PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There’ll be a lot of traffic on the Maine Turnpike for the three-day Columbus Day holiday weekend.
Columbus Day weekend is usually the second-busiest weekend of the year for the turnpike, behind Labor Day weekend.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — People in Maine, Ohio and several other states have been unable to get food stamps on their debit cards after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. caused a system failure.
People in Ohio, Michigan and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn’t access their benefits.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine says he has signed a petition to allow a vote on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
He says the discharge petition would allow a majority of members to bypass the speaker of the House and force a vote on the bill.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials say visitors are being denied access to a beautiful state-managed and state-funded park in Washington County during peak foliage season because of the government shutdown.
MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — About 200 geologists are in northern Maine for a field conference.
The 105th New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference is aimed at exposing geology students to field investigations. A total of 17 trips were being run from Friday to Sunday, covering everything from the glacial history of Mount Katahdin to the origin of ore at Katahdin Iron Works.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage and his wife are opening up the Blaine House for a food drive for the third straight year to help needy Mainers put food on the table.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating the attempted abduction of a teenager in the Maine town of Kittery.
Police say a 15-year-old girl was walking near the intersection of Shapleigh Road and Manson Avenue Friday afternoon when a man driving a van asked her if she needed a ride. She said no several times but the driver then told her to get in.
SMITHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Police are blaming speed and alcohol in the death of a 26-year-old Maine man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash about six hours after being charged with operating under the influence.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The fifth Dempsey Challenge is wrapping up with cycling events in and around Maine’s second-largest city.
More than 1,100 cyclists were taking part in Sunday’s fundraising bicycle rides ranging from 10 to 100 miles and capped with an appearance by Patrick Dempsey during the event’s closing ceremonies.
Xerox Corp. says that access to food stamp systems has been restored in 17 states that were affected by a temporary outage.
People in Ohio, Michigan and Texas were unable to use food stamp debit-style cards for hours on Saturday. Xerox said a routine test of backup systems resulted in a temporary system failure.
CRAWFORD’S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say a 69-year-old Maine man has died after apparently suffering some sort of medical condition while hiking.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Dr. Robert Fernandez of Kennebunkport was hiking alone on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail in Crawford’s Purchase at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when two other hikers came upon him.
NEWRY, Maine (AP) — A couple from Finland have won cash, beer and bragging rights in capturing the 14th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship at Maine’s Sunday River ski resort.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A small Quebec town that was devastated by a runaway train that exploded in its downtown is receiving help from its sister city in western Maine.
Colette Roy Laroche, the mayor of Lac-Megantic (lak may-gahn-TEEK’), was presented a $32,000 check Saturday night at a benefit concert in Farmington. The money comes from a relief fund for the town, where an unmanned Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway train with 72 oil tankers exploded on July 6, destroying much of downtown and killing 47 people.
YORK, Maine (AP) — An old wood-piling bridge in southern Maine has reopened after being shut down for a year to be reconstructed.
The Portsmouth Herald ( ) says Sewall’s Bridge over the York River in York opened to traffic on Friday.
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Fans of “The Wizard of Oz” can head to Maine — not Kansas — to see an exhibit of all things Oz going back more than a century.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fruit, vegetables and herbs will soon be planted at Capitol Park near Maine’s State House, under a new state law.
The law that went into effect last week directs the state to plant edible landscaping in the Augusta park.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A commission that’s charged with spurring economic development in distressed areas has awarded grants to two remote towns in Maine.
The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded a $200,000 grant to the town of Dover-Foxcroft and a $68,000 grant to the town of Jackman.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a police sergeant was legally justified in using deadly force to protect himself during an armed confrontation that left a Hampden man dead.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk and causing a crash in Maine that killed his passenger.