News from September 1, 2013

September 2, 2013

Labor Day downpours cause minor flooding

An area stretching from Conway, N.H., into western Maine has seen 5 to 6 inches of rain.

September 1, 2013

Sea Dogs lose to Thunder, 9-4

Portland plays its final game of the season at 1 p.m. Monday at Hadlock Field.

September 1, 2013

Murray beats Mayer in 3 sets in US Open 3rd round

Defending champion Andy Murray ousts Florian Mayer, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2.

September 1, 2013

Dealers overwhelmingly ratify Foxwoods contract

Dealers will receive a 25-cent-per hour raise, or 2.5 percent, retroactive to March 1, 2012 and an additional 90 cents an hour more over three years, through 2015

September 1, 2013

AAA: Gas prices rising amid Middle East tensions

AAA says gas prices remain below where they were a year ago.

September 1, 2013

Rogers removed from Brewers' 40-man roster

Mark Rogers of Orrs Island, the 2004 first-round draft pick for Milwaukee, can be a minor league free agent after the World Series.

September 1, 2013

Red Sox designate RHP Bard for assignment

Control problems have plagued the once prominent reliever the past two years.

September 2, 2013

Four people, dog rescued from burning boat in Casco Bay

The fire broke out on a 39-foot cabin cruiser off Portland Head Light.

September 1, 2013

Workers' protests highlight fast-food economics

Workers protesting in cities including New York, Chicago and Detroit, are pushing for $15 an hour, which would mean wages of $31,000 a year.

September 1, 2013

At Kansas school, teacher sheds pen and paper

A seventh-grade language arts class will be using computer tablets full time.

September 2, 2013

USM dorm residents make themselves at home Several photos included in this story

It takes a village to get 650 incoming students settled in their rooms on the Gorham campus.

September 1, 2013

Florida A&M band back at football game after suspension

All band performances had been halted for the famed Marching 100 shortly after Robert Champion collapsed and died following a hazing ritual on a bus parked at an Orlando hotel in November 2011.

September 1, 2013

Syria scoffs at Obama's delay of strikes

Meanwhile, the U.S. cites evidence that regime forces used sarin in the deadly Aug. 21 attacks.

September 1, 2013

UN asks for accelerated testing of Syria samples

The samples will be sent Monday to laboratories around Europe to check them for traces of poison gas.

September 1, 2013

Heavy rain prompts flood warning for Boston area

Up to 3 inches of rain have fallen in the Boston area.

September 1, 2013

Kerry: US has evidence sarin gas was used in Syria Video clip included

The Secretary of State says the administration learned of the sarin use within the past 24 hours through samples of hair and blood provided to Washington by first responders in Damascus.

September 1, 2013

NH collision kills elderly couple from Maine

The couple from Biddeford die after a pickup truck crosses the center line on Route 202 late Saturday night in Barrington, N.H.

September 1, 2013

Subsidies for Maine horsemen shrink this summer

Declining slot machine revenue at Bangor's Hollywood Casino and other factors, including fewer spectators, have led to a double-digit drop in purses this year at tracks.

September 1, 2013

Mandela discharged from hospital, returns home Video clip included

Nelson Mandela, 95, is still in critical condition and will receive intensive care at home.

September 1, 2013

David Frost, 74, noted for post-Watergate Nixon interviews Video clip included

The veteran broadcast journalist wrote a dozen books, won numerous awards and was knighted.

September 1, 2013

Teens charged with raping teammates while at camp

It is alleged that three upperclassmen assaulted three freshmen at a retreat.

September 1, 2013

Proper fry pan throwing involves a secret recipe

Windsor Fair ladies go the distance, despite some problems getting a grip in the 80-plus-degree heat.

September 1, 2013

Recreational saltwater boating boosts region's economic engine, creates jobs

A new study compiles data gathered from about 12,000 randomly selected boaters in the Northeast.

September 1, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Syrian images hang over peace protest

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September 1, 2013

Apple orchards make sweet rebound

Chris Sprague A wet spring and recent dry weather contribute to apple size, sugar content – and plentiful pickings.

September 1, 2013

Project would link farms, workers

 Like a 'speed-dating service,' a database by Starks Farm Hands would match skilled locals with jobs.

September 1, 2013

'Paddling Professor' plans a fundraising lake crossing

Harry Briggs is 92 years old but plans to swim 2 miles across a New Hampshire lake.

September 1, 2013

Congress forced to grapple with authorizing an attack

Lawmakers begin to answer the unexpected question of what to do, if anything, in Syria.

September 1, 2013

Uninsured drivers pose physical, fiscal hazards

Though Maine has a low percentage of people without insurance, hundreds of accidents each year testify to the dangers on the roads.

September 1, 2013

Siblings recall bean suppers, more at Wescustogo Hall

 A Portland man, 76, and his sister, 81, remember goings-on at the Grange hall in the 1950s.

September 1, 2013

Dispatches

Owners of oil tanker want bond refunded / LePage says businesses adding jobs / Racing returns to Limestone runway

September 1, 2013

Washington Notebook: Clinic head says 'doughnut hole' may last under Obamacare

A sizable population will be left without health insurance, Caroline Teschke of the Portland Community Free Clinic says.

September 1, 2013

Value of seafood harvest in 2012 shatters records

But Marine Resources Commissioner Keliher cautioned that not all fisherman are getting rich.

September 1, 2013

Maine's new law not last word on bullying Video clip included

Educators welcome the more uniform statewide policy but say changing the culture within each school is equally important.

September 1, 2013

MaineCare underfunding hurts long-term care

The crisis at nursing homes and assisted-living centers is getting some lawmakers' attention.

September 3, 2013

For regulators and Nestle Waters, conflict by the gallon Several photos included in this story

 All three PUC commissioners and Maine's public advocate have ties to Poland Spring's parent company, which is seeking a 25-year contract.

September 4, 2013

Portland street musicians make city their stage Several photos included in this story

We stop, look and listen, giving buskers our attention – and our cash.