Latest Maine News

Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

Jan. 15, 2019 12:44 PM 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...

Connecticut lobster plant closure could shift jobs to Maine

Jan. 15, 2019 10:37 AM EST

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A major lobster company is shutting down its Connecticut facility this week and shifting work to its other operations in the Northeast. The Groton, Connecticut, facility is part of Garbo Lobster, which bills itself as the largest wholesale distributor of live lobsters in the world....

Maine GOP re-elects chair following rough 2018 election

Jan. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans who suffered blistering losses in November re-elected their leader and chose an outspoken city mayor as vice-chair Saturday. The GOP re-elected Demi Kouzounas as chair and chose Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro as vice-chair in a Saturday morning election. Secretary...

El Darwich scores 26 as Maine beats Albany 66-62

Jan. 12, 2019 5:23 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sergio El Darwich scored 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Maine held on for a rare win against Albany beating the Great Danes 66-62 on Saturday. Albany entered the game having beaten Maine five straight times and in 15 of their last 17 meetings. El Darwich's 3-pointer broke a 14-all...

Stephen King complaint spurs newspaper subscription drive

Jan. 12, 2019 11:52 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine newspaper that horrified author Stephen King by dropping its local book review coverage used his complaint to boost digital subscriptions. King, who lives in Bangor, complained Friday about the Portland Press Herald's decision to stop publishing freelance-written reviews of...

Niagara holds off Iona 95-90

Jan. 11, 2019 9:37 PM EST

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — Marvin Prochet and Dominic Robb had double-doubles and Niagara held on for its first conference win of the season 95-90 over Iona on Friday night. Prochet finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Robb had 13 points and 10 boards, and Raheem Solomon scored 18 for the Purple Eagles...

Verna Bloom, of 'Last Temptation of Christ,' dies at 80

Jan. 11, 2019 3:47 PM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Verna Bloom, the actress who portrayed the wife of the dean in the movie "Animal House," has died. She was 80. Family spokesman Mike Kaplan tells The Hollywood Reporter that Bloom died Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine, of complications from dementia. In the 1978 John Landis film,...

Maine scientist finds tiny plants thrive under Greenland ice

Jan. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A study authored by a scientist with a Maine lab says microscopic plants are able to thrive beneath the ice that covers the Greenland Sea. Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay says the study will help researchers better understand the importance of the plants, called...

Duncan scores 11 to lead Vermont over Maine 73-49

Jan. 9, 2019 9:23 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Robin Duncan posted 11 points as Vermont rolled past Maine 73-49 on Wednesday night. Anthony Lamb had 11 points for Vermont (12-4, 2-0 America East Conference). Samuel Dingba added three blocks. Sergio El Darwich had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Black Bears (2-15, 0-2), whose...

Charter captain acquitted in crewman's death at sea

Jan. 9, 2019 2:53 PM EST

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has acquitted a Maine charter boat captain of seaman's manslaughter in connection with the death of a crew member. Judge Curtis Gomez of the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands granted the acquittal to Rick Smith on Wednesday. Smith is a 65-year-old charter...