News from November 26, 2013

November 27, 2013

Judge rejects OJ Simpson’s bid for new trial

The former football star argued that he received inadequate counsel during his robbery and kidnapping trial in 2008.

November 27, 2013

Portland board OKs plans for historic Clifford School

The team that will turn the building into market-rate housing says it will break ground in February.

November 27, 2013

Frugal lawyer, 98, left $187.6 million to charity

The Seattle attorney, who died in September, bequeathed his fortune to a children’s hospital, a law school and the Salvation Army.

November 26, 2013

Kicking around Belichick’s decisions – good and bad

The New England Patriots’ coach has made many notable decisions in his 14 seasons.

November 27, 2013

Paralegal who blew whistle on Big Tobacco dies at 72

Merrell Williams Jr. leaked documents that exposed the addictiveness and health risks of cigarettes.

November 26, 2013

In Maine, Thanksgiving traditions exclude most shopping

Massachusetts and Rhode Island are the other New England states where large stores must close for the holiday.

November 27, 2013

Mainers facing canceled insurance can renew current policies

Regulators decide Anthem can give individuals more time to choose coverage that complies with the new health care law.

November 27, 2013

Prison over for ex-Maine Turnpike director

Paul Violette, 61, served less than 20 months for stealing as much as $230,000 in public funds.

November 26, 2013

Poll: Anxiety over job security grips low-income workers

About one-third of American workers – a record high number – worry ‘a lot’ about losing their jobs.

November 28, 2013

Augusta restaurant hosting Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds Several photos included in this story

Red Barn partners with Green Street church for community Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2013

Latest murder trial of Amanda Knox wraps up

The American woman isn’t even in court this time as she and a former boyfriend are retried in the murder of her roommate in 2007.

November 26, 2013

US bombers cross China's claimed air defense zone

It was a clear message that U.S. will not recognize new territorial claims by Beijing laid out this weekend.

November 26, 2013

Men’s Wearhouse now in pursuit of Jos. A. Bank

Less than two weeks ago, Jos. A. Bank dropped a $2.3 billion bid for its competitor, which is now offering $1.54 billion to buy its rival.

November 26, 2013

Jazz drummer, innovator Chico Hamilton dies at 92

Born in Los Angeles, he was in a high school band with future jazz greats Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon.

November 26, 2013

Pope offers bold mission statement for Catholic Church

He decries an ‘idolatry of money,’ calls for aiding the poor and for a ‘more incisive female presence in the Church.’

November 26, 2013

Florida GOP officials call on U.S. Rep. Radel to step down

If he refuses to resign, he could only be expelled from the House if two-thirds of the members agree.

November 27, 2013

Scarborough baseball booster apologizes for training email

His push for Scarborough High players to attend off-season practice led to a probe of the coach, who has been cleared.

November 26, 2013

Gitmo’s ‘Penny Lane’: Where CIA gambled on turning prisoners into agents

At the same time the government used the risk of terrorism to justify imprisoning people indefinitely, it was releasing dangerous people to help kill terrorists.

November 26, 2013

U.S. permits to build apartments rise to five-year high

Lingering unemployment and stagnant incomes have increased demand for rentals, which are at their lowest vacancy rates since early 2001.

November 26, 2013

Members of state’s new lobster board named

The group will work to brand and promote the Maine delicacy in an effort to grow demand and profits.

November 26, 2013

Warrant: Zimmerman had five guns, ammo when arrested

Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend and forcing her from her home.

November 26, 2013

New owners aim to give Elvis brand a boost

The licensing and merchandising business revolving around Presley has generated about $30 million annually in past years, but Authentic Brands sees potential for growth.

December 2, 2013

Vassalboro murder suspect’s story changed after he made 911 call

Courtney Shea, 30, is ordered held without bail in the slaying of Thomas Namer, 69, of Waterville.

November 27, 2013

Storm to bring travel troubles to Maine, New England Several photos included in this story

Conditions lead to more than 100 crashes Tuesday, and for Wednesday, heavy rain and strong winds could lead to flooding.

November 26, 2013

Conference honors UMaine football’s Cosgrove, Mulumba, Wasilewski

Ten Black Bear players earn all-Colonial Athletic Association status.

November 26, 2013

The unlucky turkey

His brothers will get a presidential pardon but he is headed to dinner - and not as a guest.

November 26, 2013

Fines hit $5,000 for Maine homeowner with yardful of alleged junk

Wilton town officials are seeking $100 per day from Duane Pollis for piles of scrap that he says have 'a purpose.'

November 26, 2013

Mass. mall Santa Claus charged with groping elf

The man was released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to indecent assault and battery.

November 26, 2013

Supreme Court takes up Obamacare contraception mandate

Roughly 40 companies have sued, arguing they should not be forced to cover some or all forms of birth control because doing so would violate their religious beliefs.

November 26, 2013

Archeologists say they found oldest Buddhist shrine

Traces of a wooden structure were tested using radiocarbon and luminescence techniques, which found they dated from the sixth century B.C.

November 26, 2013

Former hostages react to Iran’s nuclear deal

For many of the 66 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days at the start of the Iranian revolution, trusting the regime in Tehran feels like a mistake.

November 26, 2013

Maine man charged after allegedly shooting at ground near woman

Kristian Broz of Oakland fired a shotgun at the ground outside his trailer during a dispute, police say.

November 26, 2013

New England governors press Congress on home heating program

The governors say the $3.6 billion request is lower than appropriations in recent years.

November 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police looking for local man, 46, reported missing Friday / Sierra Club backs Michaud for environmental priorities / Eight more state police dogs get protective vests ... and more news from around the state.

November 26, 2013

Civic center trustees reject new talks with Pirates

They cite several reasons for declining to resume bargaining even though the Portland team offered to drop its lawsuit.

November 26, 2013

Statewide pre-kindergarten supported at Maine legislative hearing

The benefits far outweigh the costs, the bill’s proponents say, and parents would decide whether to enroll their kids.

November 26, 2013

Study: Vaccine doesn’t stop whooping cough infections

A recent uptick in the disease could be caused by a newer vaccine, which might not be as effective.

November 26, 2013

Britons have less sex, but it's more diverse, poll finds

Scientists also found the sex habits of British women are changing faster than those of men, with a fourfold jump in the proportion of women who had a same-sex experience.

December 12, 2013

DHHS plan to move near Portland Jetport irks clients, city developers

It's not clear why the state scored ELC Management's bid the highest – the scoring sheet provides no explanations for its numbers.

November 26, 2013

Rain to make Wednesday travel tricky for Mainers

Weather forecasters are predicting up to 3 inches of rain along the coast, and up to 3½ inches in the mountains.