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Federal Health Official Fauci: States Have Options

Updated 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) —

For Americans wondering why President Barack Obama hasn’t forced all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients, the White House has a quick retort: Talk to the Founding Fathers.

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Federal Health Official Says States Have Options

Updated 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top administration health official is defending U.S. policy on Ebola in the wake of criticism about conflicting federal-state rules.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says local officials are within their legal rights to impose more severe restrictions on people who have possibly been infected. He refuses to characterize the more stringent pursued by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a “mistake.”

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‘Spider-Man’ Robs Auburn Convenience Store

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police in Auburn are looking for an armed man they say wore a Spider-Man mask while robbing a city convenience store.

Chief Jason Moen says the man showed a knife to a clerk in a Big Apple store at about 2 a.m. Monday and demanded money.

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Lewiston Man Shot By Police Now Facing Charges

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man shot by police last week after brandishing a gun is now facing criminal charges.

The Sun Journal reports that the 20-year-old Albert Crowley was charged Monday in the hospital with domestic violence assault and three counts of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $30,000 cash. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

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Biddeford Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly leaving a dog and a cat in a foreclosed home for two weeks without food.

Police announced Monday that 61-year-old Bruce Friedel has been charged with cruelty to animals, failure to provide necessary sustenance, failure to provide medical attention and failure to provide shelter.

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Legal Fight Puts Beach Vote In Question

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CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — A referendum question that could create a public beach in a Maine town may be jeopardized by a legal battle over a technicality in a contract.

Voters in Cumberland will be asked Nov. 4 if they want to bond $3 million to get public access to a nearly half-mile-long beach and pier. WCSH-TV reports developers have negotiated to buy 104 acres of the land along Foreside Road and sell 25 acres of that to the town.

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More Money Pours Into Maine Before Bear Hunt Vote

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Campaign finance reports show that the principal committees supporting and opposing a Maine bear hunting referendum have raised more than $3.8 million.

Reports filed with the state show that the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council has raised more than $2.25 million to try to defeat the ballot question. Pro-referendum group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting raised more than $1.6 million. The filings cover the reporting period that ended Oct. 21.

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Police Awaiting Autopsy In Baby’s Death

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police are still awaiting the results of a state Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy of a baby found unresponsive in a Lewiston bathtub.

The Sun Journal reports the autopsy report could be finished in early November. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the case is still under investigation and cannot be finished without the report.

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Lobster Processors Have A Labor Problem

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TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The booming lobster processing business in Maine is struggling to find and retain good workers.

Since 2010, when a change in Maine law expanded the types of products plants can process, the number of companies that hold lobster processing licenses has more than doubled to 13.

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Volunteers Work To Save Lost Valley Ski Resort

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The Lost Valley ski resort took another step toward an unexpected opening this winter.

The Auburn resort, which first opened in 1961, announced in June that it was in financial trouble and would likely not reopen this winter.

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Dozens Of Campaign Signs Removed In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are investigating after dozens of political campaign signs were removed and then arranged in a circle in a city park.

The 65 signs removed sometime Saturday night represented more than a dozen different candidates, of various political parties, and different ballot questions, so it does not appear as if any one campaign was targeted.

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Grants, Private Donors Aid Gardiner Library Work

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GARDINER, Maine (AP) — The Gardiner Public Library has received more than $100,000 in grant money to renovate its archive room and better protect the records kept there.

The library received $112,000 in grants from four foundations and one private donor over the last several months to fund its plan to renovate the lower floor with a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a tiled floor and LED lighting.

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Maine Supreme Court Visits High Schools This Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court is wrapping up its latest series of road trips to high schools.

The court will hear three appeals Tuesday at Presque Isle High School.

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Absentee Ballot Deadline Approaches

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadline for requesting absentee ballots for Maine’s election is fast approaching.

The deadline for most voters is Thursday. Election officials say Mainers can request a ballot until the close of business by going online, calling or visiting their town office.

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President Obama In Maine This Week To Help Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to swing through Maine this week to campaign for Democratic governor hopeful Mike Michaud.

Obama is headlining a rally for Michaud on Oct. 30 at the Portland Exposition Building.

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Bates Researchers Study Climate Through Clams

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded $337,228 to a Bates College oceanographer and a geologist to continue climate research based on the shells of clams.

Biology professor William Ambrose and geology professor Michael Retelle say they’ll analyze the natural record archived in clamshells over a millennium to plot changes in sea temperature.

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Endangered Animals Bill On Tap For December

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A draft of a legislation that would add several new species to Maine’s threatened and endangered animals list will likely go to state lawmakers in December.

State environmental officials might add the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status. The black-crowned night heron and great cormorant may be upgraded to “endangered.” The cobblestone tiger beetle, Frigga fritillary butterfly and six-whorl vertigo snail could also be added to the endangered list.

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Portland University, Group Get Art Education Money

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine and a Portland education group will receive $1.9 million from the federal government for arts education in Portland schools.

The university announced last week that Youth in Action: Side x Side and the school will receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant will be used to developer a four-year arts education program entitled “Project IMAGINE.”

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Hillary Clinton Stumps For Michaud In Maine

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Rep. Mike Michaud is the best candidate to spur economic change in Maine.

Clinton spoke Friday at a rally at Scarborough High School that attracted about 1,000 people. The former secretary of state and first lady of the United States says Michaud’s background as a mill worker underscores his understanding of the need for middle-class jobs.

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Coast Guard Rescues 3 from Portland Harbor

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The Coast Guard rescued three people from Portland Harbor after their sailboat capsized Sunday.

Coast Guard officials say they got a call just before 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon, saying three people were in the water near Spring Point after their boat flipped.

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