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NYC Man Faces Drug Charges

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine drug agents have arrested a New York City man they say dropped a bag containing hundreds of oxycodone pills when police approached him.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were conducting an investigation about 8 p.m. Tuesday when they approached 31-year-old Pierre Dupera, of Brooklyn, New York, behind a supermarket.

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Christopher Buckley To Deliver Address In Biddeford

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Political novelist and satirist Christopher Buckley is delivering a lecture in Maine.

Buckley is set to deliver the 5th annual George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Thursday evening at the University of New England in Biddeford.

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Attorney Receives MacArthur Grant

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine civil rights lawyer who’s won a $625,000 MacArthur grant says she didn’t even know she’d been nominated.

Mary Bonauto of Portland is well known for her work with the Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, where she was involved with every major state and federal legal battle over same-sex marriage.

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Census: Poverty Down But So Are Wages

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest the number of Mainers living in poverty has dropped from 2012 to 2013. But the figures also suggest income dropped, as well.

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Oxford Networks Unveils Expansion In Brunswick

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Oxford Networks has officially opened its expanded data center in a high-security building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The data center that was unveiled Wednesday in a former Navy communications center will allow the company to expand its cloud computing, data storage and backup solutions. Company officials say it’s the largest facility of its kind in northern New England.

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Pingree, Michaud Reject Arms For Syrian Rebels

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have voted against a proposal to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels.

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Environmentalist Group Targets Gov. LePage

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A California billionaire’s environmental group is launching operations in Maine as it looks to defeat Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The political action committee NextGen Climate says its targeting 90,000 Maine voters that it believes are concerned about climate change and hopes to use the issue to get them to the polls.

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Activists Go To Court To Get Pot On York Ballot

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YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine pro-marijuana activists are going to court to try to force a town to put a question about legalizing possession of small amounts of pot on this November’s ballot.

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Mayor Offers To Help McGraw Find Portland, Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn’t know where it is. And he doesn’t want to know, either.

The country singer included a song, “Portland, Maine,” on his latest album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” which came out Tuesday.

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Feds Issue Recommendation On Cod Shortage

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are recommending a host of new restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee on Wednesday recommended a battery of changes, including implementing expansions to existing inshore spawning closures. The panel also requested a review of the extent of cod bycatch in the lobster fishery.

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House Speaker Boehner To Raise Money For Poliquin

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is visiting Maine next week to raise money for 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin.

Poliquin Finance Director Jessica Corbett said that Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will host a closed-door fundraiser on Sept. 25. She declined to provide further details.

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Traffic Stop In Maine Leads To Drug Bust

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing drug charges in Maine after a police officer pulled her over for speeding and found hundreds of oxycodone pills in the vehicle.

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Maine’s Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

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WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s oldest chocolate maker is under new ownership.

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven’s Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers.

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Feds To Issue Recommendation On Cod Shortage

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are set to issue a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss a recommendation, which could include shutting down the fishery or imposing a stricter quota.

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Oil Train Protester Convicted

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A jury has found one of two defendants who sat on train tracks to block a train carrying crude oil guilty of trespassing.

The jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Douglas Bowen Jr. of Porter. A second defendant, Jessie Dowling of Unity, was awaiting the outcome of her case, which was heard by a separate jury.

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Bailey Island Residents Win Access To Cedar Beach

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HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has ruled in the public’s favor in a dispute over beach access on Bailey Island.

Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills ruled Monday that the public had earned an easement because Cedar Beach Road has been used for beach access for more than nine generations.

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Navy Prison Redevelopment Plan Moving Forward

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s shuttered prison.

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Couple Sues Portland Police After May Arrest

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who were arrested after trying to film police officers in Portland.

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Cruise Ship Passengers Bolster Portland’s Economy

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the number of passengers scheduled to sail into Portland on cruise ships this year is up 15 percent over last year, providing a valuable boost to the area’s economy.

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Portland, LePage Dispute Over Immigrants Aid Looms

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The dispute between the city of Portland and the administration of Gov. Paul LePage over welfare benefits to some immigrants could heat up at the next city council meeting.

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