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Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

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News from September 20, 2013

September 21, 2013

Red Sox beat Blue Jays, clinch AL East title Several photos included in this story

 The Red Sox secure the AL East title for the first time since 2007 with a 6-3 win over Toronto.

September 21, 2013

Hawks harass Blue Blazes

Marshwood forces four Westbrook turnovers and easily wins a Class B showdown, 33-0.

September 21, 2013

With lights, Trojans still shine Several photos included in this story

 In its first night game at home since 1938, Thornton Academy battles from behind to slip past Scarborough, 19-15.

September 20, 2013

Maine hospital sees credit-rating dip as lesson

MaineGeneral Health expects little impact from the downgrade, but will try to increase profitability.

September 20, 2013

Man loses hands in explosion at Boston apartment

Polices say a man mixing chemicals in his Boston apartment lost both hands when the chemicals exploded and caused a fire.

September 20, 2013

Prosecutors want Bulger to forfeit $25 million

Bulger, 84, was convicted last month in 11 killings, as well as extortion, money laundering and weapons charges.

September 21, 2013

Dozens of Maine pets seized in two animal cruelty cases

Owners of the 30 animals, which include a horse, six dogs and 17 rabbits, face animal cruelty charges.

September 20, 2013

Autopsy confirms N.H. patient had rare brain disease

The patient's death had prompted the state to warn other patients who may have been exposed to the disease.

September 20, 2013

Two bodies pulled from river in Hampton, N.H.

Autopsies are scheduled for Saturday, but police don't suspect foul play.

September 21, 2013

Pope Francis encourages doctors not to perform abortions

The pontiff's comments, sure to soothe conservative Catholics, come a day after he is quoted as saying the church must give up its obsession with 'small-minded rules.'

September 21, 2013

Parking spaces give way to artistic whimsy in Portland Several photos included in this story

 People and groups stake out some asphalt as they transform parking spots into creative spaces for the city's second Park(ing) Day.

September 21, 2013

Maine trooper shoots man inside Searsmont home

He was trying to arrest Leonard Maker, who was armed and accused of failing to appear in court.

September 20, 2013

Fight erupts in iPhone line at Calif. Apple store

Police say one man was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold after running into the street in an enraged state.

September 20, 2013

Skowhegan woman hit by car, seriously injured crossing street

The accident occurs on Madison Avenue during heavy traffic Friday just before 7 a.m.

September 20, 2013

BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs after losing $1 billion

Shares were halted pending the news and plunged as low as $8.01 when the stock reopened for trading.

September 20, 2013

Seekers find 'healthy path' at Common Ground fair

Says one vendor: 'The consumerism of the past, with glossy magazines and strip malls and sprawl, people are done with that.'

September 20, 2013

Role of workplace dispute probed in Navy Yard killings

Investigators are still trying to learn more about the severity of his work-related problem and whether it was an impetus for the shootings.

September 20, 2013

Student: Conn. class forced to re-enact slavery

Parents of a seventh-grader say the student was traumatized and subjected to racial epithets during the re-enactment.

September 20, 2013

Author sues Nebraska over drawings by killer of Maine boy

The author says the drawings show that John Joubert fantasized about killing again and the images help justify his execution in Nebraska.

September 20, 2013

Maine wind farm chosen to provide electricity to Conn.

The project is one of two chosen in response to legislation authorizing the state to procure energy from renewable sources.

September 20, 2013

Maine college opens machinist training facility in Sanford

The program aims to train students for jobs at Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

September 21, 2013

On TV, Maine teen's parents warn of dangers of meeting online

The parents of murdered teen Nichole Cable of Glenburn go on 'Dr. Phil' to share their tragic experience.

September 20, 2013

EPA to limit emissions from new power plants

The industry is expected to wage a court challenge to the standard for coal- and gas-fired power plants.

September 21, 2013

Study: Closed Maine mine polluting water with toxic metals

A Dartmouth study focusing on the Callahan Mine finds elevated levels of copper, zinc, cadmium and lead in the sediment, water and small fish.

September 21, 2013

USM professor writes book on 'Breaking Bad'

 American culture, politics and values are interpreted in critical essays on aspects of the hit television drama.

September 20, 2013

Brady, Patriots prep for familiar foe in Revis Several photos included in this story

Tom Brady Brady's challenges Sunday include the Patriots' depleted receiving corps and his old nemesis, cornerback Darrelle Revis.

September 20, 2013

Maine-N.H. bridge to be closed to traffic two nights next week

The closures will occur overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday.

September 20, 2013

Human trafficking case against Saudi princess dismissed

Prosecutors now say further investigation did not corroborate the allegations.

September 20, 2013

Two arrested in attempted home invasion in Maine

Police said two masked individuals armed with a knife and an Airsoft gun designed to look real, attempted to break into a home while the owners slept.

September 20, 2013

Turnpike lane reopens after three-vehicle crash in Wells

There were no reports of injuries.

September 21, 2013

House Republicans vote to wipe out Obamacare Several photos included in this story

The bill has little chance of passing the Senate, but if neither side budges, it could lead to a government shutdown and America defaulting on its payments.

September 20, 2013

Maine unemployment rate 7 percent for August

The August rate is up slightly from July, but still lower than it was a year ago.

September 20, 2013

Syria submits chemical weapons inventory to watchdog agency

The organization is looking at ways to fast-track moves to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.

September 20, 2013

Amanda Knox facing retrial: 'Everything is at stake' Video clip included

She maintains her innocence, but says she won't return to Italy for the trial that is scheduled to begin on Sept. 30 in Florence.

September 20, 2013

Delta jet diverted to Boston in concern over odor

Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neil said a concern about an odor of fumes or possibly smoke caused the Atlanta-bound flight to be diverted to Logan Airport, where the plane landed safely.

September 20, 2013

Photos: The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

Sept. 21 marks the 75th anniversary of the historic and deadly storm, which claimed around 700 lives and felled millions of trees throughout the region.

September 21, 2013

Mainers answer the call for new iPhone models Several photos included in this story

Dozens wait in line during the wee hours Friday for the Apple Store at the Maine Mall to open.

September 20, 2013

Hiker dies from fall while descending Mount Washington

The man was with a group of friends Thursday when he wandered off the Tuckerman Ravine trail to get a better look at a waterfall and fill his water bottle.

September 20, 2013

Holder makes new drug-sentencing policy retroactive

The policy change will be applied to suspects in drug cases who have been charged but not yet tried, as well as to individuals who have been convicted but not yet sentenced.

September 20, 2013

U.S. and Iran eye diplomatic defrosting at U.N.

Cautiously optimistic yet still skeptical, Washington is weighing whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's recent overtures actually represent new policies or just new packaging.

September 20, 2013

Medal of Honor recipients meet in Gettysburg Several photos included in this story

Nearly half of the 79 living recipients of Medal of Honor are attending the gathering where some of its first recipients fought 150 years ago.

September 20, 2013

Boy, 3, among 13 injured in Chicago park shooting Video clip included

Authorities said the child was in critical condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition.

September 20, 2013

Common Ground Fair gets under way in Unity



September 20, 2013

Safety success keeps Maine ready to rumble

The Maine Department of Transportation will install more centerline rumble strips across the state.

September 20, 2013

Maine PUC chief won't recuse himself in water case – yet

 He's still deciding if his past ties to Nestle raise a conflict in a Fryeburg case involving a 25-year contract to bottle local water.

September 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Rollover crash in which driver fled is investigated / Sheriff's deputy's shooting into car legally justified / Bomb threat on wall leads to high school evacuation ... and more news from around the state.

September 20, 2013

Vaccine from Maine firm can't be used to make bioweapon, expert says

The question of how the virus sent to Syria in 2001 can be used arose after a New York Times allegation.

September 20, 2013

Feature obituary: Walter Ray Jr., 79, pastor and teacher devoted to kids



September 20, 2013

ACLU: Few benefits from 'fusion' surveillance centers

Commander of NORAD Intelligence Center talks to reporters. A survey of 'suspicious activity reports' shows how innocent Americans are being targeted.

September 20, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Lobsters feel pain? Let's ask expert

Everyone has a routine for cooking lobster. For me and the missus, it goes like this . . .

September 20, 2013

Judge may forbid Maine suspect from driving work trucks

Mark Stuart was accused of manslaughter after the death of a Sanford teenager last year.

September 20, 2013

Jailing of alleged Maine victim rare but legal

Arrested at her home, Jessica Ruiz was held for 17 hours as a material witness.

September 20, 2013

Volunteers key to Common Ground fair opening

A big part of what draws crowds to the annual fair this weekend is the food, all of which is organic.

September 20, 2013

The budget standoff: In Congress, 'total atrophy'

John Boehner Even with a shutdown set to occur in 11 days unless a deal is reached, lawmakers remain at loggerheads.

September 19, 2013

Ala. man reports airport exchange with DC shooter

Michael Boyd said the Navy Yard shooter confronted his family at an airport in Virginia last month.