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A student was suspended after staying in class and not walking out. Here’s what actually happened.


On social media, Jacob Shoemaker’s now-viral suspension slip has been spun into a tale about how a liberal school system impeded the rights of a student who supported the Second Amendment.

Historic 150-year-old Maine inn destroyed by fire


The Chesuncook Lake House in northern Maine, built more than 150 years ago, burned to the ground early Saturday morning.

It’s been three years since Maine towns started banning plastic bags. How’s it working?


“I think it feels like we’re all kind of helping make a difference in this world. About being careful about the products we use. And not adding to the waste that’s in landfills and that ends up in the oceans. It is good to see a greater…

Maine theater getting hate calls for show on surviving the Holocaust


The play, "Appell: The Other Side of the Fence," runs through next week at Falmouth's Footlights Theater.

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Trump’s lawyer calls on Justice Department to immediately end Russia probe


Attorney John Dowd said in a statement that the investigation, now led by special counsel Robert Mueller, was fatally flawed early on and “corrupted” by political bias.


United flight had to be diverted because it accidentally had a dog onboard


A United flight from Newark, New Jersey, to St. Louis was diverted Thursday after the airline learned it had an unauthorized passenger onboard: a dog.

Supreme Court set to weigh abortion access, free speech


"The crux of this issue is, can the government force anybody ... to advertise for a message that they're morally opposed to."


A man died after a boulder fell onto his car from an LA overpass. Officials say someone pushed it.


“Because of a careless person or persons, [the family's] lives will forever be changed.”

Engineer on bridge project called state two days before deadly collapse to report crack


Earlier Friday, authorities made a grim announcement: The death toll in the bridge collapse had climbed to six – and more victims may be buried in the rubble.

‘It was amazing how quickly things unraveled’: Former track star talks about addiction


Rodrigues recently told Kennebunk Rotarians her honest, raw, and heartbreakingly harrowing story of growing up as a normal, high-achieving high school student, who is now a recovering heroin addict.


High school basketball gives Maine players game to cherish, chance to improve


Conversations with five of the six finalists for 2018 Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball offer an understanding of the issues facing Maine high school basketball.

Couple who sold Belfast luxury hotel buys historic Bar Harbor inn


The same day Eddie and Judy Hemmingsen sold the Belfast Bay Inn in Belfast, they bought the high-end Bass Cottage Inn of Bar Harbor.


College roundup: Bowdoin women advance to Division III national championship game


The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will face conference foe Amherst in the title match at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center.


FBI’s McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire


The move will likely cost former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge.


Where to watch the UMaine-Texas NCAA tourney game on Saturday


The University of Maine women’s basketball team’s eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2004 will be televised on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. Saturday.


Republican who criticized Parkland students drops out of Maine House race


Gibson came under fire for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Maine community comes together to honor life of Sen. Susan Collins’ father


Scores gathered Friday to remember Don Frederick Collins, who died last Saturday at the age of 92.


DHHS tried to cut back on the number of child abuse cases where it intervened


The Department of Health and Human Services' “door is wide open and families are being served inconsistently,” the state’s associate director of child welfare services told a state advisory panel last June.

Longtime Penobscot County district attorney will not seek re-election


R. Christopher Almy withdrew his nomination papers two days before the filing deadline when he learned that his assistant district attorney was interested in succeeding him.


State: Maine bridges designed by same firm as collapsed Miami bridge are safe


“These bridges were designed in accordance with the latest national design standards and are all in very good condition," said an MDOT spokesman.

Friday, Mar 16

Man questioned in death of pregnant goat barred from farm


Police investigating the goat's death arrested the suspect last month on suspicion of possessing a crossbow in violation of a previous probation order.

Bangor High School blocks coverage of student-led protest


Principal Paul Butler said the school chose to bar outsiders from school grounds for security reasons.

Attorneys to LePage: Reopen prison now or face more legal action


The attorneys challenging Gov. Paul LePage’s administration over the sudden closure of Downeast Correctional Facility last month are demanding that the prison be reopened Friday or they will return to court for enforcement.

How Maine’s loon population grew 70 percent in 30 years


The most recent loon count, held on July 15, 2017, was a stormy day. Nevertheless, 1,377 people participated, counting 1,816 adult loons and 182 chicks on 311 lakes across state.

Thursday, Mar 15

Wrecker loses brakes, then crashes backwards into Maine apartment building


After the brakes failed, the wrecker's driver managed to steer the loaded vehicle a quarter mile in reverse through the heart of Ellsworth at speeds reaching 40 mph.

‘You need to shout’: Maine students continue gun protests


Maine students walked out of class Thursday morning, echoing calls to end gun violence that went up from protests at schools across the country Wednesday.

Judge says that LePage doesn’t have power to close Down East prison


Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy granted a temporary injunction sought by the attorney general, unions and the Washington County Commission.

How one firm helped a Maine city recover from the loss of its biggest employer


About a year after MBNA packed up and moved out, a private plane touched down on the runway of Belfast’s small municipal airport. Athenahealth had come to shop for a new place to set roots.

Wednesday, Mar 14

Nor’easter wallops Maine with up to 30 inches of snow


After a two-day nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow in Maine, residents across the state started digging themselves out to get ready to go back to school or to work on Thursday.

Recent blizzard shouldn’t pose a major problem for Maine’s deer


For critters that live in the woods, some late-winter storms can be life-threatening. Luckily, however, the state’s deer biologist says this most recent storm shouldn’t prove too troublesome to the state’s whitetail population.

A mom is suing Maine’s youth prison for allegedly ‘bashing’ her 11-year-old’s teeth out


Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick said Wednesday morning that he could not comment on the suit.

Up to 6 inches of snow to fall as Maine digs out from Tuesday’s nor’easter


Wednesday’s forecast is less severe, but up to half a foot of fresh snow will pile onto Tuesday's heavy accumulation.

Tuesday, Mar 13

Latest nor’easter buries Maine under snow


By late Wednesday, a total of between 14 and 20 inches of snow is expected to fall in eastern and northern Maine, including the Bangor area, with the far northern part of the state projected to get between 8 and 15 inches.

See where Tuesday’s blizzard has dropped the most snow over Maine


See where the National Weather Service has logged the highest snowfall totals from the blizzard hitting Maine Tuesday and Wednesday.

Live blog: Nor’easter unleashes whiteout as storm churns up Maine coast


Spring may be around the corner, but winter isn't down with us yet.

More than a foot of snow, wind to create hazardous conditions for afternoon commute


The National Weather Service on Tuesday morning issued a blizzard warning for the entire Maine coast until Wednesday morning, saying winds could gust as high as 55 mph in southern and midcoast Maine, and as high as 45 mph east of Penobscot…

Monday, Mar 12

Caribou police seek public’s help identifying suspected robber


Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a robbery at a Rite Aid store in Caribou Monday.

NH judge rules $560M Powerball winner can stay anonymous


Judge Charles Temple noted that the case's resolution rested on application of the state's Right-to-Know law, which governs access to public records for the woman.

Third nor’easter in 2 weeks to dump fresh foot of snow across Maine


Bangor could get roughly 10 to 16 inches of snow between late Monday and early Wednesday, according to the weather service, with higher amounts possible across the state.

Canadian firm looking for signs of mine potential in northern Maine


Contractors will take more than 32,000 feet of 2½-inch diameter core samples of a deposit in Pickett Mountain to see whether it's feasible to develop what would be Maine's first large-scale metal mining operation in about five decades.