News from October 10, 2013

October 11, 2013

N.H. school reminds parents that playing ‘tag’ is banned

The principal says that while she wants children to run, jump and play, it has to be in a safe way.

October 10, 2013

New Jersey same-sex marriage law delay denied

Gov. Chris Christie says the state will challenge the judge’s decision

October 11, 2013

Ohio kidnapper may not have committed suicide

Ariel Castro’s jail-cell hanging may have been an ill-fated attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities say.

October 11, 2013

Alice Munro, master of short stories, wins literature Nobel Prize

Her ability to capturing a wide range of lives and personalities and tell full stories in just 30 to 40 pages has led to both worldwide acclaim and commercial success.

October 10, 2013

Corrupt ex-mayor of Detroit gets 28 years in prison

It is one of the toughest penalties doled out for public corruption in recent U.S. history.

October 11, 2013

Vt. governor to LePage: Push to reopen government

Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, implies LePage has sway with his tea party ‘friends in Congress.’

October 10, 2013

Maine man pleads guilty to robbing Hannaford pharmacy

Derek Jackson, 27, was turned in by family members soon after he robbed the Windham store.

October 11, 2013

Creditor sues for payment priority in Maine railroad’s bankruptcy

The company seeks to reclaim $6 million in a court case forced by the train crash in Quebec that killed 47 people.

October 11, 2013

Cianbro, Putney named Best Places to Work in Maine

The companies top the list of 60 employers in the state, based on their employee policies and worker surveys.

October 11, 2013

Dental service insurer barred from Maine

The Ohio agent, who must return $162,000 to nursing home residents, blames mistakes for failing to provide the promised care.

October 11, 2013

Stephen King musical begins 20-city tour Several photos included in this story

The show is a collaboration between rocker John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King.

October 10, 2013

Scott Carpenter, pioneering U.S. astronaut, dies at 88

He was the second American in orbit, and caused some tense moments when he overshot his landing zone.

October 10, 2013

Five overdose on unknown drug at Portland concert

The people, who became incapacitated and were taken to a hospital, won’t cooperate with police efforts to identify the substance.

October 10, 2013

Proud Patriots defense bracing for Brees, high-flying Saints

New England’s defense has slowed some of the league’s better quarterbacks, but New Orleans is a different animal.

October 10, 2013

Three indicted in gruesome killing of N.H. woman

A man is accused of killing his ex-wife and setting her body on fire, with help from his wife and sister.

October 10, 2013

Survey: Race for Maine governor is tight

Democrat Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage each are drawing nearly one-third of voters asked.

October 10, 2013

As demand dwindles, blood banks make changes

The nation’s blood-collection system has undergone a dramatic change from just a decade ago, when agencies that oversee the blood supply worried whether they could keep up with the needs of an aging population.

October 10, 2013

Girl, 15, nears end of Appalachian Trail in Maine

Her parents have been following her in the family camper, and she wears a GPS tracking device.

October 10, 2013

Review determines railroad safety ‘adequate’ in Maine

The transportation commissioner releases a report commissioned after the deadly Quebec crash.

October 10, 2013

Police: NH woman gave teen drug before crash that killed cyclists

Police say Cindy Sheppard cut open a fentanyl patch and squeezed the drug onto Darriean Hess’ finger to calm her down.

October 10, 2013

Impostor service animals pose growing problem

People who want to take their pets into restaurants or retail stores are going online to buy vests, backpacks or ID cards with a ‘service animal’ insignia.

October 10, 2013

Maine soldier held in fatal stabbing

The Army specialist is accused of trying to hide evidence after a fellow soldier was slain in Washington state.

October 10, 2013

Old Port fire blamed on faulty water heater

The unit was improperly installed in the basement of 420 Fore St., the city’s fire investigator says.

October 10, 2013

2 plead guilty to trespassing on roof of gym

The men climbed onto the roof while being chased by police.

October 10, 2013

Poll: Health exchange rollout gets poor reviews

Three-fourths of those who have tried to sign up reported problems.

October 10, 2013

Libyan prime minister freed after stunning abduction

The abduction appeared to be in retaliation for a U.S. special forces raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect

October 10, 2013

Ex-cop killed after firing at US courthouse in W.Va.

People inside the building ducked under desks as the shots struck the building and shattered windows. Three security officers were injured by flying debris.

October 10, 2013

Much of Maine at peak foliage for holiday weekend

Forest rangers are reporting foliage at 75 to 100 percent toward peak in a swath stretching from Bethel in the west to Calais in far eastern Maine.

October 11, 2013

Sen. Collins skeptical of debt-ceiling deadline

The Maine Republican says she believes the Treasury Department would be able to buy ‘a little more time’ before a default.

October 10, 2013

Barge holding mystery structure due in Portland Harbor

Cianbro Corp. will outfit the building, but won’t say what it will be used for or where it’s going.

October 10, 2013

Funding loss for Maine psych center scrutinized

Lawmakers question Maine state officials, with one denying the federal government’s claims that his auditors were too lenient.

October 10, 2013

LePage’s emergency declaration questioned

It lets him suspend rules during the government shutdown, but how it helps potentially laid-off workers is unclear.

October 10, 2013

Assault charges dropped against ex-Maine police officer

Scott A. Francis, 38, was accused of a domestic assault against a 19-year-old, and an assault against a 16-year-old.

October 10, 2013

Early-voting measure moves forward in Massachusetts

A proposed amendment would allow ballots to be cast up to 10 days before an election.

October 10, 2013

Protesters adopt a highway to get close to NSA’s Utah facility

Restore the Fourth will picket while cleaning up litter

October 10, 2013

Rhode Island wrestles with high number of fatal overdoses

Officials report 182 accidental deaths last year.

October 10, 2013

Portland mayor, council have mini-power struggle

Officials disagree on how meeting agendas are set as they define their roles in the era of an elected mayor.

October 10, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Child left behind prompts new policy for bus drivers / Officials blame fatal fire on electrical problems / Biker suffers head injuries in River Road crash ... and more news from around the state.