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Fillier scores 2, Canada beats US again in women's hockey

Oct. 25, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amanda Kessel isn't panicking after the United States women's hockey team opened its pre-Olympic series with two straight losses to rival Canada. “This is the best that I think our team has felt,” said Kessel, who scored the tying goal as the...

Aging UK soldier dies while on trial for Troubles shooting

Oct. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old British army veteran has died while on trial for a shooting that occurred during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, fueling debate over the prosecution of soldiers for alleged crimes committed decades ago. Dennis Hutchings died Monday...

Belfast closer to goal of planting a million flowers

Oct. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The town of Belfast is inching toward a goal of planting a million flowers. Elisabeth Wolfe, who launched the effort, said this is the fourth year people have worked to plant bulbs through the Belfast Daffodil Project. The goal of a million bulbs...

Maine triple homicide trial moves to avoid jury bias

Oct. 05, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — An upcoming trial of a man accused of killing three people last year is being moved from Washington County to Belfast after the defendant's lawyers raised concerns the jury could be tainted by publicity. Thomas Bonfanti, 64, was charged with murder...

Maine lobster fishers donate 600-pound tuna to soup kitchen

Sep. 29, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Belfast soup kitchen had a tuna weighing 600 pounds (270 kilograms) donated for its meals last week by a lobster fishing crew that netted the fish. The crewmembers from J & J Lobster were catching bait near the coast when the massive bluefin...

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...