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Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million...

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million...

Recalls of romaine, Goldfish are only the tip of the contamination iceberg

If it feels like you're reading about a new food recall practically everyday, it's not all in your head -- or stomach. A report released...

T-Mobile executives were Trump International Hotel guests while seeking merger approval

WASHINGTON — Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile's value...

Donald Trump denies working for the Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday denied he ever worked for Russia against U.S. interests, addressing an extraordinary question that has haunted...

Scientists seek way to measure pain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and...

Talks to resume after Trump says shutdown could last 'years'

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials and congressional staffers will continue negotiations Saturday over the government shutdown, even after President Donald Trump declared he...

House Democrats to focus on ending government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they'll...

Donald Trump won't budge on shutdown: 'You have to have a wall'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats...

Girl finds Santa gifts, despite Trump's 'marginal' comment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who talked to President Donald Trump on Christmas Eve still left out milk and cookies for Santa despite...

Bruce Poliquin calls proposed border wall 'the greatest Christmas gift for America'

In his last days in the U.S. House, Rep. Bruce Poliquin has been pressing to help President Donald Trump get the wall he wants...

Putin issues chilling warning on rising nuclear war threat

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, saying "it could lead...

Donald Trump says he's eager to sign sweeping criminal justice bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to...

Donald Trump appears to back off his demand for $5B for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday headed toward a short-term budget measure to keep the government open after President Donald Trump appeared to back...

Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations he used it for personal...

President Donald Trump speaks at a meeting at the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Bloomberg photo by...

Sen. Susan Collins on GOP primary in 2020: 'I see nothing wrong with challengers'

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday she welcomes potential Republican primary challengers to President Donald Trump while also declining to endorse the president's 2020...

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming...

Bruce Poliquin seeks to have U.S. coins issued to honor George and Barbara Bush...

In the waning days of the congressional term, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin this week asked colleagues to pass a new measure to have coins...

Flynn's lawyers say his lie to FBI 'uncharacteristic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying...

Trump threatens government shutdown in meeting with Pelosi and Schumer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress...
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Snowshoeing family-style in Lewiston

Liz Perry carries her daughter Natalie, 2, on a snowshoe adventure at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary in Lewiston on Friday afternoon, as her husband, Stephen...

Angus King plans to open new office in Lewiston-Auburn area

Shortly after taking office for his second term, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said Friday that he plans to open his fifth Maine office...

Chesterville man charged with trafficking after crack cocaine found in pickup

JAY — A Chesterville man was released on bail Friday, two days after Franklin County Sheriff's deputies stopped a pickup truck on Route 133...

Farmington, Jay women injured in three-car collision in Jay

JAY — Two people were injured Friday morning when a car went through a stop sign at Bean's Corner, struck an SUV and forced...

Police arrest Lewiston man, seize drugs and cash at Oxford hotel

OXFORD — After a two-week long investigation by the Oxford Police Department, Kamau Thompson, 45, of Lewiston was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful trafficking...

Dad, daughter serving side-by-side in Maine Legislature make history

AUGUSTA — More women are serving in Maine's Legislature than ever before, and this session will also see the state's first recorded instance of...

Taco Bell in Auburn among 4 Maine locations closed

AUBURN — A Taco Bell franchise at 458 Center St. is among four Maine that have abruptly closed.  The company's website no longer lists the...

One dead in Roxbury snowmobile crash

ROXBURY — One person was killed in a snowmobile crash on a trail near Roxbury Notch Road on Thursday night, according to the Maine...

Norway board hears presentation on proposed highway garage

NORWAY — The Board of Selectmen was given specifics Thursday night on a new town highway garage under consideration. The proposed garage would cost about...

Mexico voters OK streetlight contract with CMP

MEXICO — Residents voted 6-0 Tuesday night to enter into a 15-year contract with Central Maine Power to switch hundreds of streetlights to LED...

Wishing for summer

Jon Graham, on his lunch break from his job at L-A Harley-Davidson, stands beside the Androscoggin River on Switzerland Road in Lewiston on Thursday....

Salt wagon

Marguerite Bouvier, 93, throws road salt on patches of ice on her driveway in Auburn on Thursday. Bouvier said her wagon allows her to complete tasks that need to...

Police identify Buckfield man who died in Route 117 crash

BUCKFIELD — Police say a local man died in Wednesday night's collision on Route 117. At about 5 p.m., Alexander Pond, 24, of Buckfield drove...

Maine financial institutions offer help to unpaid federal workers

Michael Hughes, a security manager at the Portland International Jetport, has worked without pay since the partial federal government shutdown began Dec. 22. Hughes and...

As Mills says no tax increase, Democrats propose costly new programs

AUGUSTA — Democrats in the Legislature are backing new initiatives in health care, education and other fields that will require significant amounts of money,...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Shauna Mercier, 32, of 61 River St., warrant for unpaid restitution, 1:17 a.m. Wednesday on River Street.  • Jodi Anson, 35, of 67 Pine St., warrant,...

Poland selectmen to review ambulance service agreement

POLAND — Selectmen decided Tuesday to revisit the town's agreement to provide ambulance service to Mechanic Falls. Nearly $37,677 has been charged by Poland Fire...

Oxford County Courthouse expansion well underway

Workers with Ganneston Construction of Augusta continue to work on the expansion of the Oxford County Courthouse on Wednesday, setting concrete walls that will...

Lewiston-Auburn creating committee to consider Lake Auburn filtration

AUBURN — The Twin Cities are forming a committee to study the feasibility of building a water filtration plant at Lake Auburn. The decision comes...

Learning to ski at Lost Valley in Auburn

Snowboard instructor Heather Stukas of Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn adjusts the bindings of Alex Theberge's snowboard Wednesday afternoon before their lesson. Dozens...

Hebron Academy graduate killed in Kenya terrorist attack

An American who was among at least 21 people killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Kenya was a 1996 graduate of Hebron Academy, the...

Bates announces MLK Jr. Day events

LEWISTON — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Bates College this year will include three days of presentations, lectures, discussion sessions, readings...

New circulation desk at Rumford library a model of efficiency

RUMFORD — The new circulation desk at the Rumford Public Library is a “godsend” for the staff, Circulation Supervisor Christy Bates said Tuesday. “It helps...

Oxford County arrest log

• Cynthia P. Karabelas, 57, of Lovell, violating conditions of release, 3:42 p.m. Jan. 14 in Lovell, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. • Desiree Rose Burris,...

Budget talks to begin in Jay

JAY — Selectpersons have scheduled a workshop for next week to discuss a draft of the $5.36 million municipal budget for 2019-20. The workshop is set for...
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