Obama administration ends special immigration policy for Cubans

By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on Jan. 13, 2017, at 6:44 a.m.
The end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which allowed any Cuban who reached U.S. soil to stay but returned any picked up at sea, is effective immediately. Cuban officials had sought the change for years.
An assembly line with 2014 Ram 1500 pickup trucks is seen at the Warren Truck Plant in Warren, Michigan, U.S. on Sept. 25, 2014.

EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions

By David Shepardson and Bernie Woodall, Reuters on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:09 p.m.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators’ investigation of rival Volkswagen AG.
San Diego Chargers' President and Chief Executive Dean Spanos wears a headset during an interview at the NFL team's headquarters in San Diego on Jan. 9, 2013.

Chargers bolt San Diego to become second NFL team in Los Angeles

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on Jan. 12, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
The San Diego Chargers said on Thursday they are moving to Los Angeles beginning this upcoming NFL season, ending sometimes tense negotiations for a new stadium in the city where the sports franchise has played for more than five decades.
A sign marks the L.L. Bean store in Burlington, Massachusetts, Jan. 12, 2017.

Donald Trump used his presidential power to advertise L.L. Bean

By Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
After the co-owner of retailer L.L. Bean expressed support for President-elect Donald Trump, the future leader of the United States urged his 19.6 million Twitter followers to buy the company’s goods.

Maine native Lois Dickson Rice, education advocate and mother of National Security Advisor Susan Rice, dies

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:33 a.m.
The corporate executive and education policy expert earned the moniker “mother of the Pell Grant.”

Watch Linda Bean discuss Trump donations on Fox News

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:27 a.m.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with U.S.President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 4, 2017.

Obamacare is one step closer to repeal after Senate advances budget resolution

By Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:07 a.m.
The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins speak during a press conference at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, May 16, 2014.

Angus King, Susan Collins split on repeal of Obamacare

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:02 a.m.
Despite her push to delay efforts to repeal of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined her Republican colleagues early Thursday to adopt a budget plan that would end the program and remove the threat of a filibuster by opponents of the move.
Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors on Dec. 9, 2016.

Inside the isolation of the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
We chronicled one child’s yearning to be understood.

US indicts six as Volkswagen agrees to $4.3 billion diesel settlement

By David Shepardson, Reuters on Jan. 11, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.

Watch Trump’s first press conference in six months live

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 10, 2017.

Obama’s ‘Yes, we can': Thank Michelle for that

By Katie Mettler, Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017, at 8:08 a.m.
President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation Tuesday night in the same city where he began his quest for the presidency, with the same three words that launched it.

Trump’s choice for attorney general says he can stand up to him

By Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:42 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general promised on Tuesday to stand up to Trump, his close ally and future boss, saying he would oppose a ban on Muslims entering the country and enforce a law against waterboarding even though he voted against the law.

Russian hackers claim to have compromising information on Trump

By Eric Beech and Warren Strobel, Reuters on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:41 a.m.
Classified documents presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising information about him, CNN reported on Tuesday.

In another state, electricity buyers are more open

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Boston-based PowerOptions runs an organization nearly identical in mission to the Maine program, though far larger in scale.
Police lead Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, in this June 2015 file photo.

Jury condemns Dylann Roof to death for South Carolina church massacre

By Harriet McLeod, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 5:04 p.m.
A U.S. jury on Tuesday condemned white supremacist Dylann Roof to death for the hate-fueled killings of nine black parishioners at a Bible study meeting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015.

Iran decides not to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions extension

By Shadia Nasralla, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
Iran decided not to escalate a standoff over the extension of U.S. sanctions at a meeting of diplomats overseeing the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in 2015, senior Russian and Iranian diplomats said after the session Tuesday.

Ryan says Obamacare repeal will have transition time, replacement

By Lisa Lambert and Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:27 p.m.
The House of Representatives will include parts of a plan to replace Obamacare in their first steps to repeal it, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday, as Republicans, including President-elect Donald Trump, discussed a replacement for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

With Trump, fight to end abortion rights gathers steam

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
The battle to restrict abortion in the United States, heating up with the election of Donald Trump as president and a conservative Congress, will be waged from the nation’s highest court down to state legislatures, activists say.

Taliban attack near Afghan parliament kills more than 30

By Hamid Shalizi, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
A Taliban suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killed more than 30 people and wounded some 70 others, as twin blasts hit a crowded area of the city during the afternoon rush hour.