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Couple Charged By Moose Under Investigation

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JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire husband and wife charged by a moose while snowmobiling in Maine are under investigation for possibly following the animal.

The Maine Warden Service says it is examining video of the encounter last week in Jackman that was posted on YouTube by Janis and Bob Powell of Belmont, N.H.

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Lewiston Couple Sentenced For Housing Fraud

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston couple convicted of defrauding the federal government out of more $46,000 in housing subsidies by not disclosing substantial income and real estate holdings have been sentenced.

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LePage Vetoes Democrats’ Welfare Bill, 2 Others

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would direct the administration to report on efforts to combat welfare fraud.

The bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually to the Legislature on its efforts to investigate fraud in MaineCare and programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

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Buxton Home Heavily Damaged By Fire

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BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Buxton’s fire chief says it appears a home in town is a total loss after an early morning fire, but there are no reports of injuries.

The blaze at the home on Narragansett Trail was reported at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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LePage Celebrating New UNE Campus In Morocco

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is visiting Morocco to celebrate the opening of the University of New England’s new campus in Tangier.

The Republican governor is scheduled to speak at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday.

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Police: NYC Man Faces Counterfeiting Charge

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine police have arrested a New York City man they say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills at a mall.

A worker at the Maine Mall in South Portland contacted police at about 6 p.m. Monday to say a young woman had tried to use a fake $100 bill to make a purchase.

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Earth Day Events Come To Maine

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Mainers are celebrating Earth Day with events ranging from a search for invasive insects to a candidate for governor announcing his energy policy.

In one of the events Tuesday, state agencies are partnering with the town of Yarmouth to survey its ash trees for invasive Emerald Ash Borers from noon to 3 p.m.

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Theater Troupe Says School Ruined Costumes

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Maine theater company is suing a New Jersey school district with a complaint that the school damaged costumes loaned for a production of the musical comedy “Spamalot.”

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4 Hospitalized In Portland Car Crash

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A four-car crash on Interstate 295 in Portland left three people injured and backed up traffic for more than hour.

The crash occurred late Monday morning in the southbound lane of the interstate near exit 5A. Police told the Portland Press Herald that the accident occurred when Ardo Amir, 57, of Portland, attempted to re-enter the highway from the exit’s off-ramp. His car was struck by a car driven by Katharine Bavoso, 23, of New Jersey.

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Biddeford Cycling Center Plans Expansion

Updated 2 days ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A nonprofit bicycle repair and activity center in Biddeford is preparing to move into a new facility officials hope will get more kids involved and allow for expanded programs.

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Lac Megantic To Be Discussed At Crisis Conference

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A conference hosted by the Maine Emergency Management Agency this week will include a session dedicated to the rail disaster across the border in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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US Energy Officials To Review New England Policy

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The top U.S. energy official is coming to New England to review the region’s energy problems.

Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, is meeting Monday with state officials in Providence, R.I., and Hartford.

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Portland Man Faces Child Exploitation Charge

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been arrested on charges that he made a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Paul Henry was ordered held pending a detention hearing at his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Lawyer Who Made Bomb Threats To Leave Law Practice

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — An attorney who represented high-profile defendants in Maine has resigned two years after being charged with making bomb threats against two Wilton schools.

The Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Thursday that it accepted the voluntary resignation of Ron Hoffman, who practices law in Rumford. Last fall, the board allowed Hoffman to keep his law practice with stipulations. His resignation is effective next month.

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Suspended Lewiston Student Likely Involved In Game

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — School officials and police think the Lewiston High School 10th-grader suspended for having a bright yellow squirt gun at school was likely involved in a game called “Assassin.”

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2 Charged With Selling Heroin In Seacoast Area

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Police have arrested two people after a months-long investigation into the sale of heroin on New Hampshire’s seacoast.

Thirty-year-old Patrick Pickford of Portsmouth has been charged with three counts of sales of a narcotic drug and with possession with intent to distribute. He is out on bail from the state of Maine on a heroin possession charge.

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Ex-Biddeford Pastor Pleads Guilty Child Porn

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The former pastor of a Biddeford church has avoided prison time after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors tell WMTW-TV that James Napier entered his plea to 10 counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under 12 on Wednesday in York County Superior Court.

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US Premiere For Film Set In Maine’s Potato Country

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two filmmakers who won acclaim for their documentary about Maine troop greeters are ready for the U.S. premiere of their new film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky.”

The first feature-length movie by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly will be shown Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Bates Student Faces Assault Charge

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Bates College student who’s listed as a captain of the football team and a member of the lacrosse team is facing charges for allegedly bursting into a stranger’s home and knocking over the elderly resident.

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Church Leaders Wash Feet In Ceremony Outdoors

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The ceremony Thursday is being held outdoors at noon in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people’s feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

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