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Historic utility AND high fashion. 80-year-old LL Bean staple finds a new audience as a trendy bag

Jul. 18, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean created it 80 years ago to haul heavy blocks of ice. Now it's a must-have summer fashion accessory. The simple, sturdy canvas bag called the Boat and Tote is having an extended moment 80 years after its introduction, thanks to a social media trend...

Police pursuit leads to arrest of 2nd man in Maine death investigation

Jul. 17, 2024 15:23 PM EDT

CUSHING, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man arrested following a police pursuit and crash became the second person to be charged in connection with the death of a man in the coastal community of Cushing, police said Wednesday. Jason Hewett, 39, was charged with manslaughter after his...

2 men sentenced in 2021 armed standoff on Massachusetts highway

Jul. 17, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced for their role in an armed standoff on a busy Massachusetts highway in 2021 that lasted more than eight hours and caused traffic delays during a busy Fourth of July weekend. Jamhal Tavon Sanders Latimer was sentenced Tuesday in...

A law passed last year made assault in an emergency room a felony. Did it help curb violence?

Jul. 15, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

A year-old law seems to have done little to curb a surge in violence against health care workers that began during the pandemic, despite increasing charges for assaults on nonmedical staff — such as custodial, security or administrative workers — who are providing emergency medical care. ...

The first Titanic voyage in 14 years is happening in the wake of submersible tragedy. Hopes are high

Jul. 14, 2024 00:56 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The company that owns the salvage rights to the Titanic is undertaking its first expedition to the ship's wreckage in years, and those involved in the mission said they have both heavy hearts and lofty goals for a trip happening a year after a submersible disaster involving...

US Sen. Susan Collins says she will write in Haley, once again not vote for Donald Trump in 2024

Jul. 12, 2024 17:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins didn't vote for Donald Trump for president in 2016 or 2020, and the third time will not be the charm — because she is writing in Nikki Haley. Collins, a longtime moderate Republican senator from Maine, told reporters on Friday that she...

Police chief resigns after theft of his vehicle, shootout in Maine town

Jul. 12, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A police chief in a Maine town has resigned after spending several weeks on administrative leave following an incident in which 11 officers fired at a man accused of stealing two police vehicles. Paris Police Chief Michael Dailey was taking Gary Porter, the...

New York law couldn't be used to disarm reservist before Maine shooting, Army official says

Jul. 12, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Army couldn’t use New York’s red flag law to disarm a reservist experiencing a mental health crisis before a mass shooting in Maine because he was not a New York resident, a nurse practitioner told an independent commission. Maj. Matthew Dickison...

Across Maine, judges are deciding when the lack of an attorney becomes a constitutional violation

Jul. 09, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

On June 25 in Caribou, Judge Stephen Nelson faced a constitutional dilemma. Prosecutors had charged a defendant with aggravated drug trafficking, furnishing and possession nearly three weeks prior, but he still didn’t have an attorney. “The court finds that there has been a...

Maine has no testing requirement for medical cannabis. Public health advocates want that to change.

Jul. 08, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

Keri-Jon Wilson started as a hobbyist, making medical marijuana edibles on a small scale for patients suffering from chronic pain and cancer. But in 2015 she expanded her business, Portland-based Pot + Pan Manufacturing, and began to standardize her products. “Eventually you’ve...