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Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' wins TIFF People's Choice Award

Sep. 18, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” a black-and-white family drama about the Northern Ireland city during the tumult of the late 1960s, on Saturday won the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award, a telling indicator of Academy Awards chances. ...

City worker dies when he falls from dump truck

Sep. 10, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A public works employee died after he fell out of the back of a dump truck on the city waterfront, officials said. Stephen Mathieson, 69, of Montville, hit his head when he tumbled to the ground Thursday morning and was pronounced dead Waldo County...

Unionist leader says Brexit deal could sink N Ireland govt

Sep. 09, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland’s largest British unionist party heightened post-Brexit political tensions on Thursday, saying the U.K.’s divorce deal with the European Union could collapse the Belfast government and trigger a new era of violence and instability. ...

Giant rubber ducky takes flight; where will it land next?

Aug. 24, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A 25-foot inflatable duck named Joy disappeared over the weekend, as mysteriously as it arrived, after bringing days of delight to a seaside Maine community. The rubber ducky was removed from the harbor sometime Saturday, likely because of concerns...

Big bird on water is mystery, but town calls it just ducky

Aug. 18, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The sudden appearance of a giant rubber duck in a Maine harbor is a whimsical whodunit that's defied sleuths so far. The yellow waterfowl emblazoned with the word “joy” appeared in Belfast Harbor over the weekend, and it’s a mystery who put...

Large, land-based salmon farm in Maine gets key approval

Aug. 13, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A large, land-based salmon farming operation in Maine has obtained a key approval it needed to move forward, but opposition to the project remains. Nordic Aquafarms wants to build a $500-million, 55-acre (22-hectare) salmon farm in Belfast. The...

Maine might mandate COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers

Aug. 10, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The administration of Maine Gov. Janet Mills might mandate coronavirus vaccines for health care workers as hospitals in the state deal with outbreaks. A spokesperson for Mills, a Democrat, said the governor is “seriously considering” the...

9-year-old fatally injured by tow truck in parking lot

Jul. 20, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is dead following an incident involving a tow truck in a parking lot in Belfast, police said. Emergency crews responded Monday afternoon to a High Street parking lot where the boy was injured, and he was taken to Waldo County...

Unlikely circus thrives in small southern Colorado town

Jul. 18, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — Beside a chicken coop in the backyard of a home on the countryside, a dozen kids are flipping, twirling, cartwheeling, juggling, walking on balls and contorting their bodies on silks and rings suspended in the air. Their ages range between 9 and 13....

Biggest Northern Ireland unionist party endorses new leader

Jun. 26, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party formally endorsed Jeffrey Donaldson as its new leader on Saturday, a position that will likely see him become the country's first minister. Donaldson received 32 votes of the party’s 36-strong electoral...