With monkey on the lam, Florida neighborhood goes bananas

By Reuters on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:52 p.m.
TAMPA, Florida — Florida authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as “three-foot tall, brown and fast.” A resident initially reported seeing a fleet-footed monkey running through a yard in the middle of a sunny Thanksgiving Day afternoon, Tampa …

#Feast4Jesus: McMass wants to build a McDonald’s church

By Jenn Harris, Chicago Tribune on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:14 p.m.
Would you be more inclined to go to church if services came with a Big Mac and a side of fries? That’s the idea behind McMass, a group whose goal is to put a McDonald’s franchise in a church. The group, led by Paul Di Lucca, a creative director at …

Man drives SUV in reverse into Lake Michigan

By Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:09 p.m.
CHICAGO — A man was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after he allegedly backed up his SUV from Lake Shore Drive into Lake Michigan, officials said. The accident happened at about 3 p.m., Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The man managed to travel between 175 to 200 feet …

Three dead in attack and Islamist protests in Egypt

By Reuters on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:07 p.m.
CAIRO — Three people, including an army general, were killed and at least 28 wounded on Friday in militant attacks, some claimed by a group loyal to Islamic State, and clashes at Islamist protests around Egypt, security sources and health officials said. Police were out in force at the demonstrations, …
Jens Modvig, of Denmark, Committee expert on U.S. review, during a news conference by the U.N. Committee against Torture in Geneva on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The anti-torture panel said it was deeply concerned by the high incidence of police brutality and shootings in the U.S., especially against blacks, as well as the harsh conditions in many prisons, and the interrogation methods used on detainees.

UN concerned about incidences of brutality, shootings by US police

By John Zarocostas, McClatchy Foreign Staff on Nov. 28, 2014, at 10:03 p.m.
GENEVA — A U.N. anti-torture panel investigating the United States said Friday it was deeply concerned by what it described as the high incidence of police brutality and shootings — especially against African-Americans — in the U.S., was troubled by what it called harsh conditions in many prisons and was …

Seattle police say protesters enter shopping mall, chain doors shut

By Reuters on Nov. 28, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
SEATTLE — Protesters angered by a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, entered a shopping mall in downtown Seattle on Friday and chained shut at least two doors at an entrance, police said. More than 120 people …

Stephen King’s supernatural ‘Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County’

on Nov. 28, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
Few performances begin with a standing ovation, or have one of the artists responsible for that which is about to be witnessed, escorted to their seat moments before the story on stage unfolds. Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County engaged an enthusiastic Merrill Auditorium audience last Thursday, which included …
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick celebrates with champagne after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

Craven: Latest NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format a success

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 28, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
Ricky Craven said the new format implemented by NASCAR for the Sprint Cup Series last season was a success and he doesn’t look for any significant changes for 2015. Kevin Harvick won his first championship by finishing ahead of the other three contenders in the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. …
Bullets shattered glass windows and doors, spraying glass inside police headquarters on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 after a gunman, identified by law enforcement sources as Larry Steve McQuilliams, targeted buildings in downtown Austin including the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse and Austin police headquarters before being shot and killed by police Friday morning in Austin, Texas.

Man dies after shooting at Mexican consulate, other sites in Texas capital

By Jim Forsyth and Jon Herskovitz, Reuters on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — A man apparently upset about U.S. immigration policy was fatally shot on Friday after firing more than 100 rounds of ammunition at buildings including the Mexican consulate, a U.S. courthouse and police headquarters in the Texas capital, police said. Police identified the gunman as Larry McQuilliams, 49, …
Bomb detection security personnel inspect the wreckage of a car believed to be used in the Kano Central Mosque bombing, Nov. 28, 2014. Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshippers at the central mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city Kano, killing at least 35 people on Friday, witnesses and police said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants.

Bombs, gunfire tear through Nigeria mosque killing 35

By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
Dozens of people were killed when gunmen set off bombs and opened fire on worshippers gathered at the central mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano for Friday prayers, police and witnesses said. Kano state’s deputy police commissioner, Sanusi Lemu, told reporters that at least 35 people were dead …
Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building in this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo. Former federal judge Barbara S. Jones overturned a suspension by the NFL Nov. 28, 2014, after an appeal by Rice, claiming that he was punished twice for the same offense, a one-punch knockout of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer during a February altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.

Ray Rice’s suspension lifted by judge

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:34 p.m.
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is eligible to sign with any team after his indefinite suspension was lifted Friday, according to reports. Judge Barbara Jones, the arbitrator chosen by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, sided with Rice in his appeal of the suspension levied after the …

Boston Verizon FiOS subscribers lose access to local Fox channel

By Reuters on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
Boston-area Verizon customers found themselves cut off from one kind of Thanksgiving bird on Thursday: the Eagles football team. Subscribers to Verizon Communications Inc.’s FiOS cable TV service in Boston lost access to Fox’s local affiliate station due to a fee dispute with Cox Media Group, which owns the station, …
Falling birthrates in the Lincoln area have caused Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln to end its baby delivery service.

Lincoln hospital ends baby delivery service as regional birthrate continues to fall

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
A sharp decline in the number of babies born in the Lincoln Lakes region since 2009 and the loss of three doctors will force Penobscot Valley Hospital to end its newborn delivery services on May 1, except in emergencies, officials said Wednesday. There had been 58 babies …
From the community

Turkey Pie Super

By soniaerskine on Nov. 28, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Dixmont Snowmobile Clubhouse, 31 Cates Road, Dixmont, Maine The Dixmont United Methodist Church will hold their 26th Annual Turkey Pie Supper on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Dixmont Snowmobile Clubhouse. The menu is Homemade …
Shown is what used to be the corner of the main building of the Birds Eye vegetable processing plant on the corner of Route 1 and Fort Street in Caribou.

Caribou continues to struggle with cleanup problems at former Birds Eye site

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Nov. 28, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
Citing the state’s dangerous building statute, Caribou’s City Council enacted cleanup guidelines for the former Birds Eye site in August and property owner Steven R. Nasiff of the Massachusetts-based Nasiff Land LLC was ordered to remove the dilapidated structures and remediate environmental concerns. With the last remaining …

Portland man pleads guilty to creating, sending video involving teen

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
A local man Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of sexual exploitation of children after a federal judge denied a motion that would have allowed him to argue at his trial that he believed the girl he filmed having sex with him was …
Shane Robert Jones

Biddeford man allegedly responsible for killing his mother arrested

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 28, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
SANFORD | A Biddeford man wanted for allegedly killing his mother was arrested in nearby Sanford on Friday, police said. Shane Jones, 26, was taken into custody by Biddeford police early Friday afternoon, according to a posting on the department’s Facebook page. An arrest warrant was issued for Jones …
Roger Pelletier

NH man charged with attempting to strangle neighbor’s barking dog

By Staff Report, CBS 13 on Nov. 28, 2014, at 2:54 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — A Portsmouth man is behind bars after police say he broke into a neighbor’s apartment and tried to strangle a dog because it would not stop barking. Roger Pelletier, 50, faces burglary, cruelty to animals and simple assault charges after Portsmouth police responded Friday morning to …

It’s all in the ‘Game’

on Nov. 28, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
It’s that time once again — Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor! Of course we’re not talking about the annual spectacle of competitive murder, but the almost yearly release of a film depicting the same. The line between art and life is nowhere so …

Driver flown to hospital after Thanksgiving crash in Appleton

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 28, 2014, at 2 p.m.
The driver of one vehicle involved in a head-on crash on Thanksgiving day was flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to a Lewiston hospital. Richard Shannon, 57, of Appleton, was driving south on Union Road in Appleton when he lost control of his 2006 Jeep and the vehicle …
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