News from October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

Obama rejects call to use 14th Amendment to fix debt fight

The idea has been pushed by some scholars who argue that a default on the country’s debt violates the Constitution.

October 10, 2013

Poll: Republicans getting most blame for shutdown

The poll affirms expectations by many in Washington that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis.

October 10, 2013

Republicans consider short-term increase in debt limit Several photos included in this story

They would still prefer to end or delay Obamacare in exchange for acting, but with polls showing their favorability ratings dropping, they may soften their demands.

October 9, 2013

Portland panel recommends buffer zone around Planned Parenthood Several photos included in this story

The proposal will go to City Council for a final vote.

October 10, 2013

Protester: Abortion clinic buffer zone would trigger lawsuit

Pro-Life Missionaries of Maine says it won’t act until the Portland City Council votes.

October 10, 2013

Study pinpoints hot new climates

The city-by-city predictions point to specific years when each will experience off-the-charts heat – permanently.

October 10, 2013

Top justices hold court in Maine high schools Several photos included in this story

Students at Cape Elizabeth High hear real oral arguments during a state supreme court visit.

October 9, 2013

Deadline really Feb. 15 to get health insurance

It’s six weeks earlier than previously indicated because of how the application process works.

October 9, 2013

Think tank: Maine 29th in terms of business climate

The top five states this year are Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alask and Florida, according to the conservative group Tax Foundation.

October 9, 2013

Motel fire in Scarborough displaces 12 people Several photos included in this story

Route 1 has to be shut down for about 20 minutes.

October 9, 2013

Fire at Scarborough motel appears accidental

The future of 12 displaced residents of the Itsa Good Motel remains uncertain.

October 9, 2013

Red Sox wait – again – to find out next opponent

The three days off gives the Red Sox time to rest and line up their pitching rotation for the ALCS.

October 10, 2013

Suspect charged in Maine egg farm shooting

Michael Warbin was shooting at rodents and stray chickens when he killed a farm worker, police say.

October 10, 2013

Plan to redevelop Portland's York Street moves forward

J.B. Brown & Sons is looking to redevelop roughly three acres between the Old Port and West End.

October 9, 2013

Portland police seek alleged bank robber

The 35-year-old allegedly robbed Key Bank on Forest Avenue in September.

October 9, 2013

Foliage peaking in central and southern Maine

Combined with a low leaf-drop rate, peepers should enjoy a spectacular weekend.

October 9, 2013

7 states sue EPA, seek wood boiler emissions rules

The coalition, which includes four New England states, wants the federal government to adopt updated emissions standards.

October 9, 2013

Prosecutors in Hernandez case want judge to recuse herself

A filing from the assistant district attorney cites a "well-known and publicly documented history of antagonism" between him and the judge.

October 9, 2013

Addictive drug from Russia may be showing up in U.S.

Concocted from lighter fluid, paint thinner and codeine tablets, krokodil is seen as an inexpensive substitute for heroin.

October 10, 2013

Bankrupt Maine railway to get $3 million loan

Montreal, Maine and Atlantic will use the money to pay creditors and legal fees.

October 9, 2013

Obama administration clarifies timing to avoid health law fines

You still have to be covered by Mar. 31 to avoid penalties. But to successfully accomplish that you have to send in your application by the middle of February.

October 9, 2013

Starbucks promo prods lawmakers to ‘come together’

The 2-for-1 offer is a way to help fellow citizens ‘support and connect with one another.’

October 9, 2013

New Gloucester man charged with threatening, terrorizing

The 31-year-old man is accused of chasing another man while armed with a shotgun.

October 9, 2013

Interactive map: Campaign contributions in South Portland's tar sands referendum

An interactive map showing the sources and relative sizes of campaign contributions (as of the September 30 campaign finance reporting deadline) for and against the proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance in South Portland.

October 9, 2013

Three U.S.-based chemists share Nobel for computer modeling

Their research has helped scientists develop programs that unveil chemical processes such as the purification of exhaust fumes and the photosynthesis in green leaves.

October 9, 2013

Maine attorney general to convene panel on foreclosures

Janet Mills says the idea of Thursday’s meeting in Portland is to work toward ensuring foreclosures are handled in a fair and consistent manner.

October 9, 2013

Wiring blamed for fatal house fire in Bethel

One resident is dead from smoke inhalation; two others escaped the blaze.

October 9, 2013

Obama to nominate first woman to head Fed

Janet Yellen would succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank.

October 9, 2013

Jay man, 79, sentenced for sexual contact with girls

George O'Donnell had pleaded guilty to three charges of unlawful sexual contact with girls ages 6 and 7.

October 9, 2013

Lewiston third-grader stranded at school bus stop

The driver was told the girl wasn’t allowed on the bus so she was left behind.

October 9, 2013

U.S. expected to slash aid to Egyptian government

The move will likely have profound implications for decades of close U.S.-Egyptian ties that have served as a bulwark of stability in the Middle East.

October 9, 2013

Feds scrap porpoise-related fishing grounds closures

Harbor porpoise aren’t endangered, and gillnet fishermen said being shut out of entire areas to protect the animals was unnecessarily restrictive.

October 9, 2013

Shutdown’s effects ensnare Maine’s veterans Several photos included in this story

Veterans Benefits Administration workers are placed on unpaid furloughs, which will likely slow the processing of new claims.

October 9, 2013

Red Sox beat Rays, advance to ALCS

Jake Peavy and the Boston bullpen lift Boston to a 3-1 win in the decisive Game 4.

October 9, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

One arrested, 2 taken to hospital during concert / Police get reports of males in vehicles approaching children / Police seize $30,000 in heroin and cocaine ... and more news from around the state.

October 9, 2013

Attorney: Shooting of North Yarmouth man was self-defense

Daniel Lilley would not discuss the reasons for the confrontation outside the beekeeping business, but said it quickly became violent.

October 9, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Want a lift? Valerie’s volunteer drivers know how it’s done

Four women help an immigrant get to work.

October 9, 2013

Supreme Court leans toward looser campaign finance laws

Conservative justices are skeptical about limits on individual donations in a two-year federal cycle.

October 9, 2013

Plagued by glitches, health care website has flaw

Healthcare.gov requires users to create accounts before they can browse, resulting in bottlenecks.

October 9, 2013

Anthem weighs options after Maine setback

The state’s largest health insurer could appeal the rejection of policy changes or devise a new plan.

October 9, 2013

Scientists to present evidence of comet strike in the Sahara

The ‘shock wave of fire’ occurred 28 million years ago.

October 8, 2013

Obama: No negotiations until Republicans end ‘threats’

Obama, Boehner trade barbs, hints of compromise

October 9, 2013

Uncertainty looms as Maine workers brace for long-term effects of shutdown

With over 2,700 state workers funded by federal dollars and no end to stalemate in sight, the state weighs more furloughs.