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NY man extradited to Maine pleads not guilty to murder

Jan. 25, 2020 3:11 PM EST

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A New York man charged in the death of a woman whose body was found alongside a road in Cherryfield has pleaded not guilty to murder. Carine Reeves, 39, appeared before a judge Friday after being brought to Maine from New York, where he'd been imprisoned for other crimes. He's charged...

Payment processor announces plans to acquire 2 companies

Jan. 25, 2020 2:39 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland-based payment processor plans to acquire two other payment companies in a deal worth about $1.7 million. Wex filed notices with federal regulators Friday of its intent to acquire eNett and Optal in a mostly cash deal, The Portland Press Herald reported. eNett is an...

Police: 2 men hospitalized after shooting, stabbing in Maine

Jan. 25, 2020 1:05 PM EST

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — One man was shot and another stabbed in an altercation that's being investigated by state police, officials said Saturday. State police used a tracking dog to find a suspected assailant hiding in the foundation of an abandoned building, and that man is being questioned, said Stephen...

Snowmobile bash to conclude for year in western Maine

Jan. 25, 2020 12:30 PM EST

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — One of Maine's biggest snowmobiling events of the year is wrapping up Saturday in the western part of the state. The three-day Rangeley Snowdeo featured races and a parade, capped by fireworks. Rangeley Snowmobile Club sponsors the event, which began Thursday with the Rangeley Lakes...

Maine woman stalked by drone; police unable to help

Jan. 25, 2020 10:36 AM EST

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who was harassed by a drone for two days says police told her they could do nothing about it. Mary Dunham says a drone tracked her in her car on Tuesday as she drove to a gas station, where she called police, and then to her home in Gorham. It followed her eight miles to...

FILE-In this Sept. 11, 2018 file photo, live lobsters are packed in coolers for shipment to China at The Lobster Company in Arundel, Maine. The busiest season for lobster exports to China is around Chinese New Year, which took place Saturday. Lobsters have exploded in popularity with the Chinese middle class but President Donald Trump's trade hostilities with China led to tariffs in 2018 that cratered the U.S. export market. Meanwhile, Canada's market has surged. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

China deal might not bail out lobster industry this New Year

Jan. 25, 2020 9:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American seafood exporters are optimistic that a new trade deal with China will allow them to claw back into one of the world's biggest markets for lobster, but help might not have arrived in time for the biggest day on the calendar. The busiest season for lobster exports to China...

Woman sues motels for ignoring signs of sex trafficking

Jan. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine resident is becoming the first woman in the state to join a national effort to force hotel and motel owners to compensate victims of sex trafficking. The woman, identified in court documents by the initials R.T., said she is a survivor of sex trafficking in the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT New Haven Register Connecticut needs a viable Republican Party Jan. 23 The unsettling saga of Robert Hyde, a Connecticut resident who may or may not have been involved in a plot against a U.S. ambassador, has raised questions about the president and his...

Unemployment in Maine ticks up slightly, but remains low

Jan. 24, 2020 2:02 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's unemployment rate rose slightly in December, but continued a long stretch at very low levels. The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 2.9%, up from 2.8% in November, the Maine Department of Labor said on Friday. The figure fell from 3.5% a year...

Vessel that sank off Maine was fishing boat, 2 aboard dead

Jan. 24, 2020 1:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two people died 45 miles off the coast of Portland when a fishing boat sank, the Maine Marine Patrol said. Arnold “Joe” Nickerson IV, 60, of Arundel, and Chris Pinkham, 44, of Boothbay Harbor, died when Nickerson's boat sank on Thursday, the patrol said. The cause of...