News from September 17, 2013

September 18, 2013

Red Sox fall 3-2; playoff party on hold Several photos included in this story

The loss stops Boston from clinching their first playoff berth in four years until at least Wednesday night.

September 17, 2013

Drone-control bill sought in Vermont

At issue is regulation of information gathering by drones and other means.

September 18, 2013

Navy Yard shooter started slipping last year, friends say

As a man who was losing touch with reality, Aaron Alexis left a trail of police reports, arrest records and mental health consultations.

September 17, 2013

Police: Maine inmate overdoses at job site

Robert Louis Tucker was found around 2:50 p.m. with a needle near him, the sheriff's office says.

September 17, 2013

Butterflies miss Maine landfill garden party

The manager of the Oakland facility hopes to inspire other landfill managers to plant nectar-producing wildflowers, even if this year was a bust for attracting migrating monarchs.

September 17, 2013

Singer who worked with top stars dies

Jackie Lomax recorded solos backed by the likes of Paul McCartney had a major hit song.

September 17, 2013

Maine firearms instructor charged in road-rage incident

Police briefly seize a weapon from the Farmingdale man, who admitted to displaying the gun to two women who confronted him, but said he meant no threat.

September 17, 2013

Marine creatures' migrations determined by climate, after all

Researchers conclude that, as ocean waters warm, species migrate to cooler water, but that's not always found where it's expected to be.

September 17, 2013

After mass shooting, a look at security clearances

The man who killed 12 people had a low-level government security clearance. But what does that mean? And how many people have clearances?

September 18, 2013

Federal gun laws didn't block Navy Yard shooter Several photos included in this story

Monday's shooting prompts a new round of calls for action from lawmakers.

September 18, 2013

Missing Maine toddler's mom to release more details – again Several photos included in this story

She says she's frustrated by the state police, and aims to keep Ayla Reynolds' disappearance a police priority.

September 17, 2013

Russia opposes use of force in U.N. resolution on Syria 


However, the Russian foreign minister suggests the issue could be reconsidered if Syria doesn't fulfill its agreement or more chemical weapons are used.

September 17, 2013

McAfee: Lily Collins most 'dangerous' celebrity search

The computer security company ranks stars whose names are most likely to land people on a malicious site.

September 17, 2013

Census: U.S. poverty stuck at 15 percent

Census data show Maine has a slightly better poverty rate, though its median income is lower than the nation's.

September 18, 2013

Maine day-care workers sued over sex abuse

The state's suit on behalf of a victim accuses the owner of negligence and her husband of assault.

September 17, 2013

Brazil moves to break from U.S.-centric Internet

The president orders greater independence and security following revelations of U.S. spying, and experts warn that Brazil's action could signal the fracturing of the global network.

September 17, 2013

Portland Jetport unveils high-tech security sensor

The device, so sensitive it can detect a rolling golf ball, will monitor an exit to make sure no one slips in.

September 17, 2013

N.J. boardwalk fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring 


The electrical equipment beneath the boardwalk had been inaccessible since the storm struck in October.

September 17, 2013

World reacts: Shooting sad but not surprising

Response is particularly strong in Britain, which tightened gun controls after a mass shooting.

September 17, 2013

Bush award to be presented to Qatar education reform leader

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser will receive the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service during a ceremony Thursday at the University of New England.

September 17, 2013

Man sentenced in Maine for drug trafficking from Calif. prison

Mark Razo, of El Monte., Calif., used contraband cellphones to set up drug transactions, recruit couriers and arrange for drugs to be transported.

September 17, 2013

Large Asian carp found in lake near Lake Michigan

The lake is landlocked but very close to the Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan.

September 17, 2013

Congress looks to relax mandatory prison terms

A Senate committee is considering two bills, each sponsored by a liberal Democrat and a tea party Republican, that would allow judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences in many circumstances.

September 17, 2013

Navy orders security review in wake mass shooting

Aaron Alexis obtained a secret-level clearance despite a pattern of misconduct while he served in the Navy Reserves.

September 18, 2013

Police find 13-year-old accused of assaulting young Maine girl

South Portland police say no weapon was used in the alleged assault.

September 17, 2013

U.S. lottery players could see more giant jackpots

Organizers of one of the country's big lotteries, Mega Millions, are planning changes to increase jackpots.

September 18, 2013

Maine jury convicts ex-selectwoman for kickbacks

Ending a six-day trial, a jury rules Carole Swan demanded thousands from a local contractor.

September 18, 2013

In crossfire on MaineCare, parties vie for political edge

At stake is access to government-funded health coverage for more than 60,000 low-income Mainers.

September 17, 2013

Dump truck hits, kills Maine man collecting bottles

The dump-truck driver swerved to avoid a collision with an oncoming tractor-trailer and hit an 84-year-old man, police say.

September 17, 2013

LePage orders that flags be flown at half-staff

The governor's order echoes President Obama's proclamation of respect for the Navy Yard shooting victims.

September 17, 2013

Auburn man arrested on child porn charges

Stephen Pennington, 41, is accused of having electronic devices with images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity.

September 18, 2013

Uncertain of rescue, Mainers saw perilous descent as only hope

Suzanne Turell and Connie Yang got caught in an unexpected ice storm on the tallest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.

September 17, 2013

Navy yard shooting victims had long careers there Video clip included

A Navy veteran who was a pilot, a man who was known for his bear hugs and another who held the title of 'King Oyster' at the region's annual festival are among those killed.

September 17, 2013

Civic Center board wraps up closed-door meeting

The board's chairman declined to comment on the meeting, which ran more than three hours.

September 17, 2013

Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy Video clip included

The head of Italy's civil protection agency said the operation demonstrated what it means to take responsibility for something, no matter how risky or how high the stakes.

September 17, 2013

New study warns of US long-term debt problems

The report is one of a series of warnings that spiraling debt threatens Washington's ability to respond to a financial crisis.

September 17, 2013

Newtown activists to lobby Congress on guns

The group will ask Congress to require background checks for gun buyers.

September 18, 2013

Maine denies PETA claim of cruel lobster 'kills'

As the group releases an undercover video, the fisheries commissioner says the practices shown comply with state and federal laws.

September 17, 2013

Indian Miss America resonates as symbol of change

Indian-Americans, especially those born here like Nina Davuluri, are demonstrating a newfound comfort level in their country.

September 17, 2013

Vandals damage rare car in Skowhegan

A 1961 Chrysler 300G estimated to be worth $100,000 is among several damaged at an auto repair shop.

September 17, 2013

N.H. man accused of breaking 2-year-old's arm

Police say the 28-year-old man was taking care of the girl and picked her up forcibly by the arm.

September 17, 2013

PETA says Maine lobster processor has cruel 'kill' method

 But it's unclear whether the practice is outside the industry's norms, and unproven that crustaceans feel pain.

September 17, 2013

Maine to award $100,000 for community forestry projects

Groups can apply for up to $10,000 in grants for planning and education and up to $8,000 for planting and maintenance.

September 17, 2013

75 to be sworn in as new citizens today in Portland

The citizenship candidates come from 30 countries including Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Peru, Somalia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

September 17, 2013

L.L. Bean has best spring-summer since 2008

The company's board approves a $1 million bonus that amounts to $185 for each employee hired before February.

September 17, 2013

Bankrupt Maine railroad asks for help with legal fees

Legal costs could leave the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway no funds for compensating victims.

September 17, 2013

New England Dispatches

State senator donates $300,000 to museum / Donation-collection boot stolen from fire station / Fewer loons hatched and fewer survived this year ... and more news from around the region.

September 17, 2013

New Boston FBI chief gives priority to bomb case

'We won't rest until we are confident that anybody that had anything to do with that is brought to justice,' Vincent Lisi says.

September 17, 2013

MaineCare ride firm chief calls 21-hour hold 'anomaly'

David White says there is no exact timeline for when all ride problems will be worked out.

September 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine man was choked to death / Rescuers from two states assist injured hiker / Portland woman accused of stabbing man with wine bottle ... and more news from around the state.

September 17, 2013

Swan testifies as Maine extortion trial heads to jury

Former Selectwoman Carole Swan is accused by the federal government of using her office to extort money.

September 17, 2013

Colorado evacuees return to find more heartbreak

A home with floodwater from Left Hand Creek running on both sides is seen in Boulder, Colorado After days of rain, some evacuees return home to find scenes of devastation after days of heavy rains.

September 17, 2013

Welfare cheat numbers cast doubt on Maine crackdown

The amount recovered is small compared with the $700,000 annual cost, but LePage officials say the effort deters fraud.

September 18, 2013

Portland pulls proposed ban of plastic foam containers

Some councilors questioned the language, scope and justification of the proposed ordinance.