News from November 22, 2013

December 6, 2013

Class B Football: Cony tops Kennebunk 30-23 to win state title

Ben Lucas throws a touchdown pass to Jon Saban in the final minute to lift the Rams to a championship.

November 22, 2013

Police call Vassalboro death suspicious, continue investigation

A man living next door to the place where the body was found is held on an unrelated charge.

November 23, 2013

Low fuel suspected in plane landing on I-295

The FAA will make the final ruling on the cause of the incident at rush hour Thursday in Cumberland.

November 23, 2013

Wind energy company pleads guilty in eagle deaths

Duke Energy Corp. is the first wind power company to be prosecuted for deaths of protected birds.

November 22, 2013

Youthful world champ might just give chess sex appeal

Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the chess world championship Friday, becoming the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title.

November 22, 2013

Major League Baseball to beef up security

The commissioner’s office plans to recommend the use of metal detectors at ballparks next season.

November 22, 2013

Eighth case of meningitis confirmed at Princeton

Tests are being conducted to determine if the student has a strain of the disease that has already affected six students and a campus visitor since March.

November 22, 2013

Scott Walker’s supporters see him as presidential material

The Wisconsin governor is positioning himself to be part of the mix for 2016, when Republicans say a governor should run.

November 22, 2013

Maine police charge tenant with Augusta arson

The fire causes minimal damage and no one is injured.

November 22, 2013

Three charged in theft of computers from Hall School

Police were alerted to a break-in at the school by a burglar alarm at 2:40 a.m. Friday morning.

November 22, 2013

Unemployment falls in most U.S. states in October

The biggest job gains occurred in Florida, California and North Carolina.

November 23, 2013

Detained American’s wife asks North Korea for his return

Lee Newman says her family believes a misunderstanding led to 85-year-old Merrill Newman’s detention.

November 22, 2013

Maine man shot BBs at passing cars out of boredom, police say

Police get complaints from several drivers, one of whom reported that the driver’s-side window was shattered.

November 22, 2013

Judge says Augusta landlord must allow city code inspections

Jim Pepin had argued that the city lacked probable cause to conduct such inspections.

November 23, 2013

Bowdoin field hockey advances to national title game

The Polar Bears beat Christopher Newport 4-1 in the NCAA Division III semifinals and advance to Sunday’s championship.

November 22, 2013

Mass. chemist pleads guilty to faking drug tests

Annie Dookhan gets a three- to five-year prison sentence for her role in a Massachusetts scandal.

November 23, 2013

‘North Pond Hermit’ out of jail and out of woods

Officials are mum about where he is living and working but say the man who lived 27 years in the Maine woods is doing fine.

November 23, 2013

Anti-abortion protesters move across street from Portland clinic

They’re threatening to sue the city, claiming the buffer zone violates their First Amendment rights.

November 23, 2013

Maine unemployment rate lowest in five years

The state Labor Department says the rate fell to 6.7 percent in October.

November 22, 2013

Police investigate suspicious death in Vassalboro

A man was found dead at a property on Route 201 near the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

November 22, 2013

Ancient wine cellar reveals a sophisticated drink

Samples from ceramic jars in the ruins of a palace in Israel confirm how sophisticated wines were 3,700 years ago.

November 22, 2013

LePage orders flags to fly half-staff for JFK

The governor directed that U.S. and Maine flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday.

November 22, 2013

Greenpeace activists released from Russian prison

Ship captain Peter Willcox, who has ties to Maine, is one of 29 out of 30 protesters freed.

November 22, 2013

Massachusetts teacher’s throat was slit, documents say

A note reading ‘I hate you all’ was found with her body; the suspect, 14, is being held without bail.

November 23, 2013

Anniversary of JFK’s assassination stirs quiet sadness Several photos included in this story Video clip included

From Dallas to Dublin, governments and citizens pay tribute and people share memories of a day that changed them – and the world.

November 22, 2013

N.H. journalist missing in Syria for a year

James Foley was last seen Nov. 22, 2012, in northwestern Syria, where he was shooting videos for European news media.

November 22, 2013

Somali immigrant elected to Lewiston school board

Jama Mohamed came to the United States in 2004 and to Lewiston in 2008.

November 22, 2013

Portland man pleads guilty to prostitution charge

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Gravely drove women to Boston where he expected them to engage in sex for a fee.

November 22, 2013

Philippine typhoon death toll rises above 5,000 Several photos included in this story

A government official says the situation is stabilizing, with major roads on Samar and Leyte islands cleared of debris, and some banks, stores and gasoline stations resuming business.

November 22, 2013

Evolution debate again engulfs Texas school board

At issue this time are proposed high school biology textbooks that could be used statewide starting next school year and through 2022 at least.

November 22, 2013

50 dead in grocery roof collapse in Latvia

Police say the death toll is expected to go even higher.

November 22, 2013

Sugarloaf ski resort opens for season

The largest ski area east of the Rockies will open Friday thanks to temperatures in the teens and low 20s this week.

November 22, 2013

Thousands of Mainers could lose unemployment benefits

The Department of Labor says that recipients of Extended Unemployment Compensation will lose their benefits Dec. 28 unless it’s extended by Congress.

November 22, 2013

Famed Maine satirist saw life change after JFK Several photos included in this story

The performer achieved international fame and a Grammy for his Kennedy impressions, and then his career was over.

November 22, 2013

Mental-test issues delay Colorado shootings trial

Prosecutors want a review of one conclusion in a previous examination of James Holmes, who is using an insanity defense.

November 22, 2013

Dallas, Boston to mark JFK anniversary

The JFK Library and Museum will open a special exhibit.

November 22, 2013

Westbrook mayor stops city investigation into student-athletes’ suspensions

To ensure impartiality, she wants a third party to review the disciplinary actions taken against two dozen high school athletes.

November 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police warn about phone scam involving jury duty / Woman who reported fire, masked men hires lawyer / Maine-to-New Hampshire span may use tidal power ... and more news from around the state.

November 22, 2013

U.S. homelessness falls, but in Maine it’s up 26% Several photos included in this story

Officials cite several reasons for the state increase, especially in Portland, which has had success helping veterans find housing.

November 22, 2013

Game wardens weigh charges in Old Orchard hunting case Several photos included in this story

Two hunters, including a town councilor, allegedly fired shots close to a woman’s house and nearly hit her.

November 22, 2013

Offseason coaching push sparks probe, controversy in Scarborough

The superintendent is investigating a possible conflict of interest after players are urged to attend a private facility where their baseball coach teaches.

November 22, 2013

SLIDESHOW: The journey of Portland's Christmas tree



November 22, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Others' anguish engulfed innocent kid when JFK was killed 50 years ago today

Fifty years ago, I was in fourth grade, the new kid in Sister Jean’s class at St. Joseph’s School just outside of Pittsburgh.

November 22, 2013

Kennebunk native to compete on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’

The Berwick Academy graduate will be on the show at 9 p.m. Friday, pitching her combination phone case and purse, called pursecase.