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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Storms kill 2, knock out power, downs trees on East Coast

Storms that began on Halloween have killed at least two people, caused flooding, down trees and power lines and damaged homes from the Deep South to the Northeast


Health care company sends woman over 500 letters in 5 days

A Maine woman says she received more than 500 letters from UnitedHealthcare in five days. The letters were sent to Stephanie Lay’s 19-year-old son Bryce in Windham, but were addressed …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

’Building is gone’: Propane blast kills firefighter, hurts 6

A fierce propane explosion leveled a newly constructed building after fire crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday, killing one firefighter and injuring at least eight other people, …


Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border

People fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants.


Maine making public, private insurers cover abortions

A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ signature Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governor

The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state’s tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate.


Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine

The massive ice disk in Maine that captured attention online has a baby brother.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019

Ice disk in Maine as large as a football field stops rotating

Maine’s giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end.


Hawk native to South America wows crowd in Maine park

A hawk that is native to Central and South America drew a lot of attention from Maine’s birding community Friday after appearing in a park, where it brawled with a …


Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system

Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine’s new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Maine investigating restaurant that calmed lobsters with pot

State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018

Fishmonger offers lobsters some herb before the butter

A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is …


With industry in decline, wild blueberries sing the blues

The Maine wild blueberry industry harvests one of the most beloved fruit crops in New England, but it’s locked in a downward skid in a time when other nutrition-packed foods, …


Maine’s ranked-choice voting requires some patience

A Republican businessman hoping to succeed Maine’s firebrand GOP governor was the winner in the nation’s first ranked-choice voting primary, but it could take a week for election officials to …


Primary elections: What to watch in South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, Maine and North Dakota

Voters in five states will pick their nominees in House, Senate and gubernatorial races Tuesday, although some of the nominees in November’s most closely watched races are expecting little drama.


Maine town works to save statue of famous harbor seal Andre

A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together.


Car careens onto field during boys’ baseball game, killing 1

A car careened onto a Maine field during a boys’ baseball game Friday night, striking and killing a man and sending screaming ballplayers and bystanders fleeing, police said.


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018

Former president George H.W. Bush is hospitalized again, spokesman says

Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized because of low blood pressure and fatigue, his spokesman said Sunday.


Robert Indiana’s home, studio to be transformed into museum

Reclusive pop artist Robert Indiana didn’t open his island home to many strangers. That’s going to change with his death.


Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money

America’s only significant state fishery for baby eels has blown past records for value as high demand from overseas aquaculture companies is driving prices to new heights.


Suspect in deputy’s killing held in maximum-security prison

A man accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy was held in the state’s maximum-security prison on Sunday pending his initial court appearance.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018

Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

A man scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges Wednesday killed a sheriff’s deputy in Maine, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store, officials said.


Maine community creates massive ice carousel on frozen lake

Residents in a Maine town believe they’ve created the world’s largest ice carousel on a frozen lake.


Senators want to bolster research of organic agriculture

A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research.


Theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook pages to spy

A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job.


AccuWeather, feds trade blame for bogus tsunami warning

A private forecasting company took what was intended to be a routine National Weather Service test message and sent it to subscribers’ phones as an official tsunami warning Tuesday morning, …


Maine whale biologist says whale protected her from shark

A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a 15-foot tiger shark in the South Pacific.


Joy to the weed! Marijuana legalization comes bearing gifts

Voters in California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year, and some residents of those states will legally stuff stockings with spliffs for the first time …


New Maine lead law fuels 10-fold jump in children tested

Maine’s new lead exposure standards have led to a 10-fold jump in children identified as having been poisoned by lead.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017

GOP’s Susan Collins to stay in Senate, ditches governor run

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that she’s staying out of the Maine governor’s race because she believes she can do more good for the state by staying in …