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Bigelow Laboratory developing test to find toxins in mussels

Oct. 27, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine lab is set to receive about $900,000 in federal funding to research a new method of detecting potentially harmful toxins in mussels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Center for Coastal Ocean Science awarded the money to Bigelow Laboratory...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds up his face mask as he speaks to members of the media outside a voter service center, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump, Biden hit battleground Pennsylvania amid pandemic

Oct. 26, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden zeroed in on the critical battleground of Pennsylvania on Monday, demonstrating starkly different approaches to rallying voters just eight days before polls close during the worst public health crisis in a century. Trump drew...

Questlove arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The founder of the hip-hop group The Roots wants to find the woman who bought a turntable and records for him when he was 5. He posted about his quest on social media over the weekend. He wrote that he was in Portland, Maine, in 1976 when he made friends with a stranger. He said he knew talking to strangers was a no-no but says “my instincts paid off.” Now he's hoping to find Ellie. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Questlove's quest: To find woman who bought him a turntable

Oct. 26, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ahmir Thompson, founder of The Roots and drummer for the “Tonight Show” band, wants to find the kind stranger who bought him a turntable and several records at the tender age of 5. Thompson — better known as Questlove — posted on social media that he was...

Study: Lobster population healthy off Maine, poor in south

Oct. 26, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American lobster population is in decent shape off of Maine and Canada, but continues to decline in southern New England, according to an assessment by an interstate regulatory group. The stock assessment released by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American...

Maine virus count tops 50 on consecutive days after lull

Oct. 26, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has posted more than 50 new coronavirus cases on back-to-back days for the first time since May. The state’s total number of reported cases of coronavirus has increased by 58, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. The state reported 59 new...

Old Town death ruled a homicide; shooter has been identified

Oct. 26, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

OLD TOWN, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in Old Town, and have interviewed the shooter, officials said Monday. The death of Derek Blyth, 42, on Saturday in an Old Town apartment was ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office. State Police...

DOJ boosts Maine efforts to tackle addiction crisis

Oct. 26, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Public agencies in Maine have received more than $1 million in federal money to help fight the state's addiction crisis. Almost $900,000 of the money is slated for Cumberland County, while the rest is going to the Maine Department of Public Safety. The money is from the U.S....

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters Saturday Oct. 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. Battleground Florida was again a central focus of the presidential campaign Saturday as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama all had high-profile events in the state. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

The Latest: Pence to be in Minnesota on Monday after all

Oct. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence will be campaigning in Minnesota after all on Monday, after a text message from the Trump-Pence campaign indicated the two would be together in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The vice...

Colby College opens $200 million athletic facility

Oct. 25, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A private liberal arts college with 2,155 students now has an athletics complex that might be the envy of some NCAA Division I universities. Colby College has pressed forward with a $200 million athletic facility despite the pandemic and economic downturn. The 350,000-square-foot...

Research identifies 91 more species of spiders in Maine

Oct. 25, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — There are more creepy-crawlies than previously known in Maine. The Maine Forest Service's newly released Checklist of Maine Spiders identifies 677 different species of spiders. That includes 91 additional species that were identified during the project. The checklist is the result of...