Maine

West Falmouth man dies in house fire

FALMOUTH — A man died in a fire that caused heavy damage to a house and destroyed an attached garage late Saturday afternoon in...

March unemployment rate could be Maine’s lowest since 1957

The preliminary unemployment rate for March is the lowest since 1976, when current record-keeping began. Glenn Mills, chief economist with the Maine Department of Labor,...

License plate approved for Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill creating a specialty license plate for The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. The governor...

Brakey challenges more signatures on Max Linn's nomination papers for U.S. Senate

AUGUSTA — A judge ordered Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to reopen his investigation in the case of Republican U.S. Senate...

Legislature criticized for not addressing opioid crisis

Drug addiction specialists and advocates for treatment programs are criticizing the Legislature for, once again, failing to take any major steps to address Maine’s opioid...

Judge says Deering High student may compete in national poetry recital contest

A Maine high school student from Zambia who is seeking asylum in the United States has won the legal right to compete in a...

March unemployment rate could be lowest since 1957

The preliminary unemployment rate for March is the lowest since 1976, when current record-keeping began. Glenn Mills, chief economist with the Maine Department of Labor,...

Mayhew says Mills and Hayes should quit their state jobs before running for governor

LEWISTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew said Friday that Attorney General Janet Mills and State Treasurer Terry Hayes shouldn’t be pocketing government paychecks...

Police issue warning about fake caseworker

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a warning Thursday about an incident in which someone allegedly entered a private residence and impersonated a...

From Medicaid expansion to pot sales, State House stalemate leaves key issues unresolved

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature faced an uncertain future Thursday as State House political leaders began pointing fingers and laying blame for a late-night...

Maine DHHS warns that someone is impersonating a child protective worker

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a warning Thursday about an alleged impersonation of a child protective services caseworker. According to a news...

Former senator blasts Bruce Poliquin’s push for fresh produce substitutes

The retired U.S. senator from Iowa who created the national Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is charging Maine Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin with...

Maine House Democrats keep bills alive after legislative extension fails

AUGUSTA — In a bizarre series of political maneuvers early Thursday morning, House Democrats managed to keep alive dozens of important bills that do...

Barbara Bush remembered in Maine for quiet philanthropy, love of community

KENNEBUNKPORT — Cars and TV remote broadcast vans lined Ocean Avenue near Walker’s Point all day Wednesday, and a steady stream of visitors stopped...

Bear surprises Kennebunk homeowner

Melanie Wadleigh was sitting inside her parents’ home in Kennebunk on Wednesday morning, their basset hound puppy napping nearby, when her mother saw something...

Medical marijuana reform bill advances

A bill to reform the state’s medical marijuana program appeared headed to Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday. The second major piece of cannabis legislation to...

American Lung Association: Maine air quality is improved

PORTLAND — Breathing may be easier, but it can still be a risky proposition. That is the finding of a statewide report card issued Wednesday...

Judge will decide by Friday whether Portland asylum seeker can compete in poetry contest

A Deering High School junior who is in Maine seeking asylum from Zambia will find out by Friday whether he can participate in a...

Maine Secretary of State prepares to use ranked choice voting in June 12 primaries

AUGUSTA – Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Wednesday he would move forward to conduct a first-in-the-nation statewide ranked choice election on June...

Wary of tainted campaign cash, Poliquin gives it to charities

On the first Friday of February, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin was feeling particularly generous. Despite facing a potentially hot reelection contest that might force his...

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Police log

Auburn • Derek Bennett, 35, of 38 Pine St., Mechanic Falls, on a warrant, 10:16 p.m. Friday at 46 Winter St.  • Stephon Adams, 23, of...

Rite of spring: Kayakers race over icy falls

LETTER E TOWNSHIP — Adults, children and dogs trudged up and down the narrow paths at Smalls Falls on Saturday to watch whitewater athletes...

Community gardeners prepare beds

PARIS — Oxford County community gardeners gathered Saturday on Park Street to prepare raised beds for the growing season. Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities, a volunteer-based nonprofit,...

Batter up! Volunteers prepare Auburn fields for season

Haylee Farr-Howard, 7, of Auburn, who plays in the junior softball league, pitched in with 3o other baseball and softball players, coaches, parents and...

Boy, 8, raises money for MS in honor of uncle

The 2018 Walk MS begins at Edward Little High School in Auburn on Saturday morning. Walk MS is a fundraiser dedicated to ending multiple sclerosis....

Barbara Bush praised as 'first lady of the greatest generation'

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was the "first lady of the greatest generation." Historian Jon Meacham bestowed the title on Barbara Bush while speaking to...

Nikki Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House

NEW YORK (AP) — The public split between the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley this week over Russia sanctions threw a spotlight...

Consumers told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned...

Earth Day cleanup in Rumford

Employees of Oxford County Mental Health Services, members of the Beacon House Peer Recovery Center and community members spent about two hours Friday picking...

Police: Cash, cocaine, paraphernalia found at Wilton man's home

FARMINGTON — A Wilton man arrested on a drug charge Wednesday was released from jail Friday on $5,000 bail. Dennis Ayala, 55, was arrested on...

Oxford medical marijuana battle nearing end?

OXFORD — A long, expensive and complicated legal battle to resolve the disputed awarding of the third and final medical marijuana permit in Oxford...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Rasaun Hampton, 42, of 20 Howe St., on a warrant charging failure to pay a fine, 1:54 a.m. Friday at College and Bartlett...

Auburn mayor retraces WWII history in France

AUBURN — Last week, Mayor Jason Levesque was in France holding an unexploded hand grenade. He also walked past old foxholes, patches of field where...

Mary Dempsey new leader of Norway cancer center

Mary Dempsey is the new executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine in Norway. She previously worked for the Dempsey Center,...

L-A head shops celebrate 4/20

Devin Urquhart of Lewiston, whose alias is "Blunt Man" dances in front of Legal Peaces, a head shop on Lisbon Street in Lewiston on...

For local vet, lynx is 'just another day at the office'

Auburn veterinarian Stephen Kinney holds a lynx brought in by staff at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. The 4-year-old cat had a bowel...

Remember when President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush visited Lewiston in 1991?

Their visit included stops at Farwell Elementary School, where they read to a group of kindergartners, and Lewiston High School.

Last day of school vacation in Lewiston

Lexus Keene, 10, pulls her friend, Brianna Pelletier, 10, with her 7-week-old Boston Terrier, Bosco, on First Street in Lewiston on Friday afternoon. The...

Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and Wikileaks over election meddling

The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy...

Thai to the past: Pepper & Spice brothers open Blue Galangal in Lewiston

LEWISTON — On Blue Galangal's opening day last month, former Pepper & Spice Thai Cuisine customers lined the restaurant. "I walked in here and then...