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Teacher Who Won $1M Award Accused of Stealing $15 Blouse

She says it was a misunderstanding

(Newser) - An English teacher from Maine who won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize last year has been accused of shoplifting a blouse worth $14.99, the AP reports. According to the Portland Press Herald , security personnel saw Nancie Atwell browsing through a Damariscotta store on March 28. The security officers... More »

Navy's Priciest Destroyer Just Got Much More Expensive

New cost is $450M more than last year

(Newser) - The price tag for the most expensive destroyer built for the US Navy is still growing, the AP reports. Updated figures from the Congressional Research Service indicate the cost of three ships in the Zumwalt class has grown 3.7%, or $450 million, from the previous fiscal year. That lifts... More »

Escape Doomsday in Maine for $300K

Former Nike missile site is on the market

(Newser) - Don't mind relocating to Limestone, Maine, in order to live through a nuclear blast? Dave and Sue Prentiss have just the place for you. They're selling their 17-acre property—a former missile launch site from US Army program Project Nike—complete with three missile silos, two of which... More »

Sign Thieves May Ruin Katie Crotch Road for Everyone

'You would think every dorm room in the state of Maine should have one by now'

(Newser) - A Maine town that spends hundreds of dollars annually to replace stolen street signs is again asking residents to consider renaming one of the frequent targets: Katie Crotch Road, the AP reports. According to the Morning Sentinel , a referendum to rename Katie Crotch Road to Cadie Road is being considered... More »

Abandoned Dog That Ran After Owner Hit by Car, Dies

Now the owner could face charges

(Newser) - Police say they expect to file a criminal charge against the person who abandoned a dog outside a Maine animal shelter, the AP reports. The dog ran after the person's car and was later hit and killed by another vehicle. The Sun-Journal reports police say they've identified the... More »

'American Pie' Singer's Wife Describes Alleged Attack

She says the incident went on for 4 hours, 'craziness in his eyes'

(Newser) - TMZ got a look at the legal documents in the Don McLean domestic violence case , and the gossip site says the "American Pie" singer's wife of 30 years, Pat, was indeed the alleged victim. According to TMZ, Pat says McLean assaulted her for four hours Sunday night... More »

'American Pie' Singer Charged With Domestic Violence

Don McLean briefly jailed in Maine

(Newser) - A jail supervisor says "American Pie" singer Don McLean has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Maine. Cpl. Brad Woll says McLean was arrested and posted $10,000 bail early Monday at the Knox County Jail. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter lives in Camden, Maine. A message left... More »

Gov: I Meant 'Maine Girls,' Not 'White Girls'

LePage tries to walk back drug dealer remarks

(Newser) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he is being labeled a racist because of a "one word slip-up" during remarks on the state's drug problem . He insists that he hadn't intended for there to be a racial element to his claim that out-of-state drug dealers called "D-Money,... More »

Maine Gov: Drug Dealers Impregnating 'White Girls'

LePage under fire for 'blatantly racist' remarks

(Newser) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is known for being outspoken, and equally outspoken critics are calling him a racist after remarks he made at a town hall meeting on Wednesday. When asked about the state's drug problem, the Republican started talking about out-of-state drug dealers, saying "guys with the... More »

Man's 'Pro-ISIS' Christmas Lights Weren't That at All

Look up, folks

(Newser) - Residents of Limerick, Maine, were disturbed when they saw "ISIS" spelled out in Christmas lights on a local's home, and one of them contacted the York County Sheriff's Office to report a possible terrorist sympathizer. Deputies went to investigate and found that the holiday decor did, in... More »

Waitress Listens to Gut, Helps Find Missing Teens

2 girls stopped at restaurant after disappearing in Maine

(Newser) - A waitress is being called a hero after helping point parents and police to two girls who vanished in Maine last month. Lisa Stephenson was waiting tables at the Blue Crab Grill in Newark, Del., when two young girls came in asking for jobs. "They said they were traveling... More »

Planned Parenthood Foe Sued for Being Too Loud

He's facing a restraining order and $5,000 fine

(Newser) - Maine's attorney general said Tuesday that she has sued a protester who she says yelled so loudly outside a Planned Parenthood facility that he disrupted health care services there. Janet Mills filed the complaint against Brian Ingalls, 26, under the state's civil rights act. Mills said he violated... More »

Remains of Hiker Missing Since 2013 Found in Maine

Geraldine 'Inchworm' Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail when she disappeared

(Newser) - Maine officials believe they've found the remains of a 66-year-old hiker who went missing while hiking the Appalachian Trail in July 2013, WCSH reports. According to WGME , the Maine Warden Service announced Friday the skeletal remains believed to be those of Geraldine Largay were found 3,000 feet from... More »

After Spat, Dog Puts Owner's Truck in Lake

Yorkshire terrier was rescued from inside

(Newser) - Police say a dog alone in a pickup had to be rescued after it caused the truck to go into a lake in Maine. Police say a man was walking the dog near Branch Lake on Saturday afternoon in Ellsworth. He put the dog into the truck after an encounter... More »

Mayor Thinks People on Welfare 'Flaunt It,' Has Plan

Maine mayor wants their names, addresses listed online

(Newser) - "The days of being quiet are gone," Robert Macdonald writes in a column in the Twin City Times . And what does the Republican mayor of Lewiston, Maine, want to break the silence on? People on welfare are "gaming the system," he tells the Portland Press Herald ... More »

Senator Hasn't Missed Vote in More Than 18 Years

Her 6K consecutive votes is the third most ever

(Newser) - Sen. Susan Collins once got off a plane that was about to take off in order to rush back to Washington for a vote, CNN reports. Another time, she broke an ankle sprinting to the Senate chambers while wearing high heels and still managed to vote. That pain paid off... More »

FBI on the Case of Woman Who Fell Off Cruise Ship

The 59-year-old reportedly went overboard while sailing to Bar Harbor, Maine

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says the FBI is investigating after the body of a woman who fell off a cruise ship was pulled from waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The Portland Press Herald reports the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy on the 59-year-old's... More »

Appalachian Trail Record-Breaker Fined for Celebrating

Park rangers weren't happy about the champagne

(Newser) - An ultra-marathoner who set the speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail paid a $500 fine yesterday to settle citations over his celebration atop Maine's Mount Katahdin that struck a nerve with park officials worried about crowding and commercialization of the historic footpath. Scott Jurek got into trouble with... More »

Man's Selfie Ends With Car in Tree, Friends in Hospital

Jordan Toner, 29, due in court for distracted driving

(Newser) - Add this to the looong list of ill-advised selfies: Maine police say Hampden native Jordan Toner, 29, was driving in Orient on Saturday when he decided to snap a selfie with his seven passengers. But when he leaned over to take the photo with his cellphone, his car veered off... More »

Lobsters Leaving Parts of New England

They're heading north as water temperatures rise

(Newser) - The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches—a geographic shift that scientists attribute in large part to the warming of the ocean. In 2013, the... More »

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