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Trump administration names cities who refused to help with deportations

By Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post on March 20, 2017, at 5:37 p.m.
Law enforcement agencies refused to honor a total of 206 detainers issued by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of Homeland Security from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.
David Rockefeller Sr. is seen during an event to mark his donation of 1,000 acres to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve in May 2015 on Mount Desert Island.

David Rockefeller Sr., billionaire whose family helped create Acadia, dies at 101

By Bill Trotter on March 20, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
Rockefeller died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 20, 2017.

Comey confirms FBI probing alleged Russian interference in U.S. vote

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel, Reuters on March 20, 2017, at 11:14 a.m.
FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, departs after a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Feb. 17, 2017.

Collins says Trump owes country explanation for wiretap allegation

By Emily Stephenson and Caren Bohan, Reuters on March 19, 2017, at 2:28 p.m.
“I don’t know the basis for President Trump’s assertion,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I do believe he owes us that explanation.”

Bernie Wrightson, horror comic book artist, dies at 68

By Alex Stedman, Reuters on March 19, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
Bernie Wrightson, the prolific horror comic book artist, died on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 68.

Columnist Jimmy Breslin, bard of the New York streets, dies at 88

By Paul Duggan, The Washington Post on March 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
Jimmy Breslin, a self-described “street reporter” who chronicled New York City for more than 60 years in newspaper stories and columns and won acclaim for his coverage of the “Son of Sam” serial killings, died Sunday at age 86.

Meals on Wheels sees donation surge after Trump proposes funding cuts

By Avi Selk, The Washington Post on March 19, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
Donations surged to 50 times their daily rate Thursday after the White House proposed eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program.

James Cotton, hard-blowing harmonica master of the blues, dies at 81

By Matt Schudel, Washington Post on March 19, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
James Cotton, who learned to play the harmonica as a child in the Mississippi Delta and went on to be a major figure in blues music as a sideman to Muddy Waters and as a Grammy Award-winning solo performer, died March 16 at a hospital in Austin. He was 81.
Sylvia Polchies holds an American eagle feather and a folded American flag that she received on behalf of her late father, Henry Sockbeson, during a ceremony to honor six members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe who fought in World War I on Sunday in Indian Township, July 17, 2016.

Quarries in France reveal an often forgotten part of Maine history

By Nora Flaherty, Maine Public on March 19, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Photographer Jeff Gusky learned about the quarries while in France on another project and discovered among other things that some of their most prolific decorators were the men of the 26th Yankee Division, many from Maine.
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Chuck Berry on stage at Hidden Valley Ranch, in Irvine, California, in a July 2001 file image. Berry died at 90 on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Chuck Berry, wild man of rock who helped define its rebellious spirit, dies at 90

By Terence McArdle, The Washington Post on March 18, 2017, at 10:09 p.m.
Berry hits such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” melded elements of blues, rockabilly and jazz into some of America’s most timeless pop songs of the 20th century.
A lawsuit filed on March 10 is seeking class-action status on behalf of all the strip club dancers who work for VCG Holding Corp., which owns PT.

Federal lawsuit over strip club wages could include Maine dancers

By Judy Harrison on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
The lawsuit alleged that dancers were “misclassified” by the company as independent contractors rather than employees and were required to pay varying fees for dancing during certain hours, parking their cars and bottled water.

Moody’s: Republican health care bill would harm state finances

By Robin Respaut, Reuters on March 18, 2017, at 9:32 a.m.
The Republican-proposed bill to replace Obamacare would be a credit negative for U.S. states, according to Moody’s Investors Service, because it would shift a greater share of the cost of Medicaid to the states.

Immigration judges headed to 12 US cities to speed deportations

By Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters on March 18, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.

Trump ramps up fight for votes on health care overhaul

By Susan Cornwell and David Morgan, Reuters on March 18, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
President Donald Trump on Friday agreed to changes in the Republican plan for Obamacare, conservative lawmakers said, as he stepped up his fight to win support for the bill ahead of a vote in the House of Representatives next week.

Secret Service laptop stolen in New York, law enforcement officials say

By Devlin Barrett and Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post on March 18, 2017, at 9:14 a.m.
A laptop with sensitive security information on it was stolen from a Secret Service agent in New York City, law enforcement officials said Friday, prompting a multiagency investigation to try to retrieve it.

‘SNL’ to finish a record-shattering season by doing something it’s never done before

By Elahe Izadi, The Washington Post on March 18, 2017, at 9:12 a.m.
“Saturday Night Live” is enjoying its highest-rated season in two decades, and it’s going to finish it out by doing something the series has never done before: go live, coast to coast.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on issues related to visas and travel after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new travel ban order in Washington, U.S. on March 6, 2017.

Tillerson: ‘All options are on the table’ when it comes to North Korea

By Anne Gearan and Anna Fifield, The Washington Post on March 17, 2017, at 6:54 a.m.
Tensions are running high in northeast Asia, with North Korea determined to advance its missile program and China incensed over South Korea’s decision to deploy an American anti-missile battery. Tillerson’s remarks, ruling out diplomatic talks and leaving the door open to military action, will fuel fears in the region of a tendency toward what are euphemistically called “kinetic” options.
Beside a painting of Hillary Clinton, U.S. President Donald Trump makes a surprise appearance in front of a tour group at the White House in Washington, March 7, 2017.

Maine arts groups fret Trump will gut their budgets

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on March 17, 2017, at 6:07 a.m.
Mainers with a passion for culture are concerned President Donald Trump might seek to eliminate funding for a number of small domestic agencies that include the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Curbing climate change has a dollar value. This is how we measure it.

By Joseph Aldy, The Conversation on March 17, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
While burning fossil fuels produces benefits, it also generates widespread costs to society — including damages from climate change.

Treasury’s Mnuchin says Trump does not want trade wars

By David Lawder and Michelle Martin, Reuters on March 17, 2017, at 5:52 a.m.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that the Trump administration has no desire to get into trade wars, but certain trade relationships need to be re-examined to make them fairer for U.S. workers.