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3,000 Mainers hope to nab one of 11 licenses to fish baby eels

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources will issue the licenses through a lottery sometime in the coming week.

Stephen King ‘horrified’ by loss of his manuscripts in bookstore flooding

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“As a book lover, my heart goes out to him.”

Harpswell man accused of setting fire that killed two dogs, destroyed rental home

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Bradley Wallace, 30, was treated for cuts and burns at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

Bangor’s Main Street pipe should have lasted decades longer, water officials say

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“It’s unusual for a 32-year-old pipe to fail,” said Kathy Moriarty, general manager of the Bangor Water District.

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LePage wants Portland harbor commissioners to resign over fee hikes

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The commission members say they have no intention of stepping down.

Kennebec River flood warning extended to Thursday

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The river has overflowed its banks for the past several days as ice jams impede the flow of water downstream.

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Remembering Al Ockenfels: The man who tamed Maine’s ‘wildest place’

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“He was the guy who got stuff done ... He understood that you’re not going to be a successful police department working eight hours [or] 10 hours and then going home.”

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Canadians help return Maine town’s wayward landmark

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A New Brunswick company began work Tuesday using an excavator to disassemble the roof and other elements of the shed for eventual reassembly at the McCurdy’s site in Lubec.

Up to a foot of snow predicted for eastern Maine

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The National Weather Service expanded a winter storm warning Wednesday morning to coastal Hancock and Washington counties to reflect the higher expected amounts of snowfall east of Penobscot Bay.

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Celtics Hall of Famer dies at 71

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BOSTON — Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71. The Celtics announced his death Tuesday night. No cause was provided. The team said it was…

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Maine school board’s refusal to discuss bullying angers parents

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The meeting was the board’s first since a contentious Dec. 14 meeting during which, for two hours or so, people shared stories of assault and bullying at Whitefield Elementary.

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Maine teacher fired after immigration argument with student

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A Maine school district has fired a substitute teacher who was recorded arguing with a student about immigration.

New Hampshire teen dies, another seriously injured in Sunday River sledding accident

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An 18-year-old New Hampshire man died and another teen was seriously injured Tuesday night when they hit a tree sledding down a Sunday River ski trail, according to authorities.

Girl escapes out window to reveal horror her captive siblings endured

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Until the girl fled with photographic evidence, it appears no one, neither neighbors nor public officials, knew anything about what was happening.

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Storm to blanket parts of Maine with half a foot of fresh snow

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About 5 to 7 inches is expected to fall over Bangor, with similar amounts Down East and along the midcoast.

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What early campaign cash totals tell us about the race to replace LePage

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Financial filings due to the state Tuesday provided the first look at the books for all but a few of the 25 candidates running to replace the term-limited Gov. Paul LePage.

Maine prisoner who escaped home confinement captured

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Robert John Berry, 46, was reportedly taken into custody within hours of escaping home confinement.

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Yes, you can still use your Maine driver’s license to board an airplane

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One post circulating on Facebook warns that Maine residents will need a passport to board domestic flights starting Jan. 22. But that's not the case.

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Mainers use chainsaws to harvest oysters in the bitter cold

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Workers from the Mere Point Oyster Company battled icy conditions with a chainsaw so they could harvest their wares.

How Searsport students are helping fight hunger for their peers

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Students pack bags of non-perishable food and then deliver them to nearby schools, so they can be tucked into the backpacks of children who might not otherwise have enough food for the weekend.

Wednesday, Jan 17

Original Stephen King manuscripts among items ruined by downtown water main break

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Gerald Winters & Son, which specialized in rare books including first editions and manuscripts of Stephen King's books, was devastated by the Tuesday's water main break in downtown Bangor.

Tuesday, Jan 16

Dental student extracts 10-pound landlocked salmon from Maine lake

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Chris Parent had a day off from school so he decided to visit a lake he'd heard had some big fish in it. Turns out, he was right.

Downtown Bangor businesses flooded after water main breaks

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The goal is to repair both main breaks today, but it’s unlikely any businesses on Main Street will have water before this afternoon. In the meantime, a portion of the Main Street northbound lane will be closed to traffic.

Maine man charged with leaving beagles in a freezing garage could avoid prosecution

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If David Ellis, 46, complies with a deal struck in court Friday, he will avoid animal cruelty charges.

Maine opposing push to require all lobstermen to report catch data

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources commissioner said he is confident he can convince the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to drop the requirement.

Monday, Jan 15

Flood warning for Augusta area stretches into evening

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The water level was 18 inches above flood stage Monday afternoon, according to the weather service.

14 years ago today the Masonic Hall in downtown Bangor burned

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The landscape of downtown Bangor was permanently altered when the Masonic Hall burned.

Long lost recording of Martin Luther King Jr. speech in Maine made available online

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"I was thrilled and also grateful that the recording was still in good condition.”

Fresh snow to fall over Maine as mid-week storm approaches

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The storm will hit the coastline hardest, and lose strength as it moves south to north.

Sunday, Jan 14

Ice jams on Kennebec River flood parts of Augusta, Hallowell

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The water rose within minutes early Sunday morning, leaving close to a dozen cars partly or completely submerged along Water Street in Hallowell.

Former Maine police chief is now in charge of security for Patriots home games

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“When you think about it, it's a little bigger than the whole population of Portland transplanted into a single building in Foxborough.”

Las Vegas gunman methodically sought to ‘thwart’ investigation of massacre, FBI says

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But the newly released documents still do not answer the main question that has lingered since the Oct. 1 attack: What motivated Stephen Paddock to carry it out?

Celebrated poster unveiled for 2018 Common Ground Country Fair

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Two adorable kunekune pigs grace the poster, as painted by Arika von Edler, former College of the Atlantic student.

Saturday, Jan 13

Another country has banned boiling live lobsters. Some scientists wonder why.

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When it comes to killing lobster, there’s a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary.

‘Bad flu season’ peaking, but far from over

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In Maine, the number of hospitalizations increased by 53 last week, with 10 new outbreaks, according to a Jan. 9 update from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

‘Unprecedented demand’ for heating oil causes weekslong delivery backlog

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It’s been a rough start to the new year for thousands of customers who rely on home heating fuel and for the companies that provide it.

Despite potential negative consequences, many still try to ‘help’ by feeding deer during the winter

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Such efforts exist in rural Maine communities, as townsfolk address what they see as a serious problem: Deer which, according to localized reports, would starve without human intervention.