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Man Arrested After Standoff In Rumford

Updated 5 hours ago

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — A more than seven-hour police standoff in Rumford has ended peacefully.

Chief Stacy Carter says the standoff ended at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday without shots being fired.

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Woman Injured In ATV Crash In Athens

Updated 10 hours ago

ATHENS, Maine (AP) — Authorities say the operator of an all-terrain vehicle has been flown to a hospital colliding with a jeep in Athens.

Fire Chief Travis Thompson says the accident was reported just before 3 p.m. Monday on a private road.

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Oil Spill Reported In Kennebunkport

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — An oil spill in Kennebunkport is expected to take a couple more days to clean up.

A sheen on the water off the village of Cape Porpoise was first reported Sunday night.

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Governor Candidates To Speak At Energy Forum

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the two candidates vying to replace him will lay out their positions on energy and the environment at an event this month.

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Former President Clinton To Campaign For Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic candidate Mike Michaud’s campaign is getting a boost from former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton will be rallying the party faithful and raising money for Michaud and the Maine Democratic Party at events on Tuesday evening at the Portland Exposition Building.

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Pingree: Biden To Tour Navy Shipyard

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard this week.

Joining him on Wednesday will be U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, along with Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud of Maine. The shipyard announced the visit on Sunday.

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Health Centers Get $730K Through Health Law

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Three health centers in Maine are getting more than $730,000 in funding through the Affordable Care Act.

The US Department of Health and Human Services said that the money will fund patient-centered medical homes. The department says the team-based model aims to increase access to care and help a patient be treated for several needs at one time.

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Unions Call For FairPoint To Return To Table

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of union workers are using a Labor Day rally to demand that FairPoint Communications return to the negotiating table.

The workers gathered in Portland’s Longfellow Square on Monday after a Labor Day breakfast sponsored by the Southern Maine Labor Council. The group chanted slogans demanding an end to corporate greed, and for the company to resume negotiations.

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For Sale: Century-old Cards Of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A small auction house that’s becoming known for selling rare baseball memorabilia has come across a mother lode of cards prized by collectors. The collection from 1909, 1910 and 1911 features more than 1,400 cards including famous players like Cy Young and Ty Cobb.

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Bear Trapping Season Begins Before Ban Vote

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s bear trapping season is set to begin about two months before a state-wide referendum that could ban the hunting method.

The state’s bear trapping season runs from Monday to Oct. 31. Trapping bears is one of three hunting methods voters could choose to ban in a November vote. The other two methods are hunting with bait and hunting with dogs.

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Law Leads To Stiffer Assault Charges

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine prosecutors are more likely to bring stiffer charges for choking someone after lawmakers updated the definition for aggravated assault.

A Portland Press Herald analysis found that the number of aggravated assaults charged by prosecutors increased 61 percent from 2011 to 2013. The number of times prosecutors charged defendants with showing extreme indifference to the value of human life jumped from 29 to 170 in 2013.

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British Officials To Attend Climate Event

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BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Several British dignitaries will attend a discussion about climate change at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine.

Topics for the Sept. 4 meeting will include ocean acidification, carbon capture and storage, and hydraulic fracturing. British Council General to New England Susie Kitchens and British Embassy Counsellor for Global Issues Rosalind Campion will attend. U.S. Deputy Director for UK Science and Innovation Sarah Hokanson also will be there.

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Maine Family’s Hike Of Appalachian Trail A Rarity

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BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT EAST TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — A Maine family with two young children may make the record books with its 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.

David, Emily, Nathan and Maddy Kallin are expected to complete the end-to-end hike of the trail on Monday, becoming just the 16th family with young children to do so. The Kallins began their journey in Georgia at the end of March.

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DEP Sends $400K For Landfill Closures, Fixes

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is sending $401,678 in checks to 11 municipalities for costs associated with landfill closures and clean-up costs.

Presque Isle Municipal Landfill is receiving the largest check at $125,445. Others receiving checks include Bath, Greenville and Hartland.

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UMaine Augusta Building Named For Outgoing Chief

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A building at the University of Maine at Augusta is being renamed in honor of the outgoing president who is taking a job in California.

On Friday, University of Maine Chancellor James Page announced that a building in downtown Augusta will be renamed Handley Hall, in honor of President Allyson Handley.

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Maine Man Dies After NH Mountain Hike

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THOMPSON AND MESERVE’S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a Maine hiker has died after suffering a medical emergency while climbing New Hampshire’s Mount Jefferson.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 63-year-old Gregory Larson was stricken Friday afternoon near the summit of the 5,712-foot mountain. His companions performed CPR while rescue hikers and a hospital helicopter were dispatched to help.

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Dozens Of Former Lawmakers Ousted By Defeat Or Term Limits Again Seek Spot In Legislature

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Dozens of former Maine lawmakers who were ousted from the Legislature by defeat or term limits are vying to return to Augusta this year.

Among them is John Martin, a 73-year-old Democrat who served nearly five decades in the Legislature, including an unprecedented 10 terms as speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Company Recalls 25,192 Pounds Of Beef

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.

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Gay Rights PAC Won’t Endorse In Senate Race

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A leading advocacy group for gay, lesbian and transgender people in Maine will not make an endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race in the state.

The race between incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows includes two candidates who both publicly support same-sex marriage.

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Poliquin Asks Richardson To Drop Out Of Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Bruce Poliquin wants independent candidate Blaine Richardson to get out of the race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Poliquin called Richardson on Thursday night, asking him to drop out of the race.

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