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The Latest: Senate committee agrees to give Ford more time

Sep. 22, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee is giving Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms for her to testify about allegations that...

Collins: Delay vote to let Kavanaugh accuser testify

Sep. 21, 2018 9:42 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Friday that President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing his Supreme Court nominee's accuser was "appalling" and a disservice to both the judge and the woman who has accused him of a long-ago sexual assault. Collins, a swing vote on the...

160-foot-long Italian sandwich is quickly devoured in Maine

Sep. 20, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — This was a sub worth diving into. Eleven sandwich shops in Maine combined forces to create a 160-foot-long (49-meter-long) Italian sandwich. The ginormous sandwich disappeared as quickly as it was created Thursday, devoured by hungry passersby in Portland's Monument Square. Organizer...

Murderer due for release next year is captured after escape

Sep. 18, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped for a third time from prison has been captured, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday. A sheriff's deputy found 65-year-old Arnold Nash walking along a road Tuesday morning in Dover-Foxcroft, in Piscataquis County, state police spokesman Steve...

New Orleans 1 of many areas debating vacation-rental rules

Sep. 3, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

Amid complaints that a proliferation of short-term rental properties has diminished quality of life in historic neighborhoods and contributed to a lack of affordable housing, New Orleans slapped a moratorium on issuing licenses for short-term rentals of whole houses. Revisions to its regulations are likely this...

Lawyers file motion to toss statements in deputy's killing

Aug. 30, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lawyers representing a Maine man accused of killing a county sheriff's deputy have requested that the court suppress statements their client made to arresting officers. Twenty-nine-year-old John Williams appeared in a Portland court Tuesday. Williams has pleaded not guilty to a...

Waters off New England in midst of record year for warmth

Aug. 30, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The waters off of New England are already warming faster than most of the world's oceans, and they are nearing the end of one of the hottest summers in their history. That is the takeaway from an analysis of summer sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine by a marine scientist...

A controversial comeback for a highly prized tuna

Aug. 29, 2018 1:54 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — On a drizzling summer afternoon in South Portland, marine biologist Walt Golet is helping attach a quarter-ton Atlantic bluefin tuna to a heavy crane so it can be weighed as part of New England's premier tournament for the giant fish. And this year's derby is different than...

Maine governor hospitalized after experiencing 'discomfort'

Aug. 26, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage was in stable condition and under observation at a Bangor hospital on Sunday after experiencing discomfort while visiting family in Canada. The 69-year-old LePage experienced discomfort on Saturday while visiting family in New Brunswick, Peter Steele, a...

Fishing captain admits hindering Coast Guard net inspection

Aug. 24, 2018 11:44 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to interfering with a U.S. Coast Guard inspection involving a vessel owned by a fishing magnate nicknamed The Codfather. Thomas Simpson pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to destruction or removal of property subject to...