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96-year-old wooden schooner is back in Maine

May. 15, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 96-year-old wooden schooner built in Freeport is back in its home state after being purchased from owners in Massachusetts. The 53-foot Heart’s Desire is joining a small number of historic vessels at the Portland Schooner Co., the Bangor Daily...

Street racing surges across US amid coronavirus pandemic

May. 13, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her. She is one of the many victims of a surge in street racing that...

Audit: Portland skipped safeguards to get virus grants out

May. 12, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A city audit has found that Portland failed to create a fair and transparent grant selection process, interpreted eligibility criteria loosely and didn’t protect against misuse of funds in their haste to get pandemic relief money to small businesses. ...

Maine starts COVID-19 shot rollout to kids; nurses honored

May. 12, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has started its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to middle schoolers and early high schoolers. U.S. regulators this week expanded the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12. Health care providers in Maine said they began...

Sudanese immigrant sues Whole Foods, alleging discrimination

May. 12, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Sudanese immigrant who had worked for Whole Foods Market in Maine for years is suing the company, alleging it discriminated against him when a manager prevented him from applying to a supervisory role. Mark Opio, 36, requested that the Maine...

Maine vaccine incentives: gift cards, baseball, fishing

May. 11, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is rolling out free fishing licenses, baseball tickets and L.L. Bean gift cards to encourage more residents to get vaccinated before the end of the month, Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday. Mills unveiled the public-private program, “Your...

Lillard, Blazers score 50 in first, blast Rockets 140-129

May. 11, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 34 points and nine rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers raced to a 140-129 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. The Blazers scored 50 points in the first quarter, setting a franchise record...

The Latest: N Korea again claims no coronavirus infections

May. 10, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has told the World Health Organization that it has tested 25,986 people for the coronavirus through April but still has yet to find a single infection. The WHO said in a weekly monitoring report that North Korea’s testing figures...

Missing Columbia River Gorge hiker found alive

May. 10, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

Search and rescue crews have found a 71-year-old hiker reported missing in the Columbia River Gorge alive, officials said Monday morning. The hiker, identified as Joseph Dean, had been expected to return on Saturday. KGW reports that Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office...

Portland, Oregon mass vaccination site to close June 19

May. 10, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon’s mass vaccination site is expected to close on June 19 after giving hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 inoculations, organizers said Monday. The All4Oregon site, which was set up by four of the city's major hospitals in a joint...