News from September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

Poll: Americans turn more negative toward Russia, Putin

More Americans have negative views of Russian President Vladimir Putin than at any time since he came to power in 2000.

September 18, 2013

Assad denies his forces were behind chemical attack

The Syrian president goes on Fox News to make his case, saying he's provided evidence to Russia to prove his case.

September 19, 2013

Moose tranquilized in Augusta neighborhood Video clip included

The 600-pound moose was tranquilized, moved and set free by wildlife officials and first responders.

September 18, 2013

Ken Norton, heavyweight champ who defeated Ali, dies at 70

Norton broke Ali's jaw in their first bout, beating him by split decision in 1973.

September 18, 2013

Navy Yard shooter left cryptic messages on shotgun

A document says the messages were — quote — 'better off this way' and — quote — 'my ELF weapon.'

September 18, 2013

At $400 million, Powerball is hefty, and someone has to win, right?

A person's odds of winning are 1 in 175 million, and there are no ways to improve those odds.

September 18, 2013

Some normalcy returns as Filipino troops corner rebels 


Military pressure has resulted in the release of 178 hostages so far, but rebels remain in hiding with 21 more hostages.

September 18, 2013

Maine warns job seekers about scam

The phony Maine Job Bank posts lead victims to buy prepaid $60 debit cards to pay for work uniforms.

September 18, 2013

Ex-Patriots lineman's home trashed by partying teens

As many 400 teens crowded into Brian Holloway's vacation home and posted a play-by-play on Twitter, and now he's offering to mentor them.

September 18, 2013

Penobscot County man is killed when car falls on him

It's not clear if the man was working underneath the vehicle at the time of the mishap.

September 18, 2013

Portland judge sentences cocaine smuggler to six years in prison

Anthony Cardoza, 31, smuggled cocaine to Maine earlier this year to sell in the Portland area.

September 18, 2013

UNH spells out healthy eating 
on its dishes, literally

Wildcat Plates, used in campus dining halls, specify what's good and even offer suggestions.

September 18, 2013

Maine truck driver loses wheel, which kills N.H. man

Alan Condon of Oakfield, Maine, didn't stop after the crash and may not have known the wheel broke loose.

September 19, 2013

Health care a challenge for elderly with HIV

As people with the disease age, the need for services gains urgency in older and more rural states like Maine.

September 18, 2013

Maine community colleges get $13 million IT grant

The seven colleges money will use the money to hire instructors and expand their information technology offerings.

September 19, 2013

Maine Medicaid debate rolls on in battle of oversized checks

Gov. LePage's hospital visit to tout his debt payback effort is disrupted by a MaineCare expansion supporter dressed as 'Uncle Sam.'

September 18, 2013

Police: Ga. teen abducted from home found alive

Two suspects are in custody following a massive search after the apparent random robbery and kidnapping.

September 18, 2013

Military base shootings shake sense of security

Many of the security improvements adopted after 9/11 and Fort Hood were created largely with terrorism in mind, not unstable individuals.

September 18, 2013

Down East magazine draws criticism for altering photo

But the publication says it's common in the industry to enhance a photograph 'to create an image that will attract attention.'

September 18, 2013

Beanie Babies creator will admit to U.S. tax evasion

His lawyer says H. Ty Warner intends to plead guilty and pay a massive $53 million penalty.

September 18, 2013

Stock market sets record as Fed keeps stimulus

The Dow Jones industrial average jumps 147 points, or 1 percent.

September 18, 2013

Rocket trajectory links Syrian military to chemical attack

A Human Rights Watch report also says the presumed flight path of the rockets cited in the U.N. report lead to a Republican Guard base.

September 18, 2013

Bowdoin College's endowment tops $1 billion

In the fiscal year ending June 30, the endowment earned a 16 percent return.

September 18, 2013

BIW president to go to Electric Boat

Jeffrey Geiger will be replaced by Frederick Harris, who will also continue to lead General Dynamics' shipyard in San Diego.

September 18, 2013

Naked burglar gets trapped in Milwaukee air vent

Police say the teen suffered multiple cuts and scrapes from screws.

September 18, 2013

Former Fairfield police chief pleads guilty to OUI

John Emery of Skowhegan changes his plea in a case that includes few official records on file.

September 19, 2013

Navy gunman didn't reveal homicidal thoughts, VA says

Alexis appeared 'alert and oriented' during his visits and denied feeling depressed or wanting to do harm, the department says.

September 19, 2013

Eliot Cutler puts his ideas, reflections in new book

The independent, who is likely to soon launch his campaign for Maine governor, criticizes both big parties.

September 19, 2013

Owner starts effort to redevelop large area off York Street

J.B. Brown & Sons seeks a zoning change and is considering putting up a parking garage, apartments and retail space.

September 19, 2013

Hagel orders two reviews in response to shooting

'A lot of red flags' may have been missed in the background of the Washington Navy Yard shooter, the defense secretary says.

September 18, 2013

Aircraft in Portland stir memories of World War II Several photos included in this story

Richard Gale stared out at the large forest-green bomber on the tarmac of the Portland Jetport and remembered . . .

September 18, 2013

Police looking for missing UNH student

The 19-year-old man was last seen in Portsmouth near Prescott Park on Tuesday night.

September 18, 2013

Mother of Navy yard shooter 'so, so very sorry'

Cathleen Alexis said Wednesday in New York City that she does not know why her son, Aaron, did what he did.

September 18, 2013

Ohio man who confessed online to DUI pleads guilty Video clip included

Matthew Cordle, 22, wanted to plead guilty to make good on his pledge to accept responsibility for the crash, according to his lawyers.

September 18, 2013

Train, bus crash in Canada kills five

It is Canada's worst accident since an oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town in July, killing dozens of people.

September 19, 2013

S. Portland business owners rally to block tar sands oil

The 216-member group backs a city ordinance to prevent shipments, but other businesses disagree.

September 18, 2013

Tenants wanted: Portland to open technology park

There are currently no tenants in the 26-acre technology park, which envisions seven lots for buildings 10,000 to 40,000 square feet.

September 18, 2013

Mexico floods kill 80; thousands stranded

One storm, Manuel, re-forms into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast.

September 18, 2013

Maine State Music Theatre announces new leadership

Curt Dale Clark has been confirmed as the artistic director, and Stephanie Dupal was named managing director of the organization.

September 18, 2013

Two men arrested after theft of beer, threats in Gray

The men are accused of taking a 12-pack of beer from a Circle K convenience store and threatening the clerk.

September 18, 2013

Traffic moving smoothly on turnpike after Saco crash

There is no word on injuries from the multi-car crash.

September 18, 2013

Bar Harbor airport gets $1.5M federal grant

The money will be used to build a new taxiway.

September 18, 2013

Waterboro man, 22, dies in Limerick car crash

The single-car accident occurred late Tuesday night on Route 60.

September 18, 2013

Saco can replace only one of three destroyed cruisers

Chief Bradley Paul says insurance will cover only the book value of the cars, for a total of about $29,000.

September 18, 2013

Walgreen moves health coverage to private exchange

The nation's largest drugstore chain will give workers a contribution toward the cost of coverage and then send them to a private health insurance exchange to pick from as many as 25 plans.

September 18, 2013

Starbucks says guns unwelcome, though not banned

The company says it has been 'thrust unwillingly' into the middle of the national debate over firearms.

September 18, 2013

State revenue from Maine casinos is on the rise

Revenues from slot machines and table games are up more than $10 million over last year.

September 18, 2013

Navy commander, two others charged in bribery scheme

Prosecutors say the commander supplied a ship-servicing contractor with confidential ship movements and helped arrange to have some ships moved to certain ports that were considered more lucrative.

September 18, 2013

What a trip: Timothy Leary's files go public in NY Several photos included in this story

Leary, who coined the phrase 'turn on, tune in, drop out,' was one of the most polarizing figures of the 1960s counterculture.

September 18, 2013

Syria gives Russia chemical weapons evidence

Syria reportedly told Russian officials the material 'bears witness to the rebels participating in the chemical attack.'

September 18, 2013

LePage to tout Maine hospital debt payments

The governor will visit the Inland Hospital in Waterville and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston today.

September 18, 2013

Maine supreme court posts oral arguments on website

The recordings will remain on the website for about two weeks after an appeal is heard.

September 18, 2013

Portland firm wins contract to design N.H. women's prison

SMRT Inc. is expected to complete plans for the prison in 2014.

September 18, 2013

If Pirates, civic center in talks, it's big secret

The civic center's board meets with its lawyer fighting a lawsuit by the Portland hockey team, but is silent on prospects for a deal.

September 18, 2013

Obama seeks Congress' support for Syria plan

The U.S. would closely monitor every step of the plan for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons while maintaining a military threat in case Bashar Assad backs out.

September 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine inmate suspected of drug overdose / Franklin County loses bid to reopen full-service jail / Auburn man, 41, in court to answer child porn charge ... and more news from around the state.

September 18, 2013

Feature obituary: Herschel Libby, 91, a former mail carrier with many hobbies



September 18, 2013

First two men graduate from Maine veterans court program

The Veterans Treatment Court helped them turn away from drugs and turn their lives around.

September 18, 2013

Reporter for ProPublica wins Colby College award

 Adam Clay Thompson, known for investigative pieces, will be honored Oct. 27 with the Lovejoy Award.

September 18, 2013

More than 70 Maine residents become U.S. citizens Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 The country's newest Americans get sworn in with a ceremony on Citizenship Day.

September 18, 2013

New England Dispatches

Educator faces charge for his marijuana 'gift' / New Hampshire's poverty rate the nation's lowest / Officials predict fall-foliage tourism to break record ... and more news from around the region.

September 18, 2013

Survey shows Massachusetts has shortage of doctors

Areas of Massachusetts report a need for family practice and internal medicine physicians.

September 18, 2013

Navy Yard shooter fell through security gaps

Despite being arrested three times between 2004 and 2010, Aaron Alexis' clearance was renewed.

September 18, 2013

Sen. Collins critical of security gaps after D.C. attack

'It is clear from both the Edward Snowden case and for the shooter at the Navy Yard that the process is deeply flawed,' she says.

September 18, 2013

Key Portland intersection could get makeover

 The city is fast-tracking a redesign of Congress Square amid a contested plaza sale, but a legal challenge likely awaits.

September 18, 2013

UMaine pressured to release wind proposal

Environmental groups also ask the Public Utilities Commission for wind power project details.

September 18, 2013

Maine schools, sports keeping eye on EEE

 Schools reset games so they end before dusk, and towns consider spraying to avoid being infected by mosquitoes.

September 17, 2013

Shootings revive gun debate, but not hope for tougher laws

The Senate Majority Leader said he was eager to consider new gun legislation but says he does not have enough support to pass a bill.