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The stern of El Faro is shown on the ocean floor taken from an underwater video camera on Nov. 1, 2015.

El Faro captain ordered crew to abandon ship before sinking

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Aug. 24, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
Twenty-six hours of newly recovered audio offer chilling detail into the final hours before the 790-foot ship sank.
Troy McVey (left) appears in court for his arraignment to be charged with the murder of a man in Hollywood, while his lawyer, Arthur P. Lindars, looks on in Los Angeles, California, in this January 2015 file photo.

Former Maine man granted third trial in Hollywood shooting

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 24, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
“[Troy] McVey’s defense attorney asked for a new trial on the manslaughter conviction, and the judge granted the motion this morning.”
The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

What we know about access to North Woods national monument land

By John Holyoke and Nick McCrea on Aug. 24, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Those interested in visiting the new attraction might be wondering what kind of activities will, and won’t, be allowed on its 87,563 acres.
Hunter Bragg

Report: Father tried to save son after dog attack

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton said Wednesday that the 2½-month-old investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson gives acceptance speech during National Convention in Orlando, Florida, May 29, 2016.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson to stop in Portland

By Sun Journal on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:42 p.m.
The campaign is hoping to sell Gary Johnson as a good alternative to the Democrat and Republican offerings this year.

New Hampshire drops drug charges against former Maine nurse

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Kerry Bridges said she is still waiting for a hearing before the New Hampshire Board of Nursing to have her suspension to practice nursing lifted.
The Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge is in the foreground, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is in the middle and the Memorial Bridge is at the top.

A bridge linking Maine, New Hampshire is permanently closed

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
After 76 years of supporting traffic between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge has been closed forever because of mechanical failure and the high cost to repair it amid construction of a replacement bridge.
The view of Haskell Rock Pitch on the East Branch of the Penobscot River with Bald Mountain in the background can be seen Wednesday. President Barack Obama designated about 87,000 acres of land east of Baxter State Park as the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Obama signs order creating North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 24, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
President Barack Obama signed into law the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday, a day after landowner Roxanne Quimby transferred 87,563 acres of her property in Maine to the federal government.
An SUV crashed in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Coldbrook Road exit, causing major traffic delays for motorists on Tuesday night.

SUV crash ties up I-95 traffic near Hampden exit

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 23, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area if possible.
Millinocket resident Ann Grunthaler expressed disappointment to the news that Roxanne Quimby transferred 87,563 acres to the federal government on Tuesday in Millinocket. It is a major step toward the creation of a proposed North Woods national monument.

Officials, public react to land transfer for North Woods national monument

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 23, 2016, at 7:49 p.m.
“In a hundred years, we will look back to this week as a watershed moment in the history of northern Maine,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.
James Cameron

Appeals court upholds sentence of ex-prosecutor on porn charges

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Monday upheld the nearly 14-year sentence being served by Maine’s former top drug prosecutor on child pornography possession charges.
Roxanne Quimby

A timeline of Roxanne Quimby’s quest for a national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 23, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
For at least 15 years, Burt’s Bee’s entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby has pursued her goal of creating a national park in Maine’s north woods.
Twin Rivers Paper Company

Maine company president wants mutual fund reports to be sent on paper

By Robert Schmidt, Bloomberg on Aug. 23, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
The proposed SEC rule would simply allow a fund company to change the default delivery option to electronic.

A primer on the national monument debate from RESTORE: the North Woods to today

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
A national park is first proposed for Maine — June 8, 1994 A 3.2 million acre national park was proposed by RESTORE: The North Woods. The proposal was met with immediate opposition — and mockery — from the state’s forest products industry and landowners. What kind of North Woods does …

8 times Mainers freaked out over snakes

on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Check out these eight times that snakes made it in the news and freaked out Mainers.
The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

Roxanne Quimby transfers 87,000 acres planned for national monument to US government

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
The company owned by the family of Roxanne Quimby transferred more than 87,000 acres to the federal government on Tuesday, strongly indicating a North Woods national monument will soon be designated by President Barack Obama.

A surprising use for beeswax: Paint.

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
Helene Farrar paints and carves beeswax on wood panels with a variety of different inspirations, including more straightforward subjects like owls and fields of poppies as well as more philosophical ideas such as “what we carry,” all from her studio in Manchester. The art style is called encaustic painting.
Qian Xue, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, explains her research into developing a simple blood-testing device for home-bound Mainers at a recent UMaine forum on aging-related research.

UMaine showcases projects under development to help Mainers age in place

By Meg Haskell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1 a.m.
From a simple well-water purification device to a comfortable, high-tech protector that decreases the likelihood of a hip fracture in a fall, researchers at the University of Maine are all about aging these days.
Arielle Oldmixon (left) plays with Aniyah Harvey, 2, at Mansfield Park in Bangor in March. The Bangor City Council voted Monday night to ban smoking in the city's parks to protect children and families from the effects of secondhand smoke.

Bangor passes ban on smoking in city parks geared toward kids

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 22, 2016, at 11:07 p.m.
The ban includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as electronic smoking devices.
 Jonathan Symonds (third from right) and Heather Houston (second from right) light candles for the people standing beside them during Bangor Area Recovery Network's Circle of Caring event at Doyle Field in Brewer in June.

Maine suffers record number of fatal drug overdoses in first half of 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 22, 2016, at 7:14 p.m.
In the first six months of 2016, 189 people in Maine died by drug overdose, according to a preliminary analysis.