 2013

Pa. pastor facing church trial over gay marriage

Rev. Frank Schaefer could be defrocked if a jury comprised of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by officiating the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.

November 17, 2013

University of Maine System trustees to discuss international recruitment

Fall enrollment at the seven campuses dropped 2.1 percent from 20120.

November 17, 2013

Teen who led high-speed chase sent back to Canada

The 16-year-old boy, who pleads guilty to charges including aggravated assault, is returning to Canada to face additional charges.

November 17, 2013

Small-batch bourbon revival in downtown Louisville

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is the first of several ventures to bolster tourism and bring small-batch bourbon production to the heart of downtown Louisville.

November 17, 2013

Boeing plane crashes in Russia, killing all 50 people aboard

The plane crashed while landing in Kazan.

November 17, 2013

Separate attacks across Iraq kill 20

Violence has escalated in Iraq in recent months, with the pace of killing reaching levels unseen since 2008.

November 18, 2013

Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94

She explored topics ranging from colonial Africa to dystopian Britain, from the mystery of being female to the unknown worlds of science fiction.

November 17, 2013

Pakistan’s former leader to be tried for treason

Pervez Musharraf could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

November 17, 2013

Truck set afire after home invasion in Jay

Police say three men charged into the home and set fire to the truck before they fled.

November 17, 2013

Mandela remains ‘quite ill,’ can’t speak

Nelson Mandela’s former wife says South Africa’s former president is not on life support.

November 17, 2013

Lawmakers to hold health law rollout forum

The forum will help residents understand the health care overhaul.

November 18, 2013

A stunned state: ‘What are we going to do now?’ Several photos included in this story



November 18, 2013

JFK in Maine: State ‘has a chance ... to choose progress’



November 17, 2013

JFK's Caroline: keeper of family flame, diplomat

Through years of tragedy, the level-headed daughter of the slain president has soldiered on, lending her support to the causes and ideals her parents and brother had championed.

November 17, 2013

Fifty years later, Kennedy legend honored, introduced to another generation Several photos included in this story

The gruesome murder of President Kennedy broke the heart of this country in ways that have echoed through the decades since.

November 17, 2013

In their words: Mainers remember Nov. 22, 1963

The governor and five others talk about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

November 17, 2013

Massachusetts tribe confident of federal OK for casino plan

A bigger hurdle for the Mashpee Wampanoag will be getting approval for its proposed site in Taunton.

November 17, 2013

Book can’t be closed on JFK assassination

We still don’t know everything about that awful day in Dallas.

November 17, 2013

First tenants relocate to former Gerald Hotel in Fairfield

The historic building now has 28 apartments for low-income seniors.

November 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man, 76, convicted in death of woman missing 15 years / Teenager dies from injuries in October head-on collision / New hotline accepting reports of elder fraud / Two power companies seek permission to raise rates

November 17, 2013

Conspiracy theories still surround JFK’s death

Fifty years later, the theories have never really stopped.

November 17, 2013

Feature obituary: Arthur Fournier, 82, profane, pushy Boston-bred tugboat owner

He inspired ‘an Old Testament kind of awe’ on Portland’s waterfront.

November 17, 2013

Essay: For baby boomers, the JFK assassination frozen in time

The course of human history, it is often said, changed forever on Nov. 22, 1963.

November 17, 2013

N.H. turns to its trees for heat

Wood pellets in particular are on the front burner as an alternative to oil, gas and electricity.

November 17, 2013

New wood-to-power plant expected to fire up soon in N.H.

The plant will produce 75 megawatts of electricity and create a number of jobs in the North Country.

November 17, 2013

No flame, plenty of fire over rise in e-cigarettes in Maine Several photos included in this story

They’re tarless, smokeless, and, apparently, odorless. So do the rules for cigarettes still apply?

November 17, 2013

Data on Maine sex trafficking elusive as officials try to gauge its extent

It has been a little-understood crime. But that has started to change.

November 17, 2013

Apple growers may be getting eye in the sky

University of New Hampshire researchers are using a remote-controlled helicopter to help pinpoint problems.

November 17, 2013

JFK's image shines on despite contradictions Several photos included in this story

Boston is the official home for Kennedy memories, but thousands of buildings, busts and plaques bearing his name can be found across the country.

November 17, 2013

Most don’t believe official report on JFK assassination

More than 300 different theories have been proposed, pointing the finger of blame at 82 assassins and 214 people.

November 17, 2013

Typhoon’s survivors pursue hellish search for loved ones



November 17, 2013

Washington Notebook: William S. Cohen warns Congress on partisanship



November 17, 2013

Poll: Belief in JFK conspiracy slipping slightly

Fifty-nine percent of Americans think multiple people were involved in a conspiracy to kill the president.

November 17, 2013

1963 at 50: A year's tumult echoes still Several photos included in this story

The critical mass of the baby boom generation was reaching a critical moment. Its leading edge, teenagers by then, were starting to recognize what they wanted to do, to believe and to buy.

November 18, 2013

The day we lost Kennedy: a defining moment for a generation

For the baby-boomers, life changed forever on Nov. 22, 1963.