Justin Ramos (left), Jaden Ramos and their mother, Maritz Ramos, watch as the casket of their father, slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos is carried from Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York after his funeral Saturday. Justin Ramos is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine,

Maine officers join thousands at slain New York policeman’s funeral

By Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo, Reuters on Dec. 27, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral on Saturday of one of two police officers shot dead by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. Singled …
First Sgt. Joseph Taylor of Bingham, Maine, picks up a letter during a recent mail call at the National Police Training Center in Paynesville, Liberia.

Maine soldiers helping Ebola treatment efforts in Liberia

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 27, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
A Mainer from Hartland, a platoon leader with the 902nd Engineer Company, helped build a 50-patient Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, and another from Bingham is the noncommissioned officer in charge of protection, lodging and logistics for the facility. 1st Lt. Abraham Richardson and the 902nd built the first Ebola …
Louis Rubino

Police dog catches accused Wal-Mart thief

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 27, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
THOMASTON | A police dog was credited with collaring a man accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of goods from Wal-Mart on Friday evening. Gunner, with handler Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Joslyn, tracked the suspect before finding him hiding under a trailer off Thomaston Street. Louis Rubino, …
A house at 57 Lakeview Road in Boothbay Harbor lies in ruins after a fire Christmas night.

Investigators determine cause of Christmas house fire in Boothbay Harbor

By CBS 13 on Dec. 27, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
The Christmas night fire that destroyed a Boothbay Harbor home has been ruled accidental. Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office said it started near the refrigerator and outlets. He said there may have been an electrical malfunction or power surges, due to an …
Kennebunk High School students pose Friday morning after raising more than $1,500 to help toddler Mason Bain.

Students more than meet challenge to raise money for sick toddler

By Susan Morse, York County Coast Star on Dec. 27, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
KENNEBUNK | Kennebunk High School students have more than met their match challenge in raising funds for Mason Bain, a toddler who has been undergoing medical treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital. A week before Christmas, the Mason’s Mission Facebook page posted the news that after spending 26 days in …
William Riggs, 47, sits in Canadian court on Boxing Day. He faces multiple charges after an incident involving a shotgun in Mount Pearl on Christmas Day.

‘It was a little tangly of a morning’: Canadian man describes wresting shotgun from neighbor on Christmas Day

By Josh Pennell, The Telegraph on Dec. 27, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
MOUNT PEARL, Newfoundland and Labrador — Whatever thoughts of Christmas were in Edwin Murrin’s mind Christmas Eve night, it’s unlikely he foresaw he’d be trying to wrest a shotgun from his neighbor’s hands on Christmas Day. By early afternoon Christmas Day, though, Murrin’s neighbour William Riggs would be arrested by …

Portland man charged in 2012 pharmacy burglary

By The Forecaster on Dec. 27, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
YARMOUTH — A Portland man was charged Tuesday with committing a 2012 burglary of the pharmacy at the Hannaford Bros. store on U.S. Route 1. Police Lt. Dean Perry said Charles B. Gardner, 33, whose address was not disclosed, was charged with three Class C felonies, theft, burglary and aggravated …
A sign celebrates the September court decision allowing public access to Cedar Beach on Bailey Island. The ruling is now being challenged.

Road owner asks court to overturn public access to Cedar Beach

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 27, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
HARPSWELL | Defendants in a court case that allowed public use of a private Bailey Island beach access road are appealing the Superior Court decision to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Gables LLC, a real estate company owned by road owner Betsy Atkins, filed the appeal in Portland on …

North Korea blames US for Internet outages, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

By Jack Kim, Reuters on Dec. 27, 2014, at 6:50 a.m.
SEOUL — North Korea called President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures. The National Defense Commission, the North’s ruling body chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said …
Energy audits such as this one performed in 2010 by Matthew Damon of Penobscot Home Performance (center) are among the things homeowners can get through low-interest loans offered by Efficiency Maine.

Council vote enables Millinocket residents to apply for home energy improvement loans

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 27, 2014, at 6:44 a.m.
Residents are eligible for low-interest loans aimed at improving the energy efficiency of their homes thanks to a Town Council vote earlier this month, officials said Friday. The council voted 6-0 on Dec. 11 to pass an ordinance effectively allowing the town to participate in the Maine …
Barbara Curtis holds her grandson Reese McAvoy and listens to her daughter Paige Curtis as alumni from Stearns and Schenck high schools play each other in games aimed at raising funds to keep both schools' athletic programs going at Stearns High School on Friday.

Alumni from rivals Schenck, Stearns play basketball, raise $1,420 to boost athletic programs

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 27, 2014, at 6:03 a.m.
MILLINOCKET | Amy Collinsworth last played basketball for Stearns High School in 2007, and she always has wanted to go out on that court and play one more time. So when she heard that funding for the school’s athletic programs was getting tight, she knew exactly what she wanted …

Schenck, Stearns graduates join forces for good cause

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 27, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
The arch-rival schools’ alumni held fundraiser basketball games on Friday night to raise money to help keep Katahdin region athletics afloat.

Cape Elizabeth woman found dead in kitchen fire

By Staff, CBS 13 on Dec. 26, 2014, at 11:12 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH — A Cape Elizabeth woman was found dead after a fire in her kitchen Friday afternoon, reports Portland television station WGME, CBS 13. Sgt. Joel Davis of the state fire marshal’s office said a relative found Lamy Alkurdy, 65, around 1 p.m. Friday and called to report a …

Pakistani forces kill an alleged organizer of school massacre

By Tim Craig, The Washington Post on Dec. 26, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Security forces on Friday killed an alleged organizer of last week’s school massacre, the latest sign that the government and military are stepping up their assault on the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamist militant groups. The slaying of the Taliban commander, known as Saddam, comes as Pakistani …
Tenants left a home they were renting in Fort Kent trashed, abandoning at least seven animals for more than a week. The building was littered with urine, feces, cigarette butts, empty milk jugs and other trash. The animals were found on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2014, by Officer Spencer Nadeau of the Fort Kent Police Department. An investigation is ongoing.

Dogs, cats found abandoned in trashed home in Fort Kent

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 26, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
FORT KENT — Police in Fort Kent are investigating a case in which a number of animals were abandoned for more than a week in a rental home littered with urine, feces, cigarette butts, empty milk jugs and other trash. Sgt. Dalen Boucher of the Fort Kent Police Department said …
James Manning

Newburgh man accused of Dysart’s robbery arrested Christmas Day for violating bail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 26, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BANGOR | A Newburgh man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to an Aug. 7 armed robbery at a Dysart’s Travel Stop where he once worked in his hometown, was arrested Christmas Day for violating his bail conditions. James Manning, 22, was originally arrested on Aug. 15 in connection …
The Bangor International Airport's domestic terminal, pictured here on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, will undergo major renovations during the course of 18 months starting in early 2015.

Bangor International Airport prepares to launch biggest phase of its modernization effort

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 26, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
The most dramatic phase of Bangor International Airport’s $8 million terminal modernization project is poised to start soon after the holiday season wraps up, according to airport officials. The airport’s domestic terminal hasn’t seen a major update since the 1970s. “The terminal we have now, it’s functional, …

Wall Street ends at record in second straight weekly gain

By Ryan Vlastelica, Reuters on Dec. 26, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 closing at records in a broad rally, though trading was light with many market participants still out for the Christmas holiday. Major indexes closed out their second straight weekly gain, continuing an advance that …

Monson man facing new charges in domestic violence case

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 26, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
BANGOR | A Monson man arrested earlier this month on more than a dozen mostly domestic violence charges is back behind bars facing new charges that he violated conditions of his bail. Jared Clawson, 36, already was facing 16 charges as the result of an investigation that began earlier …

In Reno, Nevada, Christmas trees get their goat

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times on Dec. 26, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
Christmas is already a memory. And around Reno, Nevada, there are sounds to prove it. They go something like this: munch, munch, munch. They’re goats. And they’re eating Christmas trees. Friday marked the first day the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in Nevada began using a unique — not to …
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