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An artist's rendering of what the "earth-like" planets orbiting Trappist 1 might look like. NASA announced the discovery of the exoplanets on Wednesday, saying that some of the planets likely have water and the potential for extraterrestrial life.

Discovery of new ‘earth-like’ planets sparks new talks of alien life

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
The blockbuster discovery of seven “earth-like” planets — including some that may have liquid water and the potential for extraterrestrial life — set off a firestorm of excitement among astronomers across the globe on Wednesday.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Feds, state sue Maine firm over alleged false advertising for health supplements

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 22, 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
The lawsuit claims a South Portland-based supplement company and others used false advertising to sell health supplements that promised joint pain relief and memory improvements.
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The Oscars after-party menu will, obviously, feature Maine lobster

on Feb. 22, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
What’s a celebrity-laden, ritzy dinner party without a bit of Maine lobster?
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers a spectacular view of Katahdin and other natural beauties in this November picture.

LePage to Trump: Ax North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 22, 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has asked President Donald Trump to reverse an executive order and return the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to private ownership.
Airbnb hosts in Maine brought in more than $26 million last year, as twice as many guests booked stays through the website that lets people rent private homes and living spaces as an alternative to hotels.

Maine Airbnb hosts made $26 million in 2016. LePage and towns want a better way to tax it.

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 22, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
Airbnb hosts in Maine brought in more than $26 million last year, as twice as many guests booked stays through the website that lets people rent private homes and living spaces as an alternative to hotels.
A crash on Interstate 295 in Falmouth caused traffic to back up in both directions, Aug. 29, 2013.

State to reduce speed limit on crash-prone stretch of Interstate 295

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
A nearly 30 percent increase in crashes along a stretch Interstate 295 has prompted the state to permanently reduce the speed limit between Topsham and Falmouth beginning next month.
Nokomis Regional High School Principal Mary Nadeau (left) and teacher Matt Brown broadcast a recent Nokomis basketball game at the Augusta Civic Center. Nadeau, who has been at Nokomis for 25 years as a teacher, coach and administrator, enjoys sharing her experience by calling the play-by-play for Warriors' athletic events with Nokomis Warrior Broadcasting.

Nokomis High School features play-by-play principal during basketball tourney

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:39 a.m.
When it comes to Mary Nadeau’s play-by-play television coverage of the boys and girls basketball teams from Nokomis Regional High School of Newport, it has little to do with critique and everything to do with sharing her students’ experiences with the communities she serves.
Firefighters from several communities traveled by boat to Sheep Island in the New Meadows River for a large woods fire. Many small Maine communities depend on volunteer firefighters.

When Maine island homes catch fire, there often aren’t enough volunteers to save them

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
Like many small Maine communities, Harpswell depends on volunteer firefighters.

‘Traitor’ to community gets 2 years for selling crack cocaine

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

Sen. Collins calls Trump’s new immigration plan a strong improvement

By CBS 13 on Feb. 22, 2017, at 7:54 a.m.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she believes President Donald Trump’s latest executive order involving immigration announced Tuesday is a strong improvement on his earlier executive orders, especially the travel ban, which is in the courts.

Maine woman tells police she hit three pedestrians in New Hampshire

By CBS 13 on Feb. 22, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Three people suffered life-threatening injuries, after police said they were hit by a car Monday night.
A head-on crash between two snowmobiles on Tuesday sent both drivers to area hospitals after one driver reportedly was going too fast on a corner and crashed into the other snowmobile.

Three snowmobilers injured Monday, LifeFlight helicopters used twice

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 22, 2017, at 7:04 a.m.
Excessive speed is believed to be a factor in both crashes.
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A young girl runs happy, laughing through lines of people participating in Hands Around Back Cove in Portland on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

We want your ideas for how to draw young people to Maine

By Erin Rhoda on Feb. 22, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
People at the Magnetize Maine Summit will brainstorm ways to attract and keep more young people in Maine.
Senator Susan Collins speaks to officials at the Aroostook County Action Program in Houlton in November.

Collins meets with activists pressuring her to oppose Trump’s policies

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Feb. 21, 2017, at 5:24 p.m.
The group has been pressuring Collins on everything from the fate of the Affordable Care Act to votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.

Alfond Foundation vows to pay off students’ debt to draw STEM workers to Maine

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The Alfond Leaders competitive grant program will give about 150 recipients up to $60,000 in college debt relief per person over the next three years.
Police ask witnesses questions after an officer-involved shooting at Leadbetter's at 1105 Hammond St. in Bangor on Dec. 1, 2015.

How Maine police shootings are investigated

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 21, 2017, at 3:29 p.m.
In the past two weeks police have shot dead three people in two separate cases, and four officers have been taken off active duty.

Officer-involved shootings in Maine, 2007-2017

on Feb. 21, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.
The University of New England announced Tuesday that James Herbert of Drexel University would serve as the university's next president.

University of New England introduces next president from Drexel

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The University of New England announced Tuesday that James Herbert, a Drexel University administrator, will become the school’s next president.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

Down East prison back on state budget chopping block

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
Downeast Correctional Facility, which overlooks the local fishing village of Bucks Harbor, once again is proposed for closure as a cost-saving measure in the latest proposed state budget.
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Andrew MacLean, deputy executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, voices his organization's support for Medicaid expansion at the State House Welcome Center in Augusta, Jan. 23, 2014.

Medicaid expansion referendum headed to Maine ballot

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:07 a.m.
Mainers will vote in November on whether the state should expand its Medicaid program, following the validation Tuesday of a petition to do so.