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Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England

May. 26, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking to give an economic boost to rural parts of New England, one group is turning to mountain bikers for help. The new initiative called the Borderlands covers 250 miles of trails in seven areas of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and also takes riders to Quebec. The seven bike...

Charcoal grill likely sparked house fire

May. 26, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A charcoal grill used on a wooden porch likely caused a fire that destroyed a home in Yarmouth. Authorities say the family had been grilling with charcoal briquettes on their deck before the house caught fire Friday night. Fire Chief Michael Robitaille tells the Portland Press Herald...

Colby native son, TV writer David Kelley addresses graduates

May. 26, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Colby College graduates are getting some pop culture sprinkled in with their pomp and circumstance. TV writer and producer David Kelley, who's responsible for Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, Boston Legal and Big Little Lies, is delivering the commencement address on Sunday. In addition...

Timbers cap 12-game trip with 3-1 win over Union

May. 25, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Brian Fernández scored twice and the Portland Timbers beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Saturday night to knock the Union from the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The game ended Portland's 12-game, season-opening trip because of stadium renovations. The Timbers will return...

Stars of former reality show to help library

May. 25, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The stars of the former reality television show "American Loggers" are helping out a Maine library's renovation. The Bangor Daily News reports the Millinocket Memorial Library will reopen in a temporary location at the Pelletier family's former restaurant as the library undergoes its...

Aid coming to try to improve Maine's high cancer death rates

May. 25, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials are receiving more than $2 million to try to improve the state's efforts to prevent cancer. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the money will support the Maine Center for Disease Control's cancer prevention and control programs....

Bowdoin College holds its commencement

May. 25, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's oldest college is keeping with tradition of looking inward for a commencement speaker instead of enlisting a high-profile luminary. Graduating seniors Julia O'Rourke and Anu Asaolu were tapped for the honor Saturday at Bowdoin College. Past student speakers have included...

Fishermen face another quota cut, could hit lobster prices

May. 25, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers. Regulators on the East Coast are contending with a drop in the...

Biologists hope derby will curb lake's salmon overpopulation

May. 25, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

CHESUNCOOK, Maine (AP) — A lake in the North Maine Woods area is overpopulated with salmon, and anglers will try to help control the population with a fishing derby this weekend. An overabundance of salmon is an odd problem, as Atlantic salmon are considered endangered by the federal government. But the...

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

May. 24, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts priest who was defrocked for child sexual abuse and was portrayed in the movie "Spotlight" is going to prison for a second time — this time in Maine. A judge on Friday ordered Ronald Paquin to serve 16 years in state prison for sexually abusing an altar boy...