News from September 5, 2013

September 6, 2013

Maine sex offender faces five counts involving teen

Arthur Grant Jr. of Saco is accused of raping a girl in her early teens after giving her alcohol.

September 6, 2013

Report: NSA has cracked most online encryption

The reports describe how the NSA has invested billions since 2000 to gain access to nearly everyone's secrets if it so chooses.

September 5, 2013

Officials: US considers training Syria rebels

Any training would take place outside Syria, and it's something lawmakers have been pushing for – especially Sen. Jon McCain.

September 5, 2013

Portland businessman sent to prison for illegal welfare benefits

Dafle Ali was drawing a six-figure salary and still collecting food stamps and federal housing assistance.

September 5, 2013

Eliot Cutler calls for health care reform

Cutler criticizes Gov. LePage for not expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

September 5, 2013

US: Chemical attacks make Syria top security risk

Officials say not acting will embolden countries like Iran and North Korea that are hostile to the United States.

September 6, 2013

Bank of Maine sues former grocer cooperative for $2.5 million

The Bank of Maine filed a lawsuit against Associated Grocers of Maine and 17 individuals from across the state, to recoup some of its losses.

September 6, 2013

Lawyer: George Zimmerman's wife filing for divorce

The move comes a week after Shellie Zimmerman pleads guilty for lying for her husband at a bail hearing during the Trayvon Martin case.

September 5, 2013

Patriots release Maine native Matt Mulligan

The team's announcement comes just two days after it had signed the tight end.

September 6, 2013

Deal a big step in revival of Maine-Nova Scotia ferry

The ferry would run once a day each way from May to October and receive $10.5 million in startup costs from the Nova Scotia government.

September 6, 2013

Maine prosecutors dismiss Sally Struthers' OUI charge

A deal allows actress Sally Struthers to plead no contest to a lesser charge of driving to endanger.

September 5, 2013

Scarborough council leaders to face challengers in November

Five candidates are running for two seats on the Town Council, and three candidates are running for two seats on the Board of Education.

September 5, 2013

N.H. man charged with assault for maxing volume in SUV

The charges against 41-year-old Jason Cotton stem from a July incident in North Conway.

September 5, 2013

Troubled Maine railway may be sold by year's end, trustee says

Railroad trustee Robert Keach says he already has been approached by several potential buyers.

September 5, 2013

Effort to recall Bath councilors suspended

A group drops its petition drive after councilors reverse an earlier vote to withhold information.

September 5, 2013

Romanian hackers get hefty sentences in N.H.

Prosecutors say their two-year scheme cost merchants, banks and credit card holders more than $17 million.

September 6, 2013

Syrian rebels concern Maine delegation Video clip included

A video, released by The New York Times, shows Syrian rebels executing prisoners from President Assad's military.

September 6, 2013

Maine couple killed in collision on Route 108

The Dixfield couple was killed instantly when their car collided head-on with a dump truck, police say.

September 6, 2013

Seven groups want to open Maine charter schools

They submit letters of intent – five for schools with a special focus, and two providing 'virtual' learning.

September 6, 2013

Gas leak forces evacuation of 44 Portland homes

Authorities also cut power to the area, disrupting the flow of traffic just as school is letting out.

September 5, 2013

Report says catch limits boost depleted fish stocks

But the report also says 26 percent of depleted stocks continue to be overfished.

September 5, 2013

Forest Service: Hunter caused huge wildfire near Yosemite

 The Rim Fire began on Aug. 17 and has burned nearly 371 square miles – one of the largest wildfires in California history.

September 6, 2013

Cruise visits to Portland on course for polluting less

Carnival, whose vessels frequent the city, will use a new exhaust gas cleaning system on 32 of its ships over the next three years.

September 6, 2013

Obama, in Europe, still pursuing support on Syria

But Russia, which is one of the Syrian president's biggest economic and military backers, continues to block and condemn international efforts.

September 5, 2013

U.S. service firms expand at fastest pace in eight years

It's an encouraging sign for the job market because the service sector employs 90 percent of the U.S. work force.

September 5, 2013

Maine Film Office reports increase in productions

The office says it has certified 14 productions so far this year, compared to eight last year.

September 5, 2013

Firefighters extinguish fire at Sanford lumber mill

Employees at the Pleasant River Lumber Company contained the fire until firefighters could arrive to extinguish it.

September 5, 2013

N.Y. man gets 4 years for intent to sell oxycodone in Maine

Michael Falu, 25, was arrested after he arrived on a Concord Trailways bus with more than a thousand oxycodone pills in his boxer shorts.

September 6, 2013

Mold forces Chobani to recall yogurt sold in Maine

Stores remove the product from shelves, but not before some of it is purchased.

September 5, 2013

Farmington man falls from roof of university gym

Devon Pease, who fell 40 feet and sustained serious injuries, will face trespass charges, police say.

September 5, 2013

Jim Thorpe, Pa., fights to keep body of namesake Several photos included in this story

The surviving sons of the famous American Indian athlete have long fought to get the remains of their father moved to tribal lands in Oklahoma.

September 5, 2013

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

Google says the process is fully automated, 'and no humans read your email ...'

September 5, 2013

Divided vote foreshadows Obama challenge on Syria

Days from a vote, a survey of senators found 34 supporting or leaning toward military action, 26 opposed or leaning against and 40 undecided.

September 5, 2013

Milbridge man dies in motorcycle accident

Authorities say 25-year-old Bryan Reed lost control of his motorcycle on Route 1A and crashed into a guard rail.

September 5, 2013

Studies take early look at health law's premiums

Starting Oct. 1, those who don't have health care coverage on the job can go to new online insurance markets to shop for a private plan and find out if they qualify for a tax credit.

September 5, 2013

Buckfield man pleads guilty to molesting girls

Gary Noyes, 43, was sentenced to 7½ years in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of gross sexual assault.

September 5, 2013

Portland Jetport to get security express lane Several photos included in this story

 Certain travelers who pay a fee won't have to take off coats or shoes or pull laptops from their cases.

September 5, 2013

Three arrested in York drug bust

Police seize heroin, marijuana, prescription drugs and weapons.

September 5, 2013

Maine native, choir cut from 'America's Got Talent'

 Abi Hodgson and 36 other members of the American Military Spouses Choir fail to win the $1 million prize.

September 5, 2013

Experts: Syria's bioweapons greater threat than sarin

The country's capabilities are not well known, but the potential for harmis much greater.

September 5, 2013

Scarborough will decide Sept. 18 on proposal to leash dogs

The Town Council also reschedules Wednesday's public hearing for that date.

September 5, 2013

Forgiveness, atonement mark Jewish calendar Several photos included in this story

 But like any new year celebration, Rosh Hashanah is also a time for rejoicing, feasting and festivities.

September 5, 2013

Vigil for slain Maine mother Friday

Lynn Arsenault, 55, was fatally shot in the stomach, and her son was seriously injured in a shotgun attack last week.

September 5, 2013

Criminal past to follow rehabilitated burglar

 Despite an impressive transformation, Thomas Schoolcraft won't have a felony record purged.

September 5, 2013

Ex-Portland nightclub owner a suspect in drug deal

Robert Evon, who recently sold the Port City Music Hall, faces a cocaine charge in upstate N.Y.

September 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Former Gorham school sold for $1 / Maine man sentenced for stealing five vehicles / L.L. Bean creates tote bag to benefit bombing victims ... and more news from around the state.

September 5, 2013

Bath council to air details of controversial sale

Officials reverse their decision to keep private an executive session on a controversial real estate deal.