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Coast Guard: 2 unresponsive people pulled from ocean

Jan. 23, 2020 6:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two people were pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after a fishing boat's automated emergency beacon was issued 45 miles southeast of Portland, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer found an empty raft and two people face down in the water, said...

Maine to freeze expanding lobster bait fishery for 2 years

Jan. 23, 2020 5:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials want to close a lobster bait fishery to newcomers while they develop new management, licensing and an enforcement plan. Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Pat Keliher will present a plan to freeze the fishery at its current size for two years to state...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives as Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In tight race, Suns' Booker pushes into All-Star discussion

Jan. 23, 2020 5:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker has produced the kind of all-around numbers for the past few seasons that suggest he should be an NBA All-Star. He usually commands the respect of opposing defenses like an All-Star. His teammates and coach believe there is no doubt that he's an All-Star. Yet the fifth-year...

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Democrat looking to unseat Sen. Collins wins key endorsement

Jan. 23, 2020 4:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A national organization devoted to getting LGBTQ candidates elected to public office is endorsing for the U.S. Senate in Maine former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse, a Democrat who wants an opportunity to unseat GOP Sen. Susan Collins. The Victory Fund announced Thursday its...

Drug overdose deaths increase in Maine due to opioid crisis

Jan. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Drug overdose deaths increased slightly in the first three quarters of 2019 in Maine, where the nationwide opioid crisis has taken a heavy toll. A report by Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center stated Thursday that 277 Maine deaths from...

Man hurt in Maine car crash dies from injuries 8 days later

Jan. 23, 2020 12:58 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A pedestrian seriously hurt in a collision with a car in Bangor, Maine, has died from his injuries more than a week later, police said. Bangor police said Peter McIntosh, 61, of Bangor, was injured when he was hit by a car driven by Philip Perkins, 74, of Hampden. McIntosh was crossing...

FILE - This Sept. 16, 2019, file photo shows an aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, in Farmington, Maine. The blast killed one firefighter and injured multiple other people. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP, File)

Victim's daughter: Severed propane line led to fatal blast

Jan. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A propane explosion that killed a firefighter and injured six of his colleagues and another person last year in Maine was caused by a post that was placed in the ground to protect an exterior heating unit, severing an underground gas line, according to testimony at a recent...

Jury selection set to begin in machete killing trial

Jan. 23, 2020 1:00 AM EST

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Jury selection was due to begin Thursday in the trial of a Maine man charged with killing a neighbor with a machete. Lawyers hoped to begin jury selection after an evidentiary hearing in the trial of Bruce Akers, of Limington. He's accused of killing Douglas Flint, 55, on June 9, 2016,...

Shungu's late basket carries Vermont past Maine

Jan. 22, 2020 10:05 PM EST

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Ben Shungu scored his only field goal of the night on a layup with four seconds left and Vermont beat Maine 59-57 on Wednesday. Ryan Davis led Vermont (14-6, 4-1 America East Conference) with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Anthony Lamb and Stef Smith each scored 10. Solomon Iluyomade...

Maine utility commission to investigate Central Maine Power

Jan. 22, 2020 5:23 PM EST

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to investigate Central Maine Power Co. to discover if the utility issued disconnection notices during a period when utilities cannot be legally turned off. Commission Chairman Phil Bartlett said this is not the first time the...