Kansas man gets 3 years for death of baby he forgot in hot car

By Reuters on Jan. 30, 2015, at 3:58 p.m.
A Kansas man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Friday for letting his 10-month-old foster daughter die in a hot car while he smoked marijuana and watched television. Seth Jackson, 29, who pled guilty in November to one count of involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to 32 months …

POM Wonderful loses bid to block FTC deceptive ad claims

By Andrew Zajac, Bloomberg on Jan. 30, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — POM Wonderful’s claims that its pomegranate products combat heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction aren’t adequately backed by research, a federal appeals panel ruled, upholding a Federal Trade Commission ban on deceptive advertising by the company. “We see no basis for setting aside the commission’s conclusion that …
The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, gestures as he speaks to his followers during the Jangchup Lamrim teaching session at the Gaden Jangtse Thoesam Norling Monastery in Mundgod in the southern Indian state of Karnataka Dec. 23, 2014.

Obama, Dalai Lama will attend US prayer event Thursday

By Reuters on Jan. 30, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are scheduled to attend the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast in Washington next week, but it was unclear if they will hold a private meeting like one last year that angered Beijing. The White House said Obama would deliver remarks at the …

Wall Street gears up as White House pushes retirement-fund rules

By Robert Schmidt and Dave Michaels, Bloomberg on Jan. 30, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Top financial lobbyists converged on the White House last week in a failed bid to forestall an administration plan that would impose new rules on brokers who manage trillions of dollars in U.S. retirement accounts. At issue is a Labor Department proposal to require brokers to act in …
Ten people escaped a Tuesday afternoon fire that destroyed a home in Whitefield.

Youth burning dog leash caused Whitefield fire that displaced 11 during blizzard

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Jan. 30, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
The fire at 452 Mills Road in Whitefield that required the response of seven area fire departments on Tuesday was caused by a juvenile burning a dog leash, the state fire marshal’s office determined. Sgt. Ken Grimes of the fire marshal’s office said that the cause of …

Five myths about Super Bowl ads

By David Griner, The Washington Post on Jan. 30, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
Super Bowl weekend is here, and with it the annual debate about whether Super Bowl advertising — an absurdly expensive orgy of exuberant consumerism — is worthy of its reputation as marketing’s most defining moment. Super Bowl ads are shrouded in misconceptions, in part because so few of us are …
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Veterans services officer lists February visits

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 30, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: …
An aerial view shows Juniper Ridge landfill in Old Town in this January 2012 file photo.

Old Town landfill to sell methane to Michigan-based renewable energy producer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 30, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
Juniper Ridge Landfill operators say they have found a partner to use the landfill-produced methane gas, equivalent to about 8,000 gallons of heating oil on a daily basis. Aria Energy, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is partnering with Casella Waste Systems, which operates the state-owned landfill, to …
John Spear

South Thomaston administrator to retire

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 30, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
The South Thomaston administrator is resigning after a little more than a year on the job. John Spear will serve through May 8, according to the town. The Board of Selectmen is seeking applications for his successor. Spear said he was retiring and that he had …
Jamie Clements

Lincoln man charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 30, 2015, at 1:45 p.m.
A local man was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a felon after allegedly pawning a rifle, police said. Jamie Clements, 35, of Lincoln was arrested after police received a tip that Clements had pawned a .22-caliber rifle at Lincoln Trading & Pawn, 55 West …
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Ben and his team

Sled Dogs Helping Out Shelter Dogs

By Tracy Sala on Jan. 30, 2015, at 12:33 p.m.
The Pope Memorial Humane Society is in the middle of a 50 Cat Challenge, with adoption fees slashed in half until 50 felines have found their new homes. But, the dogs here at the shelter deserve some attention as well. Ben and Aimee Hoops of Blockhouse Pursuits in Lincolnville have …
A former Bath Iron Works employee is suing the company claiming he was subjected to harassment and discrimination because he is Muslim and Palestinian. According to documents submitted in U.S. District Court, this Afghanistan flag, given to BIW by the U.S. Marine Corps for the company’s support of the United Way and Toys for Tots, continues to hang “in plain view” in the main walkway at BIW despite being “decimated with hate graffiti" including the words “Devils” and “kill them,” and a drawing of a bomb over the mosque in the center of the flag.

Muslim who worked at Bath Iron Works files federal lawsuit claiming shipyard employees harassed and spat at him

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 30, 2015, at 12:19 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A former Bath Iron Works employee who says he was harassed, routinely spat at by other employees and subjected to hate speech over a number of years because he is of Palestinian descent and a Muslim has filed suit in U.S. District Court claiming the company violated …

US government releases draft plan for electronic health data

By Reuters on Jan. 30, 2015, at 11:50 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed a plan Friday to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of an effort to propel the $2.9 trillion U.S. health …
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Ride New Marketing Wave

By Joe Ryan on Jan. 30, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine will be riding in style in their newly wrapped Subaru Legacy thanks to a recent donation from the vehicle graphic department at Adventure Advertising. “We’re so excited about the gain in visibility this vehicle will provide throughout the communities that we serve” said Big …
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Oakhurst makes largest donation to The Salvation Army in 15-year history of company’s annual Egg Nog fundraising effort. Left to right: Major James LaBossiere, The Salvation Army;  Bill Bennett of Oakhurst, Major Steve Ditmer, The Salvation Army

Oakhurst Makes Largest Donation to The Salvation Army in the 15-Year History of its Annual Holiday Egg Nog Fundraiser

By Belinda Donovan on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
Company Raises More than $21,000 to Help New England Families PORTLAND, MAINE — January 29, 2015 — Oakhurst, northern New England’s leading dairy brand, announced today it is donating $21,257 to The Salvation Army of Northern New England. This is the company’s largest donation in the 15 years since beginning …
Kyle Bragdon

Waldoboro man who eluded police for a year captured in Massachusetts

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A Waldoboro man who eluded police for nearly a year is behind bars. Kyle M. Bragdon, 27, is being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland until he makes an initial court appearance Friday afternoon in Rockland District Court. He is charged with felony theft, failure …

Rockland names new deputy police chief

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
A veteran detective is the new second in command for Rockland’s police department. Chris Young has been appointed deputy chief of the department, Chief Bruce Boucher said Friday. Young succeeds Wally Tower, who retired last month and is now overseeing security at the Knox County Regional Airport. …

Investigator: 6-year-old set Auburn apartment building fire that left 43 homeless

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
A 6-year-old boy playing with a cigarette lighter ignited a Friday morning fire that seriously damaged a Fourth Street apartment building and left 43 people homeless, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The boy set the fire on his bed in a fourth-floor apartment and then …
The Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Dec. 4, 2014.

Bucksport mill sale to scrap metal company complete, Verso official says

By Abigail Curtis and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Despite a flurry of legal action and the hopes of millworkers who wanted to continue making paper, the sale of the Verso Paper mill to a subsidiary of scrap dealer American Iron and Metal has been completed, a company spokesman confirmed Friday. “The sale has closed,” Verso …
Rockland Mayor Frank Isganitis said after Tuesday's snowstorm that city council never mandated plowing side streets only after 3 inches of snow had fallen.

Rockland mayor says controversial plowing plan was not a mandate

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:27 a.m.
Earlier this week, Rockland’s Public Works Department attracted statewide attention over a new, informal policy — implemented at the beginning of this winter — to allow up to 3 inches of snow to accumulate on side streets before plowing. The policy earned statewide political attention when the …
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