A participant makes his way through a mud pit during the fifth annual 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge at the University of Maine campus in Orono on Saturday. The event tests a four-person team's mental and physical toughness through a variety of tasks and obstacles. The Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge was established in 2011 to honor and remember 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman who was killed in combat in 2010.

Teams compete in Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge in Orono

By Brian Feulner on April 18, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.
Just after noon on Saturday more than 40 teams of four set out to compete in a test that would push them physically and mentally. The fifth annual 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge at the University of Maine campus in Orono had teams competing …

Robert Griffin, who served in House and Senate from Michigan, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 18, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican who served in both houses of Congress, including nearly eight years as the Senate minority whip, and who led a 1968 filibuster that blocked President Lyndon B. Johnson’s nomination of Abe Fortas as chief justice, died April 16 at his home in Traverse City, Michigan. …

If BDN comments were break-up texts and their responses

By Erin Rhoda on April 18, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
Real BDN comments as the break-up texts you’re glad you never received or sent.

NH parents overdose on heroin while bathing boy, 3

By CBS 13, on April 18, 2015, at 3:52 p.m.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Two parents are accused of overdosing on heroin while giving their son a bath, reports Portland television station WGME, CBS 13. Erick Carter and Stephanie McCassin were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, said the grandmother of the 3-year-old …

Search underway off Old Orchard Beach

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard and several area fire departments are conducting a search off Old Orchard Beach, the Coast Guard confirmed at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. It was not clear what searchers were looking for, but an Old Orchard Beach firefighters said the search was prompted …
Fire investigator Ed Archer of the state fire marshal's office walks into the apartment building at 81 Holyoke St. in Brewer on Saturday to determine the cause of the Friday night fire.

Brewer firefighters find cat behind tub at scene of blaze

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
Firefighters going through the debris of a Friday night apartment fire on Holyoke Street heard a familiar sound coming from the bathroom, according to Brewer fire Capt. Robbie Wildes. “We went in and we could hear this meowing,” the fire captain said of one cat that survived …

Nobleboro man’s assault charges dropped after victim ‘disappeared’

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on April 18, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
WISCASSET | Charges of aggravated assault and tampering with a witness against a Nobleboro man have been dismissed because the victim apparently “disappeared.” “Unfortunately our victim seems to have disappeared,” Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright said April 14. “After multiple attempts to try to contact her at multiple locations …
Benjamin Lamphere

Brunswick man indicted on charge of robbing Bank of Maine in February

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
A Brunswick man has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury after police say he robbed the Bank of Maine on Maine Street in February. Benjamin Lamphere, 20, also was indicted on four misdemeanor counts of criminal threatening. Brunswick police went to the Bank of Maine …
Matthew Mansir

Brunswick man indicted for aggravated assault, other crimes

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
A Brunswick man has been indicted on charges that include aggravated assault after police say he threatened a group of people at his home, cut an 18-year-old woman with a 10-inch butcher knife and assaulted another man. Matthew Mansir, 24, of Brunswick was arrested early in the …
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the arrest of five teenagers Saturday in connection with a terrorism plot.

5 ISIS-inspired teens arrested in Australia terrorism plot

By Christopher McCall and Matt Siegel, Reuters on April 18, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY — Hundreds of Australian police on Saturday arrested five teens planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack next week at an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli during World War I, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. More than 200 police were involved in a series of …

Officers kill knife-wielding man near St. Louis

By Reuters on April 18, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
A 23-year-old African-American man who barricaded himself in his mother’s house in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other, authorities said on Saturday. The St. Louis County police chief described …

NH man indicted for attempted murder in December shooting in Saco

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
A New Hampshire man already facing federal charges for allegedly driving to a Saco home in December and shooting his ailing wife and another man has been indicted by a York County grand jury on 13 felony counts, including aggravated attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault. Gregory …
An ice jam starting at the St. John River bridge in Allagash stretches nearly 4 miles up the river to the head of the "big rapids" in this picture taken Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Flooding reported in parts of Aroostook County

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
CARIBOU | Recent above-freezing temperatures have started to melt and move the thick ice built up in the St. John and Aroostook rivers, which is causing flooding, the head forecaster for the local National Weather Service said Saturday morning. “The ice has been crunching, moving and jamming,” Victor Nouhan, …

Bangor man accused of illegally selling 15 guns

By Judy Harrison on April 18, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
A local man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged illegal handgun-purchasing scheme. Hayri Berberoglu, 29, of Bangor is accused of helping straw purchasers buy 15 weapons in 2012 from the Brewer pawn shop where he worked. Berberoglu is scheduled to …

Maine principal warns students may be using new app to share nude pics

By Katie Sampson, CBS 13 on April 18, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
YORK | The York High School principal is warning parents about a new app students might be using to share nude pictures of other students. Principal Bob Stevens said he first became aware of the activity this week from school counselors. They heard female students might be sending pictures …
Boston Marathon bombing survivor and part-time Maine resident Karen McWatters speaks at a Red Cross blood drive in Portland to raise awareness for the need for blood donations in this Jan. 8, 2015, file photo.

Maine survivor of marathon bombing recalls facing Tsarnaev

By Adrienne Stein, CBS 13 on April 18, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
PORTLAND | A Boston Marathon bombing survivor said testifying against the man who planted the bombs two years ago was healing and powerful. Karen McWatters, who mostly lives in Portland with her husband, lost her leg during the bombings and her friend Krystal Campbell died. She said she initially …
Drew James Bibber

Maine man arrested at gunpoint after barefoot chase in California

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 9:50 a.m.
WISCASSET | A 23-year-old Maine man wanted on a three-year-old warrant out of Lincoln County was arrested at gunpoint Friday in California after officers located the yellow school bus he was known to travel in. Drew James Bibber, formerly of Wiscasset, led police on a lengthy chase through a …

Man gets 100 years for killing Montana teacher in drug-fueled frenzy

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on April 18, 2015, at 7:35 a.m.
A man who admitted killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine frenzy was sentenced to 100 years in prison by a state judge Friday in a case that authorities said underscored a crime wave that accompanied a regional oil boom. Michael Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, pleaded guilty in October …

Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33, targets government workers

By Rafiq Sherzad, Reuters on April 18, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city’s police chief said. Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the …

Campaign begins to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona

By David Schwartz, Reuters on April 18, 2015, at 7:27 a.m.
PHOENIX — Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use. Supporters have until July of next year to obtain the …
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