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Trustees back name change for University of Southern Maine

Nov. 18, 2019 12:34 PM EST

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — There’s support for changing the University of Southern Maine’s name to the University of Maine at Portland. The vote on Monday from the University of Maine System trustees in Farmington authorizes the system’s leadership to seek approval from the Maine...

Portland, Maine, might expand ranked voting method

Nov. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The largest city in Maine might expand a ranked form of voting to more elections after using it to pick a new mayor. Portland’s mayoral races use ranked-choice voting, in which residents prioritize their candidates. The Portland Press Herald reports the city might extend the...

Harden scores 49 points, Rockets beat Timberwolves 125-105

Nov. 16, 2019 11:43 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Undermanned and playing for the second consecutive night, the Houston Rockets still had plenty of reason to be confident. “I would think it would give you confidence,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You’re playing with a bazooka out there.” A bazooka...

Big week for dead batteries in frozen northern New England

Nov. 14, 2019 12:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Northern New England drivers have been besieged by dead car batteries this week as temperatures have plummeted. AAA Northern New England said it responded to nearly 3,000 calls for help in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Wednesday. That was a 50% increase from the previous...

District to hold off on use of body cameras in schools

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School officials in a Maine city say they want more time before deciding whether to equip police officers with body cameras inside schools. The Portland Public School Board voted Tuesday to ask the police department to delay giving school resource officers the cameras so they could...

Maine artists commissioned for $1M public art installation

Nov. 11, 2019 11:46 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine artists have been commissioned to design a $1 million permanent art installation for a new convention center in Seattle. The Portland Press Herald reports Wade Kavanaugh, of Bethel, and Stephen Nguyen, of Portland, will create the installation for the Washington State...

School appeals federal judge's decision over 'rapist' note

Nov. 8, 2019 1:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A school district Friday appealed a judge's decision to block a three-day suspension imposed on a 15-year-old student who posted comments about a "rapist" on a bathroom mirror. The Cape Elizabeth School Committee felt compelled to take the case to the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of...

Portland man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

Nov. 7, 2019 4:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has pleaded guilty to the strangulation death of his girlfriend. Sixty-two-year-old Gregory Vance pleaded guilty to murder Thursday under an agreement that caps his sentence at 35 years. His attorney will press for 25 years when he's sentenced next month. Court...

Appeal that focused on cellphone location data is rejected

Nov. 7, 2019 3:05 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A convicted murderer in Maine has lost an appeal that focused on location data obtained from cellphone towers. David Marble contended a judge should've suppressed cell site location information obtained under a warrant at his trial. He contended there wasn't probable cause for a...

Maine based healthcare provider reports email hack

Nov. 7, 2019 3:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland, Maine, based health care provider was the target of a hack that potentially compromised the information of about 30,000 patients. InterMed said in a news release Tuesday an "unauthorized third party" accessed the email account of an employee sometime from Sept. 4-6. The...