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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Republicans pull health care legislation plan in blow to Trump

By Dustin Volz and David Lawder, Reuters on March 24, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan met with Trump at the White House before the bill was pulled from the House floor after hours of debate.
In January, Sanford Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office assisted state and federal drug agents in the arrest of two people in the largest heroin drug bust in Maine. The combined street value of the fentanyl laced heroin seized in both Maine and Massachusetts was over $1.8 million.

Maine needs more money to investigate fentanyl deaths

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Of the 378 overdose deaths in 2016, 195 were attributed to fentanyl, up from only nine in 2013.
The Pettegrow family, which owns the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, is selling its wholesale lobster distribution business, Seal Point Lobster Co. in Lamoine, to the Maine Lobstering Union. The sale, which media reports say is for $4 million, will provide the fishermen-only union with a greater stake in the industry's distribution chain.

Maine lobstermen figured out how to make more money off their catches

By Bill Trotter on March 24, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
A lobstermen-only fishing organization has purchased a local lobster wholesale business, Seal Point Lobster Co.
Emma Waddell

Mainers claim prestigious collegiate swimming, hockey honors

on March 24, 2017, at 1:43 p.m.
Emma Waddell of Bangor has been named a 2017 DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee, while Brady Fleurent of Biddeford won the 17th Joe Concannon Award.
The Maine flag flaps as a snow squall moves through downtown Bangor, April 25, 2016.

Snow squalls make their way across Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
“Visibility is reduced to a quarter-mile at some places.”
FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE

Soldiers and sailors coming home – Franco-American Veterans

on March 24, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland

Head of Long Creek put on leave amid ‘active investigation’

By Jake Bleiberg on March 24, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
The superintendent of the Long Creek Youth Development Center was put on administrative leave earlier this week, according to multiple informed sources.
VIDEO
Sally Moulton, 67, of Harpswell punches trainer Andy Anderson's glove during a Rock Steady Boxing class in Brunswick which she attends with her husband John who has Parkinson's disease. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program adapted to people with the disease.

Parkinson’s patients are fighting back against the disease, literally

By Meg Haskell on March 24, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
“It’s fun and kind of edgy, and it’s a lot more fun to tell your grandchildren that you’re boxing than telling them you’re going to physical therapy.”
CONTRIBUTORS

The Oakhurst lawsuit gives grammarians everywhere reason to rejoice

By Roslyn Petelin, The Conversation on March 24, 2017, at 6 a.m.
The Maine case strikes a blow for the importance of clarity against the Oxford comma’s opponents.
EDITORIALS
Thousands of visitors, including this group from the Bangor YMCA, have been to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument since it was created in August.

The Katahdin monument is a great addition to Maine. LePage should stop fighting it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 23, 2017, at 7:19 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, but it’s already spurring economic activity in northern Maine.
ALEX STEED
L.L. Bean boots have become a Maine icon.

How ‘buying stuff made in Maine’ became cool

By Alex Steed on March 23, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
When I was a kid in western Maine, I never imagined we’d become a specialty beer capital or be known for well-crafted items beyond the iconic Bean boot.
POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
University of Maine's Laia Sole (center) goes to pass past University of New Hampshire's Morgan Bassett-Smith during their game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in February 2017.

5 UMaine women’s basketball players to transfer

By Pete Warner on March 23, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
Standout Laia Sole and emerging forward Anita Kelava, both freshmen, are among five players who have been granted their release by UMaine.
#MAINE

It’s National Puppy Day. Here are 10 good dogs from Maine.

on March 23, 2017, at 12:50 p.m.
We love dogs at #Maine. But, our second favorite hashtag is #mainedogs. Here are a few good dogs we found.

Frenchville residents approve ordinance banning recreational pot businesses

on March 23, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
An oil tanker in Casco Bay.

Bill to protect against Maine oil spills likely dead

By Jake Bleiberg on March 23, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
A bill that would require ships transferring fuel in Maine waters to use protective devices meant to block the spread of oil in the case of a spill is likely dead.
#MAINE

Forbes demands we ‘stop ignoring’ this hidden gem in Maine

on March 23, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
#MAINE

Study reveals rate of midlife mortality skyrocketing in middle-aged white Americans

on March 23, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Princeton professors Ann Case and Angus Deaton appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition today to speak about their 2015 paper that found an unprecedented increase in midlife mortality in white Americans.
Sue Martin and her service dog, Quan.

Blind Maine woman describes getting kicked off plane with service dog

By A.J. Higgins on March 22, 2017, at 8:07 p.m.
Several investigations are underway into what prompted American Airlines to remove a blind Maine woman and her service dog from a plane in Washington, D.C.
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.