News from September 23, 2013

September 24, 2013

Mainer will replace retiring federal judge

John Nivison of Winslow is appointed to the U.S. District Court for Maine and will work in Bangor.

September 24, 2013

Mall attackers include Americans, Kenya says

The Kenyan Foreign Minister says 'two or three Americans' and 'one Brit' were among the militants.

September 23, 2013

Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to being AP source

The former FBI explosives admits herevealed secret information for an Associated Press story about a 2012 U.S. intelligence operation in Yemen.

September 23, 2013

With East clinched, Red Sox want best record in AL

The Red Sox secured a playoff berth on Thursday, but there's plenty more to play for over their final five games.

September 23, 2013

York field hockey team remains unbeaten with 4-0 win



September 23, 2013

Mass. couple sentenced after raping adopted kids

Joseph Mayotte was sentenced Monday to 16 to 20 years, and his wife was sentenced to as many as 22 years.

September 23, 2013

Report: Environmental chemicals pose a risk in pregnancy

Dangers are greatest for women with on-the-job exposure, but research suggests every American woman is exposed to at least 43 chemicals.

September 25, 2013

Bedbug problem at Waterville Housing Authority building concerns residents

The Waterville Housing Authority says it is addressing a bedbug infestation at 26 Louise Ave. by following protocol outlined in state statute regarding bedbugs, but several residents feel not enough is being done to get rid of the bedbugs

September 23, 2013

Maine-Quebec pipeline change needs permit, Vermont says

The ruling confirms an earlier decision, saying that reversing the flow of oil would be a significant change to the existing use of the pipeline.

September 24, 2013

Missing Maine toddler's mom tells of blood at house

The mother of Ayla Reynolds releases more details and calls for an arrest and prosecution.

September 23, 2013

Patriots' Ninkovich signs 3-year, $15 million extension

Defense end Rob Ninkovich is third on the team with 19 tackles this year, and had 18½ sacks the past three seasons.

September 23, 2013

In Northeast, as demand grows, so do shiitakes Several photos included in this story

Next month, two universities that participated in a recent study plan to complete a guide for growing shiitake mushrooms in the region.

September 24, 2013

Legislators want veil lifted on UMaine wind plan

They and others say a lack of information makes it impossible to compare the project to Statoil's proposal.

September 23, 2013

Windham candidates file for town council, school board

A third council seat is open, but the race is uncontested.

September 23, 2013

TD Bank to pay $52.5M in charges tied to Ponzi scam

The bank failed to file suspicious activity reports on the accounts of Scott Rothstein, a former Florida lawyer now serving a 50-year prison sentence.

September 23, 2013

IRS official at heart of tea party scandal retires 


Lois Lerner was in charge when agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

September 23, 2013

Apple sells record 9 million new iPhones in first weekend

This was the first year the new iPhones were also available the same weekend in China.

September 24, 2013

Maine panel finds discrimination in three cases

In one case, the commission found reasonable grounds to believe a Winthrop man was fired for engaging in protected whistleblower activity.

September 23, 2013

Assad: Syria will allow access to chemical sites

He tells Chinese state TV that Damascus is dedicated to implementing a Russia-U.S. agreement to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.

September 23, 2013

Police: Driver in N.H. crash that killed cyclists had no license

Police say 20-year-old Darriean Hess had been stopped earlier in the day for speeding and ordered to wait for a friend to drive her car away.

September 23, 2013

Somali leader says threat of al-Shabab is global

The Somali president, speaking in Ohio, comments on reports that some of the Kenya mall attackers may have lived in the United States.

September 23, 2013

Fairfax reaches tentative deal to buy BlackBerry

BlackBerry shares plunged Friday after the company announced a loss of nearly $1 billion and layoffs of 4,500 workers.

September 24, 2013

LePage officials: Bear baiting keeps Mainers safe

The state would see more bear-human conflicts and 'put residents in serious danger' if it banned bear baiting, they say.

September 23, 2013

Conn. court weighs if horses are inherently vicious

If the ruling stands, farmers and horse owners say, the classification would make insuring the animals too expensive and would threaten the state's horse industry.

September 24, 2013

Officials won't say if Maine suspected of terrorist links Several photos included in this story

The possible connection emerges after the al-Shabab's deadly attack on a mall in Kenya, but authorities remain tight-lipped.

September 23, 2013

Police investigate marijuana cultivation near Freeport athletic fields

Police say they arrested two men Sunday who possessed recently harvested marijuana plants, and officers plan to search the woods nearby for more.

September 24, 2013

S. Portland waterfront zone change called a job killer

Supporters of the ballot question, however, say existing business would not be affected.

September 23, 2013

Victims in Kenya mall attack came from all over the world

Those killed include a poet, diplomats, tropical disease specialists, an architect and children.

September 23, 2013

LePage cancels trip to western Canada

Other officials from his administration will go on the trade mission and meet with Alberta's premier.

September 23, 2013

Popular bathroom wipes blamed for sewer clogs Several photos included in this story

The problem is costing some municipalities millions of dollars to dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.

September 24, 2013

Death penalty weighed against Boston bombing suspect

His lawyers ask for more time to submit a proposal arguing that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev doesn't deserve the death penalty.

September 23, 2013

Suspect in two Maine shootings arrested after manhunt

Matthew Davis, 32, was captured in a stolen car in Island Falls on Monday by Maine State Police.

September 23, 2013

Egyptian bans Muslim Brotherhood

The rulings opens the door for a wider crackdown on schools, hospitals, charities and other social institutions that are part of the Brotherhood's social network.

September 23, 2013

Boston police commissioner stepping down Several photos included in this story

Edward Davis rose to national prominence following the Boston Marathon bombing.

September 23, 2013

Iran frees 80 prisoners as president heads to UN

The mass release is likely to provide a diplomatic boost for Iran's new president at this week's U.N. General Assembly in New York.

September 23, 2013

Merkel triumphs in German vote

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor since 2005 and the de facto leader of the response to Europe's debt crisis over the past three years, is celebrating a decisive victory in German elections.

September 23, 2013

Maine Maritime ship renamed for alumna

The 70-foot vessel is named after Susan J. Clark, Portland Harbor's first female harbor pilot, who died of cancer last year at age 48.

September 23, 2013

Concordia captain: It was the helmsman's fault

Capt. Francesco Schettino contends he is being made a scapegoat and that errors by other crew members and mechanical problems aggravated the consequences of the tragedy.

September 24, 2013

Militant group says hostages alive in Kenya mall Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Kenyan Red Cross has confirmed at least 62 people have been killed, but a spokesman said it was still not known how many more may be dead inside the building.

September 23, 2013

Visitors to Range Pond warned of car break-ins

A state park official says there have been five smash-and-grab thefts at the Poland park in the past few months.

September 23, 2013

Maine man charged with assaulting couple in N.H.

A Clinton man is accused of striking a dog with a club or pipe, in addition to assaulting a man and woman.

September 23, 2013

Maine health exchange committee to begin work

The group was created to review how well the state's federally run exchange is working.

September 23, 2013

Maine moose hunting season begins today

The season is divided into four segments, the first of which runs until Saturday.

September 23, 2013

Augusta's Western Avenue roadwork to begin

The reconstruction of the heavily traveled stretch will affect an average 23,000 motorists daily.

September 23, 2013

Having a fair time in Cumberland

 For opening day at the Cumberland County Fair it was all about the animals and the people who came to see them.

September 23, 2013

Feature obituary: James Brewer, 92, lived a life of sea, ships and heroism



September 23, 2013

Makers coming together at the Faire Several photos included in this story

 They are not just building projects but a movement of producing things for the sheer joy of learning and working.

September 23, 2013

Civil war letters inspire book, journey

 A Windham couple will follow in the footsteps of a Civil War regiment next month, seeing for themselves the sites described in the letters.

September 23, 2013

N.H. crash that killed two cyclists under investigation

The crash killed two Massachusetts women during an annual bike ride along the New England coastline.

September 23, 2013

Military raids Kenya mall, says 'most' hostages rescued Several photos included in this story

Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi The army says it regained control and rescued most hostages, but 68 are already dead.

September 23, 2013

Rainwater fee details emerging in Portland

 The city will estimate the rate to be charged homeowners and businesses, and likely delay it.

September 23, 2013

LePage officials tried to scuttle state's done deal on wind, Statoil

Documents provide a glimpse into negotiations over the wind project among administration officials, lawmakers, lawyers and other stakeholders.

September 23, 2013

Dispatches

Corinth fatal accident details updated / Livermore Falls voters to decide on switching counties

September 23, 2013

Group of Old Port properties on online auction block

The commercial properties on Fore and Wharf streets were foreclosed on in 2011.

September 23, 2013

Militants' list of mall attackers – including one from Maine – unconfirmed

Saturday's deadly attack rekindles allegations that al-Shabab may be recruiting Somali immigrants in the Portland area for terrorist activities abroad – though there is no proof.

September 23, 2013

Brunswick to celebrate new police station

 An open house to be held at the new, $5.5 million facility on Wednesday will feature tours and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

September 23, 2013

Lebanon crash shuts down road, knocks out power to homes

The accident sends two men to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.