News from November 18, 2013

November 19, 2013

Portland council unanimously OKs buffer zone around Planned Parenthood

The vote keeps anti-abortion protesters 39 feet away from where people enter a clinic.

November 19, 2013

Mass. won’t lower health insurance standard

The state’s top insurance official writes to Obama.

November 19, 2013

Minister who conducted same-sex wedding convicted of defying church law

The Pennsylvania man may be defrocked.

November 19, 2013

Boston Marathon invites back those affected by bombs

 Each must make his or her case in a 250-word essay.

November 18, 2013

Google to settle Safari privacy case for $17 million

Maine is among the states that will share in the settlement over using cookies to snoop.

November 18, 2013

Man charged with killing woman in Bangor

Police discover the woman’s body when they respond to a report of a disturbance at an apartment house.

November 18, 2013

Political groups coalescing around Hillary Clinton

They’re building a network without her direct consent, but she’s not objecting.

November 18, 2013

UMaine System trustees aim to woo international students

They adopt the resolution after learning that enrollment was down 2 percent this fall.

November 18, 2013

Waterville police search for man carrying rifle

The man is reported to possibly be intoxicated.

November 18, 2013

Patriots activate RB Shane Vereen from IR

He is listed as 'probably' for Monday night's nationally televised game against the Carolina Panthers.

November 18, 2013

Technology and religion saved lives during Midwest storms

The combination of spot-on forecasting and fast information – and the fact that many people were attending church at the time – worked in residents' favor.

November 19, 2013

Michaud slams governor over MaineCare rides program

The response to service chaos has been weak, says the congressman. A LePage aide fires back: Go fix Obamacare problems.

November 18, 2013

Despite surge, many don’t see a stock bubble

Even with the broader market’s 26 percent jump this year, stocks aren’t overpriced yet, money managers believe.

November 18, 2013

Maine man charged with sexual exploitation of infant

Benjamin Rossignol is being held in Aroostook County Jail on several child pornography charges.

November 18, 2013

Small N.H. coffee producer prevails over Starbucks

Starbucks alleged that the use of the ‘Charbucks’ name tarnished its famous trademark.

November 19, 2013

UMaine football ranked 4th nationally in its division

Only rival New Hampshire stands between the Black Bears and a perfect CAA slate.

November 18, 2013

NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

This is NASA’s 21st mission to Mars since the 1960s, but it’s the first one devoted to studying the Martian upper atmosphere.

November 19, 2013

George Zimmerman allegedly threatens girlfriend with shotgun

He is charged with domestic aggravated assault in his fifth run-in with police since being acquitted of murder in July.

November 18, 2013

New pot-related businesses sprout in Washington

From farmers to bakers to retailers, modern-day prospectors, some of whom eschew the drug, nevertheless seek a fortune in legal marijuana.

November 18, 2013

Maine high school championship football schedule announced

Cheverus and Bonny Eagle will play the first game Saturday.

November 18, 2013

Former EqualityMaine leader endorses Cutler over Michaud

Betsy Smith plans to lead a group to elect Eliot Cutler governor next November.

November 18, 2013

Video shows near-vertical crash of Russian plane Video clip included

The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed Sunday night, killing all 50 people aboard.

November 19, 2013

Affidavit: Augusta man confessed that he stabbed girlfriend to death Video clip included

Justin Pillsbury allegedly told his roommate that he caught Jillian Jones talking to a man on the phone.

November 18, 2013

Mass. pair charged with drug trafficking in Maine Several photos included in this story

The two were pulled over Friday in a rental car on I-95 for a traffic stop.

November 18, 2013

Toronto council strips mayor of most powers

Rob Ford, who was caught smoking crack and is accused of sexual harassment, calls the move a ‘coup d’etat.’

November 19, 2013

Nova Scotia ferry to feature restaurants, theater, casino Several photos included in this story

Gov. LePage joins local officials and the mayor of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to highlight plans for the ferry, but ticket prices are still unknown.

November 18, 2013

No change after recounts of Saco City Council ballots

The results of three council races are upheld after recounts Monday.

November 18, 2013

Illinois twister had winds up to 190 mph

The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday’s severe weather.

November 18, 2013

Princeton awaits word on meningitis vaccine amid 7th case

The CDC requested and received permission last week from the FDA to import the vaccine, a necessary protocol since the treatment hasn’t been approved in the U.S.

November 18, 2013

Mass. college to name school after Ron Burgundy

For one day only, Emerson College will rename its school of communication in honor of the fictitious television anchorman.

November 18, 2013

Dow hits 16,000 for first time

Standard & Poor’s 500 reaches 1,800.

November 18, 2013

Woman, 89, hit by passing car in Biddeford

The woman sustained minor injuries from being clipped by a car’s side mirror.

November 18, 2013

Maine man sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor

Authorities say the victim was a relative and the abuse occurred on numerous dates from September 2011 to May 2012.

November 19, 2013

Damaged Japan nuclear plant begins removing fuel rods

It will take at least until the end of 2014 to finish moving the 1,533 sets of fuel rods, including 202 unused sets, to a safer location.

November 18, 2013

Google, Microsoft take measures to block child sexual abuse sites

As part of the effort, the companies are sharing technology to identify child abuse photographs whenever they appear on their systems.

November 18, 2013

Violence against teachers brings profession’s risks to light

A 2011 survey found that 80 percent of teachers reported being intimidated, harassed, assaulted or otherwise victimized at least once during the previous year.

November 18, 2013

Maine gas prices up by penny a gallon

Prices are still 8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

November 18, 2013

Key Syrian rebel leader dies of shrapnel wounds

The death of Abdul-Qadir Saleh, was another blow to the rebels, reeling from a series of recent battlefield losses to Assad’s forces.

November 18, 2013

Trial begins for Maine man accused of slaying alleged drug dealer

Andrew Kierstead is charged with murder in the September 2012 shooting death of Richard Mills in Cushing.

November 18, 2013

Typhoon aid moves U.S. into forefront in Asia

The assistance sends a message that the U.S. is a strong player in the region.

November 18, 2013

State House Notebook: Outside groups spending big on Maine elections

The state's 2012 legislative election was a record year for spending by outside groups, topping $3.7 million.

November 18, 2013

Developers: Portland high-rise won’t pose wind threat Several photos included in this story

Concern that Bayside’s ‘midtown’ project could create a dangerous wind tunnel is being addressed, they say.

November 18, 2013

Sister city's Russian delegation visits Greater Portland

Visitors from Archangel begin a stay that will include a discussion of civil rights.

November 18, 2013

Anti-abortion protests prompt Portland buffer zone debate Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The City Council will vote on establishing a zone around the Planned Parenthood office; protesters vow they won’t go away.

November 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Canadian teen pleads guilty in Maine high-speed chase / UMS trustees hope to entice more international students / Attempt to rob home foiled but truck is torched ... and more news from around the state.

November 18, 2013

Slain woman remembered at candlelight vigil

Jilian Jones, 24, was found dead in her Augusta apartment; her former boyfriend is charged with her murder.

November 25, 2013

Maine's holiday craft fairs keep on giving Several photos included in this story

The shows are big business for crafters and organizers alike.

November 18, 2013

Maine aid agencies fear further cuts by Congress

This year’s financial battles in Washington have put agencies’ budget plans in limbo.

November 18, 2013

Yarmouth store may lose post office status

After a contract dispute, Andy's Handy Store can't act as a full-service outpost, but hundreds of residents want that service back.