News from September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013

N.H. hunter convicted in fatal shooting

Kenneth Brunelle was unarmed and walking with his father and brother when he was shot once and instantly killed.

September 26, 2013

Pasta executive's comments on gays spur anger

The chairman of Barilla says his company would never feature ads depicting gay families.

September 26, 2013

Maine sheriff to be shot with Taser at open house

Scott Nichols said in order to carry a stun gun, law enforcement officers must first be shocked by the equipment.

September 26, 2013

$500K bail for associate of ex-Patriot Hernandez

Prosecutors also say that a key witness in their murder case against Hernandez has changed his story about the night of the killing.

September 26, 2013

Families of Kenya attack victims voice frustration

After almost a week, there is no precise death toll, no word on the fate of dozens still missing and no details on the al-Qaida-linked terrorists.

September 26, 2013

College coaches think Celtics' Stevens will do well in NBA

After a stunningly successful six seasons at Butler, 36-year-old Brad Stevens will be the youngest coach in the NBA.

September 26, 2013

Looking to block Obamacare, Republicans in search of a strategy

Congressional Republicans have become a party of grievances in search of a strategy.

September 26, 2013

Deal reached at U.N. to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons 


The agreement was to be introduced to the rest of the U.N. Security Council members Thursday night.

September 27, 2013

No compromise: Government on brink of a shutdown?

Some Republicans vow to not accept a spending or debt-limit bill unless Obamacare is defunded, and if neither side relents, the government will shut down Tuesday and stop paying bills Oct. 17

September 27, 2013

Agreement aims to level playing field for Portland girls

City schools have reached a deal under Title IX to provide female students with athletic opportunities that are equal to those of boys.

September 26, 2013

Police: Nothing suspicious in death of Windham infant

A 6-week-old boy is found unresponsive Thursday morning.

September 26, 2013

Diplomats hail new Iranian attitude in nuclear talks

The words of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations have raised guarded hopes that progress might be possible.

September 26, 2013

In field hockey, Massabesic beats Cheverus 1-0



September 26, 2013

Western farmers face labor shortages in the fields 


Farmers say immigration reform, which would legalize their current workforce and create a guest worker program, could solve the labor shortage problem.

September 26, 2013

Maine gets $200,000 to boost manufacturing jobs

The federal grant will be used to advance the manufacturing of biomass heating appliances in northern Maine.

September 26, 2013

Augusta restaurant's spotlight prompts UFO reports

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant was just celebrating its reopening.

September 26, 2013

Paving expected to slow traffic on outer Congress Street on Friday

The city advises motorists to seek alternative routes.

September 27, 2013

S. Carolina man sentenced to 40 years in Maine child porn case

Daniel Cobb shared explicit photos of minors with a Portland man, who was sentenced to 25 years in the same case.

September 26, 2013

Bud Selig says he will retire in 2015 


The baseball commissioner says his transition plan will include a reorganization of central baseball management.

September 26, 2013

Interpol issues alert for British terrorist's widow 


An arrest notice is issued at the request of Kenya, though no mention is made of the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.

September 26, 2013

N.H. man accused of firing gun at jogger in road-rage incident

The 56-year-old man is charged with reckless conduct for allegedly firing his gun after getting into an argument with a jogger.

September 27, 2013

No signs tying Mainers to attacks at Kenya mall

While not definitive, the update will likely provide a measure of relief to members of Maine's small but growing Somali community.

September 26, 2013

3rd person charged in NH crash that killed cyclists

The Hampton woman is accused of selling the painkiller fentanyl to Darriean Hess, who was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of negligent homicide.

September 26, 2013

Man pleads guilty to selling fake federal IDs in Maine

Roman Garcia-Lopez faces up to 15 years for providing false cards to illegal immigrants.

September 27, 2013

Pirates set sail for Lewiston

 The team says it will play 40 miles from Portland this season after civic center negotiations fail.

September 27, 2013

Competition heats up for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year contest

20130926_ Harvest Harvest on the Harbor also announces finalists in the Maine's Best Farm to Table contest.

September 26, 2013

Boehner in hot seat as clock ticks toward shutdown

The U.S. House speaker's choice – between keeping the government running and continuing to fight the nation's health-care law – has implications for the 2014 congressional elections.

September 26, 2013

Obama mocks GOP for 'crazy' Obamacare predictions Video clip included

'What they're worried about is it's going to succeed.'

September 27, 2013

U.S. Chamber hires former Maine Gov. McKernan to lead foundation

The U.S. Chamber is the nation’s largest business organization with considerable political sway in Washington.

September 26, 2013

Maine group rates lawmakers on conservation issues

Lawmakers were graded on seven issues including wind power, paint recycling and genetically modified food labeling.

September 26, 2013

Ex-Montana teacher freed after 30-day term for raping teen

State prosecutors are appealing the sentence, saying Stacey Rambold, 54, should have received a minimum of two years.

September 26, 2013

Sources: Health law online signup to be delayed for small firms

Instead, a source says, business owners will initially have to mail or fax their information so that they can enroll.

September 26, 2013

Wife says George Zimmerman has changed since trial

Shellie Zimmerman says she now 'doubts' his innocence on the self-defense claim.

September 26, 2013

Portland to install 36 more parking pay stations

The city says it plans to replace most single-space meters in the downtown area over the next several years.

September 27, 2013

Maine data on student restraint, seclusion to help guide policies

20130926_ Seclusion The state gets its first batch of data on physical control of students as it works to define best practices for safety and teacher training.

September 26, 2013

Portland firefighters douse blaze on Whitney Ave.

The fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. on the third floor of a residential building.

September 26, 2013

Frustration, gridlock for Conn.-NYC rail commuters

Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, said it could accommodate about 33 percent of its regular ridership and urged customers to stay at home or find alternative transportation.

September 26, 2013

Festival at Acadia celebrates star-filled skies

The festival includes a 'star party' on top of Cadillac Mountain on Saturday night.

September 26, 2013

Mass. judge OKs $300M Market Basket payout

The ruling is a setback for Arthur T. Demoulas, who's been locked in a legal battle with family members over control of the chain.

September 26, 2013

New England sees rise in warm-water ocean species

In the past two years, fishermen have seen a noticeable increase in species more commonly found in the mid-Atlantic.

September 26, 2013

Fight erupts after sentencing of Lamoine shooter

Friends and family of the victim got into a fight Wednesday with friends of Michael Carter after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

September 26, 2013

Police identify victim of Windsor car crash

A Jefferson man died at the scene of the fiery crash at the intersection of routes 17 and 32.

September 26, 2013

Divers find human remains near Concordia shipwreck

The remains were spotted in the sea near the central part of the ship. They will undergo DNA analysis to determine their identity.

September 26, 2013

Woman fatally shot in road rage incident in Vt. Video clip included

Police say a man who ran a red light shot the driver of the car he nearly struck.

September 26, 2013

World powers set to test Iran on nuclear dispute

Today's meeting at the U.N. will mark the highest-level, direct contact between the United States and Iran in six years.

September 26, 2013

Houlton man charged in double slaying held without bail

Matthew Davis was in court via video conference on Wednesday to face two murder counts and other charges.

September 26, 2013

Maine warns consumers about health care scams

Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa says to be wary of people who claim to be insurance agents and ask for personal or financial information.

September 26, 2013

Fall colors approaching peak in parts of Maine

Forest rangers are reporting color change of 50 to 75 percent in northern and western areas of the state.

September 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Bank robbery suspect arrested / Man admits pharmacy robbery / Two-vehicle crash injures three ... and other news from around the state

September 26, 2013

Masterpiece painting captures Portland's maestro

 A newly unveiled portrait leaves the Portland symphony's conductor almost speechless: 'Wow.'

September 26, 2013

New England Dispatches

School bus driver pulled off job for allegedly texting / Man mutilated in nightclub fight seeks prosthetic ear ... and more news from around the region.

September 26, 2013

Longtime superintendent of SAD 51 leaving to lead state group

Robert Hassan, who had held the post since 1993, will step down Nov. 1.

September 26, 2013

Central Maine pipeline work revs up to 24/7

Crews begin double shifts to install a natural gas pipeline in central Maine in a speedy six weeks.

September 26, 2013

Lawyer: Military looking at Manning's gender issue

He's hopeful that his client will be allowed to receive hormone therapy while in prison for leaking secrets.

September 26, 2013

Retirement prospects bleak for baby boomers

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on a special Senate panel, joins the chorus of concerns.

September 26, 2013

Maine leaders laud wisdom of Confucius Institute

 Establishment of the language school at USM is seen as a useful way to increase ties to China and its export markets.

September 26, 2013

Controversial Portland health inspector resigns

Michele Sturgeon was criticized for failing city restaurants at a higher rate than previously had been done.

September 26, 2013

Panhandling lawsuit thrusts Portland into wider fray on free speech

Many bans similar to Portland's have yet to be challenged in court, and the city's case could set a precedent for other Maine communities.

September 26, 2013

Group sues Portland over plan for Congress Square

Friends of Congress Square Plaza wants to circulate a petition that seeks to save the public land, which is being sold to an Ohio developer.

September 26, 2013

Sen. Cruz's marathon talk scores with tea party

Ted Cruz But Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour oration against Obamacare is questioned by the Republican leadership.

September 26, 2013

New C-notes a challenge for counterfeiters Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 The updated $100 bills, which have undergone a major makeover, are set to enter circulation Oct. 8.

September 26, 2013

Ed techs in Gorham get back half-hour

The School Committee had cut their workday, but problems arose once the school year began this fall.

September 25, 2013

Suspect in fatal crash took her eyes off road, filing says

Darriean Hess The N.H. woman faces four felony charges in the accident that killed two bicycle riders Saturday.