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US-Canada Dispute Over 2 Islands Could Get Violent

Lobstermen feud over disputed, and lucrative, territory

(Newser) - This might be news to Americans who don't make their living catching lobsters, but the US and Canada have been arguing for decades now over who owns two islands in the Atlantic between Maine and New Brunswick. They're called Machias Seal and North Rock, and the islands themselves... More »

Maine's Latest Lobster-Flavored Export: Beer

No real, live lobsters actually were harmed in the brewing of this beer

(Newser) - A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state's summertime staples: beer and lobster. Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and... More »

Diner Owner: Crying Kid Deserved to Get Yelled At

'Who knew calling out sh---y parenting made you a bully?': Darla Neugebauer

(Newser) - What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner... More »

Police Seek Motive in Deadly Maine Shooting Spree

Ex-con Anthony Lord allegedly killed 2, wounded 3

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to determine the motive of the ex-convict they say shot five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across northern Maine. Anthony Lord was arrested at his uncle's home in Houlton yesterday and faces murder and kidnapping charges, State Police Lt. Sean Hashey said. A... More »

Rare Lobster Caught Off Coast of Maine

'Split-colored' variety is one in 50 million oddity

(Newser) - A rare orange-brown split-colored lobster has turned up off the coast of Maine. And by rare we mean it's a one-in-50-million creature, according to the Lobster Institute. The Press Herald reports that the unusual lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op in Scarborough, courtesy of an... More »

Pals Tried to Stop Man From Lighting Firework on Head

But Devon Staples' brother says it was just a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - A 22-year-old who once entertained kids at Disney World died in what his brother calls a "freak accident" on July 4. Devon Staples of Calais, Maine, had been drinking and celebrating the Fourth in a friend's backyard when he set a firework off of his own head, a... More »

Guy Shoots Firework Off Own Head, Dies

Yes, alcohol was involved

(Newser) - The combination of drunk Americans and pyrotechnics often proves tragic and fatal on the nation's birthday, and this year's Fourth of July was no exception: As the Press Herald reports, 22-year-old Devon Staples apparently set off a firework on top of his own head last night, instantly killing... More »

Maine Inn Scored $900K in Testy Essay Giveaway

But Maine cops say everything was on the up-and-up

(Newser) - State police say the owner of a Maine inn who held an essay contest to give away her business made more than $900,000 through the endeavor. The Portland Press Herald reports that state police said in their investigation that Janice Sage, owner of the Center Lovell Inn, charged a... More »

'Win an Inn' Contest Doesn't End Well

State police investigating after complaints

(Newser) - Maine State Police are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest with her 210-year-old country inn as the prize . Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said today an investigation was opened into whether the "Win an Inn" contest violated laws governing games of... More »

Good Samaritan Stops to Help at Crash, Has Car Stolen

Cops say the car that crashed was stolen, too

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan's new car is a crumpled mess thanks to her good deed. The weird chain of events in Marin County, California: Police say two men stole a Honda about 10:30pm Monday night, reports NBC Bay Area . They soon crashed, and a driver of a Toyota came... More »

Former Mayor Throws Vaseline at Maine Governor

It was a reference to crude remark he made 2 years ago

(Newser) - Let's be honest: A former Maine state lawmaker and mayor essentially threw a jar of Vaseline at Gov. Paul LePage yesterday. But WGME will only go so far as to say in its headline that Joanne Twomey threw the jar "near" the guv, and the Bangor Daily News... More »

Essay Contest Prize: $900K Maine Inn

Janice Sage will hand over Maine property to contest winner

(Newser) - If you've always pictured yourself as the owner of a 210-year-old inn in Maine, you better put pen to paper pronto. The owner of the historic Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant is retiring after 22 years and plans to continue the tradition of passing the $905,000 property to... More »

After 75-Car Crash, Maine Mulls End of Seat Belt Law

'It's very unfortunate timing,' says GOP senator

(Newser) - It's an effort that even the bill's sponsor acknowledges is poor timing. Just two days after a 75-vehicle pileup injured at least 17 people in the state, lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation that would allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts. Sen. Eric Brakey told... More »

'Giant Pile of Metal': Crash Closes Maine Highway

14 injured, some seriously, but no fatalities

(Newser) - More than 40 vehicles crashed on a snowy stretch of Interstate 95 in Maine today, injuring at least 14 people, police say. The pileup in Etna, near Bangor, happened around 7:30am and involved several cars, a school bus, and a tractor-trailer, state police spokesman Steve McCausland says. No fatalities... More »

Crude Card Game Maker Buys Island, Doles It Out

Cards Against Humanity engages in epic stunt

(Newser) - Cards Against Humanity's latest stunt: As part of its holiday fundraising campaign, it purchased a remote island in Maine and then sent certificates to 250,000 participants granting each "exclusive" license to 1 square foot of said island, the Portland Press Herald reports. On Oct. 31, the crude... More »

Cops: Grandma With Bum Knee Stopped Abduction

James Cavallaro allegedly tried to snatch toddler

(Newser) - The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the alleged assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.... More »

Passer-by Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Another passer-by in Maine gives the girl CPR

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritans teamed up to save the life of a baby in a submerged SUV, reports AP . The rescue unfolded in Kossuth Township, Maine, when Leo Moody spotted the flipped vehicle in about 3 feet of water in a culvert. The driver and two passengers had made it to... More »

Hickox, Boyfriend Are Leaving Maine Town

Ted Wilbur has withdrawn from nursing program

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's 21-day Ebola incubation period ends at 11:59pm tomorrow, and the Maine nurse will waste little time after that in getting out of Dodge, reports the Bangor Daily News . Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, has withdrawn from the nursing program at the University of Maine Fort Kent,... More »

Maine Hit by Deadliest Fire in 30 Years

5 killed in blaze

(Newser) - Fire swept through a two-apartment building near the University of Southern Maine's commuter campus in Portland this morning, killing five people and critically injuring one, authorities say. The fire, which gutted the two-story structure, was reported at 7:17 am following a Halloween party the night before. "We... More »

Judge Orders Maine to Let Nurse Go Out

Kaci Hickox can be in public places, but still must submit to monitoring

(Newser) - Maine nurse Kaci Hickox won some freedom today: A judge ruled that she can go out in public, though she still must submit to regular health checks, reports the Bangor Daily News . District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere decided that the state, which wants her to stay home for the... More »

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