News from November 20, 2013

November 21, 2013

Biddeford police seek driver who struck nun

The incident severely injures an 89-year-old member of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

November 21, 2013

Michael Skakel expected to be freed pending appeal of new murder trial

The Kennedy cousin is serving 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley, 15.

November 21, 2013

Massachusetts casino law is working, governor says

Votes against proposed gambling facilities validate a provision requiring local approval, Deval Patrick says.

November 20, 2013

This time, Welker is playing for the other guys

When the Patriots and Broncos meet Sunday, Wes Welker will be opposing New England for the first time since his departure.

November 21, 2013

Bulger files appeal, says he was given immunity to commit crimes

The ex-Boston mobster says a now-dead prosecutor promised him immunity for crimes including murder.

November 20, 2013

Illinois becomes 16th state to legalize gay marriage

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex weddings starting this summer.

November 21, 2013

Augusta sues landlord over apartment inspections Several photos included in this story

Jim Pepin says the city can get court search warrants if code enforcement officers want to enter his properties.

November 21, 2013

Bath Iron Works may get Saudi ship contract worth billions

The country is moving forward with a naval upgrade, and the Maine company hopes to be part of it.

November 21, 2013

Troubled broker for MaineCare rides program never bought required bond

DHHS won’t say why, but the omission could potentially be costly for the state. ‘This was gross mismanagement,’ one lawmaker says.

November 20, 2013

U.S. nuke troubles run deep; key officers ‘burned out’

A study says that court-martial rates in the nuclear missile force in 2011 and 2012 were more than twice as high as in the overall Air Force.

November 20, 2013

Kerry: U.S., Afghanistan reach pact on troop presence

The agreement must be approved by a council of Afghan elders and the parliament.

November 20, 2013

Biddeford auctioneer selling oldest known recording of black vocalists Several photos included in this story

The music resides in etched grooves on a very rare and delicate wax-covered cylinder.

November 20, 2013

Oyster beds spread as raw bars drive demand for variety

Cleaner waters and a locavore revolution inspire growers along the Atlantic Seaboard.

November 20, 2013

Maine legislative leaders to hear appeals of rejected bills

Proposals for next session include revenue-sharing changes and a measure tied to human trafficking.

November 20, 2013

Sales of homes up 5.9% in Maine

That tops the national rate of increase for October. The state’s median price for existing houses rises 3.4%.

November 20, 2013

Keystone foes seek to thwart Northwest rail outlet for oil sands

The use of trains to carry crude is increasing in both the U.S. and Canada as production outstrips the capacity of pipelines to transport the bounty.

November 20, 2013

Shaggs singer turns noise back up with solo album

At age 65, the lead singer of the ‘60s indie girl band is reviving the music of the once-obscure group.

November 20, 2013

Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized again in NC

Graham, 95, was admitted for a respiratory issue.

November 20, 2013

Boston hires 2007 bomb scare artist for light show

In a 2007 publicity stunt, Peter Berdovsky and his partner were charged with placing a hoax device in a way that causes panic and disorderly conduct.

November 21, 2013

Portland assault victim is Elvis Costello’s production manager

Milo Lewis was in town for Monday’s concert at the State Theatre when he was injured in the incident downtown.

November 20, 2013

Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Wednesday’s day of tributes started at the White House, where Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 prominent Americans.

November 20, 2013

FairPoint loses appeal on outsourcing

Appeals Court affirms two earlier rulings that FairPoint wrongfully transferred union jobs

November 20, 2013

Watchdog says chemical weapons destruction at sea possible

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons aims to destroy some 1,300 metric tons of Syrian toxic agents by mid-2014.

November 21, 2013

Old Orchard town councilor, developer investigated in hunting incident Several photos included in this story

Toni Macquinn was taking her two dogs out for their 'daily duties' when she heard a gunshot. Then another whizzed past her leg.

November 20, 2013

Death of woman found hanging in Waterville ruled suicide

A passer-by spotted the woman hanging from an apartment window on Main Street late Monday, police say.

November 20, 2013

Three Maine women indicted separately on theft charges

One woman is accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from a Gardiner supermarket; the other two women allegedly cheated public assistance programs.

November 20, 2013

U.S. existing home sales fall 3.2 percent in October

The 16-day partial government shutdown pinched home sales last month by creating uncertainty about the economy and slowing loan approvals.

November 20, 2013

Mass. man charged with child abuse proposes castration

In exchange, John Burbine wants the judge to cap his client’s sentence at 15 years, instead of life.

November 20, 2013

Driver indicted in N.H. crash that killed newlywed

Leah Fonda of St. Paul, Minn., and her husband were on their honeymoon when their car was struck July 20.

November 20, 2013

Trial begins for Maine man charged with growing pot

Prosecutors say authorities seized 300 plants along with two semi-automatic weapons from James F. Ford’s home two years ago.

November 20, 2013

Oscar Pistorius faces two more gun charges

The former Olympian will now face a charge of murder and three charges of violating South Africa’s firearm laws at his trial in March.

November 20, 2013

Maine-linked activist jailed in Russia granted bail

Peter Willcox, captain of a Greenpeace ship and married to an Isleboro woman, could be freed by this weekend.

November 20, 2013

George W. Bush shows off paintings with Jay Leno Video clip included

The 43rd president shares paintings of his dog Barney and a stray cat that he adopted and named Bob.

November 20, 2013

Man surrenders after lengthy search of Saco River

After turning himself in to police, the 25-year-old is charged with refusing to submit to arrest.

November 21, 2013

Falmouth firefighter charged with arson

Kline’s arrest comes two months after he was identified as a suspect in a fire at the Woodlands golf course.

November 20, 2013

Va. looks into treatment of stabbed senator's son

Creighton Deeds was stabbed in the head and chest in an apparent murder-suicide attempt by his son, who was found dead.

November 20, 2013

Farmington denied state's 'business friendly' certification

Farmington was one of three towns to apply for certification in the fifth round of applications for the program.

November 20, 2013

Waterville Council votes to sell Old 470 steam locomotive

New England Steam wants to restore engine, move it to Ellsworth and use it for Downeast Scenic Railroad excursions

November 20, 2013

Fla. congressman pleads guilty to cocaine possession Video clip included

Republican Rep. Henry ‘Trey’ Radel bought cocaine from an undercover agent in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood on Oct. 29.

November 20, 2013

Survey: Propane prices surge in Maine

Energy Director Patrick Woodcock says a severe shortage in the Midwest and lower New England inventories may be contributing to the price increases.

November 20, 2013

911 transcript: Caller reported ‘death threats’ before Biddeford killings

Despite that call, a police official says the man told responding officers he didn’t feel at risk, so they left. Minutes later, two people were dead.

November 20, 2013

State lawmaker to take third try at Maine marijuana bill

Rep. Diane Russell is hoping to use the momentum from Portland’s vote, but not everyone’s supportive.

November 20, 2013

Kids of today can’t run like parents when they were young

A global study finds fitness has eroded for both boys and girls compared with 30 years ago.

November 20, 2013

Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that he expects the issue to appear before the court again.

November 20, 2013

Sea gull sculpture returning to prominence, Bar Harbor Several photos included in this story

The artwork was discovered by a summer visitor to the town who recognized the work outside a shop

November 20, 2013

Maine board to review comments on mining rule changes

As the BEP gets ready for its meeting, public response is running strongly against the proposed changes.

November 20, 2013

UNE to ban smoking on both of its campuses

The University of New England is the latest institution of higher learning in Maine to go smoke-free, and the prohibition will include electronic cigarettes and all tobacco products.

November 20, 2013

Owner of Anthem Blue Cross joins health care stocks surge

WellPoint shares set a record as Medicaid expansion under Obamacare promises more revenues for insurers who run state programs.

November 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Portland panhandler held after British visitor kicked / Woman in stabbing death gets hospital furloughs / LePage awards $10,000 to English skills program ... and more news from around the state.

November 20, 2013

Cheney family feud mirrors Republican fight on gay marriage

Dick Cheney has jumped into a bitter clash between his two daughters, a fight that reflects a broader debate within the Republican Party.

November 20, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Veterans heal themselves by helping others

From Iraq to the Philippines, Adam Szafran knows disaster. And he calls his newfound calling 'the modern-day VFW.'

November 20, 2013

Methodist pastor defiant over role in Pa. gay marriage

The Methodist minister could be defrocked for his role in his son’s marriage and his defiant attitude.