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UNE launches new institute dedicated to northern regions

May. 22, 2018 1:25 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of New England has launched a new institute dedicated to study of the North Atlantic and the Arctic. Officials announced Monday that the Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England will be based in Portland. The Portland Press Herald reports...

Sentencing set for man who mailed fatal dose of cyanide

May. 22, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of mailing a fatal dose of cyanide to a suicidal Englishman is set to be sentenced in a case that has lingered in the courts for more than three years. Sidney Kilmartin, of Windham, was arrested in 2014 and found guilty in 2016. He's scheduled to appear in...

Sentencing to resume in case of man who mailed fatal cyanide

May. 20, 2018 10:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sentencing of a man convicted of mailing fatal cyanide to a suicidal Englishman is set to resume in Maine. Sidney Kilmartin was scheduled to be sentenced last month in federal court in Portland, but testimony in the case ran long and his sentencing was suspended. He's due back in...

Company files lawsuit against housing project developers

May. 18, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Vermont construction company has filed a lawsuit against the developers involved in a stalled housing project in Maine, saying the developers have been "playing a shell game" to avoid paying their bills. PC Construction Co. says in its lawsuit filed Wednesday it provided work on...

Hospital system ends partnerships over opioid lawsuit

May. 18, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems is withdrawing from partnerships it has with two Maine cities over a lawsuit filed against opioid manufacturers. In a statement Thursday, EMHS says it's leaving two groups that support addiction treatment in Portland and Bangor. The hospital system...

No charges in stabbing that killed man in parking lot brawl

May. 16, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine's largest city say no one will be charged in the stabbing death of a 31-year-old man because the stabbing occurred in self-defense. Anthony Best died as a result of the April 2016 stabbing, which took place during an altercation in a Portland parking lot. Police say a...

Popular science center that featured sharks, Titanic closing

May. 15, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A popular science center that has attracted traveling exhibits to Maine's largest city is closing its doors. The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland Science Center is shutting down after nearly three years on the city's waterfront. The center has featured exhibits about...

Maine counting eagles, which recovered from brink in state

May. 15, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife officials are conducting the largest statewide survey of bald eagles in the Pine Tree State in five years. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and game warden pilots are conducting the survey of the iconic bird. It nearly disappeared from Maine...

Maine's highest court to hear appeal in fire that killed 6

May. 15, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court will hear the appeal of a landlord convicted of code violations but acquitted of manslaughter in a fire that killed six people. The Bangor Daily News reports arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday in Augusta. Landlord Gregory Nisbet was acquitted of six counts...

Man who posted videos showing illegal guns sentenced

May. 15, 2018 1:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A convicted felon uploaded videos of him shooting a gun at a Maine firing range despite being banned from possessing firearms has been sentenced to over two years in prison. Twenty-six-year-old Dane Mitchell was sentenced Monday at federal court in Portland to 27 months in prison for...