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ESPN adds worldwide rights to NWSL

Aug. 16, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN and the National Women's Soccer League have reached an agreement for worldwide rights to the league's remaining regular-season and playoff matches. ESPN already had rights to broadcast games in the United States. ESPN's international coverage Saturday features a doubleheader: the...

Judge denial of request to halt Trump 'gag rule' is appealed

Aug. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Center for Reproductive Rights is appealing a federal judge's rejection of a request to block new rules for family planning grants. The appeal to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston was filed on Thursday, just days before the new rules take effect on Monday. The rules by...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...

Peaks Island rental golf carts must be all-electric by 2021

Aug. 16, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city will require that gas-powered rental golf carts used to get around a nearby island become all-electric by the summer of 2021 to address noise, traffic, exhaust and safety complaints from residents. The Portland City Council approved the regulations Monday. Residents of...

Bates will use largest federal grant for video database

Aug. 16, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine college will use the largest federal grant in its history to create a scientific video database. Bates College is scheduled to receive nearly $4 million from the National Science Foundation. The Sun Journal reports the Lewiston college will launch a "Visual Experience...

Attorney: Indiana's caretaker was 'invaluable companion'

Aug. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The attorney for Robert Indiana's caretaker denies allegations this week that the man took advantage of the artist. Attorney Tom Hallett said the caretaker, Jamie Thomas, put Indiana's financial house in order and took good care of Indiana before he died last year at 89 at home on...

Unemployment rate dips to 3 percent in Maine

Aug. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dipped to a record low based on preliminary figures for July. Officials say the seasonally adjusted rate was 3%. That would be a record unless the final, official figure is adjusted. July's preliminary unemployment rate...

Maine Real ID law rollout causes hiccups for some residents

Aug. 16, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's secretary of state is working to clear up confusion created by the state's rollout of two different types of driver's licenses and state identification cards. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles in July began offering residents the option of driver's licenses and state...

Correction: River Body story

Aug. 16, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

BETHEL, Maine (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about a drowning in Maine, The Associated Press misidentified the river in a headline. It was the Androscoggin River, not the Saco River. A corrected version of the story is below: Report: 1 dead in Androscoggin River incident in Bethel, Maine Authorities in Maine...

Maine bicentennial celebration gets boost from NEH

Aug. 16, 2019 1:47 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities is going to help a pair of Maine cultural institutions engage more with the public about the state's bicentennial. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the funding is going to the Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine, Augusta....