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The all-time NBA draft _ the best pick from every slot

Jun. 20, 2018 2:29 AM EDT

There's a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases. Here's a look at The Best...

Backers: Ranked-choice voting 'here to stay' despite hiccups

Jun. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting resulted in confused voters, scores of spoiled ballots and fears of impending lawsuits. But there was no widespread chaos, and proponents were already talking up expanding the system Wednesday, even before the votes were fully...

The Latest: Ranked-choice fans want to broaden its use

Jun. 13, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine's first use of ranked-choice voting in a statewide primary (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Proponents of ranked-choice voting in Maine say they will push hard for a constitutional amendment to bring the voting method to all elections in the state. Voters chose to...

Food truck evolution: Owners strategize as novelty wears off

Jun. 13, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off. A culinary fad a decade ago, food trucks have lost some luster and even new ones may not draw a crowd. Many...

Maine voters choose to keep new ranked-choice system

Jun. 13, 2018 1:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents rejected a delay legislators had sought to implement ranked-choice voting, allowing the system used for the first time in Tuesday's primaries to also be used in federal elections in November. The election overhaul allows voters to rank their candidates from first to...

Sen. Angus King of Maine to face lesser-known challengers

Jun. 12, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine will face two lesser-known candidates who won uncontested primaries Tuesday but now face a difficult challenge against a popular incumbent. Republican State Sen. Eric Brakey was unchallenged in his primary election Tuesday after an opponent,...

Man pleads not guilty in deputy's killing

Jun. 12, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the slaying of a sheriff's deputy. John Williams is charged with killing 61-year-old Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole on April 25 in Norridgewock. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in a Portland courtroom. Prosecutors are seeking...

AP EXPLAINS: Maine tries ranked-choice voting

Jun. 11, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans and Democrats heading to the polls this week must figure out new ballots that will let them rank some candidates for the first time. Tuesday's ballots ask voters to fill in ovals to rank gubernatorial candidates and a few legislative and federal hopefuls from first...

Pourre becomes 1st female skipper to win Atlantic Cup

Jun. 10, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catherine Pourre of France became the first female skipper to win the Atlantic Cup when Earendil claimed a narrow victory following the final stage on Sunday. Earendil beat Boston-based Toothface II, 77-76. Pourre and co-skipper Pietro Luciani of Italy dominated the two offshore legs...

Ranked-choice voting faces statewide test in Maine primary

Jun. 8, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A crowded party primary is typically a recipe for nastiness and mud-slinging: Candidates with few political differences try to distinguish themselves with personal attacks on their opponents. Then there is Maine. In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats...