News from November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012

2nd Congressional District challenger Raye gets $82,000 boost from GOP

Kevin Raye, the Republican challenger in Maine's 2nd Congressional District, got a boost of $82,000 from national party leaders Wednesday, and his campaign consultant says internal polls show the candidate is poised to win.

November 2, 2012

In fiesty debate, district attorney hopefuls make their cases

AUGUSTA -- Rarely does a district attorney's race get political and feisty.

November 1, 2012

Coast Guard stops search for Bounty captain

Robin Walbridge was captain of the tall ship that sank before dawn Monday off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

November 1, 2012

Two injured in Waterville accident Thursday evening

WATERVILLE -- Two people were injured Thursday when their SUV struck a tree and rolled onto its side.

November 2, 2012

Bodies of two N.Y. boys found

The 2-year-old and 4-year-old were swept into swirling waters as their mother tried to escape her SUV on Monday.

November 1, 2012

Starks shooting details remain unclear as victim recovers from surgery Several photos included in this story

STARKS -- Kerry Hebert is recovering from surgery at a Lewiston hospital Thursday after being shot at close range in a dispute with hunters on his land the day before.

November 1, 2012

Exasperation builds in New York City



November 1, 2012

Gay-marriage supporters rally

Afterward, supporters walk to Portland City Hall to cast their ballots on the final night of early in-person voting.

November 1, 2012

Rhode Island sues Schilling, charging fraud

The state's economic development agency says the former Red Sox pitcher committed fraud that misled the state into granting a $75 million loan to his failed video game company.

November 1, 2012

New York Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama

He says in an online opinion piece that Hurricane Sandy made the stakes of Tuesday's presidential election even clearer.

November 1, 2012

LePage slams feds' request on Medicaid cuts

The governor says the request for information is an attempt to "reset the clock" until after the election.

November 1, 2012

Former Penn State president charged in Sandusky case

Graham Spanier is charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy.

November 1, 2012

Former Sea Dog Redmond named Marlins' manager

The former catcher played for a pair of division title winners in Portland before a 13-year career in the big leagues.

November 1, 2012

Maine Democrats have edge in early voting numbers

Democrats say the figures reflect their closing of enthusiasm gap, Republicans not convinced.

November 1, 2012

District attorney debate tonight; will be streamed online

AUGUSTA — The two candidates vying to become the next district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties will meet tonight for a debate that will be streamed here online.

November 1, 2012

Consumers give US economy a lift before election

Consumer confidence surged in October to its highest level in nearly five years. Americans were encouraged by recent declines in the unemployment rate.

November 1, 2012

Mass. man sentenced to 17 years in terror plot

Authorities say Rezwan Ferdaus, 27, plotted to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.

November 1, 2012

Gay marriage backers holding Portland rally today

Mainers United for Marriage is expecting up to 500 people at Thursday evening's get-out-the vote rally in Monument Square.

November 1, 2012

Summers on unpaid leave to finish campaign

The Republican secretary of state has run out of vacation time, his office says.

November 1, 2012

Applications for US jobless benefits dip

The report comes just before Friday's October jobs data, the last broad snapshot of the economy before the presidential election Tuesday.

November 1, 2012

Waterville police log, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

Thefts, fights, unwanted persons

November 1, 2012

Downeaster arrives in Brunswick

The expansion of the Boston-to-Portland service to Freeport and Brunswick fulfills the original vision of the passenger rail service launched in 2001.

November 1, 2012

Maine student charged with making online threats

The student whose name was not made public made the alleged threats on Tuesday morning and Monday night.

November 1, 2012

Maine man gets 5 years for fatal crash

William Barton of Mars Hill is ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution and fined $2,100 for the September 2011 crash that killed one man and injured another.

November 1, 2012

Battered NJ confronts how to rebuild its shore

Shoreline advocates say the state should consider relocating homes and businesses farther from the shore, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.

November 1, 2012

NYC subway creaks back into service

Meanwhile, nearly 20,000 people remained stranded in their homes by floodwaters in Hoboken, N.J., across the river from the New York, and swaths of the New Jersey coastline lay in ruins.

November 1, 2012

Suspect in triple slaying ordered back to Maine

Nicholas Sexton of Warwick, R.I., and another man face murder charges in connection with the Aug. 13 discovery of the three bodies in a burning car.

November 1, 2012

Obama signs emergency declaration for NH

In New Hampshire, the storm caused about 210,000 outages at its peak and caused one death.

November 1, 2012

Adoptive families to honor Maine's first lady

Groups supporting adoption cite the time and caring Ann LePage has provided to adoptive families in the state.

November 1, 2012

Deadline to request Maine absentee ballot today

The deadline to request a ballot is the close of business today.

November 1, 2012

Five groups file charter school requests with state commission

AUGUSTA -- If the Maine Charter School Commission approves all of the new charter schools proposed for next year, it will leave a slot for only one more until a cap is lifted in 2022.

November 1, 2012

Escaped sex offender caught in Kansas

A convicted sex offender and fugitive from justice with ties to Waterville was captured Tuesday by police in Kansas after he escaped while being driven to Colorado.

November 1, 2012

Senate District 25 candidate Lachowicz cleared by ethics panel

AUGUSTA -- A Waterville Democrat and state Senate candidate who made international news for playing the online game World of Warcraft will not face an investigation into her fundraising activities, despite a complaint filed by the Maine Republican Party.

November 1, 2012

KENNEBEC TALES: Boyle reflects as life imitates art Several photos included in this story

Gerry Boyle remembers feeling a kick in the gut when he started reading his Morning Sentinel in his driveway the morning of Dec. 18.

November 1, 2012

Teens weren't wearing seatbelts in fatal Winslow crash

WINSLOW -- A teenaged driver who was killed in a crash Friday had an intermediate driver's license, according to police.

November 1, 2012

Four running for three China Board of Selectmen seats

CHINA -- Four candidates are running for three seats on the Board of Selectmen.

November 1, 2012

Benton selectmen candidates vary on financial views

BENTON -- When it comes to managing the town's finances, the three men running for an open seat on the town's board of selectmen have different priorities.

November 1, 2012

Farmington's Whittier Road region's only major superstorm casualty Several photos included in this story



November 1, 2012

Do drug-sniffing dogs pass smell test? Justices to decide

Franky Justices hear arguments on the legality of searches by drug dogs and whether the results are reliable.