News from September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

Kennebunk football tops Marshwood in clash of unbeatens

Kennebunk withstood a late Marshwood charge to win 21-14 at Veterans Memorial Field.

September 27, 2013

Cuba says it will let athletes sign with foreign leagues

Cubans have long had to defect from the tiny island – often using dangerous methods – to play in the U.S. and elsewhere, where they can earn significantly more money.

September 27, 2013

Patriots hoping to contain Falcons' QB Matt Ryan

Ryan has developed into one of the game's premier passers, due in part to the stockpile of receivers he has to choose from

September 27, 2013

Clinton dominates calls at N.H. event for female president

 The former secretary of state wins support at a forum on electing a woman to the Oval Office.

September 27, 2013

Global watchdog approves Syria disarmament plan 


The resolution to strip Syria of its chemical weapons would break a three-year deadlock.

September 28, 2013

Englishman accused of raping Maine girl faces more charges

Nicholas Cheese, 26, of Oxford, England, was arrested on a federal warrant on Friday.

September 27, 2013

Iranian president calls U.S. a 'great' nation in major change

New president Hassan Rouhani continues a sharp reversal from his predecessors and expresses hope that Iran and the U.S. can repair their relationship.

September 27, 2013

Maine cuts off two mental-health service providers

Payments to two central Maine agencies are halted because of 'a credible allegation of fraud.'

September 27, 2013

Judge: New Jersey must allow gays to marry

Same-sex couples rejoice but brace for a promised appeal by Gov. Christie of the state judge's decision.

September 27, 2013

Late-night paving to close access to I-95 from Falmouth spur

Access to I-95 from the Falmouth spur will be interrupted at night Friday, Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday to complete a paving project.

September 27, 2013

Electric Boat wins $26 million Navy contract

The work was originally expected to be done at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard but was moved following the cancellation of repair work for the fire-damaged USS Miami.

September 28, 2013

U.S., Iran presidents talk for first time since 1979

The two leaders say they've directed their teams to work quickly to pursue a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

September 28, 2013

Girlfriend indicted in Aaron Hernandez case

Shayanna Jenkins, whose sister dated the former Patriot's alleged victim, faces a charge of perjury.

September 28, 2013

Mainer: 'A gulag in Russia is not what I bargained for' Several photos included in this story

The Islesboro wife of imprisoned Greenpeace captain Peter Willcox describes her ordeal.

September 27, 2013

Maine study group recommends expanded gambling

But critics worry this could lead to 'total proliferation of gaming' without regard for consequences.

September 28, 2013

With four days until shutdown, House Republicans on clock Several photos included in this story

They must decide if they will insist on defunding Obamacare, even if it means shutting down the government and America defaulting on its payments.

September 27, 2013

Former high-ranking EPA official faces prison for theft

Under a plea deal, John Beale faces 30 to 37 months in prison and must pay restitution of $886,000.

September 28, 2013

George W. Bush feeling 'pretty good' after heart procedure

He underwent a heart procedure in August after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery.

September 27, 2013

Portland police release security photo after KeyBank robbery

Police say the KeyBank branch at 400 Forest Ave. was robbed at about 10:30 a.m.

September 28, 2013

Forbes ranks Maine worst state for business for fourth year

Gov. LePage, Democrats trade blame over Maine's poor showing.

September 28, 2013

Maine ACLU's leader announces resignation

During eight years as executive director, Shenna Bellows was a leading civil rights advocate.

September 27, 2013

LePage vows to shave his head as charity challenge

His vow follows one by DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho to dye her hair pink if the group reaches their goal of $300,000.

September 27, 2013

Arcade-inspired casino slot machines making a play for gamers

Slot machine manufacturers are rolling out a raft of games inspired by the penny arcade, hoping to attract middle-aged gamblers with a dose of nostalgia.

September 27, 2013

Another Hernandez associate indicted as accessory

A grand jury indicts Carlos Ortiz on a single count in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd.

September 27, 2013

Senate seeks to reverse rule favoring engineered crops

The provision applies only to genetically modified crops that are under litigation.

September 27, 2013

'No panic' on jet after pilot suffers fatal heart attack

United flight 1603 from Houston to Seattle is diverted to Boise for the medical emergency.

September 28, 2013

TD Bank mum about mailing error

Some customers received other people’s account information, but officials won’t say if Mainers are affected.

September 27, 2013

Medical examiner: Second Oakfield victim was also shot

Heidi Pratt, 49, died of a gunshot wound to the neck.

September 27, 2013

Six arrests in vandalism of ex-NFL player's NY home

Brian Holloway said that among those charged was a young man he had taken into his family for a time as a homeless teen, who's accused of organizing and promoting the party.

September 27, 2013

Mass. man dies after car plunges into N.H. pond

Authorities and witnesses said he was submerged for three to five minutes and did not regain consciousness at the scene.

September 27, 2013

Syrian lawmaker: Draft U.N. resolution is slam to U.S.

Issam Khalil says the U.S. failed to 'impose its will' and have the draft invoke Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.

September 27, 2013

Obama's no-negotiation stance setting new tone

Obama advisers note that past negotiations have not yielded grand bargains and that the mere threat of default in 2011 rattled the economy, causing a downgrade in U.S. credit.

September 27, 2013

FAA to weigh easing limits on electronic devices

 Under an advisory committee's recommendation, passengers would have greater opportunity to use most devices below 10,000 feet altitude.

September 27, 2013

UMaine hosting conference on bullying

Topics will include bullying prevention and intervention, hazing in high school and legal issues.

September 27, 2013

Deadly link found: Teen drivers with teens in car

The analysis notes that the 30 percent increase in deaths when other teens are present came at 'the same time text messaging exploded in American society.'

September 27, 2013

Giant Pumpkin Contest blossoms into big competition for growers

Some of the largest pumpkins in New England will be on display Saturday in Springvale, Maine for the annual Giant Pumpkin Contest.

September 27, 2013

Better data on police shootings eludes U.S.

A national report echoes findings of a Press Herald/Sunday Telegram series published in December.

September 27, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Suspect in couple's killing ordered held without bail / Foliage reaching its peak in northern, western Maine / Officials warn of scams as Obamacare takes effect ... and more news from around the state.

September 27, 2013

Old R.I. tunnel gets a second look

 Rhode Island's governor visits an abandoned railroad tunnel with an eye to possibly reuse it.

September 27, 2013

Prosecutors seek tools to go after porn sites

They have met resistance from conservative state lawmakers who worry about Internet businesses.

September 27, 2013

Discrimination complaint involving Portland city councilor validated

A state panel urges Casco Bay Island Transit District to settle the ferry pilot's complaint involving Nick Mavodones Jr.

September 27, 2013

Norridgewock festival draws art, and some complaints

Last Breath Farm has been hosting various cultural events since 1997, but not everyone is a fan.

September 27, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Justice for Ayla is easier demanded than done

Those demanding justice for Ayla Reynolds can learn from the decades-old death of 19-month-old Eva Marie Knowles.

September 27, 2013

Portland businesses expect to take big hit from hockey's exit

 The Pirates will play all 38 of their home games in Lewiston.

September 27, 2013

Ship captain with Maine ties jailed by court in Russia

Peter Willcox is being held after a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic was disrupted.

September 27, 2013

Portland restaurant inspections double, but failures decrease

The city has beefed up scrutiny, but the loss of a strict, controversial inspector and a falling non-compliance rate also affect the numbers.

September 27, 2013

U.S., Iran hold first major meeting since 1979 revolution

The two sides hope that within six months they can come to terms on Iran’s disputed nuclear ambitions and find a new foundation for their relationship

September 26, 2013

Firefighters save barn at New Gloucester Fairgrounds

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.