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Maine lawmaker resigns after magazine's anonymous accusation

Aug. 20, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker said he's resigning to avoid becoming a distraction following a magazine's publication of an anonymous allegation against him. With his resignation Monday, Democratic Rep. Dillon Bates said that now that he's freed of legislative duties he's going to work on...

New England shrimp population still looks bad amid shutdown

Aug. 17, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new analysis of New England's shrimp population doesn't bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans. The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young....

Governor's legal costs to rise as Medicaid lawsuit continues

Aug. 15, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine could pay up to $200,000 for a Boston-based lawyer to defend the LePage administration in a lawsuit over voter-approved Medicaid expansion. The Department of Health and Human Services in a state form dated Monday proposed increasing the cost of a no-bid contract with law firm...

Google rebuffs FBI request for user location data

Aug. 15, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Court documents show the FBI demanded Google hand over user location data while investigating a series of armed robberies in Maine. According to the search warrant as first reported by Forbes magazine, the FBI wanted data from every person using Google location services near two or...

New boat lift revealed on Portland waterfront

Aug. 15, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new boat lift has been unveiled in Maine as part of a redevelopment project on Portland's western waterfront. The Portland Press Herald reports the 330-metric ton boat lift revealed Tuesday will be able to lift boats out of the water and move them to workshops on land. The...

Maine Mariners announce new mascot: Beacon the Puffin

Aug. 15, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Mariners officially have a mascot: Beacon the Puffin. Portland's newest professional hockey franchise announced Wednesday that Beacon will be at all Mariners home games, and the mascot will make appearances in the community year-round. The Puffins was one of the five...

City council holds off on noncitizen voting rights proposal

Aug. 14, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Portland, Maine, have postponed a proposal that would have given noncitizen residents the right to vote in municipal elections. City Councilor Pious Ali said he didn't have the votes to move the proposal forward and referred it to the council's Legislative Committee for...

Maine resident arrested, allegedly spat in someone's face

Aug. 13, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Virginia State Police say a Maine resident has been accused of spitting in the face of another protester during weekend demonstrations in Charlottesville. Portland resident Chloe Lubin was arrested with three other people demonstrating in memory of Heather Heyer, who was killed one...

Officials: Shed fire spreads to house, damages home

Aug. 13, 2018 12:53 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating a shed fire that damaged a home. The Portland Press Herald reports firefighters responded to the Portland home around 1 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the fire was contained within an hour. No one was injured in the fire. Portland Fire Capt. John...

Red Sox old-timer's memorabilia going up for sale

Aug. 12, 2018 10:29 PM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Some items belonging to one of the Boston Red Sox's early members — when the team was known as the Boston Americans — are coming up for sale. Third baseman Harry Lord played for the Americans and then the Red Sox, becoming one of the first captains in 1910, before he...