Today's News Updates

1:00 AM

Shorthanded Celtics lose final game of tough year, 118-102

The Celtics’ season closes with fans talking a lot of ‘tanking’ and ‘pingpong balls.’

12:31 AM

Ex-Maine State Police chief pleads not guilty to child sex charges

The judge allows Andrew Demers Jr., who served 26 years with the state police, to remain free on $5,000 bail.

12:31 AM

Kennebec River floods parking lots, basements Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Kennebec River in Augusta is more than 5 feet above flood stage Wednesday evening, but no severe damage is reported.

12:30 AM

Maine lawmakers send overdose antidote bill to Gov. LePage

The bill is amended slightly in an effort to win the governor’s approval.

12:30 AM

Inside the Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry: Sleek, colorful, refined, great views Several photos included in this story

Townspeople in Yarmouth line up for hours to tour the new ferry, which is due in Portland on Thursday.

12:30 AM

UMaine System administrator received $40,000 raise

The chancellor agrees others may object in this time of deep cuts, but he wanted to keep the system’s top financial officer from leaving.

April 17

Ex-senator in Maine: Health care going from illness to wellness system

Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle told a Colby lecture series audience 'We can do this.'

April 17

Maine police chief asserts man waved gun before fatal shooting

That contradicts the account of Stephen McKenney’s wife. Video from police cruisers may show what happened.

April 17

Local & State Dispatches

Driver uninjured when potato truck crashes into trees / Portland man charged with trafficking cocaine from Mercedes vehicle / Maine AG warns of phone scam ... and more news from around the state.

April 17

Maine bill to hold OUI offenders more accountable approved

The measure allows prosecutors to consider a drunk driver’s lifetime felony offenses, rather than being limited to looking back 10 years.

April 17

Portland panel backs plastic foam container ban

But a decision on imposing a plastic grocery bags fee is delayed. The issue now goes back to the City Council.

12:02 AM

Two dogs dumped at Waterville shelter with note

Found Wednesday morning in an outdoor run, each had a snootful of porcupine quills.

1:00 AM

Art collective finds affordable home in Portland

The collective Running With Scissors meets its goals with a larger, well-equipped building that provides workspace for about 75 artists.

11:12 PM

Maine congressional candidates Cain, Poliquin close in fundraising

Cain, a Democrat, and Poliquin, a Republican, are well ahead of their opponents in the June 10 primary.

11:09 PM

Poll shows LePage, Michaud in virtual tie in Maine race for governor

The survey gives the governor a slight lead -- his first in public poll -- but margin of error, other surveys indicates dead heat.

11:04 PM

Flooding claims one victim in northern Maine Several photos included in this story

A 74-year old Caswell man was swept downstream and drowned Tuesday night.

1:00 AM

U.S. earmarks $600 million to update job training

The grants unveiled by President Obama are aimed at getting schools and businesses collaborating to support skills employers need now or will need in the future.

1:00 AM

Avatar joins high-tech child porn battle

The Internet makes abuses a lot easier for pedophiles, but others are using it to combat a global problem.

10:36 PM

Nearly 300 still missing in South Korea ferry disaster Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Nine were confirmed dead, but many expect that number will rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day unaccounted for.

10:15 PM

High cost of fuel proves lucrative for U.S. airlines

It forces them to make efficiencies on the ground and in the air, and that has turned into solid profits.

9:54 PM

One civilian, one firefighter injured in Sanford apartment fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was notified and is investigating the cause of the blaze at 87 High St.

9:40 PM

WMTW-TV to move offices from downtown Portland to Westbrook

Officials hope to combine the station’s two facilities after it leaves the Time and Temp building it has inhabited for 15 years.

9:15 PM

Flames engulf Portland man’s car on I-95

A state trooper says he saw Godfrey Watchiba’s car with flames shooting out from under it as it traveled.

8:50 PM

Jetport sees large increase in passengers leaving from Portland

The totals were up 6.7 percent over the same month in 2013, while the ‘load factor’ for flights also increased.

8:31 PM

Maine Senate upholds LePage veto of solar rebate bill

The governor objected to the bill because it would’ve added 60 cents a year to residents’ electric bills.

8:23 PM

Man charged with marathon hoax sent for psychiatric evaluation Video clip included

The 25-year-old suspect, whose mother says he has bipolar disorder, is ordered held on $100,000 bail.

8:22 PM

Seabird familiar to Maine spotted for first time in Pacific

The northern gannet is spotted on Alcatraz Island and other sites. Scientists believe it flew across the Arctic Sea in 2012 when ice coverage was low.

8:22 PM

More vets using prosthetics to help legless animals Several photos included in this story

More veterinarians are using wheelchairs and prosthetics to improve the lives of dogs that have lost limbs.

8:21 PM

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

One of last year’s runners, who was competing as an amputee, returns to complete what he started – and he brings two friends.

7:47 PM

Flooding closes Main Street businesses in Dexter Several photos included in this story

Several roads and bridges across the Sebasticook River were closed and won’t reopen until the water level subsides.

7:24 PM

N.H. suspends search for missing man in Smith River

In Vermont, damage from flooding is described as wide-ranging.

7:13 PM

Mercedes-driving Portland man charged with crack trafficking

Undercover agents purchased crack from Ian ‘Night’ Nono on multiple occasions, police say.

7:13 PM

Sanford police respond to home invasion

Two burglars show a stun gun and a billy club, according to early reports.

5:34 PM

Obama reduces prison time for inmate whose sentence was based on typo

The White House said Obama decided to grant clemency because it was the only way to correct the mistake.

5:03 PM

Winter returns to Maine with spring snowfall: Photo

And you thought the winter of 2014 was over. Not so fast.

3:18 PM

Pro-Russian insurgents seize Ukrainian armored vehicles

NATO announces it is immediately strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

12:43 PM

Video shows al-Qaida fighters out in open Video clip included

At one point, al-Qaida’s leader in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, issues a warning that the organization remains focused on attacking the United States.

11:04 AM

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 39

The sheriff’s office still lists seven people as missing from the March 22 slide.

10:46 AM

Two ships collide, cargo ship runs aground in Virginia

The Coast Guard says winds gusting to 70 mph also caused 12 ships to drag anchor.

10:26 AM

Photos: Hikers take to the mountains for a winter fix Several photos included in this story

’We love nature and we love a challenge. A lot of people say we are crazy.’

9:58 AM

Homeless woman enters N.H. couple’s apartment, falls asleep

Police say the woman thought the apartment was vacant. She was charged with criminal trespassing.

7:16 AM

Husband of Maine teacher killed in crash files lawsuit

Andrew Hodgins is suing Craig Gage for allegedly driving negligently when his van struck a van driven by Samantha Wright.

6:55 AM

Hallowell road could be closed five months for turnpike bridge project

The project may add to confusion on roads expected to be dominated by natural gas crews and could lead the city to put off planned paving projects.

6:52 AM

Reduced speed limit lifted on Maine Turnpike

Maine State Police had requested the lower limit because of sleet.

6:46 AM

College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

Along with new questions, changes include getting rid of the penalty for wrong answers, limiting the use of a calculator and returning to a 1,600-point scale.

6:30 AM

Maine AG warns of motor vehicles phone scam

The caller claims to be from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and demands immediate payment for people to avoid arrest or license suspension.

April 17

After ‘end of the world’ explosion, Lac-Megantic aims to rebuild

The total cost for rebuilding the broken village could total $2.7 billion over the next decade. Cleaning up the contaminated land, sewer system and bodies of water will cost another $200 million.