News from September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

About $1 million in cocaine found in Mass. kidney-bean cans

Police stopped a car for speeding, found the suspected cocaine and charged the driver and passenger with drug trafficking.

September 25, 2013

Proposal would protect Maine land for threatened lynx

The proposal comes after snowmobiling groups launched unsuccessful legal challenges of the previously designated critical habitat.

September 25, 2013

Nairobi attack puts spotlight on mall safety

The industry continues to struggle with how to keep shoppers safe without scaring them away.

September 25, 2013

Brady blames himself for Patriots' red-zone woes

The Patriots may be 3-0 but it's not because of what they've done inside the 20-yard line.

September 26, 2013

Anti-government shutdown bill advances; big fight still looms Video clip included

The vote comes shortly after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held the Senate with a 22-hour speech, who hopes to defund Obamacare or shut down the government while trying.

September 25, 2013

Aroostook man convicted of unemployment fraud

Edward Spence fraudulently collected about $14,000 in unemployment benefits, which will have to be paid back as restitution.

September 26, 2013

George H.W. Bush is witness at Maine same-sex wedding

President Bush and his wife attended the Saturday ceremony of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

September 26, 2013

USA caps historic comeback to keep America's Cup

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have won the America's Cup with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

September 25, 2013

S. Portland man charged with attempted murder in NYC

Raphael Encarnacion, 24, who also lives in the Bronx, is being held in Androscoggin County Jail.

September 26, 2013

FBI agents work in nightmarish scene at Kenya mall

Working near bodies crushed by rubble in a bullet-scarred, scorched mall, FBI agents began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis Wednesday to help identify victims.

September 25, 2013

US signs treaty to regulate global arms trading

Kerry calls agreement by 107 nations "significant step," but for it to take effect, 50 must ratify it.

September 26, 2013

Ayla Reynolds family feud erupts outside courthouse Several photos included in this story

Trista Reynolds, the mother of the child who was reported missing in 2011, appears with her family to confront Ayla's father and grandmother.

September 25, 2013

Harvard's endowment surges to $32.7 billion

But the gain for the nation's wealthiest university is still below the $37 billion high of 2008.

September 26, 2013

Navy Yard gunman felt his mind was under attack

Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment from low-frequency radio waves.

September 25, 2013

Postal board seeks to increase cost of stamps to 49 cents

The proposed increase defies a law that ties postage prices to the rate of inflation.

September 25, 2013

Bandage maker opens Brunswick manufacturing facility

Molnlycke Health Care, based in Sweden, says it has hired about 40 people to work at the 79,000-square-foot facility, with plans to add more in the future.

September 26, 2013

Portland Pirates may play home games in Lewiston

Amid deadlocked negations with the Cumberland County Civic Center, the hockey team will hold a Thursday news conference at the Colisee.

September 25, 2013

Maine man faces 20 years for pharmacy robbery

Nicholas Alexander pleaded guilty to robbing a Walgreens in Bath to get oxycodone.

September 25, 2013

In 21 hours, Cruz talks health law in Republican terms Video clip included

By noon Wednesday when the Texas freshman finally sat down, tea party groups supporting him were in full fundraising mode.

September 25, 2013

Two Maine police dogs to get bulletproof vests

Fourteen other dogs in New England will receive the complimentary vests, which cost $950 each.

September 25, 2013

N.H. driver arraigned in crash that killed two bicyclists

Police say Darriean Hess was driving too fast and without a license when she plowed into a group of cyclists in Hampton on Saturday.

September 25, 2013

Chamber recognizes Portland mayor, local businesses

The awards event highlights local chefs, local artists and local businesses for their contributions to the community.

September 25, 2013

Police identify South Portland man killed in Route 77 crash

Police suspect Robert A. Taylor may have had a medical condition because there was no sign of braking or swerving before impact.

September 25, 2013

Portland man charged with robbing TD Bank branch

Police say they suspected Jamie Vandegraaf early on and were able to track him down at the corner of Oxford and Portland streets on Tuesday night.

September 26, 2013

Obamacare costlier for Maine than most of U.S.

But premiums in the new marketplace will still be cheaper than comparable plans previously offered here, experts say.

September 25, 2013

Sports car hits Windham school van, injuring student and two adults

The crash occurred on Windham Center Road near Route 202.

September 25, 2013

Maine man killed in fiery crash in Windsor

Devan Basinet, 23, is found dead in his burning vehicle, which had slammed into a utility pole on Route 17.

September 26, 2013

Portland landmarks group lists 7 historic sites in 'peril' Several photos included in this story

The Dow House and Fort Gorges are two of the properties cited by a local nonprofit.

September 25, 2013

Iran tones down anti-Israel rhetoric

Despite Hasan Rouhani's moderate tone, Israel delegation walks out, calling president's first speech "game of deception"

September 25, 2013

Explorer believes 'yellow brick road' leads to Mass. pirate booty Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Barry Clifford believes he's 'very, very close' to finding undiscovered treasure from the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah.

September 25, 2013

Wintry conditions atop Mount Washington

The peak wind gust in the past 24 hours was 84 mph.

September 25, 2013

Al-Shabab: Military's 'demolition' of mall buried 137 hostages

A government spokesman says the collapse of floors in the mall was caused by a fire set by the terrorists and that the official civilian death toll remains 61.

September 25, 2013

Wilton man found dead after standoff with police

Police say Raymond Richard refused to open the front door. Soon after, they heard a gunshot.

September 25, 2013

Rep. Pingree to visit Portland soup kitchen, homeless shelter

Her office says federal budget cuts have meant longer waiting lists for affordable housing and fewer deliveries of meals to seniors.

September 25, 2013

Former NOAA chief to speak at UMaine

Jane Lubchenco was administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013.

September 25, 2013

Bill Nemitz: I had 'no choice' but to jail victim, Maine DA says

We begin today with the obvious: Throwing the victim of a violent assault in the slammer isn't likely to go over too well in the court of public opinion.

September 25, 2013

Feature obituary: Ed Schlick, 85, active in Maine politics, public policy, art

 Mr. Schlick, a longtime political activist, was an entrepreneur at heart, who operated his own public relations and research firm for 40 years.

September 25, 2013

Food stamp cuts ahead as stimulus ends

 Maine recipients will see up to $36 less per month just as Congress begins debate on even more reductions.

September 25, 2013

Maine summit, festival's films to focus on aging issues

Three features and several shorts will explore topics including Alzheimer's and nursing homes.

September 25, 2013

Brunswick train facility foes to challenge noise analysis

 Federal noise and vibration limits wouldn't be exceeded at Amtrak's proposed Brunswick layover site, a report says.

September 25, 2013

Meetings on USM 'vision' dominated by potential cuts

0130924_USM Students and faculty urge the administration to focus more on solving specific shortcomings, rather than a large vision.

September 25, 2013

Government shutdown blame game in full swing

BOEHNER PAXON ARMEY Each party is hoping the other will dig itself into a big hole. But the odds look about even.

September 25, 2013

Portland panhandling law faces court challenge

Three residents say the safety ordinance banning people in medians violates their freedom of speech.

September 25, 2013

Health insurance pricing gets clearer Video clip included

Kathleen Sebelius The federal government says individuals will pay an average of $328 a month, before tax credits.

September 25, 2013

Portland board not satisfied with $12 million condo proposal Several photos included in this story

 The Planning Board tables discussion of the Newbury Street project until next month.

September 25, 2013

Group reaches deal key to Thompson's Point redevelopment

Developers have an agreement that would move Suburban Propane to Riverside Street.

September 25, 2013

Officials grow skeptical of Maine link to terror attack

 Investigators have yet to issue an official denial, but community leaders know of no connection.

September 24, 2013

Fugitive from justice apprehended in South Portland

The New York man is arrested after police surround an apartment building in the city's Redbank neighborhood.