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Jeff Sessions interviewed by Robert Mueller's team in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed...

One dead, nine injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Someone with a gun opened fire inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring nine...

Donald Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S....

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of...

Susan Collins and Angus King help broker Senate agreement for ending government shutdown

Maine’s two U.S. senators were once again at the center of negotiations to end a federal government shutdown. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and...

Vice President Mike Pence tells Israel U.S. Embassy to move to Jerusalem in 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told Israel's parliament on Monday that the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of...

Senate talks fall short, shutdown extends into workweek

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell...

Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

WASHINGTON (AP) — Symbols of American promise have turned into emblems of American dysfunction amid a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration that...

Susan Collins leads group working on budget deal

 WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders in both parties refused to budge publicly from their political corners Saturday on the first day of the government shutdown,...

U.S. government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the...

6 tactics for fighting the flu at home

 Coughing, sneezing and misery are a part of many households these days as cold and flu season kicks into high gear. The Centers for...

California DA says couple's abuse of 12 kids became torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant...

Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a...

Donald Trump rebuts chief of staff, insists views on a border wall have not...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own...

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold to 0.05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a...

Doctor says Donald Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House,...

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-line conservatives are threatening to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown and saying GOP leaders lack the...

Video: Dunkin’ without the Donuts; chain debuts store of the future

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Dunkin' without the Donuts? A new Dunkin' Donuts store opening in the Boston suburb of Quincy is giving the idea a...

Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

WASHINGTON — Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to reach a long-term spending accord by...

Parents arrested after their 13 children found chained in Calif. house of horrors

These Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department show Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin. Authorities say...

Immigrant legislation sparks passionate response in Lewiston

LEWISTON — The City Council tabled a vote Tuesday to support a legislative bill that would fund an immigrant resource office in Lewiston, disappointing...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Michael DeJesus, 47, of 18 Belgrade Ave., Auburn, domestic violence assault, 6:30 p.m. Monday at 31 River St.  • Paul Roe, 30, of Ellsworth,...

Ice, rain cause outages, flooding

Thousands of Mainers were without power Tuesday night as ice-laden limbs and lines snapped in a storm that also flooded roads and slicked highways. The...

Hockey players win trip to NHL All-Star Game

Four 10-year-old hockey players from Lewiston and Auburn will fly on Thursday to Tampa Bay for the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend.  Maine Gladiators Tier...

Agencies seek funding from Farmington

 Walton Mill Pond Dam in Farmington (File Photo)FARMINGTON —  Representatives from half a dozen social service agencies asked selectmen Tuesday evening to restore funding...

Cemetery sold, LED lights still of interest in Paris

PARIS — The sale of Fairview Cemetery has been completed. “There is one minor step still with the registry of deeds that our lawyers are taking...

Maine Democrats file ethics complaint against state GOP alleging ties to "fake news"

AUGUSTA — In an ethics complaint filed Tuesday, the Maine Democratic Party accused its Republican rivals of working hand-in-hand to spread bogus claims through...

Kingfield selectmen discuss firefighting equipment, road construction costs

KINGFIELD — New Fire Chief Fred Nichols told selectmen Monday night he plans to apply for federal matching funds to buy a new pumper. He also...

Farmington man faces drug trafficking charge

FARMINGTON — Police arrested a second man Sunday on a charge of aggravated trafficking of drugs in downtown Farmington. Jonathan Toothaker, 22, was arrested Jan....

Nomination papers available in Jay

JAY — Nomination papers for three-year terms for two selectpersons, Regional School Unit 73 directors and water district trustees are available at the Town...

Jay begins municipal budget review

JAY — Selectpersons on Monday approved a preliminary proposed spending plan of $6.25 million for 2018-19. The amount includes changes proposed by the board and...

West Paris couple charged in home burglary

PARIS – A West Paris couple accused in connection with a break-in at a pastor's home while he was conducting a church service Sunday...

Coast Guard prepares for ice-breaking on Kennebec

Two ice-breaking tugs were on the Kennebec River on Tuesday ahead of a larger vessel later this week, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The...

State gets OK for regional center; could help Auburn medical tourism project

The state is moving forward with development of a regional center to connect foreign investors to projects in Maine, such as a proposed $40...

Marijuana sales bill faces challenges

A bill that would extend the adult-use marijuana sales moratorium until the end of the legislative session is not sitting well with House Republicans...

Errands in the rain

Miranda Brown navigates the Bates Street sidewalk Tuesday morning with her children Emonie, 3, and Eliyanna, 5, while running errands in Lewiston during the...

Dental board weighs bringing more charges against Kippax

AUGUSTA — Lewiston oral surgeon Jan Kippax is not off the hook yet. Though the Maine Board of Dental Practice determined last month that the...

Hoops and dance can help brains and bodies

NORWAY — In Nettie Gentempo’s Nevaeh Dance Studio at 290 Main Street,  styles of dance and performance have a home that hold a benefit for those...

Determination helps Mat Allen succeed

NORWAY — Firefighter Mat Allen recently graduated the Basic Firefighting School held at the Paris Fire Department, which he described as “the state minimum to...

Avesta closes on Fox School

PARIS — The sale of the Mildred M. Fox School located at 10 Market Place, to Avesta Housing, was finalized on Dec. 28.  The town...

Maine supreme court says state must provide food stamps to eligible asylum seekers

Maine’s top court has ruled that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to deny food stamp benefits to asylum seekers...

Carrabassett Valley house fire ruled accidental

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A fire that destroyed a home on Fox Hollow Road last week originated near a wood stove in the living room,...

Former lawmaker seeks State House seat

WATERFORD — Retired state finance commissioner Sawin Millett is seeking the House District 71 seat. Millett, 80, is a Republican who has served for more...

Jackman selectmen fire town manager Kawczynski, who made racist remarks

JACKMAN — Town Manager Tom Kawczynski was fired Tuesday morning in a unanimous vote by selectmen that followed an uproar after his racist views...

Early morning crash on Maine Turnpike in Lewiston closes southbound traffic for an hour

LEWISTON — Southbound traffic on the Maine Turnpike was closed for an hour early Tuesday morning following a crash near the Lewiston interchange at...

Mogul skier Troy Murphy of Bethel named to U.S. Olympic team

Troy Murphy got the call Monday night – he’s going to the Winter Olympics. Murphy, a 25-year-old native of Bethel, will be part of the...

Baby delivered after pregnant woman dies in Skowhegan crash

SKOWHEGAN — A pregnant woman on her way to a local hospital to be medically induced to give birth was killed Monday morning when...

Police log

Auburn • Justin Barefield, 38, of 66 Webster St., Lewiston, operating after license suspended, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to give correct name and...

Franklin County arrest log

Charges: • Marcus L. Stiles, 37, Carrabassett Valley, domestic violence assault, Jan. 12, $250 cash bail, Carrabassett Valley Police Department. • Jerome Soiinka Sterling, 33, Dallas...

Lewiston school board hears report on learning initiative

LEWISTON — The School Committee met Monday night at the Dingley Center to discuss proficiency-based learning.  Assistant Superintendent Shawn Chabot and the rest of the...