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Maine hosting New England tourism conference this month

Sunday, April 26, 2015

More than 400 travel and tourism businesses, tour operators and other organizations from eight different countries will visit Maine this month. Maine is hosting the annual Discover New England Tourism Summit in Portland from April 27 to 29. The six New England states take turns hosting the conference. Maine Office of Tourism Director Carolann Ouellette said in a statement that the conference is a chance for tourism industry officials in …

Expert: Lift accidents like one at Sugarloaf are rare

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A national expert says Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort was the only ski area in the nation to have a serious lift malfunction involving injuries this season. Seven skiers were injured when the King Pine quad lift at Sugarloaf began moving backward on busy Saturday in late March. An investigation determined that the accident was caused by a broken drive shaft and a design …

Late spring complicates already perilous amphibian migration

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools – temporary bodies of water created by melted snow – to …

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

Friday, April 24, 2015

Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black woman attorney general yesterday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs …

PolitiFact NH: Former Sen. Evan Bayh says health care costs are fastest growing part of Defense Department budget

Friday, April 24, 2015

“The fastest-growing part of the Pentagon’s budget are health care expenses.” — Evan Bayh on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, in an interview in Concord, N.H. --------------------- When former senators Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, and Judd Gregg, a …

Rough ride? Lawyer says fatally injured arrestee lacked belt

Friday, April 24, 2015

No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed. But …

U.S. drone strike kills al-Qaida hostages, including American

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A CIA drone strike in January that was aimed at a suspected al-Qaida compound in Pakistan accidentally killed two hostages, including a kidnapped American, U.S. officials acknowledged yesterday. U.S. officials said they didn’t realize until weeks later that …

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber’s trial

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A video played yesterday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while …

Petraeus sentenced to 2 years’ probation for military leak

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Former CIA director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced yesterday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. …

After 4 decades as fugitive, ailing man turns himself in

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called the police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn’t. Moore escaped from police custody …

House backs Shaheen’s bill to boost energy efficiency

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House. The bill, approved on a voice vote, includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill last month, …

Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

President Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for the …

Frustrated technophobe ‘kills’ computer, gets citation

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For killing the source of his frustration and abandoning the body in an alley, a Colorado man could be considered lucky for just receiving a citation – except his victim was his computer. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that 37-year-old Lucas Hinch was slapped with a ticket for …