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Nova Star Still Waiting For A Winter Route

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Nova Star ferry that just finished its inaugural season will stay in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, for the time being.

Operators of the ferry previously said they had intended to send the cruise ferry south to Florida while its owners negotiated a winter route to bring in revenue during the offseason. The company said a winter deal is still in the works.

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Actor Patrick Dempsey Honored For Cancer Care

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine-born actor Patrick Dempsey returned home to accept an award for his work helping cancer patients.

Dempsey — most famous for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” — and the Jackson Laboratory were awarded the Maine Creative Industries Award on Saturday in Portland.

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Man Accused Of Selling Heroin At Portland YMCA

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a Portland man is accused of selling heroin from a room he rented at the YMCA.

Forty-three-year-old Frank Gerry is charged with drug trafficking.

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2nd Stealthy Destroyer Starting To Take Shape

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BATH, Maine (AP) — The second of three stealthy destroyers under construction in Maine is starting to take shape.

The Navy says it has completed the hoisting of the 1,000-ton composite deckhouse onto the 610-foot hull of the future USS Michael Monsoor. It took four cranes to complete the job Friday.

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Man Who Shook Baby Gets 7 Years In Prison

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who violently shook and severely injured his baby daughter has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said 22-year-old Kevin Peaslee must report to serve his sentence on Monday.

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Collins, King Want Monthly Bipartisan Meetings

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are urging the leaders of the U.S. Senate to bring together the Republican and Democratic caucuses for regular meetings.

They signed a letter along with more than two dozen colleagues on Friday asking Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to convene monthly bipartisan lunches.

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Warden Service Probes 3 Illegal Moose Kills

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HOULTON, Maine (AP) — The state Warden Service is investigating three illegal moose kills in far northern Maine during the moose hunting season.

Officials say the three moose were shot and left on the ground in early November.

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Bartlett Elected Maine Democrats’ New Party Chair

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democratic national committeeman and former Maine Senate majority leader has been chosen to lead the state’s Democratic Party.

Phil Bartlett was elected chairman Sunday by the party’s state committee. He beat Melissa Sterry, a Kennebec County Democrat, for the position.

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Maine Bear, Moose Hunts To End In 2 Weeks

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two of Maine’s most popular big game hunting seasons will end for the year in two weeks.

The hunting seasons for bear and moose end on Nov. 29. The remaining two weeks of the bear hunting season are for general hunting only. Early portions of the season allowed for the use of bait, dogs, and traps. The final two weeks of the moose hunting season are restricted to six wildlife management districts in southern and coastal Maine.

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Biddeford Teen’s Mom: I Called Police Before Fire

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The mother of a Maine teenager charged with murder in a fire that killed two men says she contacted police several times to report her son had collected bomb-making materials and she was concerned about his behavior.

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Nanny, With 3 Children Arrested In Saco Drug Bust

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Saco police say a nanny taking care of three children was one of two people arrested in a drug bust.

Deputy Chief Jeffrey Holland says officers acting on a tip staked out a hotel in town earlier this week. He tells the Portland Press Herald an SUV pulled up.

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Man Gets Jail Time For Stealing Blind Man’s Meds

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing the pain medication of a blind man who uses a wheelchair.

The Sun Journal reports that Daniel Keirstead, of Sandy River Plantation, was also sentenced to three years of probation, after he agreed to plead no contest to felony charges of robbery, burglary and stealing drugs. He was also fined $400, barred from having contact with the victim and prohibited from using drugs and alcohol.

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Sens. Collins, King Visiting Guantanamo Bay

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are heading to Guantanamo Bay to review the detention center there.

Collins, a Republican, and King, an Independent, are among a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers traveling to the U.S. military base in Cuba on Friday.

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Maine Among Highest Student Loan Debt States

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine continues to have one of the highest undergraduate student loan burdens in the country.

The Portland Press Herald reports graduating seniors from Maine’s public and private nonprofit colleges in 2013 averaged $29,900 in debt. The national average was $28,400. The Project on Student Debt says Maine’s figure is seventh in the nation. Maine also ranked seventh in 2012.

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Hearing Friday For Man Charged With Mailing Poison

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine resident accused of sending poison to a depressed Englishman who used it to kill himself will likely be in court for a bail hearing next month.

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Commission OKs Maine’s 2nd Virtual Charter School

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A second virtual public charter school in Maine is getting the green light.

In a 6-1 vote on Thursday, the Maine Charter School Commission voted to enter into contract negotiations with the Maine Virtual Academy.

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Recounts Taking Place In 5 Senate Races

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials will recount ballots to officially determine the winner in five close state Senate races.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says that five requests were submitted by Wednesday’s deadline.

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Man Who Defrauded Maine Town Sentencing Is Jan. 21

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for defrauding a Maine town is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 21, 2015.

Federal prosecutor Gail Malone says Craig Sanborn of Maidstone will be sentenced in federal court in Bangor that day. A judge convicted him in May of submitting $300,000 worth of false invoices to Brownville, Maine, for materials and services he never bought. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Documents say Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. will handle the case.

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Portland House That Burned Was In Foreclosure

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The apartment house in Portland where a fire killed six people on Nov. 1 was in foreclosure.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports that this summer, landlord Gregory Nisbet was given 300 days to buy the Noyes Street home back from the bank for more than $300,000. The paper cites records from the Cumberland County Register of Deeds. Nisbet did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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APNewsBreak: Inquiry Cites Complacency In Sub Fire

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An investigation into a fire that crippled a U.S. submarine concludes that the Navy was complacent about fire safety during shipyard repairs and put too much faith in firefighters who’d never trained to battle a blaze aboard a submarine.

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