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Collins and Michaud say they oppose U.S. strike against Syria

Just minutes before President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Syria U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R- Maine, said she could not support a Senate resolution authorizing U.S. military action in the civil war-torn nation. Moments later, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, joined in saying he woul... 11

National pot group to focus efforts on Maine legalization

AUGUSTA — The national group that successfully pushed for legalization of marijuana in Colorado announced Monday that it will accelerate its efforts to pass laws that treat pot like alcohol in 10 more states by 2017. The Marijuana Policy Project, based in Washington, D.C., made the a... 2

Anthem defends proposed insurance changes

AUGUSTA — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield defended its proposal Monday to transfer about 9,000 Maine residents from their current coverage plans to plans that exclude several hospitals 1

Mentally ill more likely to be in prison than a hospital

Maine lawmakers last week signed off on a plan that will allow the state to transfer certain patients from Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, one of Maine&rsquo... 1

Maine commission meets to study casino expansion

AUGUSTA (AP) — A group is meeting in Augusta to discuss how the state should best expand gambling in Maine. Maine lawmakers, casino owners and representatives from the state's tribes and veterans groups are among the 20 members on the Gaming Commission. The group meets for the second... 1

Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure nex... 1

LePage signs executive order to keep federal educational standards out of Maine schools

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage signed an executive order Wednesday that prevents Maine schools from adopting federally mandated educational standards. The executive order is designed to ensure that Maine schools maintain local control in light of concerns about new educational benchmarks... 16

Collins criticizes how Obama is handling Syrian crisis

WATERVILLE — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, says President Barack Obama has put the country into a "no-win situation" by issuing an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad without fully considering the consequences. The Maine Republican said at an appearance in Waterville on Tu... 2

Maine to boost lobster promotion budget

PORTLAND — California has its raisins, Florida its oranges and Vermont has maple syrup. Now, Maine's lobster industry is trying to market its brand more broadly and increase sales of what's already the state's best-known seafood. A state law taking effect in October will raise the an...

Michaud campaign announces staff

PORTLAND — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is announcing the senior staff members of his campaign for governor. Michaud said Tuesday that Matt McTighe will serve as campaign manager in Michaud's campaign against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler in the 2014 e... 14