News from November 19, 2013

November 20, 2013

Senate women speak out on military sexual assault

The lawmakers are trying to make sweeping changes to how the military deals with sexual assault.

November 20, 2013

Thompson nominated to head Portland school board

The Portland native is the longest serving member of the board.

November 19, 2013

Rask, Bruins stymie Rangers in 2-1 victory Several photos included in this story

Tuukka Rask made 43 saves and Daniel Paille added his 10th career short-handed goal to lift Boston.

November 20, 2013

McConnell tells budget negotiators to keep sequester cuts

The top Senate Republican urges taking a hard line.

November 19, 2013

Mass. town votes down Foxwoods’ casino proposal

The $1 billion casino proposal was the third one to fail in Massachusetts in the last month.

November 19, 2013

George Zimmerman says he has at least $2 million in debt

He says he has less than $150 and no source of income.

November 19, 2013

150 years later, Lincoln’s speech long remembered Several photos included in this story

The inspirational Gettysburg Address was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of freedom and justice amid a Civil War that had torn the country into pieces.

November 19, 2013

NH police seek new warrant for wounded racist-graffiti suspect

Raymond Stevens of Pembroke remains at Massachusetts General Hospital while police seek an arrest warrant.

January 22

Flashback: Kennedy assassination crime scenes, then and now

Compare historic photos of Dallas with the same views in 2013.

November 19, 2013

‘Spider-Man’ producer sees better fit in Las Vegas

The production is closing after a two-year-run on Broadway to move west.

November 19, 2013

Police identify Bangor homicide victim as Husson student

Police say an autopsy determined that Brooke Locke died from strangulation.

November 19, 2013

Zooplankton decline reported in North Atlantic

NOAA says springtime zooplankton off northern New England were well below average, leading to the lowest levels ever seen for the tiny but critically important organisms.

November 19, 2013

Jury set to decide how much Samsung owes Apple

Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents involving key features of the iPhone and iPad.

November 19, 2013

Owner to stop coated-paper machine at Rumford plant

The machine manufactures about 300 tons of coated paper per day, and will affect an unspecified number of employees.

November 19, 2013

George Zimmerman released from jail after court hearing Video clip included

A judge sets bond at $9,000 on charges he pointed a shotgun at his new girlfriend and forced her out of the home.

November 20, 2013

In court, Portland defends panhandling limits

It’s a safety issue, the city says, but foes argue they illegally restrict speech.

November 19, 2013

Smiling Hill president pleads not guilty after disrupting quarry blast

Warren Knight, whose farm is near a quarry, is accused of refusing to leave an area near a planned blast by Pike Industries.

November 19, 2013

Police believe Va. senator was stabbed by son

The former gubernatorial candidate is in fair condition and his son is dead in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

November 20, 2013

Enrollment at UMaine System drops 2 percent

Two of seven campuses show increases, but an overall trend has officials looking at nontraditional recruitment.

November 20, 2013

Maine hires controversial Medicaid reformist

The state will pay $925,000 to The Alexander Group to help with fraud detection and assess the potential cost of expansion.

November 19, 2013

Russian crash blamed on faulty pilot maneuvers

Investigators say the plane’s engines and other systems were working fine until the moment the plane hit the ground Sunday night, killing all 50 people aboard.

November 20, 2013

Dayton votes to pull out of RSU 23

With only Old Orchard Beach remaining, the union, which once included Saco, will end with the school year.

November 19, 2013

Source: Feds, JPMorgan near signing $13 billion settlement

The penalty is more than three times the record amount levied on oil giant BP over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

November 19, 2013

Oxford dictionary’s word of the year: 'selfie'

The term beats other buzzwords including ‘twerk,’ ‘showrooming’ and ‘bitcoin.’

November 19, 2013

Best Buy posts 3Q profit, sales flat

Electronics retailer makes a return to profitability.

November 19, 2013

Maine-NH bridge design available for public review

The new bridge connecting Kittery to Portsmouth is expected to cost $160 million.

November 19, 2013

Signs of life amid misery reveal Filipinos’ spirit

Typhoon survivors are trying to move forward in the wake of disaster.

November 19, 2013

Bangor woman allowed time away from psych facility

Gail Judd was sent to the hospital indefinitely in March after she was found not criminally responsible for the stabbing death of her boyfriend. .

November 19, 2013

Two Maine women face charges after police seize heroin, crack

The arrests took place last week in Auburn and Lewiston.

November 19, 2013

Vassalboro man to serve two years for Kingfield robbery

Matthew Santamore, 22, was convicted of acting as an accomplice in a robbery last year of Tranten’s Too, when he drove the getaway car.

November 19, 2013

NYC bans tobacco sales to anyone under age 21

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former smoker, also signs legislation setting a minimum price for all cigarettes sold in the city: $10.50 per pack.

November 19, 2013

Report offers ideas to expand Maine’s workforce

But experts say the goal of attracting 65,000 workers by 2020 ignores that the jobs may not be there.

November 19, 2013

Suicide bombings at Iran Embassy in Beirut kill 23

The explosions take place in a stronghold of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, a main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

November 19, 2013

Bath to get new home for the elderly

Federal loans of $10 million will be used to build a new assisted living facility next to the Plant Home.

November 19, 2013

Camden man held in stabbing

Mass. police charge him with a weekend stabbing of a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts student.

November 19, 2013

Fresh Maine turkeys gobbled up

Some local suppliers have sold out and Butterball has reduced its supply, but there are other non-frozen options for Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Suspect faces sex charges for photos of 1-year-old girl / Woman hit by car mirror while trying to cross street / State Supreme Court to hear appeal of attempted murder conviction ... and more news from around the state.

November 19, 2013

Senators express opposition to military sexual assault proposal

Lawmakers say Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s proposal could make matters worse for victims.

November 19, 2013

World War II code breaker dies at 92

She helped cripple the Italian navy and assisted the D-Day invasion.

November 19, 2013

Threat of bat fatalities stalls Maine wind project

Bat mortality is a concern for wind energy farms, as bats are also challenged by white-nose syndrome.

November 19, 2013

White House tries to pressure LePage on Medicaid expansion

But the governor resists an expansion, saying providing tens of thousands of new Mainers with health care would overburden a system that's always flawed.