News from November 21, 2013

November 22, 2013

FCC head wants changes to cellphone rules on planes

He draws protests from flight attendants and airline officials.

November 21, 2013

Welker returns to practice, hopes to play Sunday

The former Patriots star suffered a concussion last Sunday against Kansas City.

November 21, 2013

Brady, Manning set to square off for 14th time

On Sunday night, two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks will meet again. But there’s a new twist this time around.

November 22, 2013

Brightest cosmic explosion ever recorded

Orbiting telescopes spot a gamma ray burst in a far-off galaxy.

November 22, 2013

Zimmerman’s wife says he fell apart after trial

On the ‘Katie’ show, she says the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin became ‘a pacing lion’ and ‘ticking time bomb.’

November 22, 2013

Mass. teen indicted in brutal rape, murder of popular teacher

Colleen Ritzer, 24, was described as an enthusiastic, caring educator.

November 21, 2013

Maine man convicted in large pot growing operation

James F. Ford of Monroe led a family enterprise, police said.

November 22, 2013

Ex-commissary at former Brunswick air base to house two food makers

Both companies will add jobs when they move into the Topsham Annex, as redevelopment of the closed naval station continues.

November 21, 2013

Maine lawmakers to take up sex trafficking, veterans bills next year

With approval of some previously rejected bills, legislative panel finalizes agenda for 2014.

November 22, 2013

Not your typical rush-hour on I-295: 'Oh, wow, it's a plane' Several photos included in this story

There were no collisions or injuries as a two-seat aircraft landed on the highway Thursday evening and taxied for a half-mile. 'It was amazing,' a state trooper says.

November 21, 2013

Dow average closes above 16,000 for the first time

The Labor Department reported before the market opened that applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since September.

November 22, 2013

Maine Turnpike tolls bring extra $19.7 million

The first year of toll increases sees fewer transactions, but non-Mainers now pay a bigger share.

November 22, 2013

Down East standoff ends; elderly hostage freed

A tactical team and state police negotiators had been on the scene for more than six hours.

November 22, 2013

Defense chief tours ‘stealth’ ship at Bath Iron Works

Secretary Chuck Hagel tells Maine shipyard workers that they will continue to play a vital role in U.S. defense plans.

November 21, 2013

Maine Turnpike brings in $20 million more in tolls

The 19.3 percent increase is about what officials had projected after raising the tolls last year.

November 22, 2013

Maine man accused of stabbing girlfriend will forgo bail hearing

Justin Pillsbury’s attorney says: ‘The public is only hearing part of the story.’

November 22, 2013

Collins, King split on filibuster reform vote

Senate Democrats say their hand was forced by unprecedented Republican obstructionism, but Collins calls the change a ‘terrible mistake.’

November 22, 2013

Falmouth firefighter accused of arson also faces child-sex charge

Griffin Kline, 20, allegedly twice had sexual contact with a minor 14 or younger.

November 21, 2013

Experts: HealthCare.gov fix needs more time, money

They contend the government didn’t design the site with the kind of retail-like infrastructure it needs to keep up with demand and failed to knit its pieces together in an efficient way.

November 21, 2013

Skakel freed on bail as he awaits new murder trial

The Kennedy cousin has been in prison more than 11 years for the slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

November 22, 2013

Ala. board approves posthumous pardons for ‘Scottsboro Boys’

The case became a symbol of the tragedies wrought by racial injustice.

November 21, 2013

South Portland police warn of phone scam

Residents were told they missed jury duty and had to pay a cash fine.

November 21, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Proposed design of new Maine-NH bridge

The state Department of Transportation unveils concept renderings of the $160 million bridge.

November 21, 2013

Women held captive in London for 30 years rescued

Three women sought help from a charity and were rescued from domestic slavery in a London home.

November 21, 2013

Winthrop man dead, two injured in crash

Richard St. Laurent, 80, is dead and his wife, Patricia St. Laurent, 74, and Jeffrey Ray, 44, are injured.

November 21, 2013

U.S. Senate votes to curb filibusters

The move comes as Republicans use filibusters at unprecedented rates: Of the 168 filibusters in history against presidential nominees, half have been by Republicans in the last four-plus years.

November 21, 2013

Feds expect to sell remainder of GM stock by year end Several photos included in this story

Selling the shares at Wednesday’s $37.69 closing price would get the government $1.17 billion, leaving taxpayers short by roughly $10 billion.

November 22, 2013

Report: More Maine kids living in poverty may lead to later needs

Nearly one in four children under age 5 are living in poverty, which can lead to lasting problems.

November 21, 2013

US drone strike kills 5 in Pakistan

The attack was only the second outside of the tribal region near the Afghanistan border.

November 21, 2013

Nice landing by jumbo jet, but not the right airport

The runway just happened to be long enough when the huge plane missed its intended destination by nine miles.

November 21, 2013

Maine couple accused of welfare, Social Security fraud

They allegedly falsely reported their job status and income while receiving government assistance.

November 21, 2013

Jay woman who reported home invasion hires lawyer

Police say there are inconsistencies in the woman’s account of events.

November 21, 2013

Tidal power might be used for Maine-N.H. bridge

Designers discussing their ideas at a forum in Kittery on Wednesday said tidal power might be used for lighting.

November 21, 2013

N.H. fisherman charged with stealing lobster traps

Authorities say some of the traps had been owned by a lobsterman who died in an accident in the Piscataqua River in July.

November 21, 2013

N.J. becoming third state to offer Internet gambling

A five-day test period is designed to see whether sophisticated technology can ensure that all gamblers are within New Jersey and that they are 21 or older.

November 21, 2013

North Korea detains U.S. war veteran, 85, son says

The son said he was speaking regularly with the U.S. State Department about his father, but U.S. officials wouldn’t confirm the detention to reporters, citing privacy issues.

November 21, 2013

Defense Secretary Hagel to visit Bath Iron Works

He plans to tour the newest destroyer, the DDG-1000, and address shipyard and Navy personnel.

November 21, 2013

Bank heist suspect names three alleged accomplices



November 21, 2013

Question in Biddeford killings: Did police detect landlord was threat?

The suspect was agitated in a 911 call after the shootings, but no one will discuss what officers observed before the attacks.

November 21, 2013

Billionaire: Time for the U.S. to send men to Mars



November 21, 2013

Penalties for global warming causing rift at climate talks

Rich and poor nations are far apart as they work on the foundation for an emissions deal in 2015.

November 21, 2013

How healthy are nuts? Eat, and live longer

The largest study ever done on their impact on mortality suggests a few handfuls daily can slash the risk of fatal diseases.

November 21, 2013

Sport of archery catching fire with young Mainers Several photos included in this story

Books, Olympic exposure and the 'Hunger Games’ movies – the second opens tonight – ignite a trend.

November 21, 2013

Maine small businesses wrestling with health law

Some have their policies canceled or rush to renew early amid the confusion, but lower costs will come, a federal official says.

November 21, 2013

Former Augusta hospital to hold ‘humongous’ sale Several photos included in this story

Cork boards, display cases, chairs, more chairs are all being sold off this weekend, but it's cash and carry so bring a screwdriver and a truck.

November 21, 2013

Rio faces epic water cleanup for Olympics

Pollution could pose health risks to athletes at the 2016 Summer Games.

November 20, 2013

Bath OKs reduced tax break for BIW

The shipyard will get a rebate of about $3.7 million over 15 years; its proposal had called for a $6.3 million reduction.

November 21, 2013

Maine veterans housing bill may get second chance Several photos included in this story

The Legislative Council, which spiked the bill last month, will hear an appeal by its sponsor Thursday.