News from October 28, 2013

October 29, 2013

Cellphone saves clerk from robber’s gunfire

The Florida man’s phone stopped a bullet from hitting him in the abdomen.

October 29, 2013

N.H. residents try to save Lamprey River dam

People in Newmarket go before the Town Council on Wednesday.

October 30, 2013

Obama praises new FBI director

James Comey stresses that the FBI must never abuse its power.

October 29, 2013

White House grants extension on health law sign-up

Americans without insurance will now have until March 31 to sign up for coverage.

October 28, 2013

Penn State paying nearly $60 million to sex-abuse victims

The 26 young men were victimized by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

October 28, 2013

Suspicious package at Montreal airport; 1 held

Antony Piazza, an Iranian by birth, is accused of trying to bring bomb materials onto a plane.

October 28, 2013

MGM leaving Foxwoods Casino

The international company has been a sponsor since a $700 million tower addition in 2006.

October 28, 2013

Sanford police release video of credit union robber Video clip included

The man showed a gun and demanded money from two tellers at Ocean Communities Credit Union on Saturday.

October 28, 2013

Northern Maine gets first measurable snow of season

The National Weather Service says 4 inches fell on Saint Agatha by midafternoon Monday.

October 28, 2013

Domestic violence charges dropped against Celtics’ Sullinger

Jared Sullinger’s girlfriend would not cooperate with the investigation or trial.

October 28, 2013

BIW’s new Navy destroyer slips into the water – with stealth Several photos included in this story

The warship features an unusual wave-piercing hull and a design that deflects radar.

October 29, 2013

First case of influenza reported in Maine

The patient is an elderly person who lives in Kennebec County.

October 29, 2013

New regional FBI chief sees threat from sequestration

He says the agency will ‘do less with less’ when federal cuts slash its budget by $700 million.

October 28, 2013

Maine fisherman dies after boat sinking

David Oaks of South Thomaston was one of two men rescued off Cape Ann, Mass. on Friday night.

October 28, 2013

Trial date set for Red Sox broadcaster’s son

Jared Remy is charged with murder in the Aug. 15 stabbing death of Jennifer Martel.

October 28, 2013

Papi persuasion: Ortiz applies bat, bark

‘I’m the veteran dude on this team, that’s why I have to say something.’

October 28, 2013

Police identify Kennebunk man who fell to his death from porch roof

Stephen J. Gardner was working when the incident occurred Friday.

October 28, 2013

Woman’s body found in Penobscot River

The body, which appeared to be in the water for a few days, has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

October 28, 2013

High winds topple big rigs on Calif. highway

The crashes on Interstate 580 began around 6 p.m. Sunday and continued until about 5 a.m. Monday.

October 29, 2013

Republican effort to tie welfare to work search may stall in Maine

The lawmaker behind the measure expects Democrats to kill the bill on a technicality.

October 28, 2013

Logging truck rolls over Maine driver, then slams into Pizza Hut

Michael Morin apparently stopped to get lunch before the truck rolled 
over him in Skowhegan.

October 29, 2013

SAD 6 unions, officials promise a fresh start

They vow to work together and move past recent allegations about the superintendent.

October 28, 2013

Man charged with arson at Maine college

Police on Sunday charged 22-year-old Paul Wasson of Presque Isle after reviewing security cameras and witness accounts.

October 28, 2013

Woman in critical condition after Maine crash

The collision in Easton involves a woman from Fort Fairfield and a man from Portland.

October 28, 2013

Hollis woman charged with stealing from neighbors

Christina Larrivee allegedly stole $5,000 in jewelry when neighboring houses were unoccupied.

October 29, 2013

Nason’s Corner Park renovation to begin

Project leaders say the $600,000 Portland effort has been six years in the making and should be done by the fall of 2014.

October 28, 2013

UK phone-hacking trial opens for top Murdoch aides

Revelations of illegal eavesdropping sparked the closure of a 168-year-old newspaper and led to several wide-ranging criminal investigations that have seen dozens of journalists and officials arrested.

October 29, 2013

Maine’s ‘North Pond Hermit’ pleads guilty to 13 counts Several photos included in this story

Christopher Knight is admitted to a program where he will live in the community and report to a judge.

October 28, 2013

Ariz. police: Barking might have triggered shootings

Michael Guzzo, 56, killed four members of a family in the confrontation Saturday, then killed himself.

October 28, 2013

Pediatricians urge limits on kids’ texts, tweets, Internet use

The influential group also says smartphones and laptops should stay out of children’s bedrooms.

October 28, 2013

Gas prices continue falling in Maine

The average price is now 23 cents lower than a year ago.

October 28, 2013

Man wanted in NH arrested in Berwick

U.S. marshals said tips provided by the public indicating the man was possibly employed in the Berwick area helped in their search.

October 28, 2013

NH man accused of $1 burglary indicted

Eric Richmond of Newport told police he went to the building to look for an open apartment because he needed money for cigarettes.

October 28, 2013

Report: U.S. monitored 60 million calls in Spain

The El Mundo newspaper report comes after similar allegations of U.S. spying in France, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

October 28, 2013

Obama to discuss health care law at Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed the state’s landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side.

October 28, 2013

Military bases open their doors to homeschoolers Several photos included in this story

Military families move on average nearly every three years. The transition can be tough for children, and homeschooling can make it easier, advocates say.

October 28, 2013

Funeral to be held for slain teacher in Mass.

Hundreds turn out for calling hours at a church on Sunday, remembering the Danvers High School math teacher as a positive and uplifting influence on her students.

October 28, 2013

Man charged in gruesome stabbings of NY mom, four kids

The unemployed suspect had been staying with the family in Brooklyn for about a week.

October 28, 2013

Barney Frank to speak at Maine housing conference

More than 400 industry representatives including builders, real estate agents and money lenders are registered to attend the conference.

October 28, 2013

Inspection starts for NH-Maine bridge

The bridge will have lane closures as needed and as weather permits from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for up to 11 weekdays.

October 28, 2013

Halloween is not just for kids anymore

Not just one day, Halloween is a whole season now of parties, events, and fantasy for grown-ups.

October 28, 2013

Teen’s fatal crash was third in seven years on Hiram’s River Road

Like the other two people who died in those years on the same stretch of road, Alexia Valente, 16, was not wearing a seat belt.

October 28, 2013

Freeport voters to consider withdrawal from RSU 5

A referendum as early as December could kick-start a withdrawal committee process.

October 28, 2013

Feature obituary: Robert ‘Bobo’ Michaud, N.Y. Yankees fan

He had played minor league baseball in Maine.

October 28, 2013

Prices on three old schools reflect Maine cities’ needs Several photos included in this story

Portland’s giving one away to make sure it’s developed as the city wishes.

October 28, 2013

ProPublica reporter gets Colby College award

A.C. Thompson spent three years living in New Orleans, chronicling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

October 28, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Crash kills Sanford man / Fire guts mobile home / Deadline nears for requesting absentee ballot ... and more news from around the state.

November 8, 2013

Flashback: Photos of Halloweens past

Take a look at costumes from the 1930s through the '90s.

October 28, 2013

Paging Maine's ghosts Several photos included in this story

A footless ghost in Benton is just one of the specters in a spirited book.

October 28, 2013

Higher education leaders pitch bonds

Two bonds back work at UMaine and community college campuses.