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Maine Woman Sues GM After Suffering Burn

Updated 2 months ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A woman who says she suffered a third-degree burn from a heated seat in Chevrolet Suburban has sued General Motors.

Emma Verrill says in her suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland that GM failed to adequately test the rear seat heaters to prevent them from reaching “dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh.”

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Maine Army National Guard Units Return Home

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — More than 160 members of Maine Army National Guard units have returned home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion and the 1035th Survey and Design Team reunited with loving family members on Sunday during a reception at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Man Dies In Mexico After Standoff With Police

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MEXICO, Maine (AP) — A man who stole a pickup truck in Paris and led police on a chase that ended at a convenience store in Mexico has died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

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2 Cabinet Members Visit Tribal School

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PERRY, Maine (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are visiting Maine to talk about education reform for schools on tribal land.

The two members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet on Monday are visiting the Beatrice Rafferty School, located on the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point reservation.

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Top Bid For Tallest New England Lighthouse Is $78K

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England’s tallest lighthouse has attracted a top bid of $78,000, but the federal government must still approve the sale.

The U.S. General Services Administration closed the auction Sunday for Boon Island Light Station.

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Maine To Recruit Students From Kazakhstan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A delegation comprised of representatives of six Maine high schools and universities is heading to a former Soviet republic in central Asia to recruit international students.

The Maine International Trade Center is leading the team that will visit Kazakhstan next month.

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Tea Party Label Irks 2nd District Hopeful Poliquin

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two years ago, Bruce Poliquin kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in Maine at a tea party event and courted voters within the ultraconservative movement.

Poliquin now hopes to become the first Republican in nearly two decades to fill the congressional seat in Maine’s 2nd district, and he rejects being labeled as a tea party candidate.

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Planned Parenthood President To Rally For Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of Planned Parenthood and its political arm is visiting Maine later this month to host a rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud.

Cecile Richards will headline a “Women for Mike” rally in Portland on Aug. 27.

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Maine’s Night Coyote Hunt To End Soon

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s nighttime coyote hunt will close in two weeks.

Maine hunters can hunt the elusive wild dogs at night from Dec. 16 to Aug. 31 this season. The night hunt begins a half hour after sunset and ends a half hour before sunrise, and is closed from midnight Saturdays to 12:01 a.m. on Mondays.

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Popular Balloon Festival Draws To A Close In Lewiston

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A popular summer festival featuring more than a dozen balloons and tens of thousands of spectators is drawing to a close in Lewiston, Maine.

Warm, sunny weather served to boost attendance for the Great Falls Balloon Festival on all three days, including the final balloon launches on Sunday.

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Maine Launches Website About Bear Hunt Ban

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is adding a new section to its website with information about an upcoming referendum that could ban three methods of bear hunting in the state.

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Autopsy: Landlord Died Of Heart Attack After Fight

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — An autopsy shows a 60-year-old Lewiston, Maine, who died after trying to break up a fight in his building died of a heart attack.

Louis St. Pierre died at a hospital following the apartment house fight on Wednesday night. Police said there was an altercation in the building during which St. Pierre collapsed.

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Mainers Hear About Proposed Missile Defense Site

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Creation of a missile defense site in western Maine would mean upgrading roads, construction of housing and a backup power plant, and 60 missiles located in silos.

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US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Washington has sent military equipment to U.S. police departments. But federal officials are now reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Attorney General Eric Holder says that when police and citizens need to restore calm, he’s concerned that using military equipment and vehicles sends “a conflicting message.”

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Dad Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Infant Twins

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of assaulting his infant twins has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old Anthony Carpinelli of Sanford on Friday denied charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with indifference, two counts of assault on a child younger than 6, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Foghorn Switch Leaves Mariners In Fear

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Boaters needing foghorn assistance around Kennebunkport, Maine, now need to request it, instead of hearing it automatically.

Mariners and residents say boaters are at risk because of the U.S. Coast Guard decision to change the operating system of the Goat Island Light.

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Nova Star Sees Healthy Growth In July, August

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Company officials say the Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is starting to see some healthy growth.

The company said Friday that 17,255 people sailed on the new vessel in the first two week of August, for an average of 557 passengers per day. That compares with 13,043 passengers in July, an average of 421 passengers per day.

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Nurse Who Failed To Report Abuse Loses License

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine nurse who failed to report signs of abuse of an infant who later died has lost her license.

Former home health nurse Virginia McNamara signed a voluntary agreement with the state Board of Nursing, and the agreement was made final this week.

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AP Source: King To Endorse Cutler For Governor

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A person familiar with the plans says Sen. Angus King will back fellow independent candidate Eliot Cutler in the three-person race for Maine governor.

The person tells The Associated Press that King will endorse Cutler on Monday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the endorsement had not yet been made public.

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Maine’s Scallop Fishery To Face More Closures

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators want to shut down several waterways to scallop fishing in the coming season as they attempt to rebuild the fishery.

The news comes as Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is warning fishermen that the coming season could be subject to an emergency closure. The season runs from December to April.

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