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Idaho, 6 other states report highest census response rate

Oct. 1, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that Idaho is among six other states and Puerto Rico with the highest overall census response rate. As of Tuesday, 99.9% of households in Idaho have been counted, The Lewiston Tribune reported. Among the responses, 69.1% responded online, by mail...

Search on for 2 escaped inmates in Maine

Oct. 1, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine were searching Thursday for two inmates who escaped custody from a reentry facility in Belfast. Dakota Raven, 24, of Knox and Cameron Dana, 24, of Owls Head, walked away from Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center on Tuesday, the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said....

Next year's Maine farmer bash will take place online only

Oct. 1, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest farm trade show will be a virtual event next year as the state's agricultural sector continues to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The Maine Agricultural Trades Show will be held online in January 2021, the state's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

Former diplomat honored for bravery in Republic of Congo

Oct. 1, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The State Department is honoring a former diplomat for bravery when fighting broke out in the capital of the Republic of Congo during a civil war. William Rowland, who retired in July after 25 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, is being recognized with a Hero of U.S....

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2018 file photo, an election worker sorts a stack of ballots during a ranked choice voting tabulation in Augusta, Maine. The state's supreme court is hearing more arguments from the Maine GOP, which is seeking to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ranked choice voting from being used in the presidential contest. (AOP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

GOP still fighting ranked voting after ballots cast in Maine

Oct. 1, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With the first votes already cast, the Maine Republican Party made a last-ditch request Thursday for the state Supreme Court to stop ranked choice voting in the presidential race -- a tense legal battle that could make its way to the U.S.’s highest court. An attorney for the...

Power restored to tens of thousands in Maine after storm

Oct. 1, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tens of thousands of Maine customers are back on the power grid on Thursday after heavy winds and rain put many in the state in the dark. Utilities in the state reported that about 33,000 customers still lacked power on Thursday morning. That was down from a high of more than 120,000...

Maine's peak leaf-peeping weekend is on the way

Oct. 1, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The coming weekend could be the best of the fall for Maine's leaf peepers. Most of the state is experiencing peak fall foliage conditions, while coastal and southern Maine are showing moderate color change, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry said. ...

Collins criticizes Trump for failing to condemn Proud Boys

Sep. 30, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump for his failure to condemn white supremacists during a debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The president was asked Tuesday whether he would condemn white supremacist groups, such as the Proud Boys,...

Jay Desorcy, left, and Dwayne Pinkham, of New Bedford DPI Green Space, cut a large section of a tree that fell due to the high winds across Kenney Street in the north end of New Bedford, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times via AP)

Winds rake US Northeast, leaving thousands without power

Sep. 30, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Winds close to hurricane strength swept across parts of the northeastern U.S. on Wednesday morning, toppling trees, downing power lines and leaving many thousands of residents without power. The National Weather Service reported that winds gusted as high as 72 mph (155 kph) near Boston around...

Maine doctor alleges discrimination in whistleblower lawsuit

Sep. 30, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokesman for workers at Maine’s long-term health care centers has filed a federal lawsuit against a former employer alleging that he was discriminated against because he is an Arab Muslim and his brother died fighting for the Islamic State terrorist group. Geriatrics...