Articles by The Associated Press


Griffin III leads Redskins past Eagles

The Associated Press on Dec. 23, 2012, at 9:32 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years. Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the …
Angus King

Former Maine state senators to work for Angus King

The Associated Press on Dec. 22, 2012, at 1:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two former state senators and a former legislative aide are among those selected to serve on the state staff of U.S. Sen.-elect Angus King, it was announced Saturday. The Maine independent’s office said the regional representatives will be key to staying in touch with constituents of the …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage sends Christmas greetings, urges to think of deployed troops

The Associated Press on Dec. 22, 2012, at 11:05 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage sent Christmas holiday and New Year’s greetings to Mainers, saying this is a time for family but also to remember troops serving around the world. In his weekly radio address, LePage recalls visiting Arlington National Cemetery recently, an experience he calls “humbling.” He said …

NHL players closer to dissolving union

The Associated Press on Dec. 21, 2012, at 9:40 p.m.
NEW YORK — NHL players are a step closer to dissolving their union. In a vote this week, union members overwhelmingly agreed to give the players’ association’s executive board the power to file a “disclaimer of interest” until Jan. 2. A person familiar with the outcome of the vote told …
Gold medal winner Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. competes on the beam in the women's individual all-around during the Summer Olympic Games in London. Douglas was named AP female athlete of the year.

Gymnast Gabby Douglas named AP female athlete of the year

The Associated Press on Dec. 21, 2012, at 8:19 p.m.
When Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being the Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate. Maybe she’d make an appearance here and there. “I didn’t think it was going to be crazy,” Douglas said, laughing. “I love it. But I …

Sanford man gets 2 years for causing crash that killed passenger

The Associated Press on Dec. 21, 2012, at 9:09 a.m.
ALFRED | A 24-year-old Sanford man has been sentenced for causing a 2010 traffic accident that killed one person and injured five others. Zachary Bubar will serve two years in prison, with the remainder of a nine-year sentence suspended. He’ll also be on probation for four years. The Portland …

Pierce scores 40 points to lead Celtics over Cavaliers

The Associated Press on Dec. 19, 2012, at 11:37 p.m.
BOSTON — Paul Pierce certainly showed he has a lot more left in his game. The 35-year old Pierce became the oldest player in Celtics history to score 40 points in a regulation game, carrying Boston to a 103-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. “Oh yeah? Oh, …

Red Sox look for innings in Dempster

The Associated Press on Dec. 19, 2012, at 7:58 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have the reliable starter they sought in Ryan Dempster. He’s pitched at least 200 innings in four of the past five seasons, impressive to general manager Ben Cherington but not so special to Dempster. “That’s your responsibility as a starting pitcher in the big …

Deng, Boozer score 21 as Bulls beat up Celtics 100-89

The Associated Press on Dec. 19, 2012, at 5:22 a.m.
CHICAGO — Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 100-89 on Tuesday night. Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Bulls evened a …
Archie Whalen

Hancock County man gets 30 years for taking 13-year-old girl

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 18, 2012, at 2:06 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A 46-year-old Maine resident has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for transporting a 13-year-old Owensboro, Ky., girl across state lines to engage in sexual activity. The U.S. attorney’s office says Archie M. Whalen of Hancock County was sentenced Monday in Owensboro by Chief District Judge …

Portland City Council votes to to raise own pay 1.5 percent

The Associated Press on Dec. 18, 2012, at 6:38 a.m.
Members of the Portland City Council have unanimously approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for themselves together with Mayor Michael Brennan and City Manager Mike Rees despite objections from some city residents. The Portland Press Herald reported Tuesday that residents urged the officials meeting Monday night to …

Maine’s four electors to meet Monday to cast ballots for Obama, Biden

The Associated Press on Dec. 17, 2012, at 6:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s four Electoral College members will cast their ballots to formalize the November presidential election won by Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The electors will meet Monday afternoon in the Maine House of Representatives Chamber. Secretary of State Charlie Summers will convene the …

Staffers hailed as heroes after Conn. shooting

The Associated Press on Dec. 16, 2012, at 9:57 p.m.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them …

Feds shut down important scallop area with support of fishermen

The Associated Press on Dec. 16, 2012, at 10:52 a.m.
BOSTON — The federal fisheries service has closed an important scallop area to fishing at the request of New England regulators and with the support of the scallop industry. The closure of the so-called “Elephant Trunk Area” aims to protect growing scallops there. The area off the coasts of Delaware …

Portland’s new cardiac arrest system reduces deaths

The Associated Press on Dec. 16, 2012, at 9:22 a.m.
Ambulance crews and firefighters in Portland say a new system that changes the way they treat cardiac arrest victims has raised the survival rates of people whose hearts stop beating properly. In a year survival rates have risen from about 5 percent to more than 17 percent. …

Maine state park passes sell at record clip

The Associated Press on Dec. 16, 2012, at 9:13 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s state parks division says it sold more park passes in 2012 than any year in the history of the 77-year-old state park system. For the year, the Division of Parks and Public Lands says it sold 10,763 vehicle passes and 1,354 individual passes good for day …

Names and ages of those killed in Conn. rampage

The Associated Press on Dec. 15, 2012, at 4:52 p.m.
Names and ages of the 26 people gunned down at a Connecticut elementary school Friday in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history: Charlotte Bacon, 6 Daniel Barden, 7 Rachel Davino, 29 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Ana Marquez-Greene, 6 Dylan Hockley, 6 Dawn Hochsprung, 47 Madeleine Hsu, 6 …

Judge rules against ‘illiterate’ Chelsea selectwoman

The Associated Press on Dec. 15, 2012, at 11:24 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A federal judge has rejected a former Maine town’s selectwoman’s efforts to keep statements she made to police out of her fraud trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk’s decision in the case of former Chelsea selectwoman Carole Swan was made public Friday and reported by the Kennebec …
Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers enters not guilty plea for Maine DUI

The Associated Press on Dec. 14, 2012, at 11:42 a.m.
YORK | Sally Struthers has entered a not guilty plea on charges she drove drunk in Maine, where she was performing in a musical. The Portland Press Herald reports the 65-year-old Struthers did not appear in York District Court on Thursday, and entered the plea through her lawyer. Police …

State worker dies after suffering medical emergency, crashing into pole in Augusta

The Associated Press on Dec. 12, 2012, at 6:02 a.m.
Authorities say a state worker who died after his state-owned vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Augusta apparently suffered some sort of medical emergency before impact. Police say 64-year-old John Pearl died at a city hospital shortly after the crash at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. The …
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