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Maine stopped tens of thousands of fraudulent benefit claims

Jul. 2, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine canceled tens of thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims during a period of less than a month, its labor department said Thursday. The Maine Department of Labor has spent weeks investigating unemployment impostor fraud in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic....

The Voice of America building, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump allies take aim at his global media chief for firings

Jul. 1, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven U.S. senators, including two strong allies of President Donald Trump, harshly criticized Trump's new chief of U.S.-funded global media on Wednesday for firing the heads of several international broadcasters without consulting Congress. They expressed concern that the independent...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 30, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Developing plan to open schools in September will test CT leadership New Haven Register June 27 In this summer like no other, some stores are already spotlighting “Back to School” displays. Who knew a sign could seem simultaneously hopeful and...

Reactions to Supreme Court striking down abortion clinic law

Jun. 29, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Congressional members and congressional hopefuls in northern New England are responding to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics. New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster said Monday’s ruling “is an important victory for women and their doctors.”...

In this December, 2018 photo released by the Stemberger family, Victor and his wife Han Stemberger, are shown at their home in Centreville, Va. Victor Stemberger sits in a Spanish jail, one year after flying into the country with 2.4 kilograms (more than 5 pounds) of cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag. His family says he knew nothing about the drugs. Though Spanish authorities are dubious, the U.S. Justice Department has advised Spain that it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network, and has asked the country for evidence it's gathered, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. (Victor Matthew Stemberger via AP)

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

Jun. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Stemberger wasn't about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues,...

Proposal would make parks free for more disabled veterans

Jun. 27, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a bill introduced by a pair of New England senators that would make disabled veterans able to attend national parks for free. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen proposed the bill. It's designed to provide...

Maine lawmakers want Juneteenth to be a federal holiday

Jun. 26, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are joining a push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in America and takes place on June 19. Independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the holiday, which is observed by 47 states including...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, then Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, discusses a transportation issue during a House Transportation Committee meeting at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi, despite Democratic objections over derisive comments he made about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. The GOP-led panel endorsed Mississippi Appeals Court Judge Cory Wilson Thursday on a 12-10, party line vote. The nomination now goes to the full Senate.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Senate approves 200th federal judge nominated by Trump

Jun. 24, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved the nomination of a Mississippi judge to a federal appeals court, the 200th federal judge named by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-controlled chamber. It's the highest number of judicial nominees confirmed at this stage of a presidency in...

Visitors walk by a souvenir t-shirt shop Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt many of Maine's businesses that rely on just a few months in the summer for most of their annual revenue. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Strike won't affect delivery of machines to swab maker

Jun. 23, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A strike at Bath Iron Works won't affect the company's delivery of machines needed to ramp up production of specialized swabs used for tests for the coronavirus, officials say. Bath Iron Works completed the delivery Monday of 22 machines that Puritan Medical Products needs to expand...

Maine senate candidate files lawsuit seeking ballot access

Jun. 21, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to get on the ballot. Tiffany Bond, a Portland lawyer, said the state should waive its typical signature collection requirements and place her on the ballot. Bond said she should be on the ballot...