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FILE - In this June 29, 2014, file photo, former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, right, waves while riding with his husband James Ready, left, during the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade in San Francisco. Frank and Ready filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, against a construction contractor who they said abandoned the building of their home in Maine in May after only completing part of the agreed upon work. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Former US Rep. Barney Frank sues for unfinished work on home

Dec. 3, 2020 10:29 AM EST

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and his husband, James Ready, are suing a construction contractor who they said abandoned the building of their home in Maine. Shaun Madden Contracting walked off the job in May after completing a little more than $200,000 worth of work, Frank and James Ready said in their lawsuit...

Coast Guard searches for 3 off Maine after mayday call

Dec. 3, 2020 10:16 AM EST

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Rescue crews are searching for three people off the Maine coast after a fishing vessel began taking on water Thursday, the Coast Guard said. Crews from Maine and Massachusetts responded to a mayday call placed at 6:30 a.m. about the vessel, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said. The Coast...

$1B power line construction to be delayed by a several weeks

Dec. 3, 2020 10:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power is delaying the start of construction on a $1 billion transmission project by several weeks or more while it completes the spinoff of a new company that will own and operate the project, officials said. The company had intended to start construction as early as...

Maine senator joins push to renew pandemic unemployment help

Dec. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent U.S. senator has joined a call for the federal government to extend pandemic unemployment benefits before they run out. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday that Congress must extend Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. King...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...

USDA invests in Maine's growing oyster industry

Dec. 3, 2020 2:15 AM EST

WALPOLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine shellfish grower is receiving more than $600,000 from the federal government to increase its production of oysters. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Small Business Innovation Research Program is providing the money to Maine...

Member of the Maine House take the oath of office at the Augusta Civic Center, Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020, in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lawmakers convene for historic meeting during pandemic

Dec. 2, 2020 6:44 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With Gov. Janet Mills in quarantine Wednesday, Maine lawmakers were sworn into office by the state’s chief justice to open a historic session at the Augusta Civic Center that featured the state’s first openly gay House speaker, the first woman to serve as secretary of...

Maine gov: Initial shipment of vaccines could be too small

Dec. 2, 2020 3:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday the number of doses of the new coronavirus vaccine that the state could receive later this month is disappointingly low. Mills, a Democrat, said the state is slated to get about 12,600 doses of a vaccine by the middle of December. The vaccine requires...

Researchers from US and Canada team up to study white sharks

Dec. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Researchers in New England and Canada are teaming up to learn more about the great white sharks appearing in Northeast waters in greater numbers each summer. More than a dozen organizations and state agencies from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are part of the New...

Maine police investigate death of pedestrian in rainstorm

Dec. 2, 2020 11:12 AM EST

MEXICO. Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating a crash that killed an 81-year-old woman in the town of Mexico. The crash killed Sally Yarnish, who was struck by a pickup truck as she walked in a rainstorm on Monday night, police said. Yarnish was taken to a local hospital where she died early on...