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Trump administration announces sanctions against North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday new sanctions on North Korea, after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in...

Justice Department sues AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner

The Justice Department sued Monday to block AT&T's $85 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, setting the stage for one of the biggest...

Democrats prepare to target Susan Collins with tax bill robocall

Maine’s U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is facing rising pressure to oppose a federal tax reform bill that is wending its way through Congress. The National...

Second woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of improper conduct, saying he put his hand on her bottom as...

White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax...

Maine Legislature has long to-do list when it returns in January

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers will face a long list of bills when they return to work in January – including measures to fund Medicaid...

With 20 candidates for governor expected, will Maine face a Clean Elections overload?

Each Clean Elections candidate could get $1 million; there's only $4.5 million in the fund. Lawmakers and state officials are concerned that the burgeoning field...

Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation

Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore's campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring "let the battle begin."BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —...

Shawn Moody recruits Paul LePage's daughter and former advisers

Body shop entrepreneur Shawn Moody, a former independent who joined the Republican Party in October, has assembled a team of former members of Gov. Paul...

Matthew Dunlap goes to court to force Trump voter fraud panel to keep him...

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is upping the ante in his effort to compel President Trump’s voter fraud commission to provide him with...

Study: Maine ballot questions too confusing even for college graduates

A nationwide study on the complexity of the wording of ballot questions found that it takes a post-graduate education just to comprehend the title...

House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, edging President Donald Trump...

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial ends in hung jury

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was...

Auburn to recount mayoral votes Nov. 21

AUBURN — A recount of the results of Auburn's mayoral race will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21, after the initial Election Day tally showed Jason Levesque beating Adam Lee by just six votes. Lee formally...

Lewiston mayor: Chin, Bouchard prepare runoff campaigns

Shane Bouchard, left, and Ben Chin are preparing for a runoff election on Dec. 12. (Sun Journal file photo) LEWISTON — Ben Chin and Shane Bouchard are keeping their campaign signs up and preparing for...

Adam Lee still undecided on Auburn mayor recount

Adam Lee, left, talks with supporters at Gritty McDuff's in Auburn on Tuesday after election results for the mayor's race were tallied. Lee said he's still mulling whether to request a recount after losing...

Dixfield votes to keep police department

DIXFIELD — Residents on Tuesday voted 319-450 not to permanently disband the Police Department as of Dec. 31. "We had a really good turnout," Town Clerk Theresa Hemingway said. Voters on Tuesday also approved enacting a wind energy...