News from October 11, 2013

October 12, 2013

Vietnamese sculptors open outdoor Maine exhibition

The MECA project in downtown Portland hopes to help visitors reconnect with nature and ponder their place within the natural world.

October 11, 2013

Health exchange also baffles insurance industry

A feature designed to send each insurer a daily report of enrollees has been less than reliable.

October 11, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Woodbury, Yarmouth rumble past Cape, 27-7

Both schools came into the game with identical records and only a few points separated them in the Crabtree Standings.

October 11, 2013

Former Canadian chocolate factory turning to marijuana

Canada’s health department will no longer allow people to grow medicinal pot in their homes but instead will have companies supply the drug.

October 12, 2013

Mass. couple accused of killing baby with heroin

The couple’s daughter Mya Barry died in September 2011 when the family lived in Marshfield.

October 12, 2013

Paul McCartney performs impromptu concert

The ex-Beatle plays Times Square on short notice.

October 12, 2013

New England Dispatches

Minor earthquake rattles N.H. residents / Police say man caused crash while giving breath sample ... and more news from around the state.

October 11, 2013

Portland visitors bureau names new leader

Lynn Tillotson will succeed Barbara Whitten on Nov. 1.

October 11, 2013

Gronkowski’s status still questionable for Sunday

The Patriots need their standout tight end but his multiple surgeries might keep him on the sidelines.

October 11, 2013

L.L. Bean’s Bootmobile going on 15-campus tour

The ‘Wintervention College Tour’ is aimed at encouraging students to get outdoors this winter.

October 12, 2013

Search intensifies for missing North Conway teen

Police say 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez disappeared Wednesday between the end of school and when her mother returned home.

October 12, 2013

Republican economists repudiate default doubters

Some Republican lawmakers have argued that the U.S. can continue to meet interest payments on its debt, even if the government is unable to borrow more money from investors.

October 12, 2013

Susan Collins pitches plan to end shutdown, raise debt limit Several photos included in this story

The plan appears to gain her party’s support, but neither the president nor conservative House Republicans immediately endorse it.

October 12, 2013

Republicans offer proposals to end shutdown, no resolution yet Several photos included in this story

They still demand changes to Obamacare and cuts in benefit programs in exchange for reopening the government and not defaulting on payments, which Democrats have previously rejected as extortion.

October 12, 2013

Autopsy confirms Old Town victim was pregnant

April Haskell, 35, died of multiple stab wounds, the medical examiner says.

October 12, 2013

In Maine, a crash in the night, a car in the bedroom

A Maine family escapes serious injury when an out-of-control vehicle takes out a wall.

October 11, 2013

Science teachers from Westbrook, Windham up for national award

Two of the four state finalists will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.

October 13, 2013

Bowdoin plans Maine’s largest solar complex

The complex would be built on the roofs of two athletic facilities and at the former naval air station.

October 12, 2013

Maine panel takes on threats to elder care system

The Legislature’s Long-Term Care Facilities Study Commission meets for the first time and says the long-term care system is ‘on the brink.’

October 11, 2013

Vietnamese sculptors open Maine outdoor exhibition today

The MECA project in downtown Portland illuminates man’s delicate balancing act with nature.

October 11, 2013

N. Dakota farmer finds oil spill while harvesting wheat

About 20,600 barrels escaped from a quarter-inch hole in a 20-year-old pipeline.

October 12, 2013

Cole Haan moving from Maine to N.H.

The Scarborough headquarters will consolidate with the customer service and distribution center in Greenland, N.H.

October 12, 2013

Another migrant boat capsizes off Italy, killing at least 27

But 221 people are rescued in an Italian-Maltese operation.

October 11, 2013

Feds: All Bulger victims should get to speak at sentencing

Prosecutors argue that he was part of a criminal enterprise responsible for the murders of all the victims, regardless of whether he was the actual killer.

October 12, 2013

Shutdown delays christening of BIW-built destroyer

The USS Zumwalt will still be launched on schedule from Bath Iron Works on Oct. 19.

October 11, 2013

Maine attorney general clears officer in Hampden shooting

Cameron Arrigoni was killed in June after pointing a handgun directly at a police officer.

October 11, 2013

Air Force sacks general in charge of ICBMs

The action follows the firing of the U.S. Strategic Command’s No. 2 commander on Wednesday.

October 11, 2013

Maine trooper kills man involved in stabbing

The shooting happens in Old Town after police are called for a report of a domestic violence homicide.

October 11, 2013

Police: Woman slain in Old Town was pregnant

April Haskell was killed by her boyfriend who was later shot to death by police during a standoff.

October 11, 2013

Feds to let states pay to open some national parks

Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by their closure.

October 11, 2013

U.S.: Acadia can reopen during shutdown if state pays, but funds not there Several photos included in this story

A report says not having visitors for 10 days during prime foliage season has cost about $5.2 million.

October 11, 2013

Analysis: Obama’s hardline budget stance rooted in 2011 impasse

The resolution of the showdown with House Republicans will be critical to maintaining Obama’s capacity to wield his clout during the three years left in his presidency.

October 11, 2013

Obama opens talks with Republicans, but no resolution yet Several photos included in this story

The president plans a late-morning White House meeting with GOP senators, who say they will present options for ending the shutdown and debt limit standoff.

October 11, 2013

Kerry visits Kabul in push to wrap up security accord

Reaching a security agreement in coming weeks is necessary so the Pentagon can schedule deployments and plan what equipment to keep in the country after 2014.

October 11, 2013

Real story not quite as tidy as ‘Captain Phillips’

In fact, many more than three shots were fired, $30,000 went missing and the integrity of the SEALs was questioned.

October 11, 2013

Police pull over truckers in protest convoy on Beltway

Police say the drivers were pulled over after they began driving side-by side across all four northbound lanes, slowing traffic to about 15 mph.

October 11, 2013

Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

By giving the award to the largely faceless international organization the Nobel committee found a way to highlight the Syria conflict without siding with any group involved in the fighting.

October 11, 2013

Environmental group: Studies detail risks of mining Bald Mountain

But the state DEP, which is devising new mining rules for Maine, calls the 20-year-old pollution warnings outdated.

October 11, 2013

Sorority members injured in Delaware bus crash Several photos included in this story

The students on the bus were members of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and were on their way to a party.

October 12, 2013

Tough laws for texting, repeat OUI take effect in Maine

Drivers cited for repeat texting will now have their licenses suspended.

October 11, 2013

Pakistani girl, 16, survivor of Taliban, visits U.S.

The Pakistani girl is promoting her campaign for girls’ education.

October 11, 2013

Bill Nemitz: LePage, Collins’ behavior beyond baffling

Their responses to crises leave jaws gaping.

October 11, 2013

Building suspense: A mystery barges into Portland Harbor

A new restaurant? A floating prison? A giant ‘double-wide’? Speculation runs amok as the structure heads to a Cianbro facility for interior work.

October 11, 2013

Man in fatal Biddeford crash sentenced to 37 months

The 21-year-old was driving drunk when the crash killed his passenger.

October 11, 2013

Prosecutors drop perjury charge in high-profile towing case

The case involves two members of a prominent South Portland family in connection with a towing business and a police dispute.

October 11, 2013

Starbucks jacked up over federal shutdown

The company enters the political fray again, putting out petitions calling for a deal to reopen government.

October 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Michaud slightly ahead in Maine governor's race / Two plead guilty in UMF rooftop caper / Concert-goers won’t identify overdose substance ... and more news from around the state.

October 11, 2013

Massachusetts cellphone records search called intrusive

Advocates tell the state’s highest court warrants should have been obtained.

October 11, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize contender, 16, in New York

The Pakistani girl is promoting her campaign for girls’ education.

October 11, 2013

New England Dispatches

Police look for missing 14-year-old / Man dies of injuries from laboratory explosion / Trooper pleads innocent in crash that killed two ... and more news from around the region.

October 11, 2013

‘Downton Abbey’ preview special set for December

The show will offer a taste of the upcoming season.

October 11, 2013

Death benefits assured for families of fallen troops

Obama signed the bill into law after it won final passage in the Senate earlier in the day.

October 11, 2013

Maine hospitals land $1.2 million autism research grant

The study could have national implications and lead to better treatments.

October 11, 2013

Probate court judge says Ohio man must stay legally dead

The man missed the three-year limit for changing a death ruling.

October 11, 2013

LePage declared emergency to help state workers, he says Several photos included in this story

He says it will help laid-off workers get benefits faster, but the union is skeptical of his motives.

October 11, 2013

Spectacular Maine crash results in only minor injuries

An SUV goes airborne and three vehicles are destroyed in the chain-reaction crash on Thursday.

October 11, 2013

Belfast man indicted in shooting of mother, son

Todd Gilday, 44, is accused of fatally shooting Lynn Arsenault and seriously injuring her son, Mathew Day.