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Kayakers rescued from Androscoggin River island

BRUNSWICK | Brunswick and Topsham firefighters rescued three local kayakers from an island in the Androscoggin River on Monday afternoon after their kayaks overturned. The kayakers from Brunswick and Lisbon were in a single kayak and a tandem kayak downstream from the hydroelectric dam at Fort Andross owned by …
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden walk back to the Oval Office after speaking about the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015.

What’s next for Obama and the Affordable Care Act now that the Supreme Court has ruled?

Foes of Obamacare were dealt a major blow on Thursday. In a closely watched 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court concluded in King v. Burwell that the wording of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare if you prefer) allows those signing up through the federal healthcare exchange access to subsidies. …

Here’s a secret stain remover you probably already have (and it’s not bleach)

For the most part — unexpected hail storms aside — summer time in Maine is best experienced outside. Whether that means sipping a cold beverage on Old Orchard Beach, having a barbeque in your backyard or going for a hike in Acadia, chances are your clothes are going to get …

Boy, teen rescued from the Little Androscoggin River

MECHANIC FALLS | A dramatic water rescue took place Tuesday afternoon in Mechanic Falls after a teen and a boy were stranded on some rocks in the fast-flowing Little Androscoggin River. The pair were stuck in the middle of fast-moving rapids for more than an hour after a dangerous …
An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway on June 24 at Brookfield Energy in Milford.

Word from the Woods: Salmon, peak-bagging and plovers

It’s been a pretty busy week here at BDN Outdoors, and we’ve got a lot of stories to share. Over the course of a week, we’ve written about Atlantic salmon, which are benefiting from a new fish lift at the Milford Dam, piping plovers, those delightful (and scarce) shorebirds, striped …
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Blue moon expected in July

How far into the universe have astronomers been able to see? The distance record holder is a galaxy named EGS-zs8-1 that is 13.1 billion light years from Earth. Since the universe is thought to be 13.8 billion years old, this means the galaxy was formed shortly after the Big Bang …
Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves oversees the 109-37 vote to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the state budget on Tuesday in Augusta.

House, Senate override LePage’s veto and enact $6.7 billion state budget

AUGUSTA | With fewer than 13 hours to go before the end of the state’s fiscal year, the Legislature on Tuesday morning stepped away from the precipice of a government shutdown by overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the $6.7 billion state budget. The House voted 109-37 vote to …

Anti-austerity protests in Greece as bank shutdown bites

ATHENS — Tens of thousands of Greeks rallied Monday to back their leftwing government’s rejection of a tough international bailout after a clash with foreign lenders pushed Greece close to financial chaos and forced a shutdown of its banking system. With a popular referendum on the bailout planned for Sunday, …

Sports briefs for June 30, 2015

Dunkin’ Donuts adds $23,000 prize purse to TD Beach to Beacon CAPE ELIZABETH — Dunkin’ Donuts, in partnership with its local franchise owners, has signed on as a new sponsor of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race and will provide prize money for a new American-only runner category, …
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When your kid is afraid of water

Two of my sons have suffered from a fear of the water, both for good reasons. When Owen was 4, he fell into a neighbor’s pool during a birthday party. He lay face down in the deep end until an attentive grandmother jumped in to get him. It would be …

Girl, 7, killed and seven hurt in Maryland speed boat race crash

WASHINGTON — A young girl was killed and seven people were injured at a Maryland speed boat race on Sunday when a driver lost control and slammed into spectators watching from boats tethered together on Chesapeake Bay, authorities said. The accident happened around 5 p.m. local time off Kent Island …

Sports briefs for June 29, 2015

Ex-UMaine field hockey player to compete in Pan Am Games Former University of Maine field hockey standout Holly Stewart of North Vancouver, British Columbia, has been named to the Canadian Field Hockey team that will compete as part of the 2015 Pan Am Games. Stewart was one of 16 women …
Serena Williams returns a shot to Margarita Gasparyan on day one of Wimbledon Monday in London.

Serena and Djokovic up and running at Wimbledon

LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams made strong cases for the less is more approach to Wimbledon build-ups with resounding victories at a sunny All England Club on Monday. Defending men’s champion Djokovic, who has been training in the south of France rather than fine tuning the grasscourt arts …
Ben True places second in the 10,000m in 28:14.26 in the 2015 USA Championships on June 15 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

North Yarmouth native places second twice at US track championships

Ben True not only qualified for the 15th IAAF world track and field championships over the weekend, he gave himself some options. The 29-year-old North Yarmouth native and former Greely High School standout, who trains out of Hanover, New Hampshire, finished second in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races at …
Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker talks about his campaign during the Western Conservative Summit in Denver June 27. Walker has lodged heavy criticism against the U.S. Supreme Court over its Friday ruling that struck down bans against same-sex marriage, calling it a “grave mistake.” Other GOP hopefuls for the Republican nomination, including U.S. Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have attacked the Supreme Court's ruling.

A GOP conundrum: How does a 2016 candidate play the gay marriage ruling?

WASHINGTON — Within minutes of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry, President Barack Obama joined the celebration, calling one of the gay plaintiffs to congratulate him on live television, then going to the Rose Garden to hail Friday’s ruling as a moment when …
A woman attends the Northeastern Permaculture Convergence hosted by the Holyoke, Massachusetts,-based Nuestras Raices.

How to plan a scalable permaculture garden in Maine

The Portland-based permaculture and sustainable living organization Resilience Hub holds more than 60 events every year, ranging from small workshops to expert lectures to full classes, and has twice played host to the popular Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence events — most recently in 2014. More than 250 people have graduated …

Siegfried and Roy’s white lion Legend dies after procedure in Ohio

A rare white lion loaned to an Ohio Zoo by Las Vegas magicians Siegfried & Roy has died after a diagnostic procedure, officials said. The 14-year-old cat, named Legend, suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest Friday after undergoing a procedure to pinpoint the cause of lameness in his front leg, the …
Due to deteriorating weather, Sunday's performance by Ingrid Michaelson at Thompson's Point in Portland was moved to the State Theatre, also in Portland. Representatives of Thompson's Point cited safety concerns for the audience prompted the move to smaller indoor venue.

Poor weather prompts venue change for Sunday’s Ingrid Michaelson show

PORTLAND | Due to deteriorating weather conditions and concern for public safety due to high winds, Sunday’s Ingrid Michaelson show originally scheduled for Thompson’s Point has been moved to the State Theatre, according to Roberta Wright with Thompson’s Point. Officials say they explored all options for the show, including …

Take a hike, naked: It’s a thing and has a day

OKLAHOMA CITY — They marched nude by the hundreds through forests, by lakes and along mountain trails, with many hoping to go unnoticed. For the most part, national Hike Naked Day went according to plan last Sunday, though there were a few surprised people on the trails who came across …

Two grilled at CIA black site in Afghanistan freed after more than a decade

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon secretly repatriated two Tunisians who were interrogated at a CIA black site in Afghanistan and imprisoned by the U.S. military in that country for more than a decade, U.S. officials said. A U.S. military cargo plane flew Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi and Ridha Ahmad al-Najjar from Afghanistan …