A recent view of downtown Bangor.

Maine among Northeast, Midwest states facing shrinking workforce

By Jen Fifield, on May 28, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
In many parts of the Northeast and Midwest, population growth is slowing at an unprecedented rate as people are getting older, women are having fewer children, and more people are moving out than in — and that signals big economic trouble ahead.

First 2016 U.S. tropical storm warning issued for South Carolina

By Steve Gorman, Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 10:59 p.m.
A tropical storm warning, the year’s first for the United States, was issued Friday by the National Weather Service for the coast of South Carolina, five days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The bulletin, posted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, warned of tropical storm …
Dr. Henry Heimlich (left), the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the life-saving technique named for him, poses with Patty Ris, 87, who he saved this week from choking on a hamburger, on Friday at the Deupree House seniors' home in Cincinatti, Ohio.

Dr. Henry Heimlich, 96, saves choking woman with namesake maneuver

By Barbara Goldberg, Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 8:37 p.m.
Dr. Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the lifesaving technique named for him, used it for the first time this week to save a fellow senior center resident who was choking on a hamburger, a center spokesman said Friday. Heimlich, who in multiple national television appearances had …
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a ceremony on Friday at the Atomic Bomb Dome at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

Obama calls for the end of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post on May 27, 2016, at 8:32 p.m.
HIROSHIMA, Japan — Nearly 71 years after an American bomber passed high above this Japanese city on a clear August morning on a mission that would alter history, President Barack Obama on Friday made a solemn visit to Hiroshima to offer respects to the victims of the world’s first deployed …

US shorthanded on mosquito traps as summer and mosquitos arrive

By David Francis, Foreign Policy on May 27, 2016, at 6:26 p.m.
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer: pools, the beach, barbecues, and mosquitoes. The looming threat of Zika makes the last one especially troubling, as officials believe it’s only a matter of time before the virus is transmitted in the United States. And Florida, a state where the disease …
The Facebook logo and emoticons are seen on a coffee mug at the reception of its new office on Friday in Mumbai, India.

Facebook expands ads on third-party apps, websites to beyond users

By Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 5:59 p.m.
Facebook Inc said its customers’ ads would now be visible on third-party apps and websites to everyone who has ever visited its website, and not just to users logged into its social networking service. However, people can opt out of seeing ads on apps and websites not offered by Facebook, …
Visitors walk past a logo of Takata Corp on its display at a showroom for vehicles in Tokyo, Japan, in this February 2016 file photo.

Automakers recall 12 million US vehicles over Takata air bags

By David Shepardson, Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Eight automakers said on Friday they are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles for defective Takata air bag inflators, widening the largest-ever auto safety effort to more passenger-side devices. Honda Motor Co. is recalling 4.5 million U.S. vehicles while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 4.3 million, …
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on May 27, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 27, 2016.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen: ‘Probably’ ready to raise interest rates in coming months

By Ylan Q. Mui, The Washington Post on May 27, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the central bank would “probably” raise interest rates in the coming months.

After skin cancer, sun protection is still spotty

By Lisa Rapaport, Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
Even though people may be more careful in the sun after skin cancer, having had a malignancy still doesn’t convince everybody to take basic precautions like wearing hats or sunscreen, a recent U.S. study suggests
The stern of the El Faro is shown on the ocean floor taken from an underwater video camera on November 1, 2015.

Details of sinking of El Faro cargo ship emerge during probe

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
U.S. investigators concluded two weeks of hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro in a hurricane last fall that included reports the vessel had outdated weather data and testimony from some of the last people to see it.
Habib Dagher, director of University of Maine advanced structures and composites sector, speaks to the crowd during a trip to celebrate the first year of the University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS, in Castine, Sept. 5, 2014.

UMaine offshore wind project in line for full federal funding

By Darren Fishell on May 27, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
The DOE announcement marks a vote of confidence in the concept of floating offshore wind turbines rather than other concepts, such as tethering or anchoring them to the ocean floor.

Madoff victims may soon recoup another $247 million

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
Nearly 7-1/2 years after Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was unmasked, the court-appointed trustee recouping money for the swindler’s victims on Thursday sought court approval to free up another $247 million to help cover their losses. The proposed payout would be the seventh by the trustee Irving Picard, and follows several …
Nathaniel Kibby

NH man gets 45 to 90 years in girl’s kidnapping, torture, rape

By Mark Hayward, The New Hampshire Union Leader on May 27, 2016, at 6:59 a.m.
LACONIA, New Hampshire — The imprisonment, torture and systematic rape of a teenage girl who accepted a ride home from a stranger after school was aired in horrific detail during a hastily arranged hearing Thursday in which her captor pleaded guilty. Nathaniel Kibby, 35, will serve 45 to 90 years …

U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics

By Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads. “We risk being in a post-antibiotic world,” said Thomas Frieden, …

John Kenneth Knaus, CIA officer who aided in Tibetan struggle, dies at 92

By Bart Barnes, The Washington Post on May 26, 2016, at 10:12 p.m.
John Kenneth Knaus, a CIA case officer who in the late 1950s and the 1960s helped train and direct Tibetan guerrillas against Chinese occupiers, only to see U.S. support for the policy later evaporate, died April 18 at a hospital in Washington. He was 92. The cause was an intracranial …
Ollie, a sheltie, waits for his checkup with Dr. Adam Stone at DoveLewis, a nonprofit, 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic, in Portland, Oregon. Ollie was diagnosed with tick paralysis by Stone, a Bangor High School graduate, moments before he was to be euthanized.

Bangor High grad diagnoses, saves dog moments before euthanization

By Judy Harrison on May 26, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
Ollie, a 10-year-old sheltie in Portland, Oregon, was moments from being euthanized when Dr. Adam Stone remembered learning about tick paralysis in veterinary school.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Portland in March.

Report: Donald Trump clinches Republican presidential nomination

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times on May 26, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
The businessman has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
A life preserver ring from the cargo ship El Faro is pictured in this still image from an Oct. 4, 2015 U.S. Coast Guard handout video.

US Coast Guard resumes probe into El Faro ship sinking

on May 26, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
U.S. Coast Guard investigators are resuming their probe of the deadly sinking of a cargo ship during a hurricane last fall, with two weeks of hearings to examine ship operations, weather forecasts and regulatory oversight.
— A Christmas wreath adorns the large-than-life-sized L.L. Bean boot set beside the rear entrance to the retailer's flagship store on Main Street in Freeport.

L.L.Bean plans first Wisconsin store

By Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 26, 2016, at 8:20 a.m.
L.L.Bean Inc., known for selling traditional, functional fashions, plans to open its first Wisconsin store at The Corners mixed-use project under construction in the Town of Brookfield. L.L.Bean plans to operate a store of around 15,000 square feet, according to a source familiar with the plans who asked not to …