News from November 7, 2013

November 8, 2013

IRS paid $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds

Money went to stolen identities, including those with addresses in Lithuania, China, Ireland and Bulgaria.

November 8, 2013

N.H. lawmakers offer ways to expand Medicaid

If a deal is reached, about 49,000 more poor adults would be eligible for U.S.-paid health care.

November 8, 2013

New Hampshire attorney and deputy off the job amid investigation

Officials have not yet revealed why they are investigating.

November 8, 2013

Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry service in jeopardy for 2014

Officials say a deal is close for the new ferry, but skeptics say it’s almost too late to salvage next season.

November 7, 2013

South Berwick police seek help finding missing teen

Kimberly Sanborn, 16, was last seen in Portsmouth, N.H., on Wednesday.

November 8, 2013

New video surfaces of ranting Toronto mayor threatening murder

The video, which Rob Ford admits is real, comes as the mayor is trying to weather a crack-cocaine scandal.

November 8, 2013

Board begins review of Maine mining rules changes

The Board of Environmental Protection begins deliberations over a controversial proposal to streamline the process of getting a mining permit.

November 7, 2013

Players divided regarding Dolphins’ Martin-Incognito dispute

Some say Jonathan Martin should have better stood up for himself, others say he made the right decision by walking away and letting higher-ups handle it.

November 8, 2013

Driver in fatal Biddeford bicycle crash charged with manslaughter

A grand jury indicts David Labonte, who is accused of driving his pickup truck into a family of bicyclists, killing the father.

November 7, 2013

Maine man charged after Bangor health center gets threat

Eastern Maine Healthcare Mall locked its doors after the call was received.

November 7, 2013

Nationally, stubborn gaps remain in student proficiencies

Although test scores have improved, the vast majority of American students still do not demonstrate solid academic performance in either math or reading.

November 7, 2013

Maine court upholds attempted murder conviction

Bartolo Ford blamed his actions on post-traumatic stress disorder and medications.

November 7, 2013

Man killed in late-night crash in northern Maine

Five other people are injured, one seriously.

November 7, 2013

Scarborough residents to vote on leash law Dec. 3

The referendum is triggered by a citizen petition after the town council passed sweeping new rules.

November 7, 2013

VIDEO: Members of Russian gay-rights group talk to Press Herald Video clip included

Liudmila Romodina and Oleg Klyuenkov stopped by the newsroom studio. The pair are in the midst of a weeklong trip to Portland.

November 7, 2013

Two arrested in break-in and theft at Portland Head Light

Police say the suspects smashed a window and stole a lithograph from the lighthouse museum.

November 8, 2013

Waterville man stable after accidentally shooting himself in face

Police say Dale Poulin put what he believed was an unloaded rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger.

November 7, 2013

Dazzling Twitter debut sends stock soaring

By the closing bell, the social network that reinvented global communication in 140-character bursts was valued at $31 billion.

November 7, 2013

Minn. man’s cave collection is his hobby

The collection includes more than 40 miles of underground chambers.

November 8, 2013

Dechaine fights for new Maine murder trial

Thursday’s hearing focuses on DNA evidence and alternative suspects in the death of Sarah Cherry.

November 7, 2013

FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats

The food industry must phase out trans fats, once thought to be a safe alternative to animal fats.

November 7, 2013

Facebook to open Boston-area office

The company returns to Cambridge, where it was founded from a Harvard University dorm room, with an engineering office that will focus on data storage, security, and networking.

November 8, 2013

Maine students above national average in math, reading

Results for fourth- and eighth-graders in the 50-state test were relatively flat since the last tests were administered.

November 7, 2013

S. Portland seeks time, ‘cooling off’ on tar sands

City councilors prepare to pass a six-month moratorium to buy time to examine the issue.

November 7, 2013

Presque Isle man pleads guilty to passport fraud

Christopher Phillips used a fake name to conceal his criminal history.

November 7, 2013

Lewiston teen pleads guilty to stabbing couch rival

The assault occurred when two men fought over who got to sleep on the couch.

November 7, 2013

Carter’s grandson running for Georgia governor

The Democrat will try to return his once-dominant party to power in a state where Republicans claimed every statewide office in 2010.

November 7, 2013

Senate approves landmark gay rights legislation Several photos included in this story

But despite the bipartisan vote, chances are dim that the House will pass or even vote on the bill.

November 8, 2013

NH man fights denial of ‘COPSLIE’ vanity plate

David Montenegro argues before the state’s supreme court that a DMV rule is unconstitutionally vague.

November 7, 2013

Third Navy official charged with taking bribes

Prosecutors allege that in exchange for bribes, Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez passed on classified Navy information to a contractor.

November 7, 2013

Bullets hit Auburn apartment building; police seeking vehicle

There were no reports of injuries and it was not clear who was home at the time.

November 7, 2013

Mainers to be tested for plastics additive

The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine says phthalates can impact brain development and lead to issues like attention and learning problems and asthma.

November 7, 2013

Celebration to be held for new NH-Maine bridge

The event will include films, an awards ceremony and a panel discussion featuring contractors who worked on the new $81.4 million bridge.

November 7, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police search for suspect who robbed 7-Eleven / Turnpike rest area closed after bomb threat / Dismissal of 13-year-old’s arson confession will stand ... and more news from around the state.

November 7, 2013

Bedbugs rising: Biddeford to get tough on landlords, tenants

 Enforcement officials will have more power to penalize owners, as complaints about infestations reach up to 10 per week.

November 7, 2013

Auditor casts long shadow over health care spending

HMS Holdings profits from finding Medicaid and Medicare errors and fraud in 40 states, including Maine.

November 7, 2013

Controversial MaineCare audits to also target hospitals

Health care providers may face heavy fines for small errors like the $800,000 in fines levied on dentists.

November 7, 2013

For older citizens, lack of transportation a daily struggle

A Senate panel is told Wednesday that one solution would be to ‘awaken’ Americans to need.

November 7, 2013

Amanda Knox's defense gets boost

A new test shows no DNA from slain student on a kitchen knife.

November 7, 2013

Maine lawmakers asked to protect Riverview workers Several photos included in this story

Advocates also cite a need for more support services in communities and more hospital beds for people with severe, persistent mental illness.

November 7, 2013

Vote lets South Portland start big public works changes

Approval of a $14 million bond means the transfer station will be moved and a site near a neighborhood will be cleared in work that could take years.

November 7, 2013

Spouse-vs.-spouse election a win-win for Maine wife and her cause

A drive to feed hungry kids benefits from the focus on a couple running against each other.

November 7, 2013

Advocates of legal pot seek more wins

After victories Tuesday in Michigan and Colorado, as well as Portland, more campaigns are planned.

November 7, 2013

Residents debate $6 million tax rebate for Bath Iron Works

Views differ on BIW’s budget constraints and need for ‘credit enhancement.’

November 7, 2013

Former Maine state economist blames problems on Congress

Charles Colgan says fiscal uncertainty at the federal level has restricted the country’s economic output and made recovery more difficult.

November 7, 2013

Three of seven Saco Council races likely to face recounts

One race to be recounted had a two-vote margin.

November 7, 2013

Toronto mayor defies advice to make a dignified exit

Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack-cocaine after being caught in a video, refuses to take a temporary leave.