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Congressman to appeal ruling on Maine's new voting system

Dec. 17, 2018 10:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin on Monday announced he's continuing his effort to have Maine's new election system used for the first time in a congressional race declared unconstitutional. A federal judge last week rejected Poliquin's request to nullify the outcome of the...

Mother sues in case of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds

Dec. 17, 2018 1:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of a toddler whose disappearance prompted the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history sued Monday in hopes of unearthing more details. The announcement came on the seventh anniversary of the date 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father in...

George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers 110-104

Dec. 16, 2018 1:21 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers' traps and double-teams useless. Oklahoma City's forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night. "I'm fine being trapped," George said. "That's where we're going to need...

Laborious recount starts in Maine's ranked-balloting race

Dec. 6, 2018 5:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A recount that promises to be long and laborious began Thursday in a Maine congressional race that used a new voting system where voters rank candidates. State election officials started the recount, requested by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the 2nd Congressional District....

Hundreds of skiing Santas hit the slopes for a good cause

Dec. 2, 2018 4:39 PM EST

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of skiing and snowboarding jolly Old St. Nicks hit the slopes Sunday in Maine for a good cause. About 300 red-suited lookalikes gathered for the 19th annual Santa Sunday in the tiny western Maine town of Newry, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Portland. This year's...

Hawk native to South America wows crowd in Maine park

Nov. 30, 2018 6:09 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A hawk that is native to Central and South America drew a lot of attention from Maine's birding community Friday after appearing in a park, where it brawled with a fellow raptor and dined on a squirrel. The great black hawk has been a source of fascination in Maine since it was first...

New England shrimp won't be available at all this year

Nov. 25, 2018 2:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small amount of New England shrimp has been available to the public despite a fishing shutdown in recent years, but that will not be the case this winter. The next few years of a shutdown of the New England shrimp industry will extend to a limited, research-based fishery that has...

Westbrook stars, Diallo hurt in Thunder's win over Warriors

Nov. 22, 2018 1:54 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three Thunder players were injured and Oklahoma City still left Oracle Arena with a lopsided win against the ailing, slumping two-time defending NBA champions. Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City defeated the Golden State Warriors 123-95...

Judge frees Somali immigrant who was detained 9 months

Nov. 17, 2018 3:56 PM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has freed a Somali immigrant who was held for nine months in a New Hampshire jail without a hearing. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire contends Immigration and Customs Enforcement unlawfully detained 45-year-old Abdigani Faisal Hussein, of Portland,...

Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system

Nov. 13, 2018 4:11 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine's new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House and Senate elections. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the vote tabulations and to...