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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for the fourth day of jury deliberation in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 15, 2017.

Jury in Cosby trial says it is deadlocked, will continue deliberating

By Joseph Ax, Reuters on June 15, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
The jurors at comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial said on Thursday they were deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are seen at the Oceti Sakowin campground near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. Nov. 19, 2016.

Federal judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post on June 15, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
A federal judge Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access pipeline but stopped short of halting oil-pumping operations pending further hearings beginning June 21.
Dale Pinkham

Maine family patriarch gets 20 years for running heroin ring

By Judy Harrison on June 15, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Dale Pinkham Sr., 57, in September pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to possess stolen firearms and attempted witness tampering on the day a jury was to be selected for his trial.

Former prison guard sued for alleged sexual assault

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2017, at 7:04 p.m.
The 32-year-old former inmate sued Josh Dall-Leighton, 31, of Standish, the state of Maine and Department of Corrections officials, including Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick.
Reginald Dobbins (sat far end of defense table) sits with his defense attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, and listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

20-year-old found guilty in Houlton murder

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.
After an eight day trial and eight hours of deliberation, jurors found Reginald Dobbins guilty of murder in the beating and stabbing death of 61-year-old Keith Suitter two years ago.

Maine woman charged with manslaughter, OUI after Route 1 crash that killed couple

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
Danielle R. Ward, whom police said was operating under the influence when her vehicle struck another vehicle on Route 1, killing a Woolwich couple in January, has been indicted for manslaughter.
Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Jan. 11, 2017, at Trump Tower in New York.

Trump sued for foreign business profits by Democrats in Congress

By Ben Brody and Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg on June 14, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
A group of nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit challenging profits that President Donald Trump’s global businesses have taken in from foreign entities.
People stockpile purified water on June 27, 2016, in Flint, Michigan.

Michigan DHHS head, four others charged with manslaughter in Flint water crisis

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
According to court documents, he “disregarded the deadly nature of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak,” later saying “[we] can’t save everyone,” and “everyone has to die of something.”
Bill Cosby leaves with his publicist Andrew Wyatt after the second night of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 13, 2017.

After 12-hour day of deliberations, verdict in Cosby trial still out of reach

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
During their full day of deliberations Tuesday, the jury grappled with nettlesome unresolved questions at the heart of the sexual-assault case.

‘Pizzagate’ shooter apologizes for ‘mistakes’ ahead of sentencing

By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Writing in his own hand, Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, said he was “truly sorry for endangering the safety of any and all bystanders who were present that day.”
Anthony Sanborn Jr. listens in a Portland courtroom as the key witness in his 1992 murder trial recants the testimony that helped send him to prison.

AG’s office denies hiding evidence, coercing witness in decades-old murder case

By Jake Bleiberg on June 13, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Assistant Attorney General Paul Rucha denied a number of allegations including that officials had suppressed evidence and coerced a key witness to testify in the trial.
Reginald Dobbins (sitting at far end of defense table) listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

Jurors begin deliberations in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 13, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
Jurors began deliberating just after 1 p.m. Tuesday in the trial of a 20-year-old Houlton man accused of beating and stabbing to death 61-year-old Keith Suitter more than two years ago.
Timothy Sedlak, sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roy Dalton in Orlando after a federal jury in May found him guilty on charges including that he produced and possessed child pornography, is pictured in this undated booking photo.

Florida man who tried hacking into Clinton Foundation sentenced to 18 months in prison

By Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post on June 13, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
Timothy Sedlak reportedly made 400,000 attempts to hack into the Clinton Foundation’s computer network, claiming he was a “private investigator” researching whether the charity was inadvertently providing funding to Islamist militant groups.
Montana Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte arrives with his wife Susan Gianforte in court to face a charge of misdemeanor assault after he was accused of attacking a reporter on the eve of his election, in Bozeman, Montana, June 12, 2017.

Gianforte gets anger management but no jail for assaulting a reporter

By Katie Mettler, The Washington Post on June 13, 2017, at 6:33 a.m.
Gianforte pleaded guilty to charges that he assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at the politician’s campaign headquarters on May 24 — an incident that was witnessed by other journalists and captured on audiotape.
Andrew Wyatt, left, Bill Cosby, center, and his wife, Camille Cosby, right, enter the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. on June 12, 2017. Cosby is on trial for sexual assault.

Bill Cosby case heads to the jury, and an epic battle nears resolution

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times on June 12, 2017, at 8:53 p.m.
A guilty verdict for Cosby would be a watershed moment.

Closing arguments begin Tuesday in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 12, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Jury deliberations are expected to begin after closing arguments.
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after  the fifth day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 9, 2017.

Defense in Bill Cosby case rests after just 6 minutes

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post on June 12, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
Bill Cosby’s attorneys raced through a startlingly brief, six-minute defense Monday, bringing to a close testimony in one of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent American history.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are seen during a welcoming ceremony for Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Jerusalem June 6, 2017.

Netanyahu and his wife win lawsuit over ‘malicious and ugly’ Facebook post

By Ruth Eglash, Washington Post on June 12, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
An Israeli journalist wrote Facebook post claiming the first lady booted the premier out of the car in an official convoy after a heated argument.
Former U.S. Attorney and Superior Court Justice Thomas Delahanty.

LePage wants former federal prosecutor back on the bench

By Judy Harrison on June 12, 2017, at 3:30 a.m.
“I think I can do the job,” he said of his most recent nomination. “I have done it before.”
Reginald Dobbins (far right) stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Houlton murder victim’s blood found on jacket belonging to accused killer

By Jen Lynds on June 08, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
A forensic DNA analyst for the Maine State Police crime lab said Thursday that a jacket belonging to the accused killer of a Houlton man had a mixture of the defendant’s DNA as well as blood stains belonging to the victim on it.