News from February 1, 2013

February 1, 2013

US gains 157K jobs, but jobless rate climbs slightly

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than expected at a time when the economy is under pressure from Washington gridlock and the threat of government spending cuts.

February 1, 2013

Collins nears $1 million re-election war chest, among 5 most popular senators

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine started 2013 with more than $900,000 in campaign money and approval ratings that, according to one recent poll, place her among the five most popular senators in the country.

February 1, 2013

Fairfield police to probe Thursday cruiser crash

FAIRFIELD -- There will be an internal investigation into a motor vehicle crash Thursday morning involving a Fairfield police officer.

February 2, 2013

State preparing batterers' programs for women, seeking balance in domestic violence sentencing

AUGUSTA -- As part of Christopher Mosher's sentence on a charge of domestic violence, he got two years probation and was required to complete a certified batterers' intervention program.

February 1, 2013

Levine's building in Waterville sought by Conn. businessman

WATERVILLE -- A Connecticut businessman with ties to Maine plans to buy and renovate the former Levine's clothing store building downtown.

February 1, 2013

Maine's oldest family planning program under new mangement

FARMINGTON -- The first family planning program in Maine is under new management for the first time in its 45 years.

February 1, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 1, 2013

IN ANSON, Thursday at 5:04 p.m., a report of theft was investigated on Arnolds Lane.

February 1, 2013

Farmington District Court, Jan. 14 to Jan. 28, 2013

FARMINGTON -- The following cases were closed from Jan. 14 to Jan. 28, 2013, in Farmington District Court.

February 1, 2013

Judge signs order to tear down condemned China home, outbuildings

CHINA -- A judge signed an order Thursday to allow the town to tear down a mobile home and two outbuildings on Fire Road 60 that officials have deemed dangerous and are owned and occupied by a woman and her family.

February 1, 2013

Adults' care key to ensuring impoverished students' performance, panel says

WATERVILLE -- Without a relationship with a caring adult, children in poverty are much less likely to succeed in school, according to a panel on Poverty and Education in Maine at Thomas College Friday.

February 1, 2013

Silence is gray in the brave new world of ebooks

She sits there in her comfy chair in total darkness and utters not a word. I don't think she knows that the power went out just as I was really getting into the rerun of reporter Andrea Mitchell's interview with Hillary Clinton.

February 1, 2013

LePage reads to students, takes shots at newspapers, lobbyists and education groups Several photos included in this story

WINSLOW -- For about 12 minutes Friday, Gov. Paul LePage put aside tough political talk to read softly to an audience of more than 100 children.

February 1, 2013

CMP reports 400 area customers remain powerless Friday evening

A few hundred central Maine people were still without power Friday night as the area recovered from wind and heavy rain on Thursday that closed part of Route 4 and left more than 111,000 people without power.

February 1, 2013

Scott Brown says he won't seek Kerry's Senate seat

The announcement is a major blow to Republicans, who liked Brown's chances in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts.

February 1, 2013

Sen. King uses Skype to chat with Maine constituents

On Thursday he used Skype to talk to Shipyard Brewing Co. employees, and starting in March he plans to use it to talk with Maine students on a monthly basis.

February 1, 2013

Dangerously strong heroin hits Portland streets

Police issue a warning Friday afternoon and ask the public to help them determine the source of the exceptionally strong batch of the drug.

February 1, 2013

Sappi 'disappointed' with IBEW union vote against contract

Electrical workers voted against a new contract and the next move is another meeting when workers can vote on a work stoppage.

February 1, 2013

Portland attorney wins $25B terrorism judgment

Ron Jenkins represents 25 victims who were either injured or had a family member die in 1985 attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports.

February 1, 2013

Nearly $1 million in campaign money flows to Collins

A recent poll gives Maine's U.S. senator strong approval ratings, and so far she faces no challengers.

February 1, 2013

Obama offers religious groups birth-control compromise

The new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage through a third party, but would still give women free access to contraception.

February 1, 2013

Maine agencies secure $4.2M in penalties, restitution, claims

The Office of Securities and the Bureau of Insurance helped to recover millions for Mainers in 2012.

February 1, 2013

VA report: 22 veterans commit suicide each day

While much attention has been paid to suicides by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, the report indicates the problem is worse among older veterans.

February 1, 2013

Winthrop police arrest machete-wielding man, also arrest threatened roommates

WINTHROP — A local man faces several charges after threatening to kill his roommates with a machete during a dispute over money, police said.

February 1, 2013

Maine man wins 'Today Show' wing cook-off

Malcolm Bedell's Apricot-Shellacked Ghost Chili Chicken Wings took top honors.

February 1, 2013

Dow closes over 14,000 for first time since 2007 Video clip included

Some analysts say the milestone will attract small investors. Others say it means little.

February 1, 2013

Waterville police log, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

Theft, shoplifting, criminal mischief

February 1, 2013

Suicide bombing at US Embassy in Turkey kills 2 Video clip included

Turkey's interior minister said the bomber was likely connected to a domestic left-wing militant group.

February 1, 2013

Lewiston woman pleads guilty to stealing $14,000

Lisa Tanguay was given two years to repay the $13,664.68 she stole from the Andy Valley Gymnastics Parents Association.

February 1, 2013

NH mother accused of leaving kids in cold weather

The 29-year-old woman is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of possession of heroin.

February 1, 2013

Ed Koch, New York's feisty mayor, dies at 88 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Ed Koch won a national reputation with his combative style and his trademark question, "How'm I doing?"

February 1, 2013

Democrat Woods files gubernatorial paperwork in Maine

The town council chairman and entrepreneur from Yarmouth said he plans to spend a few months traveling the state to hear people's concerns.

February 1, 2013

Work begins on redrawing Maine's political districts

The Maine Constitution requires redistricting every 10 years in order to ensure that state legislative districts reflect population changes.

February 1, 2013

Maine to receive $500K in mortgage robo-signing settlement

Funds from the settlement will be used to support housing counselors to help Maine homeowners avoid foreclosure.

February 1, 2013

N.Y. Times hit by Chinese hackers for months

New York Times building The infiltrations followed a report on the Chinese premier's family riches, but no sensitive data was lost.

February 1, 2013

25 die in Mexico oil company office building blast

 Early signs point to a problem in an area that housed electrical and air-conditioning equipment, but a Pemex official says "no line of investigation will be discounted."

February 1, 2013

Alabama hostage standoff stretches into third day

Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe leading to the bunker, hostage negotiators are still trying to talk the gunman into freeing the 5-year-old boy.