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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.
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Volunteers with Fair Rent Portland delivered 2,500 petition signatures to City Hall — a thousand more than needed to qualify for the ballot.

Portland rent control question gets one step closer to ballot

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Aug. 07, 2017, at 2:36 p.m.
Volunteers with Fair Rent Portland delivered 2,500 petition signatures to City Hall — a thousand more than needed to qualify for the ballot.
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Maine continues to iron out the details of legal marijuana, including driving while under the influence.

Committee recommends against adding marijuana blood-level limit to OUI laws

By Steve Mistler on Aug. 06, 2017, at 7:28 a.m.
Instead, the committee said lawmakers should provide additional funding to train police officers, prosecutors and even judges to recognize marijuana impairment and its dangers while driving.
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Dylan Kelley competes in a lumberjack obstacle course during the Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton.

I successfully logrolled like a lumberjack — for 6 seconds

By Alex Acquisto on Aug. 05, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Most lumberjacks who perform at the show in Trenton readily admit that logrolling took them the longest time to master.
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A Dunkin' store, the first since a rebranding by the Dunkin' Donuts chain, is pictured ahead of its opening in Pasadena, California.

Should Dunkin’ lose its ‘Donuts’?

By Andrew deGrandpre, Washington Post on Aug. 04, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
A location in Pasadena, California, will just be going by “Dunkin’” as a test.
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The Cornish Inn, at the edge the northern York County town's historic district, is set to be transformed to a "bud and breakfast' called the Laughing Grass Inn for a 3-week stint starting Aug. 15. Folks who pay to stay overnight may be gifted marijuana edibles and take part in a happy hour, if they so desire.

Maine ‘bud and breakfast’ wants to offer pot vacations, but some locals don’t approve

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on Aug. 03, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.
“With each paid night, this bud and breakfast serves you a top notch breakfast that can be cannabis infused to your desired (milligram) and a wake and bake bowl.”
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The State House shines through the the fog Tuesday night.

Bucking LePage veto, lawmakers raise Maine’s minimum age to buy tobacco

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 7:31 p.m.
Lawmakers adjourned for the year after overriding 13 of 27 lingering vetoes from the Republican governor, ending a session that gave Maine its first government shutdown since 1991.
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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Thompson discusses treatment with patient Heather Tupper, 24, of Ellsworth while wearing an Augmedix Google Glass smartglass-powered remote scribe tool. The tool allows an off-site transcriptionist to see Tupper as she goes through her appointment and log the facts of her treatment, speeding and further personalizing Thompson's interactions.

New Google tool gives Maine doctors a second set of eyes and hands

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 02, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
EMMC is testing the new system at six of its locations as part of a pilot program.
U.S. Sen Susan Collins claps as Gov. Paul LePage is introduced at ground breaking ceremonies at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, April 3, 2012.

LePage again rips Collins, King for health care votes

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 01, 2017, at 10:07 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage blasted Maine’s two U.S. senators Tuesday for their recent votes against a health care overhaul package backed by Senate Republicans.
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Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

Dunlap again refuses to give Maine voter data to Trump fraud panel

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Aug. 01, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he’s refusing a second request by the Trump administration’s election fraud commission to turn over Maine voters’ personal information.
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage is flanked by his wife, Ann, at left, and Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins at a Blaine House food drive, Nov. 1, 2014.

LePage rallies his supporters against Susan Collins

By Michael Shepherd on July 31, 2017, at 9:35 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage looks to be leading a Republican civil war against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ 2018 gubernatorial bid — before anyone’s sure she’ll declare one and as she sits at the center of the national health care debate.
Many of the vehicles on Isle au Haut are unregistered, old and have operational problems. It's difficult to get junkers off the island because it means paying for a pricey barge to haul the vehicles away.

Mainland clunkers find new life on Maine islands

By Abigail Curtis on July 30, 2017, at 7:41 a.m.
“It is the interesting, creative problem-solving that I think is what’s cool about island vehicles — the homemade replacement parts for things that don’t work.”
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Scott Shanaman, non-destructive testing inspector with Aerial NDT Inspection Inc, follows up on the Freak Out with additional (not required) ultrasonic thickness testing by request of the ride owner following the fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Bangor fair ride passes safety check, draws long line

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 28, 2017, at 5:22 p.m.
A Bangor State Fair thrill ride similar to the one that failed in Ohio, killing one, had the longest line of any mechanical attraction in the opening hour of the fair.
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) talks to reporters as she arrives for a Senate health care vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 27, 2017.

Collins, McCain, Murkowski vote to kill ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal

By Juliet Eilperin, Kelsey Snell and Sean Sullivan, Washington Post on July 28, 2017, at 2:08 a.m.
The dramatic failure early in Senate Republicans bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act throws into question whether they can actually repeal the 2010 health law.
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Riders enjoy the Freak Out during the Bangor State Fair at Bass Park in Bangor, July 30, 2016.

Bangor State Fair officials plan safety check for ride after death of man in Ohio

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 27, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
The Freak Out ride — which is similar to the Ohio State Fair’s Fire Ball, and manufactured by the same company — will be checked by a specialist on Friday before the gates open.
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Popovers are typically served with butter and jam.

A day in the life of a popover chef at the Jordan Pond House

By Alex Acquisto on July 27, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Ray Graybeal cracks 1,500 eggs and bakes 4,000 to 6,000 popovers a day as popover chef at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park.
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U.S. President Donald Trump

Pingree: Trump ban on transgender people in military is ‘bigoted and wrong’

By Abby Phillip and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, The Washington Post on July 26, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
President Donald Trump said on Twitter he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.
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A cellphone

Mainer sues another debt collector for calling his cellphone

By Darren Fishell on July 25, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
A Cumberland County man has sued a Chicago debt collector, saying he did not grant them permission to call his cellphone number.
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OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A $45 billion proposal for opioid treatment in the healthcare bill currently being crafted in the Senate would fall far short, health experts say. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Portland considers lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

By Jake Bleiberg on July 24, 2017, at 1:19 p.m.
The city is considering whether to join a growing legal push against the makers of prescription painkillers that have contributed to Maine’s deadly opioid epidemic.
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A monarch butterfly perches on a flower on July 18, at Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park in Southwest Harbor.

Monarch butterflies return to Southwest Harbor garden after years of absence

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 23, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
The butterflies were roosting on a recent foggy morning in Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden. Wings shut, they clung to the undersides of leaves and colorful blossoms, waiting in shelter for the sun.