Maine legislature's $30 million budget fix sent to LePage

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill that would close a $30 million hole in the Maine budget next fiscal year and reduce waitlists for services in the state's Medicaid program is heading to Republican Gov. Paul LePage. In a 136-8 vote, the Democratic-led House approved the supplemental budget...


State Senate sustains LePage's veto of Medicaid expansion for third time

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature failed on Friday in its third attempt to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income residents under the federal health care law — an issue that's certain to play prominently in this year's go... 2


Singing priest is Internet sensation

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — Father's got talent. An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at their wedding. Video of the Rev. Ray Kelly's altar-side performance has shot t...


Maine appeals judge's ruling to reverse wind farm decision

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is appealing last month's ruling by a judge who determined that agency Commissioner Patricia Aho erred in her decision involving noise complaints about a Vinalhaven wind farm. In a March 10 ruling, the Superior Court jud...


Malaysian prime minister says plane went down in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday. The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to ...


Australia says nothing spotted in search for plane

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after a 10-hour mission looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. Australian...


Best lead' in plane search: 2 objects seen in sea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean. In what officials called the "best...


Pro-Russian crowds seize three Ukrainian warships

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces seized three Ukrainian warships Thursday and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the U.S. announced a new round of sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.


Australia to continue search for suspected missing plane objects spotted by satellite

UPDATED 9:40 a.m. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the "best lead" so far ended for the day without success Thursday but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue of...


Buckfied eyes school money for investing

BUCKFIELD — Town Manager Glen Holmes told selectmen Tuesday night that money left in SAD 39’s accounts after it joined the Western Foothills School District can be taken all at once or over three years to reduce education costs.