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Ireland votes to overturn abortion ban

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish have swept aside one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the developed world in a landslide vote that...

Judge plans quick ruling on whether Maine must submit Medicaid expansion plan

Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy said Thursday she will issue a ruling as soon as possible in a lawsuit against the state over implementation...

State failed to follow procedures and share information in deaths of 2 girls

State child protective workers failed to follow policies and procedures in assessing the placement of a young girl who died as a result of...

LePage eyes bringing more Chinese students, trade to Maine

Touting the safety and natural bounty of Maine, Gov. Paul LePage is pushing for Chinese students and companies to come to the Pine Tree...

Donald Trump cancels June 12 summit with North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing "tremendous anger and...

Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefing on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are set to meet with top intelligence officials Thursday as President Donald Trump raises...

Judge to rule on ranked-choice voting

A federal judge said he will decide early next week whether the Republican primary June 12 will be held under ranked-choice or traditional, plurality...

NFL teams will be fined if any players kneel during national anthem

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners approved a new policy Thursday aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in...

LePage bill for elderly in limbo

Gov. Paul LePage’s office is working with a woman in Caribou whose home was foreclosed on, while a bill he initiated to try to...

Legislative typo threatens to undermine Clean Elections campaigns

AUGUSTA — Candidates for Maine governor and legislative seats who are running “clean elections” campaigns could lose access to millions of dollars this summer...

Injunction requested on ranked-choice voting

Ranked-choice voting is a system “designed to change election outcomes and messages,” and alter the Maine Republican Party, the party said in its latest...

Deadline looms for switching parties ahead of primaries

AUGUSTA (AP) — The deadline for Mainers to switch parties to vote in the June 12 primary elections is drawing near. Election officials say the...

Donald Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary...

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements...

LePage says bike helmet saved his life, will need shoulder surgery

Gov. Paul LePage disclosed Friday that he was hit by a car while bicycling in Florida in November and will require surgery. LePage said the...

Trump to deny funds to clinics that refer for abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions,...

Some Maine taxpayers may have to amend their 2017 returns, LePage warns

Gov. Paul LePage warned Thursday that some taxpayers might need to file amendments to their 2017 tax returns because the Legislature failed to pass...

LePage says Maine does not have money to expand Medicaid

The LePage administration argued in a court filing this week that it cannot implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion because the Legislature did not make a...

Matt Dunlap says GOP lawsuit over ranked-choice voting is based on speculation

The Maine Republican Party’s claim in a federal lawsuit that ranked-choice voting could lead to the election of a candidate who was not truly...

Democrats to converge on Lewiston this weekend

LEWISTON — More than 1,300 delegates are expected to descend on Lewiston this weekend for the state Democratic convention that begins Friday afternoon under the banner...

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In Maine, is GOP linked to flurry of anonymous attacks?

Ben Chin, a 32-year-old Democrat, ran away with the preliminary vote in November for mayor of Lewiston, the second-largest city in Maine. But he could not avoid a runoff with City Councilor Shane Bouchard, a...
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Lewiston voters turn out in droves despite storm

LEWISTON — Voters were so eager to cast ballots in the mayoral runoff election Tuesday, they began lining up at 6:30 a.m. — 30 minutes before the polls opened. "I've never seen that at any...