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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...

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...

Comey memos quote Donald Trump talking about jailed journalists and ‘hookers’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns...

Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it...

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong...

Retired nurse says she performed CPR on woman almost sucked out of Southwest flight

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events...

Southwest pilot with ‘nerves of steel’ calmly landed damaged plane

The pilot's voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board. "Southwest 1380, we're single engine," Tammie Jo Shults, a...

Pot holiday 4/20 traces roots to California high school stoners

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to...

'It smells like death:' Alabama endures NYC 'poop train'

PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench...

Donald Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said...

Barbara Bush, wife and mother of presidents, champion of literacy, dies at 92

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her...

A passenger died after Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine at 30,000 feet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and...

A spike in fatal ODs is making more organs available for transplants

It doesn't take an in-depth reading of the letters that recipients of organ transplants write to the families of deceased donors to realize the...

IRS electronic filing system breaks down on Tax Day

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service's electronic system that allows Americans to submit their tax returns online has partly failed Tuesday, complicating filing for...

Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney's office,...

Starbucks and police on the defensive after 2 men were arrested

Starbucks, which has touted its progressive values and its "social impact" agenda, faces fierce criticism and calls for a boycott after two black men...

James Comey says Donald Trump is possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first televised interview since being fired that he believed Donald Trump was "morally unfit to be...

Barbara Bush’s health is failing, and she won’t seek more care

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who celebrated her 92nd birthday last June at the family’s seaside home in Kennebunkport, is in “failing health” and...

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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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Truck collision closes Route 4 in Turner

TURNER — Police blocked off a section of Route 4 Friday morning after trucks collided shortly before 8 a.m. No serious injuries were reported, but...