US conducts air strikes in Iraq near Arbil, Mosul dam

By Reuters on Aug. 17, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States conducted air strikes on Saturday in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Arbil and the Mosul dam, the U.S. Central Command said. The Mosul dam, Iraq’s biggest, fell under control of Islamic State militants earlier this month. Control of the dam …
On Sunday, a protester reaches down to throw back a smoke canister as police clear a street after the passing of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

One shot, seven arrested in clashes after curfew in Ferguson, Missouri

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on Aug. 17, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Police arrested seven protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, early on Sunday as they imposed a curfew aimed at quelling days of violence that erupted after an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer. The latest confrontation occurred when demonstrators remained in the streets of …
The Rev. Marguerite A.H. Steadman holds the Gospel book during the procession at St. John's Episcopal Church during Christmas Eve services in Bangor in this December 2013 file photo.

Study: Religious observance associated with less depression in elderly

By Shereen Lehman, Reuters on Aug. 17, 2014, at 5:59 a.m.
NEW YORK — In a study of older adults, religious participation was correlated with better mood. People in the study who often attended religious services were less likely to report symptoms of depression during the two-year study, researchers found. And those with signs of depression at the start of the …
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and curfew in response to looting the previous night in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday.

Missouri governor declares emergency, sets curfew in Ferguson

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 7:52 p.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson on Saturday, trying to restore order after a week of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. The curfew will run …

Grand Manan plane crash kills pilot, paramedic

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
A plane crash on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, has killed a pilot and a paramedic, according to CTV News. The Ambulance New Brunswick plane crashed in a grassy area just feet from an island airport on Saturday, the news outlet reported. A nurse and second pilot who were on …
Hayleigh Black is pictured in this photo taken during her 9th grade year at Muscle Shoals High School in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The teenager with dyed-red hair was sent home from school by her principal over concerns that her mane was too bright and distracting, the girl's mother said on Friday.

Teen girl sent home from Alabama school over ‘distracting’ red hair

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
An Alabama teenager with dyed-red hair was sent home from school by her principal over concerns that her mane was too bright and distracting, the girl’s mother said on Friday. Hayleigh Black, a 15-year-old student at Muscle Shoals High School in northwestern Alabama, had been dyeing her hair red for …

Professional fighter ‘War Machine’ arrested in connection with assault of ex-girlfriend

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — A professional fighter sought by authorities after his former girlfriend accused him of attacking her and a friend at her home in Las Vegas has been arrested in the Los Angeles area, officials said Friday. Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known by the name “War Machine” for his time …
Police officers line up across the street early Saturday as they maintain their distance from protesters during demonstrations to protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Missouri protests reignite over police shooting of black teen

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Racially charged protests flared overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, in an eruption of fresh anger over the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer. Tensions had temporarily cooled on Thursday night but by Friday evening, protesters were again swarming through a residential …

Emigdio Vasquez, prominent Chicano artist in Southern California, dies at 75

By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Emigdio Vasquez, a renowned Chicano muralist and painter in Southern California’s Orange County whose pieces captured the reality and grittiness of everyday life, has died. He was 75. Vasquez died Saturday of pneumonia at an assisted living facility in Newport Beach, his daughter Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill said. He …

SeaWorld to expand killer whale habitat at its parks

By Barbara Liston, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Friday it would nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid criticism over its treatment of the animals. The company’s amusement parks have come under attack after its handling of …

Apple begins storing users’ personal data on servers in China

By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
BEIJING — Apple Inc. has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, …

Police: Officer in Missouri shooting unaware teen was a suspect

By Nick Carey, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
FERGUSON, Missouri — Minutes before a police officer shot him dead, Michael Brown had become a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store, according to police reports released on Friday after days of protests in a St. Louis suburb over the unarmed black teenager’s death. But the officer …

Lawmakers want to end transfers of military equipment to police

By Susan Cornwell, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers alarmed by the aggressive police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are pushing for Congress to limit the Pentagon’s ability to provide civilian police departments with military equipment such as armored vehicles designed for the battlefield. Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson wrote colleagues in the House of …

A seminary behind bars seeks to change Texas prison system

By Jon Herskovitz, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
ROSHARON, Texas — In a solitary confinement unit at a maximum-security prison in Texas, convicted murderer Troup Foster offers spiritual guidance to offenders as a part of a program designed to spark a cultural change in the country’s largest prison system. Foster, 52, is one of 34 offenders in the …

Utah woman in critical condition after drinking restaurant’s tainted tea

By Jennifer Dobner, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman was in critical condition in hospital on Friday, five days after suffering burns to her mouth and esophagus from drinking sweet tea laced with a powerful lye-based cleaning solvent at a local restaurant. Jan Harding was dining with relatives at a Dickey’s Barbecue …

R.J. Reynolds suit challenges tribes over cigarette fees

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 16, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is taking on tribal cigarette manufacturers, in a fight that has already included covert investigations, aerial surveillance and confidential informants. With a lawsuit quietly filed Thursday in Washington, the North Carolina-based R.J. Reynolds and another firm challenge the Agriculture Department’s failure to collect …

Colorado hunting outfitter admits harming wild cats for easy hunt

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
A Colorado hunting outfitter accused of injuring mountain lions and bobcats to help clients kill them more easily pleaded guilty on Friday in a court in Denver to one felony count of conspiring to break a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. In a plea agreement struck with federal attorneys, Christopher …
The Main Street entrance to Shaw's in Bangor.

Shaw’s customers in Maine, NH may have had their credit card information stolen

By WGME staff on Aug. 16, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
According to Shaw’s website, the company that operates Shaw’s recently became aware of what they call an unlawful intrusion to obtain credit and debit card information in some of its stores. However, there is no evidence of any actual misuse of credit and debit card information. Shaw’s says the breach …

Older people perform better in the morning, study finds

By Ronnie Cohen, Reuters on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
NEW YORK — Older adults are better able to ignore distractions and to perform demanding cognitive tasks in the morning, a new study suggests. Moreover, when tested in the morning, at their peak period of alertness, seniors activated the same brain regions used to focus attention and tune out distractions …

Maine soldier sentenced in connection with Washington murder

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 15, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — A soldier from a Maine island pleaded guilty this week in Washington state to acting as an accomplice in the murder last fall of another soldier after an altercation broke out between two groups of troops stationed at Fort Lewis. Spc. Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 22, of Islesboro was …
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