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Marijuana is sold at Theory Wellness, a cannabis retail store, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in South Portland, Maine. Cannabis has rocketed to the top of the state's agricultural crops, but the first few months of legal adult use sales have otherwise been without much fanfare. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine marijuana shops report brisk business despite pandemic

Jan. 9, 2021 7:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with other states because of the coronavirus pandemic, but shops are reporting brisk business nonetheless. Maine wasn't able to replicate the grand opening scenes that have followed the first sales in other states. But...

Meredith Hopkins, right, helps fit ski boots on Makenna Houghton at the ski shop at McIntyre Ski Area, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. Over the summer, people looking to get out of the house snapped up boats, bicycles and patio furniture, figuring they were safer socializing and being active outdoors than inside. Now that temperatures are dropping, they're buying snowshoes, skis, boots and winter coats, boosting the beleaguered retail sector. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Consumers still want to get outdoors as temperatures plunge

Dec. 25, 2020 7:33 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Over the summer, people looking to get out of the house snapped up boats, bicycles and patio furniture, figuring they were safer socializing and being active outdoors than inside. Now that temperatures are dropping, they’re buying snowshoes, skis, boots and winter coats,...

In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2020 photo, Cindy Soule's fourth grade class heads outside to study snowflakes at the Gerald Talbot School, in Portland, Maine. A number of schools in Maine and elsewhere across the country plan to keep outdoor learning going all winter long, with students trading in warm classrooms for fresh, frigid air.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Raise your mittens: Outdoor learning continues into winter

Dec. 24, 2020 10:16 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Cindy Soule’s fourth graders in Maine's largest city have studied pollination in a community garden. They solved an erosion problem that was damaging trees. They learned about bear scat. Then came a fresh layer of snow and temperatures that hovered around freezing — but...

Houston Rockets' James Harden reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Houston, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

OKC-Houston game postponed, Harden out after COVID violation

Dec. 23, 2020 10:16 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The James Harden soap opera in Houston now comes with a canceled season opener — and a $50,000 fine for the league's leading scorer. Houston's opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night was scrapped after coronavirus cases and Harden's violation of the NBA's COVID-19...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, shouts from the bench in the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Antetokounmpo has appeared in a government ad in his native Greece, released ahead of Christmas to urge people to observe public safety measures during the pandemic.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

East preview: Heat returning champs, but have challengers

Dec. 18, 2020 11:35 AM EST

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is the two-time reigning MVP. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and about to get back on the floor after recovering from injury. Washington’s Russell Westbrook is still a triple-double machine. Boston’s Jayson Tatum signed an...

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

'Explosive' Durant scores 15 in 1st preseason game with Nets

Dec. 13, 2020 11:48 PM EST

Kevin Durant still can score in bunches. The four-time NBA scoring champion returned from a lengthy injury absence to score 15 points in his debut with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night. Durant ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg during the 2019 NBA Finals. He left the Golden State Warriors after that...

Maine fishing community mourns loss of 4 fishermen at sea

Nov. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Maine's commercial fishing community is mourning the loss of four fishermen who went missing when an 82-foot (25-meter) fishing vessel sank off Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard said Tuesday it called off the search for the crew of the Portland-based Emmy Rose that sank early...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishing vessel crew

Nov. 24, 2020 6:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard said Tuesday it called off the search for the four-member crew of a Maine fishing boat that sank off Massachusetts. The Coast Guard searched an area of approximately 2,066 square miles for more than 38 hours, Capt. Wesley Hester said in a release. “The decision to...

Search on for 4-member crew of sunken Atlantic fishing boat

Nov. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for the four-member crew of a Maine fishing boat that sank off Massachusetts early Monday. The 82-foot (25-meter) Emmy Rose went down about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Coast Guard said in an emailed statement. The Coast...

Houston Rockets have no draft picks for 2nd straight year

Nov. 19, 2020 12:26 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t have a pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year after trading away a selection they had added earlier in the week. The Rockets were scheduled to pick at No. 16 after trading Robert Covington to Portland for Trevor Ariza and the pick. Instead, the...