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Paradise lost: The sweet life of a town wiped out by wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There's a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with...

Raccoons drunk on crab apples cause false rabies scare in West Virginia

Rabid animals are, of course, no laughing matter. The rabies virus can infect the central nervous system, resulting in disease and death, according to...

Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up, including Kelly, Nielsen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it...

Grim task searching for victims as fire death toll reaches 42

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed...

Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who...

Scientists study secret of squirrels’ success

If you live in an area with plenty of trees, you may be used to seeing a gray streak out of the corner of...

Wildfire destroys thousands of buildings in California town of 27,000

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighty-five-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the Supreme Court and is in...

13 dead including gunman in shooting at California bar

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded Marine combat veteran dressed all in black opened fire during...

Jeff Sessions’ resignation puts future of Mueller probe into question

WASHINGTON — The future of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign was thrown into uncertainty Wednesday after President Donald...

Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, emboldened by Republican election wins in the Senate and scornful of GOP candidates he felt didn't sufficiently embrace...

Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program's name change

NEW YORK (AP) — The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts...

Democrats retake the House; Republicans keep the Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left...

Daylight saving time is unpopular. Here are the countries trying to ditch it.

Anyone trying to make an international call this weekend would be forgiven for getting a little mixed up. Daylight saving time ends in the United...

Donald Trump pledges asylum crackdown, tent cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he plans to sign an order next week that could lead to the large-scale detention of migrants...

Half-naked Tennessee woman charged after falling through eatery ceiling

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a half-naked woman fell twice through a restaurant’s ceiling and landed in its kitchen. News outlets report...

Mafia hit man suspected in Whitey Bulger's slaying

BOSTON (AP) — A Mafia hit man who is said to hate "rats" is under suspicion in the slaying of former Boston crime boss...

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border could reach 15,000 — roughly double the...

‘Whitey’ Bulger found dead in West Virginia prison

BOSTON (AP) — James "Whitey" Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as...

The FDA is redefining healthy food. Do pizza bagels and gum count?

NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can...
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Maine veterinarians offer more compassionate ways to euthanize pets

Maine veterinarians are offering more compassionate care and surroundings to make euthanizing cherished pets less traumatic. In the "quiet room" at the Bridgton Veterinary Hospital...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Shane Pontoo, 31, of 65 Howe St.,  unlawful possession of cocaine base, violating conditions of release, criminal forfeiture of property, 11:30 p.m. Friday on Walnut...

Teams blast into space for LEGO League qualifier

JAY — Teams from Farmington and Waterville took home the top awards Saturday in a robotics competition that included 26 teams from schools across the...

Turkey biz stressful but rewarding

WEST GARDINER — With the sun reflecting off the disappearing layer of snow, Judy Abbott was enjoying a calm moment Saturday morning.  The turkeys that...

Christmas spirit reigns at Feztival of Trees in Lewiston

LEWISTON — Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to a tree stocked with dozens of Lego sets, a cordless drill for dad or a...

Sabattus man injured in Topsham hunting incident

TOPSHAM — A Sabattus man was shot in a Topsham hunting incident Saturday morning. Joshua Stark, 25, was shot in the hip around 7:30 a.m....

Poliquin’s campaign mum on whether he’ll request a recount

The ranked-choice ballots have been counted, but the fighting in the unprecedented race to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District may not be over. On Friday,...

Bigger deer draw out-of-state hunters

When Ronald McAlpine of Jacksonville, Florida, hunts for white-tailed deer in his home state, he can shoot as many as he wants. Florida has...

RSU 58 schedules two public forums

PHILLIPS — The Regional School Unit 58 board on Thursday announced two public forums for residents to share their ideas on the future of...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Robert Parker, 50, of 124 Bartlett St., on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, 2:15 p.m. Thursday at that address. • Stacy Lowell,...

SAD 17 director indicted in Kennebec County theft case

School Administrative District 17 director and former Selectman Toby S. Whitman was indicted Thursday by a Kennebec County grand jury on a charge of...

New sign welcomes drivers to downtown Lewiston

LEWISTON — A sign that states "Welcome to Downtown Lewiston" was installed Thursday at the southern entrance to lower Lisbon Street, and is a...

Salvation Army toy drive begins

Rachel Street, 9, and Grace Trainor pack toys that were dropped off for the Lewiston Salvation Army at the Auburn Mall on Friday. Five...

Campaign to become Maine's attorney general is almost invisible

AUGUSTA — Voters across the country typically choose an attorney general in a statewide election that’s sometimes bitterly contested because the post is often...

Oxford police promotions announced

Family and friends gathered at Thursday evening's Oxford Board of Selectmen meeting as Police Chief Michael Ward introduced recently-promoted officers. From left are Officer...

Plowed out: Age, cost, hours are pushing more plow drivers to hang it up

Business has been pretty good lately at Reggie's Sales & Service in Auburn. It could be just the normal gear-up for winter, with customers looking...

Moen named police chief in Auburn

AUBURN — After serving as interim police chief since August, Jason Moen on Friday was named to fill the chief position. Auburn City Manager Peter Crichton...

Fire destroys house and barn in Hiram

HIRAM (WGME) — A barn and a house were destroyed in a fire Thursday night, according to the Hiram Fire Department. Officials said they were...

Storm coats Maine in snow from Kittery to Fort Kent

Mike Spencer clears the snow from the walkway in front of his home on Riverside Street in Lewiston on Friday. "I put him up...

Tips on how to fix a snowblower

SCARBOROUGH (WGME) — Snowblowers can be a lifesaver, especially when mother nature gets cranking. To protect your snowblower when the snow is too deep, there...

Augusta school board rejects adding religious holidays to calendar

AUGUSTA — Religious holidays of multiple faiths will not get their spot on the school calendar after all. The Augusta school board, despite extensive public...

Robert Indiana owned paintings up for auction to pay bills, repair Maine home

Christie’s in New York is offering two pieces of art from the private collection of Vinalhaven artist Robert Indiana in a controversial sale to...

Maine’s first major snowfall closes schools, snarls traffic

Mainers in many parts of the state are waking up Friday morning to the first significant snowfall of the year. The storm has prompted dozens...

'An issue all over the place': Topsham grapples with police shortage

TOPSHAM — The Police Department is looking for a few good recruits. The department is four people shy of its full complement of officers, which...

Firefighters put out Mexico garage fire

MEXICO — Crews from several towns battled a garage fire late Thursday night on Back Kingdom Road. Mexico firefighters were joined by crews from Rumford,...