Latest Maine News

Replacement of Maine-Canada bridge gets major fed aid boost

Jul. 23, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine will receive $36 million to help pay for the replacement of an aging bridge that connects one of its northernmost communities with the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee,...

Maine man pleads guilty to child's death that spurred reform

Jul. 22, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine man pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the beating death of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, whose abuse sparked outrage and led to changes in the state child welfare system. The state plans to seek a life prison sentence against 52-year-old Julio Carrillo, who entered his plea...

Parking help sought at busy Acadia, where visits are up

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's only national park is working on options to accommodate a surge in visitors that has made parking difficult. Acadia National Park is one of the most popular destinations in Maine in the summer. The number of yearly visitors ranged between 2 million and 2.5 million from 2000...

Maine to receive $1M in settlement over Equifax data breach

Jul. 22, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is set to receive $1 million from a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement with a consumer credit reporting agency. Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed private information such as Social...

Correction: Sunken Warship story

Jul. 22, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — In a story July 18 about divers finding a sunken U.S. Navy ship off Maine coast, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the Navy, erroneously reported the last U.S. warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II. It was the USS Frederick C. Davis,...

Lobstermen join with Maine pols to oppose whale rules

Jul. 22, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — A group of Maine lobstermen that has the backing of the state's Congressional delegation is pushing back at a plan to protect endangered whales with new fishing regulations. A federal team has called for the removal of half the vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to reduce...

Commission criticizes Maine utility over billing in op-ed

Jul. 22, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission has taken the unusual step of writing a newspaper op-ed chastising a power company in the state for doing a poor job of transitioning to a new billing system. The op-ed appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram on Sunday. It's signed by the...

Bill would increase fines for robocalls

Jul. 22, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A newly introduced bill targeting robocallers that has U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' support would double the penalties on scammers who trick victims into answering phone calls. Supporters say Americans receive billions of pre-recorded telemarketing calls a year. Robocallers often rely on...

Gas prices fall a bit in northern New England

Jul. 22, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices have dipped a bit in northern New England. The latest GasBuddy survey shows the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.63 in New Hampshire, down 1.6 cents from last week. Prices in Maine and Vermont dropped just under a penny to $2.70 and $2.71 a gallon, respectively. The...

LL Bean poised to open 1st store in Canada

Jul. 22, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is poised to open its first store in Canada. The Maine-based retailer announced Thursday that the 13,000-square-foot (1,210-sq. meter) store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto. The retailer announced last year that it would be looking to open...