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Triple killing trial is underway in Belfast, Maine

May. 25, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine man on trial in the killings of three people delivered his own opening statement Wednesday, calling the victims “drug addicts" and describing the deaths as “accidents” and “self defense.” A prosecutor described a calculated plan in which...

Francis Quinn, longtime State House reporter, dies at 70

May. 25, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Francis X. Quinn, a former Associated Press reporter who covered Maine government and politics with fairness and integrity for more than a quarter century, has died. He was 70. From 1981 to 2009, Quinn was a fixture in Maine where lawmakers and others...

Conservationists say some Maine residents killing wrong moth

May. 25, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — Some nature advocates are worried that Maine residents are killing the wrong caterpillar as they seek to wipe out an invasive species that causes a rash with its toxic hairs. The browntail moth caterpillar is an invasive pest that can cause a rash and...

3 FedEx trucks crash into each other on Maine highway

May. 25, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Three FedEx delivery vehicles traveling single file crashed into each other, sending one driver to the hospital and tying up traffic, officials said. The delivery vehicles collided with each other when traffic slowed in front of them late Tuesday morning on...

Mistrial declared when witness tests positive during recess

May. 24, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Maine man charged with threatening to kill Jewish people because one of the witnesses tested positive for COVID-19. Federal authorities charged Brian Dennison, 25, of Buxton, with one count of transmitting a...

UMaine faculty, students want consequences for chancellor

May. 24, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

AGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Many faculty members and students say the resignation of an incoming administrator isn't enough to satisfy concerns about the leadership of the University of Maine System. Faculty at University of Maine at Augusta and two other public universities previously...

Massive blaze damages newly renovated Rhode Island hotel

May. 24, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Three firefighters were injured battling a major fire at a recently renovated hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, fire officials said. The fire at the Wayfinder Hotel was reported at about 8 p.m. Monday and crews remained on the scene on Tuesday morning. ...

State of Maine asked to oversee services for asylum seekers

May. 24, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nonprofits and community organizations want the state to begin coordinating services for asylum seekers after Maine's largest city announced this month that it could no longer guarantee housing. All told, 79 organizations signed the letter, dated Friday, that...

Maine university president withdraws after hiring complaints

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The incoming president of a public university in Maine has voluntarily withdrawn from his position amid complaints from faculty members about his hiring. Michael Laliberte was set to start as president of University of Maine at Augusta on Aug. 1. He was the...

Shooting that killed Maine toddler preceded by shirt fight

May. 23, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

WELLS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who fatally shot his toddler niece did so after getting into a fight with the child's father over a shirt, police said. The girl, Octavia Huber-Young, died Saturday after the shooting in Wells. Police said the 19-year-old who shot Octavia got into a...