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Scallop fishing off New England to be limited for months

May. 27, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Scallop fishing off New England will be subject to limitations for about the next 10 months, federal regulators have said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it has closed the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area, which means vessels fishing under federal regulations...

Record number of piping plovers nesting at Maine beaches

May. 26, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A record number of piping plovers are nesting in Maine so far this year, according to a Maine-based wildlife conservation organization. Maine Audobon has spotted 100 pairs and 61 active nests in the state, the Portland Press Herald reported Sunday. Last year, the group found a record...

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...

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

Some houses of worship reopening; nursing homes get aid

May. 24, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders are taking steps to protect their congregations as services resume in Massachusetts and Vermont. An iconic Connecticut pizza shop is adding outdoor dining as part of a plan to aid businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Details on those and other coronavirus-related...

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...

Chairs sit on tabletops at 3 Dollar Deweys, a pub that remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Under Gov. Janet Mills's tentative plan, bars will be allowed to reopen on July 1. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Plenty of power this summer, but higher rates down the road?

May. 23, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Energy demand is down because of the pandemic, but utility bills left unpaid by tens of thousands of people who lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic could drive electricity prices upward in some areas in coming months. Electricity demand is down by 3% to 5% in New England, and...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 22, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Tech giants should pay for what they use The New London Day May 20 As the country cautiously awakens from its economic coma, businesses are struggling to unscramble the new rules of customer engagement. The protocols of social distancing will increase the already...

Officials: Loon killed bald eagle by stabbing its heart

May. 20, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A bald eagle died last year in Maine after being stabbed through the heart by a loon, wildlife officials said. A biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recently got word about the July 2019 attack, the Bangor Daily News reported Wednesday. Danielle...

FILE - In this May 13, 2020, file photo, tour guide Barbara Western waves a flag in support of bus and motor coach operators circling National Mall in Washington during a rally to raise awareness of the industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. America's private buses are ground to a halt, and members of the industry say they need federal assistance to help the country get back to work and play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Virus-sapped bus lines see road to ruin without federal help

May. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The nation's 3,000 or so private bus lines — and the millions of people who rely on them for cheap, basic travel — fret that they'll go under without the same kind of federal help trains and planes are enjoying as a pandemic-immobilized America tries to get back to work...