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Park director wants to take 'Mount' out of 'Mount Katahdin'

Sep. 19, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — The director of the Baxter State Park Authority is floating the idea dropping the "Mount" from Maine's "Mount Katahdin." Eben Sypitkowski told Piscataquis County Commissioners in an email that Katahdin was named by the Penobscot Indians and means "greatest mountain." Therefore,...

Maine's tougher new distracted driving ban in effect

Sep. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law that prohibits the use of hand-held phones and other devices while driving is now in effect, and police will be keeping an eye out for violations starting Thursday. The new law adds restrictions to the state's rules against distracted driving. It states that no one...

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting near homeless shelter

Sep. 18, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to a fatal shooting in June 2018. The Portland Press Herald reports 20-year-old Tyrese Collins appeared in Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday after initially pleading not guilty to murder in the death of 45-year-old...

Mainers will likely have final vote on vaccine exemptions

Sep. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An effort to undo state lawmakers' elimination of religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines will be decided by a statewide vote in March if petitions submitted Wednesday are validated by the state. Mainers for Health and Parental Rights delivered more than 77,000 signatures...

Worker who herded people out before explosion is called hero

Sep. 17, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A maintenance manager was credited Tuesday with saving lives by evacuating a building before an explosion that gravely injured him, while investigators began examining the rubble to determine the cause and the firefighter who died was saluted. Larry Lord emptied the building of "at...

Interactive, virtual project under way to explore shipwrecks

Sep. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new project to explore the wreck of the ship dubbed as New England's Titanic is underway. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has partnered with NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Imaging Technologies as a part of a three-year project to explore shipwrecks. The...

Collins' aide: New Kavanaugh accusation 'lacks an accuser'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins says newly disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are not adding anything new to what's already been reported. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who hopes to unseat Collins...

Propane blast kills firefighter, injures his brother, others

Sep. 16, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A fierce propane explosion leveled a newly constructed building after fire crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday, killing one firefighter and injuring at least eight other people, including fellow firefighters, officials said. The blast was so powerful it blew a...

The Latest: Injured chief is brother of fallen firefighter

Sep. 16, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a deadly propane explosion in Maine (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Maine public safety officials say a firefighter killed in a propane explosion that injured eight other people was a 30-year member of the Farmington Fire Department. Gov. Janet Mills on Monday ordered...

Official: Firefighter killed, at least 6 injured as propane explosion levels building in Maine

Sep. 16, 2019 10:08 AM EDT
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Official: Firefighter killed, at least 6 injured as propane explosion levels building in Maine.