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United States Secret Service agents work at a security checkpoint inside the lobby at Trump Tower on August 4, 2017.

Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30

By Lisa Rein, Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
If lawmakers don’t lift the cap, about a third of the agency’s agents would be working overtime without being paid, agency officials said.
President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017.

Trump administration disbands federal advisory committee on climate change

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
“We need to work on updating our standards with good estimates on what future weather and climate extremes will be. I think it’s going to be a serious handicap for us that the advisory committee is not functional.”
EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in a file photo.

Maine to recoup $950,000 in settlement over Medicaid payments for EpiPen

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Aug. 18, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said Maine’s share of the deal is nearly $2.5 million, of which more than $1.5 million will flow to the federal government.
Gov. Paul LePage introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in August 2016.

LePage echoes Trump in blaming ‘both sides’ for Virginia violence

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 17, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
“They’re trying to erase history,” said LePage. “How can future generations learn if they erase history?”
Kent Seneres, a senior computer engineering major from Saco, takes part in a test launch of a high-altitude balloon that will film the coming solar eclipse on Monday morning, Aug. 14, at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The eclipse is Aug. 21.

UMaine team to launch high-altitude balloons for live broadcast of solar eclipse

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 16, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
The UMaine High Altitude Ballooning group will travel to Clemson University, where it will be one of many teams documenting the eclipse as part of the NASA-sponsored Great American Eclipse project.
The City of Belfast has passed a city-wide prohibition on plastic bags for all retail businesses starting next year.

Belfast becomes latest city to ban plastic bags, polystyrene

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 16, 2017, at 3:11 p.m.
“I remember when plastic bags didn’t exist, and we all seemed to manage just fine,” Councilor Mary Mortier said.
Young demonstrators hold signs at a rally and lobby day organized by the Maine Peoples Alliance at the State House in Augusta around the issue of Medicaid expansion, Jan. 8, 2014.

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
The governor claims that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt.
Ken McGraw of WFT Rubbish Disposal of Levant checks a fully-loaded dumpster before hauling it away from the former engineer's house in Bangor on Monday. The house was demolished over the weekend.

Historic Bangor building torn down despite desire to save it

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 14, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
The 125-year-old engineer’s house on State Street was razed after talks broke down between the building’s owner and a developer.
President Donald Trump reads from a prepared statement as he delivers remarks on the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, from his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, Aug. 12, 2017.

After criticism, White House says Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis

By Ian Simpson, Reuters on Aug. 13, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Democrats and Republicans criticized Trump for waiting too long to address the violence, and for failing when he did speak out to explicitly condemn the white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee.
Two people stop to comfort Joseph Culver (center) of Charlottesville, Virginia, as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respect for a friend injured in a car attack on counter protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

Mainers rally in support of Charlottesville victims

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 13, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
People from across the state are organizing vigils and rallies to stand in solidarity with the victims of the weekend violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and 19 injured.
White supremacists clash with counter protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

FBI probe underway into Charlottesville white nationalist rally violence

By Ian Simpson, Reuters on Aug. 13, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
The violence has put fresh pressure on the Trump administration to take an unequivocal stand against that segment of his political base.
Counter demonstrators attack a white supremacist during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.

Alleged driver of car that plowed into Charlottesville crowd was a Nazi sympathizer, former teacher says

By T. Ress Shapiro, Ellie Silverman, Laura Vozzella and John Woodrow Cox, The Washington Post on Aug. 13, 2017, at 8:06 a.m.
Chaos and violence turned to tragedy Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counterprotesters in the streets and a car plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.
Motorists at Acadia National Park, like those seen here in 2015, will be spared $130 fines for failing to purchase entrance passes under a new program park officials have begun.

Acadia finds way to crack down on people who enter without paying

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Acadia National Park can fine motorists who don’t have entrance passes, but officials think they have a better way to crack down on violations.
An unidentified Husson University graduation uses her mortarboard to show that she "took care of business" during the 2017  commencement at the Cross Insurance Center.

Maine students leave college with an average of nearly $30,000 of debt, report finds

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
Maine students leave school with the 15th highest rate of of college debt in the nation.
Opioids such as OxyContin, pictured here, have contributed to the rise in overdose deaths.

Drug overdose deaths spiked nationally in 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 09, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
More than 64,000 Americans died by overdose in the first nine months of 2016, compared with the record number of 52,404 people who overdosed in all of 2015.
Kim Jong Un attends the Korean People's Army Tank Crews' Competition in Pyongyang, North Korea,April 1, 2017.

Tillerson says he doesn’t believe there is any imminent threat from North Korea

By Carol Morello, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.
“I think what the president was just reaffirming is that the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack, and our allies, and we will do so,” he said. “So the American people should sleep well at night.”
Pastor Robert Jeffress speaks before President Donald Trump at the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, July 1, 2017.

‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical pastor says

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

North Korea considering strike on Guam after Trump warns of ‘fire and fury’

By Christine Kim and James Oliphant, Reuters on Aug. 08, 2017, at 8:55 p.m.
Pyongyang said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, an island of around 162,000 in the western Pacific and the site of a U.S. military base.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017.

Trump warns North Korea ‘will be met with fire and fury’

By James Oliphant and Ben Blanchard, Reuters on Aug. 08, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a “severe lesson” with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

North Korea making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say

By Joby Warrick, Ellen Nakashima and Anna Fifield, Washington Post on Aug. 08, 2017, at 12:34 p.m.
North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.