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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 »

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 »

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