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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little...

How to hide from Google

Turning off the location tracking on your phone isn't enough to stop Google from receiving any information about where you are, an Associated Press...

Like plastic straws, balloons are raising concerns for the environment

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing...

Jury to hear closing arguments in Paul Manafort fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of tax evasion...

Crash outside parliament in London treated as terrorism

LONDON (AP) — A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring...

Google is tracking your movements whether you like it or not

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it...

FBI fires agent Peter Strzok over anti-Trump texts

WASHINGTON — The FBI has fired Agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials...

Security experts, Trump allies alarmed by Omarosa recordings

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from President Donald Trump's allies and national security experts for secret...

New Brunswick shooting: Two of four dead are police officers

TORONTO (AP) — A shooting in a small Canadian city early Friday left four people dead, including two police officers, under circumstances that were...

Federal judge halts deportation, threatens attorney general with contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if...

Mike Pence unveils plans to create a U.S. Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence laid out an ambitious plan Thursday that would create a military command dedicated to space this year and eventually establish...

U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

The Trump administration said Wednesday it would impose new sanctions against Russia as punishment for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt...

Government paperwork delays American Airlines flight — literally

WASHINGTON — There are days when paperwork weighs you down -- and there are days when you are weighed down by so much paperwork...

Put down the poppy seed bagel; you could fail a drug test

It sounds like a flimsy excuse. But poppy seeds really can make you fail a drug test, both peer-reviewed scientific studies and unofficial experiments...

U.S. braces for possible cyberattacks after Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald...

Another use for drones: Investigating car wrecks

When police investigators tried to figure out what caused a multivehicle crash that killed an elderly woman in Morton, Illinois, last month, they looked...

Largest wildfire in California history still growing

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing...

At least 11 killed and nearly 70 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

Gunshots and sirens filled the streets of Chicago over the weekend. Between Friday evening and Sunday night, 63 people were shot in separate incidents,...

Trump now says son's meeting with Russian lawyer sought info on Clinton

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to...

Melania supports LeBron after Trump insult

First lady Melania Trump issued a statement Saturday in support of LeBron James, after President Donald Trump posted a late-night tweet attacking the basketball...
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Police log

Charges Auburn • Stephanie Burkett, 29, of 161 Summer St., on charges of criminal trespass and shoplifting, 2:44 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart. • Ryan M. Lavertu, 22,...

Wood chipper, car crash in Lewiston

A chipper lies on its side after a car swerved to avoid it, slid off College Street in Lewiston and slammed into a stop...

Lewiston planning trail system off Alfred Plourde Parkway

A 23-acre parcel at Webster Street and Alfred Plourde Parkway in Lewiston may be developed for recreational use, including walking trails. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)LEWISTON...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Chips gone wild

Bag Lady and Shopping Siren were, like everyone, intrigued by Lay's limited-edition New England Lobster Roll potato chips. How lobstery would they be? How buttery? ...

Oxford board nixes article on town beach use

OXFORD — The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted Thursday night to remove an article from the Sept. 20 special town meeting warrant that would...

Annual summer fest set for this weekend in Winthrop

Arts, crafts, music, games and food will abound in Winthrop this weekend as the town celebrates its annual, downtown summer festival on Saturday and...

RSU 58 board ready to welcome students

STRONG — With less than two weeks before the start of school, Regional School Unit 58 Superintendent Susan Pratt told directors Thursday said there...

High court rules against solar energy rule

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a legal challenge to a controversial new solar energy rule, saying the dispute should go to a...

Norway board schedules vote on medical marijuana ordinance

NORWAY — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday evening to schedule a public hearing and a special town meeting for 6:30 p.m. Sept....

Maine continues to outpace most of nation in drug overdose deaths

Maine experienced a larger jump in drug overdose deaths than all but five other states in the 12-month period ending Jan. 31, a stark...

Skowhegan mother charged with misusing 911, violating release

SKOWHEGAN — The young Skowhegan mother of three who went to jail last year after police found her lying unconscious next to a naked...

Accuser says living with Seth Carey was her best option

PORTLAND — The woman who accused district attorney candidate Seth Carey of sexual abuse said Thursday she had no choice but to stay at...

Adult-use pot ordinance moves forward in Hallowell

HALLOWELL — Marijuana may be coming downtown, but pot shop proliferation will be limited. Residents got a first look Wednesday at where adult-use marijuana establishments...

Franklin County group mum on request to CMP for benefits

A group of elected officials in Franklin County has asked Central Maine Power Co. for benefits as compensation for a proposed Canada-to-Massachusetts power line...

Central Maine Healthcare board vice chair resigns

LEWISTON — The vice chairman of Central Maine Healthcare's board of directors has resigned. Mark Adams officially resigned Aug. 1, but said he told Chairwoman...

Balloonists eye weather as festival kicks off

LEWISTON — Carnival rides waited silent and ready at Simard-Payne Memorial Park on Thursday, A day before the official launch of the Great Falls Balloon...

Lewiston Police approve contract

LEWISTON — The era of green police T-shirts came to an end Thursday as the Lewiston police union approved a contract with the city. The...

Dixfield Outdoor Market: get involved and have fun

DIXFIELD — The Dixfield Outdoor Market on Saturday and Sunday will offer an array of activities and items, including entertainment, lobster rolls, barbecued chicken...

Jay tax rate expected to decline

JAY — After several years of rising tax rates, a decrease is expected this year, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said Wednesday. Selectpersons will set the...

Just in time

Workers from Mid-Maine Restoration Inc. of Edgecomb scrape the clock tower at the Franklin County Courthouse in Farmington on Thursday as part of its...

Farmington teenager injured in three-vehicle collision in Jay

JAY — A three-vehicle collision at Routes 133 and 156 on Wednesday afternoon sent a Farmington teenager to the hospital with minor injuries, Sgt....

Court dismisses Seth Carey's defamation suit

PORTLAND (AP) — In a year-old defamation case, Maine's highest court has ruled against a Republican who is running for district attorney and feels...

Chris Cousins, veteran Maine political reporter, dies at 42

Chris Cousins, a well-respected and veteran political reporter for the Bangor Daily News, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 42. A Maine...

Woman in fair condition after being hit by car at Wells farm stand

A Colorado woman was in fair condition late Wednesday after she was injured when she was hit by a car that left Route 1...

Second invasive plant found in Cobbossee

MANCHESTER — State officials recently discovered European frogbit, an invasive water plant, growing in Maine for the first time. They found the infestation just outside...