Florida man makes Pulse-style massacre threats against church that welcomes ‘sick homosexuals’

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post on Dec. 04, 2016, at 12:42 p.m.
The church of about 155 people has been criticized for its progressive stances before, but this is the most serious threat that has been leveled.
Firefighters survey a fatal fire where at least 10 people died in a warehouse party on Friday night.

California loft fire’s toll rises to 33, with more victims expected

By Rory Carroll, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
With about two dozen people still unaccounted for, the death toll was expected to climb after authorities searched inside the remains of the building.
Students march on downtown Los Angeles after walking out of class on Nov. 14, 2016. Demonstrators demanded local politicians to declare Los Angeles County a sanctuary.

Will small ‘sanctuary cities’ defy a Trump crackdown?

By Tim Henderson, on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Smaller cities that ignore requests from federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, but don’t see themselves as sanctuaries, may find themselves vulnerable to threats to withhold federal money from them if they do not cooperate.

Billy Chapin, child actor in ‘Night of the Hunter,’ dies at 72

By Seth Kelley, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
Billy Chapin, a child actor known for his roles in “The Kid from Left Field” and “The Night of the Hunter” has died. He was 72.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Bergdahl seeks pardon before Trump takes office

By Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, is seeking a pardon before President Barack Obama leaves office.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein speaks to students at the University of Maine in Orono during a campaign stop. Stein vowed on Saturday to bring her fight for a recount in Pennsylvania into federal court after a state judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond.

Jill Stein vows to take Pennsylvania recount fight into federal court

By David DeKok, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
Stein said she planned to announce “the next step” in the recount effort Monday at a previously scheduled news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a USA Thank You Tour event at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2016.

Trump picks Mattis for Defense, talks with foreign leaders

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Dec. 03, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
Trump is still weighing whom to choose as secretary of state.
A man stands on a skateboard outside a Wal-Mart store in Williston, North Dakota, in 2013.

Wal-Mart to settle lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
The plaintiff in the case has worked at Wal-Mart stores in Maine and Massachusetts since 1999.
President-elect Donald Trump walks off his plane upon his arrival in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday.

Trump’s welfare policies could look a lot like Maine’s

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The president of the Foundation for Government Accountability is confident that policies enacted in Maine and other states can help convince the new guard in Washington to enact bold welfare changes at the federal level.
Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, in May.

Trump creates business advisory council stacked with CEOs

By Ginger Gibson and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
President Barack Obama frequently met with the CEOs of large companies and often spoke before the Business Roundtable, composed of CEOs of big corporations.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Dec. 02, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

Rights advocate living in Maine dies of heart attack on Rosa Parks anniversary

By Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Virginia “Tilla” Durr’s parents bailed Parks out of jail after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955.

Fast-acting Utah parents disarmed their teen son at school

By Katie Mettler, Washington Post on Dec. 02, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence hold a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 1, 2016 as part of their "USA Thank You Tour 2016."

Trump warns of consequences for U.S. firms sending jobs abroad

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 7:21 a.m.
Trump also did not address whether Carrier’s parent company would face any consequences for continuing with plans to move 1,300 other Indiana jobs to Mexico.
The Princess Cruise Lines ship Caribbean Princess sits anchored in Frenchman Bay while making its first-ever visit to Bar Harbor in this Aug. 28, 2008 file photo. The company has agreed to pay a $40 million criminal penalty for illegally dumping untreated pollution from the ship into the ocean for several years.

Princess cruise company to pay record $40M for pollution cover-up

By Susan Heavey, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:44 a.m.
The ship has made numerous visits to Bar Harbor and Portland.

Tech stocks drag key indexes lower; Dow hits record close

By Chuck Mikolajczak, Reuters on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:09 p.m.
A sharp decline in technology stocks pulled both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 indexes into the red on Thursday, while the Dow managed to notch a record closing high with a lift from bank and energy shares.
The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen Nov. 17 in Norridgewock.

Defense spending bill renews New Balance’s chances of selling sneakers to military

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
New Balance could get another crack at making shoes for the U.S. military after federal lawmakers decided to include an American-made requirement in the final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks in July at the University of Maine in Orono.

King to Obama: Declassify intelligence on Russia’s influence on the election

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
“This isn’t about Donald Trump’s election or Hillary Clinton’s defeat,” U.S. Sen. Angus King said. “This is about an extraordinary, bold, aggressive movement by a foreign country to influence our elections.”

Liberty’s hiring of former UMaine, Baylor employee sends chilling message about sexual assault

By Adam Kilgore, Washington Post on Dec. 01, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
The hiring decision sent a chilling message to athletic department employees and female students, not only at Baylor but across the country.
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport recently.

Angus King, other senators ask Obama to declassify information on Russia and the election

By Craig Timberg, The Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Congressional negotiators approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread “fake news” threaten U.S. national security.