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Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine postpones some reopenings, probes unemployment fraud

May. 27, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced Wednesday the state is postponing full reopening of restaurants in some parts of the state because of the risk of coronavirus. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, plans to move the state into its second phase of reopening on June 1. However, she said restaurants...

Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine to beef up contact tracing as virus cases top 2,100

May. 26, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials said Thursday the state will step up its contact tracing capacities with more staff in an effort get a better handle on the coronavirus pandemic. The office of Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is...

Maine encourages absentee voting in July primary election

May. 25, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top election official is encouraging people to vote via absentee ballot during the July primary election to limit the exposure voters and polling workers have to the coronavirus. The state will still hold in-person balloting July 14 with new social distancing protocols, but...

Amanda Pensack, left, and Derek Engelking, of Weymouth, Mass., sit on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Flags in Boston Common honor vets; Some beaches reopen in RI

May. 25, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

Volunteers placed 1,000 physically distanced flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day while beaches, barbers and hair salons reopen in Massachusetts. A sole veteran accompanied by police escorts marched in downtown Portland, Maine, and placed a flag at Monument Square on Monday, in place of the city's traditional...

2 dozen Maine nonprofit groups to get grants amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A community foundation in Maine is providing more than $200,000 in grants to a marine science institution, a gay advocacy group and others. The Maine Community Foundation said it's giving the grants to 24 nonprofits in the state. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will...

Graduates flip their tassels near their cars during a drive-thru graduation for Faith Lutheran High School at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. The school held a special drive-thru graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Seniors get diplomas on racetracks, chairlifts amid virus

May. 24, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Immediately after giving his valedictorian speech, high school senior Philip Root, still clad in his cap and gown, climbed into a borrowed race car and drove up to the finish line at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the yellow tassel of his graduation cap flapping in the wind, Root...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

New England Catholics look forward to celebrating Mass again

May. 23, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Major hospitals in Maine's largest city experienced an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations; Roman Catholics in New Hampshire can begin receiving Holy Communion again in parishes that follow certain safety guidelines; Vermont’s largest annual event has been canceled for the first...

Commuters from Peaks Island arrive on the mainland, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Ferry passengers are required to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Governor overruled deputy AG to deny prisoners unemployment

May. 21, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor overruled the opinion of an assistant attorney general in calling for an end to unemployment payments to prisoners, a practice she described as “appalling.” Maine inmates whose work-release jobs were suspended because of the pandemic were paid nearly...

16-year-old hurt while mowing the lawn dies from injuries

May. 19, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine teenager died of injuries sustained while mowing the lawn, officials said. A 16-year-old boy was operating a riding lawn mower on Monday when he became trapped between the mower and a parked boat, Peaks Island police said. Officials responded to a report of a person injured...

Tarah Diffen, far right, chats with customers at the Hot Spot Diner, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Wiscasset, Maine. Diffen's restaurant, which has been closed since March 22 because of the coronavirus, reopened on Monday. Governor Janet Mills is now allowing restaurants in 12 of the state's 16 counties to have dine-in customers.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine allows private campgrounds reopen on Friday

May. 19, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state is making it easier for residents to get outdoors and breathe some fresh air this Memorial Day weekend by accelerating the opening of private campgrounds across the state, officials said Tuesday. Private campgrounds and RV parks can open Friday while public campgrounds will...