TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — A new marine species has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Thursday the discovery of Chromodoris fentoni, a type of shell-less snail known as a nudibranch (pronounced “nu-da-brank”). Biologists discovered the… Read More
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Thursday that the agency further study the link between food coloring and childhood hyperactivity but said products that contain the dyes do not need package warnings. The committee, made up of doctors, scientists and consumer… Read More
    MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge on Thursday did what thousands of pro-union protesters and boycotting Democratic lawmakers couldn’t, forcing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to halt plans to implement a law that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights and cut their pay. Read More
    PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ousted adviser on diversity called the president’s conservative party the “plague of Muslims” amid a growing furor over its plans to debate Islam’s role in France. Even Prime Minister Francois Fillon, a prominent member of the governing UMP party, is… Read More
    Back in the summer of 1979, I learned about an unsung social hot spot in Maine. Shortly after arriving in the border town of Vanceboro, I was invited to a popular Saturday night activity: “Let’s go to the dump and watch the bears!” Sure enough, several… Read More
    DEER ISLE-STONINGTON — Fishermen in Juneau, Alaska, catch millions of pounds of salmon, halibut and crab each year, while across the country, fishermen of Deer Isle-Stonington haul in millions of pounds of lobster. As these fishermen navigate the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, they accumulate stories and pass them… Read More
    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played each other 22 times on hard courts, grass and clay. Now, for the first time in six years, the best rivalry in tennis is back on U.S. soil. Rafa and Roger will meet Friday night in… Read More
    STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Over the last 10 years, a nonstop bottle drive for the Stockton Springs Community Library has generated $56,000, enough money to keep the volunteer-run program well-supplied with books. If major changes are made to Maine’s 35-year-old bottle bill, that income stream… Read More
    BANGOR — Husson University scored four times in the fourth inning to top the University of Southern Maine of Gorham 8-5 in Thursday’s first college softball game. The Eagles completed the sweep with a 6-1 victory in the second game. In the first game, Megan Richards… Read More
    NEW YORK — Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh inning and Mark Teixeira had a three-run shot off Justin Verlander, lifting New York over the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursday in the first regular-season game played in the Bronx in March. CC Sabathia pitched… Read More
    Blodgett should be allowed to grow as coach I feel insulted by the standards the university has applied to firing of Cindy Blodgett. They were careful to say no taxpayer money has been used. I feel a moral approach should be applied to the coaches and… Read More
    EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — East Millinocket and Millinocket town leaders had no comment after meeting Thursday to discuss a San Francisco investor’s attempt to secure property tax breaks from the towns as it seeks to buy two Katahdin region paper mills for $1. The 1½-hour meeting… Read More
    CHICAGO, Ill. — Chicago police said Thursday they were investigating allegations that two on-duty officers picked up a crying woman in their squad car this week and at least one of them sexually assaulted her. Interim Police Superintendent Terry Hillard said the two veteran officers were… Read More