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Behind Deadly Haunted Hayride: Mechanical Problem

Officials investigating whether 1979 Jeep was overloaded

(Newser) - A mechanical problem caused a 1979 Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep Maine hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities say. Investigators are inspecting the Jeep... More »

Elderly LA Woman Vanishes, Found Years Later in Maine

Sarah Cheiker apparently gave her money to 3 companions

(Newser) - An elderly woman is still fuming after three people allegedly took her money and left her to live in squalor in rural Maine, a source tells the LA Times . The paper today revisits a story that has its start around 2008, when three people randomly knocked on the Los Angeles... More »

Horror as Hayride Flips, Killing 1, Injuring All Aboard

'I’ve never witnessed a single incident that resulted in so many injuries': sheriff

(Newser) - A haunted hayride went horribly awry last night in Maine, when a Jeep pulling a wagon full of people toward a haunted house missed a turn, flipping the wagon and injuring all 22 aboard, along with the Jeep's driver, reports the Press Herald . A 17-year-old girl died overnight, adds... More »

Again Made in USA: Lincoln Logs

Production of iconic building toy returns from China

(Newser) - Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the USA. Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced yesterday that the toy logs, created by John Lloyd Wright and used to create miniature toy buildings, will be made at Pride... More »

Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending

As does the theft of other kids' pumpkins

(Newser) - What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a nice one instead. As the Morning Sentinel reports, the lousy part is that somebody stole all 100 onions planted by the class. The kids were going to give them to the school cafeteria... More »

2 Rare Albino Lobsters Caught in Maine

While a fisherman in Florida reels in a giant shrimp

(Newser) - More strange finds from the sea : Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week, reports the Portland Press Herald . Bret Philbrick caught his off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino lobsters are believed... More »

Tallest Lighthouse in New England Sells for $78K

Maine tower is still active as a navigational aid

(Newser) - New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000. The federal General Services Administration says the winning bidder for the Boon Island Light Station off York, Maine, is Art Girard of Portland, Maine. The GSA closed out an auction of the 133-foot-tall lighthouse tower on Aug. 17. The... More »

30-Year Hermit: Jail Was Worse Than My Solitude

Christopher Knight of Maine talks to 'GQ' about life after his capture

(Newser) - The hermit speaks. Christopher Knight, better known as the North Pond Hermit, spent nearly 30 years living in isolation in the woods of central Maine before his arrest on burglary charges last year. He's out of jail now, though living in the community again as part of his court... More »

Fluoride Levels in Our Water Could Be Making Us Dumber

Private wells in Maine may have far too much

(Newser) - The CDC applauds the adding of fluoride to our water supply as one of the biggest public health triumphs of the 20th century. But it seems too much fluoride can do a lot of damage. Not only can it actually damage our teeth and weaken our bones—studies in China... More »

Guy's Jail Attire: T-Shirt With His Own Mugshot

Says 'sponsored by Bud Light' after DUI

(Newser) - A 19-year-old managed to turn his two-day stint in jail into a comedy routine. Bobby Burt, who was arrested for drunk driving in Maine in June, arrived to serve his sentence earlier this month wearing a shirt featuring his own mugshot, the AP reports The shirt's text, per the... More »

Men Move Family Ashes, Are Charged With Abusing Corpse

'We just thought we had a right': Kevin Lewis

(Newser) - Kevin Lewis thought it was no big deal when he and a couple of relatives unearthed the ashes of his father and brother in Standish, Maine, and reburied them about 10 miles down the road in Limington. "We just thought we had a right," Lewis tells the Portland ... More »

War Crimes Suspect Walks Into Maine

Rwandan believed to have been complicit in massacre is arrested near Canada border

(Newser) - A man suspected of involvement in the Rwandan genocide was arrested in a Maine town after apparently strolling over the nearby Canadian border. Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, is now in US custody and expected to be shipped back to Rwanda. In 2011, Teganya was ordered deported from Canada after a... More »

Family of 5 Found Shot Dead in Maine Home

Cops suspect murder-suicide in Saco killings

(Newser) - Police in Saco, Maine, say they're not seeking any other suspects after a mother and father and their three children were found shot dead yesterday afternoon inside their home. The bodies of the parents, who were in their mid-30s, and their children—boys ages 12 and 7 and a... More »

Gun Tattoo Guy Busted With Real Thing

Michael Smith went to deputy's house with Glock in waistband

(Newser) - Guns in waistbands appear to be a recurring theme in the life of Michael Smith of Maine. Just a few months after the realistic tattoo of a holstered gun on his waist caused state troopers to descend upon his house , the 41-year-old has been arrested with a real gun tucked... More »

How Maine Got Its Desert

40-acre phenomenon is Ice Age leftover

(Newser) - If you're ever in Maine, it might not hurt to bring a camel. Sure, the state has its forests and coastline, but it's also home to a 47-acre desert. Well, not technically a desert, thanks to the amount of precipitation it gets. Still, "walking to the middle... More »

Tsarnaev's Gun Linked to Maine Drug Gang Boss

Tale highlights Boston Marathon suspect's possible drug-dealing ties

(Newser) - It's still unclear how Tamerlan Tsarnaev obtained the gun he used to shoot officers after the Boston Marathon bombing—but the weapon's trail points to possible ties between Tsarnaev and gangs in Maine, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tsarnaev's involvement with Maine drug trafficking may have funded... More »

Vermont Poised to Roll Out US' Toughest GMO Rules

Governor expects battle over 'common-sense legislation'

(Newser) - Vermont's governor is set to sign a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, a move that sets it apart from other states, the New York Times reports. While Connecticut and Maine have instituted similar requirements, their versions depend on state legislatures to take action first, the Wall ... More »

Arsenic in Water May Sap IQ

At levels well below the EPA's guidelines

(Newser) - Could your water be making you dumber? If it has arsenic in it, it might, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 272 Maine schoolchildren over the course of five years, and found that those whose water contained arsenic tended to have lower IQs, the Portland Press Herald reports. "Everyone... More »

Guy's Gun Tattoo Draws SWAT Team

Tree workers in Maine thought it was real, called the cops

(Newser) - He'd worked the night shift and was trying to get some sleep. So when a bunch of tree-service workers woke Michael Smith of Maine yesterday morning, he went outside shirtless and hollered at them to get off his property, recounts the Morning Sentinel . Now would be the time to... More »

New Jersey Can't Get Salt Thanks to ... the US Flag?

Law bans vessel carrying salt from traveling without one

(Newser) - In a season of seemingly endless snow, New Jersey towns are running out of rock salt—and 40,000 tons of the stuff is supposed to be on its way. Trouble is, the shipment is stuck in Maine because the vessel that would carry it doesn't have an American... More »

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