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A TSA security officer checks a bag a day before the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday at the Salt Lake City international airport, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 21, 2012.

US, Britain curb electronics on flights from Middle East, North Africa

By David Shepardson and Kylie MacLellan, Reuters on March 21, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign chair and convention manager Paul Manafort appears at a press conference at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, July 19, 2016.

New documents say Trump aide hid payments from pro-Moscow Ukraine party

By Andrew Roth, Washington Post on March 21, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
A Ukrainian lawmaker Tuesday released new financial documents allegedly showing that a former campaign manager to President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.

FBI head confirms Russia election probe, says Moscow backed Trump

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel, Reuters on March 21, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 election.

Wall Street drifts lower; investors worry about tax-cut delay

By Noel Randewich, Reuters on March 21, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Wall Street drifted lower on Monday as investors worried that President Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes and boost the economy could take longer than previously expected.

Actor Ben Stiller joins social media drive to raise $2 mln for Somalia

By Emma Batha, Reuters on March 21, 2017, at 5:59 a.m.
Hollywood actor Ben Stiller has teamed up with social media stars to raise $2 million for people facing starvation in Somalia amid a devastating drought.

Google apologizes to ad clients for YouTube content fiasco

By Esha Vaish and Kate Holton, Reuters on March 21, 2017, at 5:59 a.m.
Google apologized on Monday for allowing ads to appear alongside offensive videos on YouTube as more high-profile firms such as Marks & Spencer and HSBC pulled advertising for British markets from Google sites.

Democrats raise doubts about Trump’s high court nominee Gorsuch

By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung, Reuters on March 20, 2017, at 7:13 p.m.
Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, on Monday emphasized the need for judicial independence even as Trump castigates jurists who have ruled against him, while Democrats questioned whether he would rule against abortion rights and gun control while favoring corporations.

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.