Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

By Reuters on Oct. 25, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
DUBAI — A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn Saturday in Tehran’s …

Over 10,000 people infected by Ebola; Mali to keep border with Guinea open despite death

By Reuters on Oct. 25, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
BAMAKO — Mali will not close its border with neighboring Guinea after a 2-year-old girl infected with Ebola was brought across the frontier by her grandmother and died in Mali this week, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said Saturday. The girl traveled hundreds of kilometers through Mali — including a stop …

Police-involved shooting in Lewiston

By CBS 13 on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.
Lewiston police say three officers shot a man Friday night after he showed a gun and would not put it down. Police say they responded to the area of Knox and Spruce streets at around 8 p.m., after a report of a domestic disturbance at 1 Knox …

U.S. delays ‘incentive’ airwaves auction to early 2016

By Alina Selyukh, Reuters on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC is working on rules for the …

Alabama attorneys complain of harassment after $460,000 settlement

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, Reuters on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:10 a.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Lawyers for a man who received a $460,000 settlement after suing the city of Birmingham for police brutality said on Friday they had received harassing emails and phone calls after it was disclosed they would pocket all but $1,000 of the settlement. “We have been called criminals, …

GM Financial subpoenaed as subprime auto probe widens

By Sarah Mulholland and Matt Robinson, Bloomberg on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.
NEW YORK — Investigations of the subprime auto finance business are spreading as General Motors said its lending arm received additional subpoenas seeking details of its underwriting practices. GM Financial, which specializes in loans to people with spotty credit, said in a regulatory filing Thursday that attorneys general of states …

Police searching for man who was married to 6 women at the same time

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:06 a.m.
BALTIMORE — Baltimore County police are searching for a convicted bigamist they say was married to at least six women in different areas of Maryland at the same time. The man was convicted in January under the name Deshawn Grant Valentine — but legally changed his name to Deshawn Walter …
Bruce Poliquin, who is running to represent Maine's 2nd Congressional District, knocked on doors on a recent Saturday morning. He told Bangor residents he met that he wants to create a better climate for business in Maine.

Stark choice: Emily Cain, Bruce Poliquin race to win in 2nd District

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 25, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.
HOLDEN | Between campaign events earlier this month, Bruce Poliquin, the Republican candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, and his campaign manager, Matthew Hutson, stopped at Pat’s Pizza here for lunch. The restaurant was nearly empty, but Poliquin nevertheless jumped up to introduce himself to everyone he saw. “My …

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office seek pair suspected in Carmel attempted break in

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 24, 2014, at 9:36 p.m.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in an effort to find two men suspected of attempting to break into a Carmel residence on Friday. Though few details were available Friday night, Sgt. William Birch said that the incident occurred at 5 p.m. at …
Democratic nominee for governor Mike Michaud and Hillary Clinton stand hand in hand at the podium during a political rally on Friday at Scarborough High School.

Hillary Clinton says Michaud is solution to ‘mess’ created by LePage

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 24, 2014, at 8:19 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Hillary Clinton on Friday told a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters at Scarborough High School that if they wanted to ensure a better future for Maine, they must coalesce around Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Nov. 4. The former Democratic secretary of state, …

Subprime auto probe widens as GM gets subpoenas

By Sarah Mulholland and Matt Robinson, Bloomberg on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
NEW YORK — Investigations of the subprime auto finance business are spreading as General Motors said its lending arm received additional subpoenas seeking details of its underwriting practices. GM Financial, which specializes in loans to people with spotty credit, said in a regulatory filing Thursday that attorneys general of states …

Chen Ziming, activist jailed after Tiananmen protests, dies at 62

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
Twenty-five years after Chinese government tanks crushed the massive pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square, an activist branded as one of the “black hands” behind the 1989 event has died in his Beijing home. Chen Ziming’s death Tuesday was caused by pancreatic cancer, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. …

Montana bride who shoved husband off cliff appeals murder conviction

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
A Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park is appealing her murder conviction on grounds prosecutors distorted facts, acted vindictively toward her and engaged in misconduct, such as publicly labeling her a sociopath. Jordan Graham, 23, pleaded guilty in December to second-degree …
Daniel Bahun, a second-year student at the University of Southern Maine who is majoring in French, said he was standing outside Sullivan Gym as hundreds entered the building to attend a board of trustees meeting to "fight for the French program and my education here." The board voted to cut undergraduate French and graduate applied medical sciences.

Trustees cut French and applied medical sciences at USM

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 24, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
PORTLAND | Before a crowd of more than 100 people, many wearing purple “Invest in USM” stickers and holding signs with phrases such as “stop the cuts,” the University of Maine System’s board of trustees voted Friday to cut two academic programs from the curriculum — undergraduate French and …

Millinocket council approves $42,956 to repair leaky town office, court roof

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 24, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Sometimes it’s just a drip and sometimes it’s a stream of water, but the roof of the Millinocket District Court and town office has leaked for eight years, according to town custodian Paul Allen. That’s why the Town Council voted 5-0 on Thursday to award a $42,956 …

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

By Randall Palmer, Richard Valdmanis and Leah Schnurr, Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
OTTAWA — Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism as an opinion poll showed a majority of Canadians lacked confidence in their security services’ ability to deter homegrown radicals who struck twice in the past week. Investigators said there was no apparent link between the two attackers, who …

‘Lucky to be alive’: Lubec man rescued after skiff capsizes

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 24, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
A Lubec man was rescued Thursday after his small aluminum skiff capsized in Lubec Narrows in dangerous sea and wind conditions. Bracy Ashby, who is in his 40s, had been out urchin fishing and was returning from his fishing boat in a 12-foot aluminum skiff when he …

Emera Maine plans Mount Desert Island service interruption

on Oct. 24, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
Emera Maine officials are planning a service interruption on Mount Desert Island for Oct. 30, according to a company statement. The service interruption is to conduct maintenance to the electrical system, and areas affected include Hall Quarry Road, Easy Street and Merchant and Vacation lanes. The …
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Three vying for pair of Brewer School Committee seats

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 24, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
A former member of the school board, a product of Brewer schools and a mother with two children in the school system are running to fill a pair of three-year posts on the Brewer School Committee. Committee members Janet McIntosh and Mike Hutchins, the chairman, are not …
TV personality June Shannon, from the show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," arrives for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, in this March 16, 2013, file photo.

TLC cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

By Reuters on Oct. 24, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Cable television network TLC on Friday said it has canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” the popular cable reality series about a rural Georgia family and their precocious beauty pageant daughter. TLC, owned by Discovery Communications Inc., did not explain why it was canceling the show but …
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