US says diplomacy to end Syria fighting ‘on life support’

By Dmitry Solovyov and Ellen Francis, Reuters on Oct. 01, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was “on life support” but not dead yet. Fighting continued to intensify a week into a new Russian-backed Syrian …

Clinton leads Trump by 5 points in US presidential race

By Chris Kahn, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:37 p.m.
NEW YORK — Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 5 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, about the same advantage she has held all month. The survey result showed little movement after Monday night’s presidential …
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on Sept. 30, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

FDA approves Medtronic’s ‘artificial pancreas’ for diabetes

By Ransdell Pierson and Toni Clarke, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Medtronic Plc. won U.S. approval Wednesday for an “artificial pancreas” that is the first device to automatically deliver the right dose of insulin to patients with Type 1 diabetes, freeing them from continually monitoring insulin levels throughout each day.

Technology designed to detect US energy pipeline leaks often fails

By Jarrett Renshaw and Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
Over the last six years, there have been 466 incidents where a pipeline carrying crude oil or refined products has leaked.
A train car is pictured in an aerial photo inside the New Jersey Transit Hoboken Terminal following a train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sept. 29, 2016.

Investigators dig for clues into fatal New Jersey train crash

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
The recorder holds data that include the train’s speed, throttle position and use of brakes.
IBM's Watson supercomputer

IBM to buy Promontory, whose advisers will tutor Watson

By Aaron Gregg and Thomas Heath, Washington Post on Sept. 30, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
IBM is hoping to automate the expertise of Promontory’s experts and apply it to complex analysis of unwieldy financial data.

Clinton says Trump may have violated US law on Cuba

By Reuters on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
Newsweek said on Thursday that a hotel and casino company controlled by Trump secretly conducted business with Cuba that was illegal under U.S. sanctions in force during Fidel Castro’s presidency of the Communist-ruled island.

Mother of California man shot by police says he was having breakdown

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
The mother of an unarmed black man shot to death in Southern California said on Thursday her son was having a mental breakdown when he was confronted by police and they should have helped him instead of quickly opening fire.
Onlookers view a New Jersey Transit train that derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sept. 29, 2016.

Train rams into NJ station, killing bystander, injuring 108 others

By Frank McGurty and Amy Tennery, Reuters on Sept. 29, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
Three people were killed and more than 100 people were injured, some of them critically.
Samsung washing machines are seen as an employee inspects refrigerators at a Samsung display store in Johannesburg, Oct. 3, 2013.

First it was Samsung phones. Now it’s exploding Samsung washing machines.

By Katie Mettler, Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2016, at 8:25 a.m.
“Your safety is our top concern,” the company said.

Washington Post calls for Maine governor to resign

By Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:29 p.m.
BOSTON — The Washington Post on Wednesday called on Maine Gov. Paul LePage to resign, following a series of incidents in which the two-term Republican made racially charged statements and threatened a Democratic lawmaker in an obscenity-laden email. LePage, whose term extends through 2018, last month lashed out at a …

Columbus hit by 27 heroin overdoses in 24-hour span

By Lucas Sullivan, The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:26 p.m.
An 8-year-old in a McDonald’s parking lot rushed inside to tell workers that her mom was slumped over in the front seat of her Chrysler 300. A man on the South Side and another near Minerva Park, both in their 40s, were found dead in their homes. Another man was …

Fed’s primal divide: Is economy overheating or stuck in a rut?

By Howard Schneider, Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:25 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — Investors may be expecting a U.S. interest rate increase in December, but Federal Reserve policymakers remain divided over whether the economy is mired in a rut, strong enough to withstand an immediate hike or hovering somewhere in between. Speaking in the wake of the U.S. central bank’s …
Anderson County sheriff's deputies and investigators gather outside of Townville Elementary School after a shooting on Wednesday in Townville, South Carolina.

Teen accused of killing father before opening fire at South Carolina school

By Harriet McLeod, Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:34 p.m.
One student was shot in the leg, and the other boy was shot in the foot. The teacher was shot in the shoulder, authorities said.

Protesters chant ‘murder’ in police shooting of black man in California

By Marty Graham, Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
Protesters yelled “murder” and demanded a federal investigation on Wednesday after a police officer in southern California shot and killed an unarmed black man, less than two weeks after similar incidents sparked outrage in two other U.S. cities.

US to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

By Stephen Kalin and Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday.

Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi Sept. 11 bill becomes law

By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of his eight-year presidency.

Suspect caught in shooting of teacher, 2 children at South Carolina school

By Reuters on Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
The incident drew a large police response and prompted an evacuation of the school.
An employee works in the fabricating facility at Fairchild Seminconductor in South Portland in 2009.

Fairchild’s new owner plans to cut 130 jobs, but won’t say where

By Jake Bleiberg on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
The new owner of a South Portland semiconductor plant plans to cut more than 100 jobs, but it’s unclear whether any Maine workers would be included in that layoff.