President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 on his plan to drawdown U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Obama defers to public on speed of Afghanistan exit

By Steven Thomma, Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers on June 22, 2011, at 9:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to pull 33,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan well before next year’s election, signaling a rapid drawdown sure to please Americans weary of the nearly decade-long war and its costs. The drawdown will be faster than military commanders had recommended. Instead, it …

Mother of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg dies at 102

By Samantha Gross, The Associated Press on June 22, 2011, at 9:35 p.m.
MEDFORD, Mass — Charlotte Bloomberg, whose only son grew up to be a billionaire media mogul and then the mayor of New York City, died Sunday. She was 102. She was a petite woman but a huge presence in the life of her son, Michael Bloomberg, who gave away millions …

LePage signs concealed weapons bills

The Associated Press on June 22, 2011, at 5:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law three bills expanding the rights of concealed weapons permit holders in Maine. One of the bills, signed Tuesday, would bar businesses from prohibiting employees who have concealed firearms permits from keeping a firearm in their vehicle, as long as the …

Business community gives high marks to legislative session

By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service on June 22, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After years of giving legislative sessions a poor grade — occasionally failing — several business leaders are ranking this session a B, with some giving it an A-minus. “I would have to say that overall I would give this session a B-plus,” said Dana Connors, president of …

GOP names nominee in Maine House District 121 race

The Associated Press on June 22, 2011, at 3:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Cape Elizabeth Republican Town Committee has nominated Nancy Thompson as their candidate in a special election to fill a vacancy in Maine House District 121. Thompson is an insurance agent and 25-year resident of Cape Elizabeth with a record of community service in that southern Maine …

LePage threatens veto of table games in Bangor

By Kevin Miller on June 22, 2011, at 1:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday morning that he would veto a bill allowing Hollywood Slots in Bangor to add blackjack, poker and other table games despite his administration’s earlier support for the measure. But it was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether the governor had changed his mind about …
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