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Puffins in Maine Are Breeding Like Crazy

It was one colony's most-productive nesting season ever

(Newser) - Puffins face existential challenges, but the little birds found a new role in Maine this summer: baby boomers. The 2017 nesting season was the most productive on record for a group of vulnerable Maine puffins, scientists with the Audubon Society said. The Atlantic puffins are small seabirds with an awkward... More »

Maine Votes to Expand Medicaid, Gov. Vows to Block It

It's not clear whether he actually can

(Newser) - Maine took an unprecedented step Tuesday when residents overwhelmingly voted to expand the state's Medicaid program—but Gov. Paul LePage quickly said he'd block the immediate implementation of the expansion. A statement Wednesday says the referendum, which was approved by a margin of 59% to 41% and would... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Voters Could Set Precedent for Medicaid Expansion

If Maine referendum passes, Gov. Paul LePage can't block Medicaid expansion under ACA

(Newser) - On Nov. 7, Maine will take an unprecedented step for a state when it allows residents to vote on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. Maine is one of 19 states where Republicans have blocked Medicaid expansion available under the ACA. The Maine legislature... More »

Winter Is Coming, and 2 States Are Dreaming of a New Time Zone

Massachusetts, Maine thinking about joining Puerto Rico in Atlantic time zone

(Newser) - In his first winter in Massachusetts after moving from Washington, DC, Tom Emswiler's heart sank along with the sun at the unconscionably early hour of 4:11pm. "You can imagine my horror," the public health advocate tells NBC News . Now Emswiler is part of a commission studying... More »

Cops Called After Shopper Accidentally Swipes Baby

Man grabs wrong shopping cart unaware there is baby in it

(Newser) - Police say an absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else's cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation. Portland police say the shopper was mortified when he realized his mistake but didn't bother to alert anyone on Friday. Instead, the... More »

Piles of Old Shells Are Important, Endangered History Lesson

Behind the effort to save the middens of Maine

(Newser) - "They were eating oysters like crazy," an archaeologist says of Native Americans who visited what is now the coast of Maine for thousands of years. And it's a good thing they did. The piles of discarded oyster shells created by hungry Native Americans over centuries are an... More »

He Was Set to Be Valedictorian. Then His School Booted Him

Transgender student says he was told by Christian school not to come on campus

(Newser) - A high school senior says the private Christian school in New Hampshire that he'd attended since kindergarten told him he was no longer welcome because of his gender identity and suggested he get counseling, the AP reports. Stiles Zuschlag, of Lebanon, Maine, tells Seacoast Media Group he'd excelled... More »

Woman Helps Stop Forest Fire With Nothing But Frying Pan

She ran back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond

(Newser) - Maine forest rangers say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire, the AP reports. Rangers say Nancy Weeks used a frying pan to carry water back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond in a wooded area near Beddington.... More »

Woman Would Take Jail Over Taking Down Trump Signs

They're too big, Maine authorities say

(Newser) - A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get Over It." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Baby Hospitalized After Rock Dropped on Family Car

Glass had to be removed from the baby's ear

(Newser) - An 8-week-old baby has been injured by shards of glass after a rock was dropped from an overpass onto the vehicle she was riding in, the AP reports. Maine State Police say they are searching for the person who dropped the rock over Interstate 95, near Sidney. The Morning Sentinel... More »

Collapsing Runner Wins Race —With Rival's Help

One man carries another over the line at Maine 10K

(Newser) - A competitor who collapsed short of the finish line at the Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine managed to complete the race with some help. "It kind of seemed like it was over for me," says former University of Maine runner Jesse Orach, who won last year’s... More »

You Can Now Own the Charlotte's Web Farm

44-acre property in Maine once owned by EB White is up for sale

(Newser) - A piece of Americana is up for sale in Maine: The farm on which EB White lived and used as a setting for Charlotte's Web is on the market for $3.7 million, reports the Portland Press Herald . Owners Mary and Robert Gallant say they're reluctantly selling the... More »

Marathon Runner Escapes 2 Bears

Moninda Marube made it to house just 10 yards ahead of them

(Newser) - Professional runner Moninda Marube came in second in a race Tuesday but came in first in a more important one Wednesday when he encountered two black bears. Marube says he met the bears early in the morning on a dirt road in woods near Auburn, Maine, the Guardian reports. He... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Man Fights City Hall by Releasing 100 Live Bedbugs

The man in Maine was apparently upset he didn't qualify for city assistance

(Newser) - In 40 years of government work, a city manager in Maine says he's "never had anything as yucky as this." The Kennebec Journal reports a "disgruntled" man entered Augusta city hall Friday and promptly shut it down by releasing dozens of bedbugs. “He whipped out... More »

In Maine, Signs Don't Point to Park Obama Designated

Gov. Paul LePage refusing to install road signs to Katahdin Woods and Waters

(Newser) - Katahdin Woods and Waters is 87,000 acres in Maine that former President Obama designated a national monument in his final months in office. But you're going to have to use Google Maps to get there, because there are no road signs in the area directing drivers to... More »

Witness Recants 27 Years After Teen Jailed for Murder

Maine man serving 70-year sentence released on bail

(Newser) - A man who served 27 years in prison for the 1989 murder of a childhood girlfriend was released on $25,000 bail Thursday after the key witness in the case recanted. Anthony Sanborn, 44, had been convicted of killing 16-year-old Jessica Briggs and sentenced to 70 years in prison. At... More »

Pooch Ordered Euthanized Despite Pardon From Governor

But appeals are expected

(Newser) - A judge has ordered a dog to be euthanized despite a pardon issued by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, the AP reports. The Alaskan husky named Dakota was originally ordered to be put down after getting loose and killing a neighbor's pug last year and later attacking a second dog.... More »

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