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Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 22, 2010.

Judge rejects Lance Armstrong’s attempt to stop fraud case from going to trial

By Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post on Feb. 14, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The ruling marked a major victory for the government since it joined a 2010 whistleblower lawsuit brought by Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis.

Maine court hears oral arguments as justices consider sanctions against former probate judge

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 10, 2017, at 7:45 p.m.
Matthew Davis, who was convicted of murdering an Oakfield couple in 2013, reads from a prepared statement during his sentencing on Friday in Houlton Superior Court in Houlton.

Man sentenced to life for Oakfield slayings, crime spree in 2013

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Matthew Davis was convicted of shooting to death Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared, setting their house ablaze and fleeing in a stolen pickup truck.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy mother accused in death of infant charged with manslaughter, makes bail

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 10, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A Troy woman accused in the death of her 7-week-old son has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter.

Ex-probate judge says ‘enough already’ to proposed sanction

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:03 p.m.
The Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability has recommended former York County Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau pay a $10,000 fine and be barred from sitting on the bench again.
Ronald Paquin

Former priest from Boston clergy scandal indicted on 29 counts of sex abuse in Maine

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 08, 2017, at 5:14 p.m.
Ronald Paquin, a prominent figure in the sex abuse scandal uncovered by the Boston Globe in the early 2000s, pleaded guilty in 2002 to the repeated rape of a Haverhill, Massachusetts, altar boy.

Canadian trucker who caused serious accident on I-95 gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 4:10 p.m.
Dario Dosen, 49, of Stratford, Prince Edward Island, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving to endanger.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court can be seen in this 2016 file photo.

Maine high court sets hearing on legality of ranked-choice voting

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 07, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has set April 13 as the day it will hear oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of Maine’s ranked-choice voting system.
Iranian citizen and U.S green card holder Cyrus Khosravi (C) holds his niece, Dena Khosravi, 2, while walking with his sister-in-law, Farnaz Achak (L), and brother, Hamidreza Khosravi (R), after they were detained for additional screening following their arrival to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to visit Cyrus, during a pause in President Donald Trump's travel ban in SeaTac, Washington, Feb. 6, 2017.

Appeals court to hear arguments Tuesday on Trump’s travel ban

By Dan Levine and Dustin Volz, Reuters on Feb. 07, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether to restore President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, the most controversial policy of his two-week-old administration.

Ex-postal carrier to pay more than $1,100 in restitution for stealing mail in Orono

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:31 p.m.
The wreckage of the El Faro.

El Faro safety probed in final U.S. hearing on sinking

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Feb. 06, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty about the cause of the sinking.”

Maine man faces marijuana charges in Massachusetts

By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times on Feb. 05, 2017, at 10:32 a.m.
A Maine man pleaded not guilty Friday in Barnstable District Court to a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The main entrance of the Maine State Prison can be seen in Warren in this October 2006 file photo.

Judge: Maine inmate held in solitary nearly 2 years was denied due process rights

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Feb. 03, 2017, at 6:53 p.m.
A Superior Court judge has sided with a Maine State Prison inmate who claimed his due process rights were violated when he was put in solitary confinement for nearly two years.
Christopher J. Kidder

Vandal who torched Ellsworth homestead, injuring firefighter, gets 3 years

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A man who set fire to a homestead at a bird sanctuary three years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty this week to multiple charges.

Woman to serve year in prison for stealing from elderly bank customers

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 03, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
By pleading guilty, she admitted to transferring the money in and out of the customers’ accounts and taking the cash.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

Anti-war activists convicted for protest outside Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 03, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
Ten peace activists arrested in June while protesting outside Bath Iron Works were found guilty of misdemeanors.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Maine supreme court to consider more improper conduct by ex-probate judge

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 03, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court next week will consider a former York County probate judge’s appeal of the most recent ruling that concluded he violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Standish man sues Waldoboro police over arrest for alleged ‘elder abuse’ of father

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 02, 2017, at 1:15 p.m.
Scott Jordan Jr. is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.
The building on the left is the target of a court appeal filed by a neighbor to Nebo Lodge on North Haven.

Maine’s highest court will hear challenge to Chellie Pingree’s island inn expansion

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 01, 2017, at 4:46 p.m.
The state’s highest court will hear arguments next week in a long-running dispute between U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and a neighbor on North Haven over whether an expansion of Pingree’s Nebo Lodge violated town zoning ordinances.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

War and peace on the Maine coast: Trial of shipyard protesters revives Vietnam-era conflicts

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 01, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
Ten of the 12 people charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a public way last year pleaded not guilty in connection with the protest outside the shipyard’s south gate.