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Maine Asks Court to Isolate Quarantined Nurse

Updated 15 hours ago

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) – Maine health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

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Maine CDC Issues Hepatitis A Alert

Updated 17 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a worker at a Cumberland County restaurant infected with hepatitis A may have exposed customers.

The agency says the worker served food between Sept. 29 and Oct. 11 and after examining the food and beverage preparation practices at the restaurant, it’s possible others were exposed.

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Squirrel Causes Lewiston Power Outage

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A power outage that knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses in Lewiston is being blamed on a squirrel.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power Co. says a squirrel got into a substation on Thursday afternoon and caused about 6,200 customers to loser power in Maine’s second-largest city.

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1 Dead, 1 Injured In Lebanon Crash

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LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Police say one person has died and another has been sent to the hospital after a crash involving a car and a pickup truck in Lebanon.

The vehicles crashed at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday on Route 202 near the intersection with Long Swamp Road.

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No Timetable For Hayride Death Investigation

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MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Maine police say there is no timetable for wrapping up an investigation into a fatal Halloween-themed hayride accident.

A state police spokesman says fire marshals are still investigating the Oct. 11 accident at Harvest Hills Farm in Mechanic Falls and will turn their findings over to a district attorney’s office.

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Various Hunting Seasons End In Maine

Updated 15 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several Maine hunting seasons are set to end.

Friday is the final day of the year to hunt deer with a bow statewide. A more restricted archery season lasts until Dec. 13.

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Independent Governor Candidate Cutler Cuts Ads

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is reducing his budget for television advertising in the week leading up to the election.

A spokeswoman for Cutler says the budget for the week that began Tuesday and ends the day before the election is being cut from $150,000 to $120,000. The statement from Cutler’s campaign comes a day after Cutler acknowledged that the odds of him winning the race are long.

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Maine’s High Court Denies Fast Appeal In Bear Case

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is denying an animal rights group’s request for an expedited appeal in its case against the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Heating Prices Continue To Fall

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the price of heating oil in the state dropped 8 cents this week, continuing a downward trend in the price of fuel.

Officials say the average statewide cash price for heating oil was $3.16 per gallon this week, according to an Oct. 27 survey. The average price of kerosene fell 6 cents from last week, to $3.73 per gallon. Propane prices dropped a penny to $2.83 per gallon.

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Ski Area Going Solar

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GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) — A Maine skiing area will soon unveil 803 solar-electric panels it says will offset 70 percent of its electricity use.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Mt. Abram Ski Area in Greenwood will hold a public ceremony and tour of its acre of solar panels on Nov. 6. Owners expect the panels to generate enough kilowatt hours over the years to power 46 average Maine homes and offset nearly three quarters of the ski area’s electricity use.

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Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine, Goes For Bike Ride in Fort Kent

Updated 2 days ago

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) – A nurse who promised to defy Maine’s quarantine for health care workers who’ve treated Ebola patients has left her home again.

Kaci Hickox, who stepped outside to meet briefly with reporters Wednesday night, followed through with her promise by leaving her home Thursday.

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Minot Man Gets 12 Years For Arson Rampage

Updated 2 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Minot man who went on a rampage last year, setting fire to his home and his estranged wife’s home, before ramming her minivan with his truck and attempting to run down a police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Employers

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1 million from two former employers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Janis Woods of Conway, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to interstate transportation of stolen checks and tax evasion.

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Mom, Daughter, Plead Guilty In Cemetery Rammings

Updated 2 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A mother and daughter who rammed each other’s cars in a Monmouth cemetery, knocking over several headstones, have both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

Meanwhile, the group that operates the Monmouth Ridge Cemetery has dropped its lawsuit against the women and accepted a $25,000 check from their insurance to help cover the estimated $34,000 in damage.

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Slaying Suspect To Undergo Evaluation

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing and sexually assaulting his mother-in-law in front of his 6-year-old daughter has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

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Bear Trapping, Hounding Season Set To End

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s potentially final season for hunting bears using dogs and traps is about to end.

The season for hunting bears via the two methods ends on Friday. Maine residents are voting on a ballot initiative this year that would outlaw both methods along with the use of bait. The election is Nov. 4.

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Train Service Coming Back To Kennebunk

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Amtrak will begin stopping in Kennebunk within the next two years.

The Portland Press Herald reports Amtrak will establish the stop in the spring of 2015 or 2016. The move will restore passenger train service to Kennebunk for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Woman Accused Of Driving Drunk, Biting Officers

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say they’ve charged a Maine woman with driving drunk with two children in her car and biting the officers who tried to arrest her.

The Portland Press Herald reports Bath resident Amy Small was charged with drunken driving, endangering the welfare of a child, assault on a police officer and other crimes Tuesday. Police say Small bit and kicked officers who tried to book her into jail.

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Abortion Protesters Can Sue For Free Speech

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge says part of a free speech lawsuit against Maine’s largest city is dismissed because Portland repealed a buffer zone keeping anti-abortion protesters away from a Planned Parenthood entrance.

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Quarantined Ebola Nurse Goes Outside; Police Watch

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and has been under a voluntary in-home quarantine in Maine has stepped outside to voice her concerns about the state’s quarantine guidelines.

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