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Memphis Grizzlies Taylor Jenkins holds the play board during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NBA giving Wizards more time to prepare after virus layoff

Jan. 20, 2021 11:17 PM EST

Washington got back on the practice court Wednesday for the first time in more than a week, and Bradley Beal wondered if the Wizards need more time there before returning to game mode. The NBA apparently agreed with him. Not long after the league's leading scorer said he believes the short-handed Wizards —...

Former Maine developer receives pardon from Trump

Jan. 20, 2021 9:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine developer who violated federal campaign law by exceeding donation limits was pardoned Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Michael Liberty is currently facing charges of duping investors in a company he founded, but the pardon doesn't apply to that case. The pardon...

Maine officials urge recommitment to realizing King's dream

Jan. 18, 2021 2:13 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday as they said the country grapples with racial inequity and injustice, made worse by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. “From the continued inequities in our criminal justice system that harm Black Americans to...

Court puts halt on construction of $1B Maine power corridor

Jan. 15, 2021 6:14 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted construction of a $1 billion power transmission line corridor through Maine to give conservation groups time to make their case against the project. The 145-mile (230-kilometer) transmission line has been touted by Central Maine Power and its...

Restoration of synagogue complete for 100th anniversary

Jan. 11, 2021 1:57 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The decadelong restoration of a synagogue in Portland, Maine, is complete in time for the building's 100th anniversary. The Etz Chaim Synagogue on Congress Street in Portland will open again to the public on Feb. 4 following years of work, including repairs after a fire and water...

Marijuana is sold at Theory Wellness, a cannabis retail store, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in South Portland, Maine. Cannabis has rocketed to the top of the state's agricultural crops, but the first few months of legal adult use sales have otherwise been without much fanfare. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine marijuana shops report brisk business despite pandemic

Jan. 9, 2021 7:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with other states because of the coronavirus pandemic, but shops are reporting brisk business nonetheless. Maine wasn't able to replicate the grand opening scenes that have followed the first sales in other states. But...

Maine virus-related deaths, infections soar to a new high

Jan. 8, 2021 4:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 infections and deaths soared to new heights during a surge of the coronavirus across the state, officials said Friday. The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 41 deaths and 782 infections, both daily records in the state. The rolling 14-day daily...

Maine police investigate homophobic letters sent to homes

Jan. 6, 2021 5:16 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in two southern Maine cities are investigating incidents in which residents received homophobic letters in the mail. Three Portland residents reported receiving the letters on Tuesday, police said. Two of the victims displayed a pride flag on their homes, while the other...

Online tool aims to make vaccine rollout more efficient

Jan. 6, 2021 3:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine plans an online registry for COVID-19 vaccinations as the state prepares for the next phase of the rollout. The online tool, to be released later, aims to reduce lines and cut the risk of exposure by people getting the vaccine, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center...

40-bed homeless shelter approved with plan for complaints

Jan. 6, 2021 1:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland has approved an application for a 40-bed homeless shelter in the city's downtown along with a plan to respond to complaints or concerns from neighbors. In a vote on Tuesday evening, the city's planning board unanimously approved the application to convert the nonprofit...