News from October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

New Jersey governor asks for stay of judge’s gay-marriage ruling

The administration wants an appeal to be decided in court.

October 1, 2013

Farrell not ready to disclose Red Sox playoff rotation

Jon Lester is expected to get the assignment, but Manager John Farrell isn't ready to commit.

October 1, 2013

Government shutdown locks up numbers

Data from weekly economic reports can’t be researched.

October 2, 2013

Few Mainers sign up for insurance in person, but interest is high Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Tuesday, the first day of the Affordable Care Act, was a key test to see if people will enroll.

October 1, 2013

Five hikers killed by Colo. rock slide all in same family Video clip included

Authorities say the one survivor is a teenage girl who is being treated for a broken leg.

October 1, 2013

Health exchange opens with some delays in Maine

The state estimates that as many as 250,000 residents could use the exchange, including about 130,000 uninsured.

October 1, 2013

Protection sought for bats decimated by white-nose syndrome

An environmental group says the northern long-eared bat could be named to the federal endangered species list.

October 2, 2013

Family mourns Maine woman killed in turnpike accident

Aeriel Rodriguez, a young mother of two, is remembered Tuesday as someone who 'put everybody else first.'

October 2, 2013

Bikers beat NYC driver who ran blockade

One biker is seriously injured as the SUV driver and his family try to outrun the motorcyclists.

October 1, 2013

Insurance markets open to surge of new customers

A combination of high demand and technical glitches seemed to overwhelm the online system early in the day.

October 2, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu: We will not let Iran get nuclear weapons

An Iranian diplomat responds: ‘Unlike Israel, Iran would not and did not attack any country.’

October 1, 2013

High-speed chase starts, leaves and ends in Maine

The chase started when police pulled over a Newfield man who had several outstanding warrants.

October 2, 2013

Tourists find sites barricaded on National Mall

Trash pickup has also ceased on the National Mall and in downtown Washington parks.

October 2, 2013

Portland buses to carry advertisements that back legalizing marijuana Several photos included in this story

The ads, which claim the drug is safer than alcohol, draw sharp criticism from anti-drug groups.

October 1, 2013

Abe commits to raising Japanese sales tax, but adds stimulus to go with it

In bumping the levy from 5 to 8 percent, Japan’s government will generate an estimated extra 8 trillion yen, roughly $80 billion, per year.

October 1, 2013

Husband offers $15,000 reward for information on missing Maine hiker Video clip included

Geraldine Largay of Tennessee, who hasn’t been heard from since July 24, has been the subject of multiple searches.

October 1, 2013

Bode Miller ready to stir things up at Olympics – again

Nearing the end of his competitive career, what matters to him now is the impact he’s had on the sport.

October 2, 2013

Despite shutdown, veterans enter WWII memorial Several photos included in this story

The barricades come down – no one knows how – for a group that had arrived by charter as part of an honor flight program.

October 1, 2013

Financial markets rise even as government shutdown starts

For now, it appears that investors aren’t anticipating that the stalemate in Washington will cause enough disruption to threaten a gradual U.S. recovery.

October 1, 2013

Portland among cities with highest percentage of same-sex-partner households

A national website’s analysis of census data puts Portland at No. 5.

October 1, 2013

13-year-old leads Maine police on interstate chase

Police say the boy drove at speeds up to 98 mph and almost hit other vehicles and the guardrail.

October 1, 2013

NH man acquitted of taking $1.6M from Maine family

Last year, the Maine Attorney General’s Office charged Todd Enright, 46, with theft by deception.

October 1, 2013

Mass. woman pleads guilty to leaving boy alone at mall

The woman’s lawyer said she is a married, hard-working mother of three who simply made a mistake.

October 2, 2013

Elder care challenges are focus of Maine panel

Experts gather in Augusta, aiming to move forward on cutting costs while improving quality of life.

October 1, 2013

Senate panel approves Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan

If confirmed, she would replace John Roos, a former Silicon Valley lawyer and top Obama campaign fundraiser.

October 1, 2013

N.H. police shoot, kill woman during car chase on interstate

Witnesses say state police cruisers and unmarked vehicles were chasing her and that she was speeding in the breakdown lane.

October 1, 2013

Storm brings rare tornado to Pacific Northwest

A team from the National Weather Service office in Seattle went to the scene and confirmed the tornado from eyewitness accounts.

October 1, 2013

Maine police investigate death of bicyclist hit by truck

Police say 27-year-old Joseph Sweet was riding the three-wheeled vehicle in Corinth on Sunday when he was struck by a pickup.

October 1, 2013

Four Maine police departments get grants for school officers

Attorney General Eric Holder said the grants are an effort “to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school.”

October 1, 2013

Americans anxious, irritated as government shuts down

For some, the impact will be far-reaching, including no paychecks or access to services. For others, the impact will be annoying but minimal.

October 1, 2013

Taxes going up in Maine Tuesday

Sales, meals and lodging taxes go up, while newspapers and periodicals are taxed for the first time, to keep the state budget in balance.

October 1, 2013

Discounted health coverage available in Maine, but many unaware

Limited public understanding and light publicity may slow enrollment.

October 1, 2013

Scarborough would ban unleashed dogs on beaches under agreement

The Town Council plans to consider changes in response to a dog killing a rare bird in July.

October 1, 2013

Deering High to offer Arabic class

The class is believed to be the first such class in Maine public schools.

October 1, 2013

Maine ambulance company worker pleads guilty to child porn

Jason Littlehale of Andover faces up to 10 years in federal prison for a charge of possession of child pornography

October 1, 2013

Westbrook quarry critic arrested on trespassing charge

Warren Knight, a member of the family that owns Smiling Hill Farm, is charged with being on CMP property near Pike Industries’ Spring Street quarry.

October 1, 2013

Maine State Police to display breast cancer license plates

The idea started a year ago when a trooper’s wife and an emergency communications worker were diagnosed with the disease.

October 1, 2013

Portsmouth shipyard workers told to report for duty Tuesday

But Maine’s Acadia National Park will close its gates if there’s a government shutdown.

October 1, 2013

FAA furloughs airline safety inspectors, union says

The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots.

October 1, 2013

Effects of shutdown will vary in Maine

While some federal employees could lose paychecks, many Mainers will notice nothing different.

October 1, 2013

Congress plunges nation into government shutdown Several photos included in this story

The shutdown sends hundreds of thousands of workers home and inconveniences millions of people who rely on federal services.