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Maine college: Name change could lure out-of-state students

Jan. 17, 2019 10:23 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials at the second-largest public university in Maine say a new name would give the school a boost by helping attract more students. The University of Southern Maine released details about the pending name change Wednesday. University President Glenn Cummings says Maine is...

Giant rotating ice disk stops moving

Jan. 17, 2019 5:38 AM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end. The formation in the Presumpscot River in Greater Portland stopped rotating Wednesday, two days after a video of its mesmerizing movement was widely shared on social media. The roughly...

List of priests accused of abuse has 7 linked to Cheverus

Jan. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A list of priests credibly accused of abuse released by the Jesuits includes seven priests linked to Cheverus High School in Maine. Two priests on the list, William Cahill and James Talbot, have been accused of abuse occurring during their time at Cheverus. Stephen Dawber, Joseph...

Maine university to discuss rationale behind name change

Jan. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's second-largest public university is holding a news conference to discuss the rationale behind its potential name change. The University of Southern Maine is holding the conference on Wednesday. One option the university is considering is University of Maine at Portland....

Sea Dogs extend relationship with Red Sox through 2022

Jan. 16, 2019 11:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are keeping their popular minor league affiliate in Maine's largest city through at least 2022. The Portland Sea Dogs announced the extension of their player development contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday. The club says the Red Sox will continue to keep their...

Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

Jan. 16, 2019 3:12 AM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that's getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 meters) wide. The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn...

Study shows Portland high schools below designed capacity

Jan. 14, 2019 11:19 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new study calls Portland's high schools "empty," saying they are operating with far fewer students than they were designed. The study conducted by a consultant is among key considerations for a 16-member committee charged with finding cost-cutting opportunities for Portland's...

Mills defends public safety chief pick as some raise concern

Jan. 10, 2019 10:56 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is defending her pick for public safety commissioner as a former Republican lawmaker and sportsman's group raise concerns over his gun control views. Mills said Thursday former Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck is "highly qualified" to serve as public...

Maine native Amy Allen gets No. 1 hit as a songwriter

Jan. 9, 2019 12:08 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine native Amy Allen has her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter. The Los Angeles songwriter tells the Portland Press Herald she's "through-the-roof excited" that a song she co-wrote, "Without Me" by Halsey, reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 pop music chart this week. Allen grew up...

Mainer gets 15 months for state's largest gambling operation

Jan. 8, 2019 5:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who netted millions running an illegal sports gambling operation is going to prison for 15 months. Sixty-two-year-old Stephen Mardigan was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in May to unlawful gambling, money laundering and filing a false tax return. The Portland...