News from January 1, 2014

January 1

Fairfield town councilman expected to resign

Richard Letourneau says his new job would compromise his commitment to the town.

January 1

Farmington welcomes central Maine’s first New Year baby

Della Joy Kangas born at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday to Davin and Holly Kangas at 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

January 1

Starting new year with something old from Augusta show Several photos included in this story

Antiques show at Augusta State Armory attracts hundreds on New Year’s Day.

January 2

Jimmy Howard, former UMaine goalie, makes U.S. Olympic hockey team

Now a Detroit player, he appears to be the third goaltender.

January 1

Augusta firefighter retires after 34 years of fire and ice

Dan Guimond battled the blaze that destroyed a downtown building where firefighters fought for three days in subzero temperatures.

January 1

Casselton getting back to normal after derailment

The town’s voluntary evacuation recommendation was lifted Tuesday afternoon after clear air quality tests.

January 1

Fairfield home destroyed in New Year’s Eve fire

Fire crews use a school bus as makeshift warming center because of the cold.

January 3

Linemen, the Red Barn and a Christmas tale of compassion foretell a caring 2014

An old adage that the quality of year can be determined by the first person who steps over your threshold is something to keep in mind in tough times.

January 1

1st snowstorm of 2014 descends on New England

More snow is in the forecast for areas still digging out from last week’s wintry weather.

January 1

Norridgewock man struck, killed while crossing road

SUV driven by Fayette man hit man on Mercer Road; Somerset County Sheriff Department said speed, alcohol do not appear to be factors in Tuesday night accident.

January 1

Sources: O’Brien reaches agreement with Texans

Bill O’Brien is leaving Penn State less than two years after replacing Joe Paterno.

January 1

13 taken to hospitals after Minneapolis fire

Officials said there was an explosion in the building that contains apartments, a grocery store and a mosque.

January 1

Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed in blast

Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion on Wednesday.

January 1

Barbara Bush still hospitalized, her condition unchanged

It was announced on Tuesday that the former first lady was admitted with a respiratory problem.

January 1

Michigan State has been waiting 26 years for Rose Bowl return

The Spartans will meet Stanford in the 100th edition of the famous bowl game.

January 1

Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate

Sotomayor acted on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver.

January 1

Legal recreational pot industry opens in Colorado

Retail sales began at 8 a.m. in Denver. But marijuana fans didn’t wait to celebrate.

January 1

Top 10 gifts of 2013 show rebound in philanthropy

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, made the largest gift, 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

January 1

Lawmakers to revisit bill seeking raises for Maine’s judges

The state pays its judges second lowest salaries among the 50 states, according to a 2013 report compiled by the National Center for State Courts.