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Plane Diverted

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) Twenty-year-old Samir Hadj Larbi of Paris was charged last Thursday with interfering with a flight crew after the plane landed in Bangor while en route from Paris to Newark, N.J.

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Maine Army National Guard Headed to Iraq

Updated 6 years ago

About 500 soldiers, with the 133rd Engineering Battalion, were notified they may be deployed in February of 2010.

It’s thought the soldiers will be helping to build and repair the Iraqi infrastructure.

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Data Breach Lawsuit

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) According to a decision announced Monday, the case will be heard by U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby in Portland.

The decision means that lawsuits already filed in Maine, New Hampshire, Florida and New York will be consolidated into a single case under the federal court’s multi-district litigation program.

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Jail Incident

Updated 6 years ago

18 year old Leo Hylton has been placed in segregation, after he was reportedly involved in a fight with another inmate on Friday.

Hylton, who is from Augusta, was transferred to the Cumberland County Jail from Kennebec County.

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State Primary Elections

Updated 6 years ago

Candidates seeking their party’s nomination have been criss-crossing the state in one last push before Tuesday’s elections.

Campaigning has been heavy in Southern Maine, where six democrats and two republicans are vying for the house seat being vacated by Democratic Congressman Tom Allen. He’s challenging Republican Senator Susan Collins.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The entrance to Birch Point State Park in Owl’s Head was the scene of a fatal crash over the weekend.

Knox County sheriff’s deputies say a person driving a motorcycle lost control and crashed into some rocks and trees.

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Gas Tax Increase

Updated 6 years ago

The average price of gas in Maine is now 4:05 a gallon. That’s up 37-cents in the past month and it’s going up again next month because of a tax increase.

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Petition Drive

Updated 6 years ago

Last April, state lawmakers approved increases in taxes on beer and wine, along with soda and syrup for soda fountains.

The extra money will be used to fund the Dirigo Health Insurance Program.

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Fatal Fire in Millinocket

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities say a fire that swept through a mobile home in Millinocket has claimed a woman’s life.

Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says firefighters found the body after extinguishing the blaze Sunday morning.

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Keep Animals Cool

Updated 6 years ago

Doctor Dave Cloutier with Veazie Veterinary Clinic says the quick warm-up can make it easy to forget that pets need more water and more access to shade now.

That’s because it’s harder for them to cool down when they heat up, since they can only pant or sweat through their paws.

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Father & Daughter Recovering from Attack

Updated 6 years ago

A relative says a father and daughter stabbed in a home invasion in Pittston are continuing to recover at separate hospitals.

Lester Dickey of Gardiner says the father, 48-year-old William Guerrette, may be taken out of a drug-induced coma this weekend at a hospital in Lewiston.

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Teen Killed in Car Crash

Updated 6 years ago

Police say an unlicensed teenager died when he crashed a car in the town of Alexander in Washington County.

Washington County Deputy Thomas Chambers says 16-year-old Jordan Brown of Baileyville was driving a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix that rolled over, hit a tree and caught fire.

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Gas Tops $4/gal. Nationwide

Updated 6 years ago

The rest of the nation has joined Maine in paying $4 a gallon for gas.

AAA and the Oil Price Information Service say the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $4.005 overnight from $3.988.

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Big Money to Maine Campaigns

Updated 6 years ago

Barbra Streisand, Mary Tyler Moore and

Stephen King have a financial stake in Maine’s high-profile U.S.

Senate race. So do Phil Lesh, who’s a founding member of the

Grateful Dead, and Don McLean of &quot:American Pie&quot: fame.

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Girls Hit by Train Tell Story

Updated 6 years ago

The two teenage girls who were injured

last month in a train accident near the Maine-New Hampshire border

say they remain upbeat about the future and confident that their

close friendship will pull them through.

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Baldacci Endorses Obama

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for

president.

Maine’s governor made his announcement after Hillary Rodham

Clinton ended her campaign for the presidency and told supporters

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Unhealthy Air

Updated 6 years ago

Federal environmental officials are expecting the air quality to be unhealthy this weekend in

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and parts of Maine,

Vermont and New Hampshire.

Robert Varney, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional

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Girls Hit By Train Speak

Updated 6 years ago

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Brown and 13-year-old Destiny Phaneuf appeared this afternoon at a news conference at Maine Medical Center in Portland. From their wheelchairs, they said they’re not going to let what happened to them cast a shadow over their lives.

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$4M Colby Gift

Updated 6 years ago

Robert Diamond Jr., who graduated from Colby in 1973, announced the gift on Friday.

His Diamond Family Foundation will give the money in support of the college’s interdisciplinary studies of the environment, energy policies and climate change. The foundation gave Colby $6,000,000 in 2003.

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Union Advertisements Anger Unions

Updated 6 years ago

Union members around eastern Maine are taking issue with a pair of commercials produced by the Center for Union Facts.

Jack McKay is the president of the Eastern Maine Labor Council, a federation of 35 unions with more than six thousand members.

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