News from October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013

Providence Bruins beat Pirates 5-2

Providence rips off four goals in the second period to beat Portland 5-2 at the Colisee.

October 12, 2013

Maine Turnpike traffic to be heavy over weekend

Columbus Day holiday is the second-busiest weekend of the year.

October 12, 2013

NYC police arrest cousin in ‘Baby Hope’ killing

Detectives close decades-old mystery surrounding the 1991 discovery of a little girl’s body in a picnic cooler.

October 12, 2013

A N.H. mom’s plea to missing 15-year-old: Come home

Abigail Hernandez, who was last seen leaving Kennett High School Wednesday, is still missing after search effort.

October 12, 2013

Eriksson's first goal a winner for Bruins

Loui Eriksson scores the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Boston beats Columbus, 3-1.

October 13, 2013

Glitch that froze food-stamp purchases fixed, Xerox says

For several hours Saturday, food stores in Maine and many other states were unable to accept the Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.

October 13, 2013

Fitzpatrick scores 6 TDs as Cheverus cruises Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Joe Fitzpatrick gains 261 yards as Cheverus makes up for a loss that ended a streak.

October 12, 2013

Giffords to attend gun show under NY sales model

It will be latest event by Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly in their national campaign for expanded background checks for gun sales.

October 12, 2013

Michaud signs petition for vote

Mike Michaud says the discharge petition would allow a majority of members to bypass the speaker of the House and force a vote on the bill.

October 12, 2013

Red Sox make no roster changes for ALCS

Boston will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

October 13, 2013

Sen. Susan Collins’ proposal rejected

Senate Republicans earlier blocked a Democratic bill and the day ends with no deal to reopen government and avoid a default.

October 12, 2013

Maine officials puzzled that park can’t reopen

The Cobscook Bay State Park remains closed even though it is run and staffed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands.

October 12, 2013

Geologists in Maine for field conference

A total of 17 trips are planned for the 200 geologists from Friday to Sunday.

October 12, 2013

Boat sinks on Mali river; 20 dead, dozens missing

At least 400 passengers were believed to have been aboard the vessel, though only 210 survivors had been counted.

October 12, 2013

Portland firefighting course shifts into high gear Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Eleven local high school students learn how to don and doff equipment and search a smoky building.

October 12, 2013

Kerry says partial Afghan security deal reached

The deal-breaking issue of jurisdiction for American forces remains unresolved.

October 12, 2013

Police investigating attempted abduction in Kittery

The 15-year-old girl ran home after being repeatedly asked by a man to get into his van.

October 12, 2013

Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria

A U.N. employee says it did not appear that the hotel was affected by the twin explosions, but an 8-year-old boy was killed and 11 people were hurt.

October 12, 2013

Search continues for missing NH girl

Volunteers join local, federal and state officials in the search for a 14-year-old girl who vanished Wednesday.

October 12, 2013

Turnpike traffic to be heavy over weekend

The Columbus Day holiday weekend is usually the second-busiest weekend for the turnpike.

October 12, 2013

Post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers qualify for medical marijuana

The new law, which went into effect Wednesday, is expected to bring many new patients into Maine’s medical marijuana program.

October 12, 2013

Dempsey Challenge kicks off in Lewiston

Nearly 4,000 people will participate in the fifth annual fundraising event.

October 12, 2013

The moderate Republican: Susan Collins steps into familiar role

Can Susan Collins’ moderation save the day? She has, once again, as a key player in any potential solution.

October 12, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

LePage: Keeping state park closed ‘defies logic’ / Police investigating death of toddler found in father’s bed / Cheese makers will open doors to public Sunday ... and more news from around the state.

October 12, 2013

Higher heating costs forecast

Many Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter.

October 12, 2013

Historic house in Biddeford Pool will get the ax Several photos included in this story

The city OKs the owner’s request to raze a home built by well-known artist James Montgomery Flagg.

October 12, 2013

New butt cans, compactors have Portland talking trash

Ten cheeky Sidewalk Buttlers and 39 more solar bins attract some wanted attention.

October 12, 2013

Vermont avoided Medicaid transportation problems occurring in Maine

Maine lawmakers say the state should use Vermont as a model for a new system.

October 12, 2013

Some states reopen national parks; others eye options

More than 400 national parks, recreation areas and monuments have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the government shutdown.

October 12, 2013

High interest, but Mainers facing familiar difficulties signing up for insurance

Maine does not yet have numbers on enrollees through the Affordable Care Act.