News from November 29, 2013

November 30, 2013

Green's 31 lifts rolling Celtics to another victory

Boston won for the third time in four games, and now has the most wins in the struggling Atlantic Division.

November 29, 2013

Mass. father convicted of killing daughter seeks new trial

Michael Riley appeals his murder conviction for the lethal drug overdose of his 4-year-old.

November 30, 2013

Saco police seek suspects in two armed robberies

Two convenience stores are held up, while a man tries and fails to get into the register at a restaurant.

November 29, 2013

Comet ISON may have survived

The comet had been declared dead after grazing the sun Thursday.

November 30, 2013

Gas pipeline work in Norridgewock on hold for now

The contractor will say only that the subcontractor is no longer working on the project, which is expected to resume next week.

November 30, 2013

Police helicopter crashes into roof of Glasgow pub killing one, injuring dozens

Rescue workers are at the scene looking for survivors.

November 29, 2013

At $4,000 per bottle, new Kentucky whiskey tops the top shelf

Whiskey fans including celebrities and corporate chiefs are angling to snatch up limited stocks of Michter's Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey.

November 29, 2013

Nuclear-themed national park? Proposal divides observers

The park would commemorate the Manhattan Project, which supporters argue is essential U.S. history, but others say national parks are about highlighting the nation’s beauty.

November 29, 2013

Relative: Ohio Amish girl in chemotherapy case doing well

Sarah Hershberger, 11, is at the center of a legal fight over her treatment for leukemia after her parents decided to stop chemotherapy.

November 30, 2013

Cardinal Dolan: Catholics ‘outmarketed’ on gay marriage

‘We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay’ by Hollywood and politicians and it’s not true, he says.

November 29, 2013

Russia frees the last of 30 Greenpeace detainees

It’s unclear whether the foreigners in the group, including a man with Maine ties, will be allowed to leave Russia before the start of the trial.

November 29, 2013

Driver falls asleep after shopping, crashes on I-295

Traffic is minimal at the time and no one is injured, police say.

November 29, 2013

Boston Bruins score 3-2 comeback win over Rangers

Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron notch third-period goals Friday to lift Boston to the win.

November 30, 2013

Mainers picket Walmart over working conditions

They join supporters of workers’ rights around the country to show their solidarity with employees.

November 29, 2013

Bode Miller’s custody dispute becomes women’s rights cause

A judge’s decision in the case is criticized by those who say it sets a precedent of preventing a pregnant woman from making basic choices, such as where to live.

November 29, 2013

Computer privacy services booming in wake of NSA surveillance fears

But the new geek wars may leave people’s PCs and businesses’ systems no better protected from savvy code crackers.

November 29, 2013

Charity begins at school for Maine honor society students

Monmouth Academy’s top students are starting and stocking a food bank for fellow students.

November 29, 2013

Pro-marijuana groups face test after benefactor’s death

Peter J. Lewis, who died Saturday, provided the sole funding for several entities pushing for the legalization of pot.

November 29, 2013

Biddeford man charged with meth manufacturing

Joshua St. Jernquist, 28, was identified by police as a man who fled from a Biddeford building last week.

November 30, 2013

Maine shoppers flood local stores on Black Friday Several photos included in this story Video clip included

And the deals will keep coming on Small Business Saturday.

November 29, 2013

Portland prepares for Christmas tree lighting

The event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Friday and will include performances by the Maine State Ballet and Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band.

November 29, 2013

Maine poet Blanco recounts ‘inaugural poet’s journey’

The nationally-renowned poet describes his writing process and his relationship with America in a new book from Beacon Press.

November 29, 2013

North Dakota oil boom brings ghost towns back to life

Abandoned towns have become attractive campsites for oil workers’ recreational vehicles.

November 29, 2013

Black Friday shoppers brave cold, lines for hot deals Several photos included in this story

Maine stores open at midnight to lines of hundreds of shoppers

November 29, 2013

Auburn pair whose home was riddled by bullets face drug charges

Police say they found crack cocaine and evidence of drug trafficking while executing a search warrant.

November 29, 2013

Fire damages popular N.H. restaurant

The Woodshed restaurant in Moultonborough had served Thanksgiving dinner and closed a few hours before firefighters were called around 10 p.m.

November 29, 2013

Comet ISON may survive after all

After a close encounter with sun on Thursday, the comet seemed to have been destroyed, but new images suggest that the comet may have survived.

November 29, 2013

EU extends influence, but Ukraine remains tied to Russia

Georgia and Moldova seal trade association agreements with the EU, but the refusal of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to sign a similar deal hangs heavy over the meeting.

November 29, 2013

Health care website navigators report increased success in Maine

With a deadline looming this weekend, federal officials are cautious to avoid inflating expectations.

November 29, 2013

Mobile devices getting bigger slice of sales pie

Big retailers are taking advantage of the trend as such purchases jump by 40% from a year ago.

November 29, 2013

Farmington-based recycling nonprofit group facing uncertain future

Sandy River Recycling Association’s raised fees cause its largest customer – Farmington – to seek other options.

November 29, 2013

Former CIA officer Hathaway dies

‘Gus’ Hathaway was known for his mastery of espionage and his efforts to best the Soviet KGB.

November 29, 2013

The grass is greener after dogs submit to DNA tests

After requiring the tests, a condo manager dogged by complaints gets errant owners to clean up pet waste.

November 29, 2013

For averting big disaster at Boston airport, high honors

An air traffic controller who grew up in Maine made an ‘incredible’ observation that kept a plane and jet from colliding.

November 29, 2013

Texas Guard lets same-sex spouses apply for benefits at state sites

The deal reverses the previous state policy.

November 29, 2013

City leaders to trustees: Renew talks with Pirates

After years of difficult negotiations, officials worry the civic center board is ready to move on, even though losing the team hurts businesses.

November 29, 2013

Last of crew that rescued JFK dies

Jack Gardo was 87.

November 29, 2013

Post-feast grease puts plumbers on high alert

The day after Thanksgiving – ‘It’s the one day you don’t ask off. ... all hands on deck.’

November 29, 2013

Computer pioneer Ware dies

Willis Ware was 93.

November 29, 2013

Jane Kean dies at 90

She played Trixie on a revival of ‘The Honeymooners.’

November 29, 2013

N.H. firms get job training grants

The funds will help 125 workers acquire new skills.

November 29, 2013

Taunton man hit by train died of bullet wounds



November 29, 2013

Maine church delivers Thanksgiving to 240 doorsteps

Good Shepherd Parish’s Most Holy Trinity Church’s turkey dinners go to homes in Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach.

November 29, 2013

Maine, N.H. pool exercise friends join together to help Haitians

The group is packing supplies to deliver to Haitian children.

November 29, 2013

Mass. activists push for marijuana legalization

Bay State Repeal plans to put the question on the 2016 ballot.

November 29, 2013

Buyers of old Maine theater new at this Several photos included in this story

The Dexters will keep the things that are already popular at the Strand Cinema in Skowhegan – low prices and first-run films.

November 29, 2013

N.H. man who murdered parents to get parole hearing

Jeffrey Dingman did not show remorse about the killings that he perpetrated as a teenager.

November 29, 2013

Vermont complex being demolished from inside

The $125 million project will reconstruct above the flood line structures that were flooded in Tropical Storm Irene.

November 29, 2013

Team builds health website workaround

One relaxed requirement will allow insurance buyers to bypass HealthCare.gov altogether.

November 29, 2013

Democrats distance themselves from Obama

Some worry about their party’s re-election prospects.

November 29, 2013

Disabled mother seeks help for four girls

Toys will be provided to children in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties.

November 29, 2013

Scarborough dog owners fighting to overturn leash ordinance

Residents even don dog suits as they campaign against animal control measures adopted in October.

November 29, 2013

Black Friday blues: Retailers ramp up the competition

With a narrower-than-usual holiday shopping window, several major chains have lowered expectations on profits.