News from September 12, 2013

September 13, 2013

Rays avoid a sweep, beat Red Sox, 4-3

Desmond Jennings, Jose Lobaton, Jarrod Saltalamacchia Tampa Bay scores in the eighth to win it, but Boston still enjoys an 8 1/2-game lead in the East.

September 12, 2013

Jury told of 'shredding party' in Maine politician's trial

One former selectwoman says the records were not needed, but another says they included legal papers.

September 12, 2013

'Dangerous lightning storm' thrashes Portland, sends man to hospital

The weather service issues a flash-flood watch for much of southern Maine, causing power outages and downed trees.

September 13, 2013

JK Rowling to pen new magic movie for Warner Bros.

J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen — but without Harry Potter.

September 12, 2013

Search on for missing Maine man, 86 Several photos included in this story

The man was last seen Wednesday afternoon, and stormy weather has raised fears for his safety.

September 12, 2013

Raging fire decimates recently rebuilt New Jersey boardwalk

The fire destroyed more than 50 businesses and undid months of rebuilding efforts after Superstorm Sandy.

September 12, 2013

Parent club of Pirates monitoring court case

 The Phoenix Coyotes would like the lease dispute with the Cumberland County Civic Center resolved sooner rather than later.

September 12, 2013

American Islamic militant slain in Somalia by rivals 


Omar Hammami, who is from Alabama, was highly critical of the leaders of an extremist group to which he once belonged, making him a marked man.

September 12, 2013

Scathing obituary about abusive Nevada mother goes viral 


A son says he and a sister posted the obituary to bring awareness to child abuse.

September 12, 2013

United Airlines accidentally posts $0 to $10 fares

For a little while on Thursday, United Airlines was giving away airplane tickets for free, or close to it.

September 12, 2013

Twitter tweets it'll go public

The company says it has filed documents for an initial public offering of stock.

September 12, 2013

NASA: Voyager 1 probe escapes solar system after 36 years

The spacecraft with its recorded message is the first man-made object to reach interstellar space.

September 13, 2013

Maine jobless compensation system called too complex

Commissioners hear about a system that is difficult to navigate for both employers and the unemployed.

September 12, 2013

Man guilty of engaging prostitute in Kennebunk Zumba case

Of the 68 people alleged 'johns' who were charged, Donald Fortin was only the second to take his case to trial.

September 12, 2013

Michelle Obama: Water 'best drink in town'

Her latest campaign against childhood obesity champions a drink that sometimes overlooked by American consumers.

September 12, 2013

Detroit Zoo now home to seal stranded off Maine

The seal can't be released because her eyesight is compromised.

September 12, 2013

UNE-Biddeford building evacuated for chemical odor

The Morgane Science Building was closed to classes Thursday while emergency officials searched for the source of the leak.

September 12, 2013

Women outpace men in job recovery in U.S.

 A big reason: The types of jobs being added since the recession are mostly dominated by females.

September 12, 2013

Colorado flooding leaves three people dead Video clip included

Boulder County was hit hardest, with up to 6 inches of rain falling over 12 hours

September 12, 2013

Balloonist's dream of Maine-to-Europe flight ends quickly

Jonathan Trappe was trying to become the first to cross the Atlantic using a cluster of helium-filled balloons, but had to land Thursday night in Newfoundland.

September 12, 2013

Portland-Deering, Yarmouth-Leavitt football games postponed



September 12, 2013

Kevin Raye makes congressional bid official

The Republican and former Maine Senate president says his party needs to elect someone with broad appeal.

September 12, 2013

Pittsburgh Zoo: Boy's mauling death is mom's fault

The 2-year-old boy died Nov. 4 after falling over a wooden railing into an exhibit of wild African dogs when his mother lifted him up to get a better look.

September 13, 2013

Maine land considered for missile defense site

Federal property in mountains east of Rangeley is now one of the Pentagon's five options for an interceptor facility if one is built.

September 12, 2013

Injured Maine welder awarded $489,000

Joseph Bordeau of Mexico was injured when he was pinned against an I-beam at the Maine Energy Recovery Co. in Biddeford.

September 12, 2013

Maine cultural centers receive $710,000 in federal grants

The four recipients will use the funding for planning and education.

September 12, 2013

Other Northeast states also feel squeeze of aging population

With higher percentages of seniors, states have smaller tax bases to draw from to pay for elder services, and states are taking different approaches to solving the problem.

September 12, 2013

Advocates launch drive to make marijuana legal in Portland

Passage of a city ordinance would be the first step toward statewide legalization.

September 13, 2013

Kerry: Syria must comply quickly Several photos included in this story

Kerry and his Russian counterpart will discuss specifics on Friday.

September 12, 2013

Fund hopes to bring New Mexico widow back to Maine

Meanwhile, her husband is remembered as a devoted family man, prankster and excellent engine captain.

September 12, 2013

Hundreds turn out for Bon-Ton's opening at Maine Mall

More than 1,000 customers came into the store in the first hour, says store manager Char Brunner.

September 12, 2013

NWS investigating two possible tornadoes in N. Maine

The National Weather Service says there were more than 1,000 lightning strikes per hour at the height of last night's storm.

September 12, 2013

Panel rejects tobacco companies' bid to reclaim $50M from Maine

Tobacco companies alleged that Maine and several others states were not in compliance with the landmark 1998 settlement and should forfeit payments dating back to 2003.

September 12, 2013

Four charged with terrorizing at Gray home

The group allegedly cut power to a home and tried to kick in the door in retaliation for an alleged assault at the Eagles Club in Portland over the weekend.

September 12, 2013

Colorful fall foliage expected in Maine

Fall foliage season begins this week. Trees are beginning to change in the northern third of the state.

September 12, 2013

Family, friends hopeful that 86-year-old Benton man missing overnight will be found safe Several photos included in this story

Arthur Wakeman, 86, of Benton who left his home sometime between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, remains missing Thursday evening, as groups continue to search the area.

September 12, 2013

Bristol man charged with counterfeiting

An investigation was launched after complaints from businesses in Damariscotta, Newcastle and Waldoboro.

September 12, 2013

Health overhaul media blitz confuses Medicare beneficiaries

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says call centers for the state exchanges are already fielding questions from Medicare recipients and rerouting them to the Medicare line.

September 12, 2013

Funeral planned for Conn. slave who died in 1798

The remains of an enslaved man known as Mr. Fortune will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda in Hartford today before burial in a cemetery filled with prominent residents.

September 12, 2013

Damaged iPad leaves Zimmerman probe in limbo

Police say their investigation of thealtercation between George and Shellie Zimmerman is on hold because there is no clear evidence to charge anyone and neither side wants to press the case.

September 12, 2013

Wild turkeys may have died from viruses in NH town

Biologists say the turkeys may be been infected with the avian pox virus or another virus that's relatively new in the Northeast.

September 12, 2013

Man who fell from UMF roof charged with criminal trespass

Devon Pease, of Farmington, fell from a University of Maine Farmington gymnasium Sept. 3 after trying to escape police, along with Joshua Farthing, after being spotted on the roof.

September 12, 2013

Fairfield man pleads not guilty in dog's death

James L. Wiggins is charged with causing the death of his dog, Bella, by dragging it along a road in extreme heat.

September 12, 2013

Maine Red Claws announce season schedule

The team will play home games at the Portland Expo, with 19 of those games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

September 12, 2013

Nearly 7,000 without power after heavy thunderstorms

Customers in nine counties reported outages.

September 12, 2013

Putin appeals directly to US public with stinging op-ed on Syria

Putin warns that a unilateral U.S. military response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons would undermine the United Nations and violate international law.

September 12, 2013

Filing calls for moving all civil claims in train explosion to Maine



September 12, 2013

Spending gap puts Section 8 vouchers at risk

 The Portland Housing Authority cannot promise to absorb the funding loss, as some other cities say they will do.

September 12, 2013

Lee often said he'd kill Maine woman, sister says

Benjamin Lee's sister testifies that she called her sister-in-law in Maine to warn her of her brother's statements.

September 12, 2013

New England Dispatches

Doctor's license suspended over pot, errant house call / West Nile virus confirmed for fourth time this year / Governor supports repeal of computer-services tax ... and more news from around the region.

September 12, 2013

Dispatches

Police investigate fight that injured three / Passers-by save three from burning car / Library gets grant from King charity ... and other news from around Maine.

September 12, 2013

Next steps on Syria still risky for Obama

ANALYSIS: Assad could use diplomacy as a delay tactic, and support for a U.S. strike remains elusive.

September 12, 2013

Where you live is everything with Obamacare

A combination file photo shows supporters and opponents of the Affordable Healthcare Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Glaring differences exist between states that embrace and reject Medicaid expansion.

September 12, 2013

Contractor says Maine politician's actions cost him personally

He testifies that Carole Swan harassed him in her extortion efforts, which led in part to his divorce.

September 13, 2013

Pan Am Railways official: We label, 'check' cars

She reacts to news that oil in the Lac-Megantic disaster was incorrectly labeled for its volatility.