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Maine Cops Nab Runaway Pig

Police are looking for the animal's owner

(Newser) - It was a classic case of a ham on the lam. Police in Maine's capital city are looking for the owner of a 50-pound piglet that wore itself out while dodging traffic Saturday evening after presumably escaping, per the AP . “A good Samaritan stopped and caught the pig... More »

Missing Teacher's Death Ruled a Suicide

Kristin Westra's body was found in Maine woods

(Newser) - A tragic end to a missing-person case in Maine that perplexed authorities : The medical examiner's office has determined that a body found near the home of Kristin Westra is that of the 47-year-old schoolteacher, who disappeared Oct. 1, and that she died by suicide, NBC Maine reports. The body... More »

Kids Find Body Near Search for Missing Teacher

Kristin Westra, 47, vanished from rural Maine home on Monday

(Newser) - Kids playing in the woods Friday stumbled on a body near the home of a missing Maine schoolteacher, the Portland Press Herald reports. A search team was scouring the area around the house of Kristin Westra—who apparently vanished Monday , leaving behind her car and cellphone—when children made the... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Maine Teacher Disappears in Perplexing Case

Kristin Westra vanished overnight

(Newser) - Authorities in Maine are perplexed by the disappearance of Kristin Westra, an elementary school teacher who disappeared from her North Yarmouth home Sunday night or early Monday morning. Jay Westra, the 47-year-old's husband, says he woke up at around 3:30am Monday and discovered his wife had gone, leaving... More »

5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Anna Kendrick: I Insulted the President to His Face

The actor recalls her amusing encounter with Obama

(Newser) - Anna Kendrick told a surprisingly off-color story on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday about an encounter with President Obama, TooFab reports. Asked by the host to explain a photo of Obama doubled over with laughter while shaking her hand, the A Simple Plan actor explained: "I got... More »

PETA Seeks Roadside Memorial for Lobsters Killed in Crash

Maine officials are reviewing the request for a tombstone

(Newser) - If you stopped eating crabs at PETA's request , you'll probably love the animal rights group's latest idea. PETA has asked Maine officials for permission to build a 5-foot tombstone in Brunswick to honor an estimated 4,500 lobsters killed when a truck overturned on a highway last... More »

Restaurant Owners Physically Threatened Over New Fry Shape

Leslie and Jim Parsons dare switch to straight-cut fries at Bolley's Famous Franks

(Newser) - What has a Maine woman worried for her family's safety? French-fry fury, that's what. Some customers are getting so worked up over the switch from crinkle-cut to straight-cut fries at Bolley's Famous Franks in Waterville, Maine, that co-owner Leslie Parsons is posting online to ease the rage,... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

They Thought He Was a Goner. Then a Priest Spoke

Maine teen expected to recover after BB lodged in brain

(Newser) - When Charlie Quimby arrived at a Maine hospital Sunday with a small metal ball buried in his brain, the outlook was so grave that a priest read his last rites before two hours were up. Then Quimby sat up and said hello. "I'm telling you, it was right... More »

Supermarket Bans Black Man for Questioning Its Policy

Rory Ferreira, 26, says it was 'the scariest thing in the world'

(Newser) - A Maine man says he's pursuing legal action after an unpleasant encounter that smacks of racism, the Hill reports. Rory Ferreira, 26, says he wasn't surprised to be carded Tuesday when buying wine at a Shaw's store in Saco, Maine—but got suspicious when his wife was... More »

Finally, Good News for George HW Bush

Former president discharged from Maine hospital, 'back to his old self'

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush has left a Maine hospital after more than a week of treatment for low blood pressure and fatigue . A Bush spokesman tweeted Monday that the president "deeply" appreciates the care and good wishes he has received. Spokesman Jim McGrath also told the AP that... More »

Odd Looking New Potato Aims to Be 'Tastiest' You've Had

The University of Maine developed the 'Pinto Gold'

(Newser) - The University of Maine says it's releasing a new type of gourmet potato, the AP reports. The new spud is called the "Pinto Gold" and the university's potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. Gregory Porter, who leads the breeding program, says... More »

Maine Gets Snarky With Its Road Signs

Ie, A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket

(Newser) - It's springtime in Vacationland, and Mainers are celebrating the return of sunshine with a dose of their acerbic wit. As the Bangor Daily News reports, MaineDOT is rolling out a new round of highway signs promoting safety—and they are the work of the people of Maine who entered... More »

Maine Governor Defies Voters on Medicaid Expansion

Paul LePage is flouting ballot initiative, hindering efforts to implement ObamaCare program

(Newser) - Nearly 60% of Maine's voters gave the green light to Medicaid expansion in their state in a November ballot initiative, and individuals are supposed to become eligible for coverage starting July 2, per that mandate. But there's a wrench in the works in the form of Gov. Paul... More »

Man Convicted After Wife Buried With 'Guilty' Cologne

Luc Tieman denies killing her

(Newser) - Perhaps the "Guilty" fragrance in her grave was a giveaway—because it took only 40 minutes Monday for jurors to decide Luc Tieman killed his wife. "I changed my story a lot," the Maine man admitted Friday when delivering his own closing arguments in his murder trial,... More »

Candidate Who Insulted Parkland Survivor Drops Out

He called Emma Gonzalez a 'skinhead lesbian'

(Newser) - A Maine candidate's attack on an outspoken survivor of the Parkland school shooting angered so many people that he ended up having to drop out of a race in which he had been running unopposed. Leslie Gibson, a Republican who had been running for a state House seat in... More »

Jesus Christ Writes to Oprah

Jesus Christ of Maine, that is

(Newser) - A letter from Jesus Christ might be the affirmation Oprah Winfrey needs to run for the presidency, reports the AP . An 83-year-old Maine woman who changed her name to Jesus Christ says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace, WGME-TV... More »

Snowmobilers Implicated in Shooting Death of Man's Cow

'They shot her between the eyes'

(Newser) - Fluffy the cow was supposed to give birth to a calf in May, Central Maine reports. Instead Clayton Tibbetts found her dead in a field on his Maine farm last week. "They shot her between the eyes," he says. "It had to have been at close range.... More »

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