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People's Feet Turn Black From Walking Through Beach's Dead Bugs
Beachgoers Find Out
What's Been Staining
Their Feet and Ew, No
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Beachgoers Find Out What's Been Staining Their Feet and Ew, No

Millions of dead bugs make up black mystery substance at Maine's Wells Beach, scientists say

(Newser) - People who've recently visited Wells Beach in Maine have often gone home to find their feet stained black—and scientists say they've figured out the gross reason. State officials say it's millions of dead bugs, washed ashore to form a black, slimy substance that resembles tar. Local...

Tribe Buys Back Maine Island Stolen 160 Years Ago
A Treaty Gave Them the Island
in 1794. They Now Have It Back
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A Treaty Gave Them the Island in 1794. They Now Have It Back

'It's been every chief's goal ever since to return it,' says William Nicholas

(Newser) - Members of the Passamaquoddy tribe frequented Maine's Pine Island (Kuwesuwi Monihq) for millennia before the arrival of white settlers, who brought deadly diseases. Graves of tribal members who died of smallpox remain on the island, but prior to March, they hadn't been visited by members in more than...

Trouble May Lurk for Maine's Beloved Blueberries

Berry fields are warming faster than rest of the state, which doesn't bode well

(Newser) - Maine's beloved wild blueberry fields are home to one of the most important fruit crops in New England, and scientists have found they are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state, per the AP . The warming of the blueberry fields could imperil the berries and...

Cops: 2-Year-Old Boy Shoots Both Parents

Luckily, no one was severely injured in Wednesday morning incident in Maine

(Newser) - A Maine toddler who wandered into his parents' room Wednesday morning ended up accidentally shooting them and injuring himself, cops say, but luckily, all three are expected to recover. The 2-year-old boy apparently spotted a gun, which was loaded, on one of the nightstands in the family's home in...

Maine Is Reconsidering License Plate 'Wild West'

F-bombs, references to sex acts are currently allowed

(Newser) - Based on crude license plate messages, one may be forgiven for assuming Maine doesn’t give two flips about obscenities. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows wants to change that. Bellows, a former director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, testified Tuesday in support of several bills to rein...

Couple Visiting Maine Slip on Ice During Hike, Fall 100 Feet to Death

Bodies found on Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park

(Newser) - A couple who set out to hike a mountain in Maine's Acadia National Park apparently fell to their deaths, CNN reports. The 28-year-old man and 30-year-old woman from Massachusetts were last heard from Thursday around noon; the woman had told family members in a phone call that she was...

Woman Impaled by Tree in 'Bizarre Incident'

Theresa Roy is recovering

(Newser) - “I feel like we have a guardian angel.” That’s what a Maine man has to say after his wife was impaled when a falling tree hit the vehicle they were in. Theresa Roy, 79, suffered seven broken ribs in the “bizarre incident,” the AP reports....

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Women

Minnesota comes out on top, Mississippi is at the bottom

(Newser) - Pay gaps, the minimum wage, the pandemic—all issues that affect women disproportionately, though there are some areas of the US that offer better opportunities for women than others. WalletHub tries to shake those locations out, looking at more than two dozen metrics in two main categories: women's economic...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Drive In

You'll be cruising pretty in Texas, trying to tame your road rage in Hawaii

(Newser) - There's still not a lot to do these days as we continue our weary march through the pandemic, but at least going for a drive can be a nice escape—unless you're in Hawaii, that is. That's the surprising last-place entry in WalletHub's new ranking of...

Dad: Pandemic Isolation Drove My Teen to Kill Himself

Jay Smith says 16-year-old Spencer struggled with isolation, urges parents to talk to their kids

(Newser) - A high school sophomore and football player took his own life Friday in Maine, and his dad is now warning other parents to keep an eye on their kids' mental health during the pandemic. Jay Smith tells WMTW that his 16-year-old son, Spencer, whom he describes as a "fun-loving...

Thousands Lose Power Amid 'the First Big One'

Heavy snow lands in the Northeast

(Newser) - The first big wintry storm of the season began dropping what forecasters say could be more than a foot of wet, heavy snow Saturday on parts of the Northeast, making travel treacherous and cutting off power to tens of thousands, the AP reports. Morning rain gave over to snow in...

Northeast Braces for Possible 'Bomb Cyclone'

Some areas could see double-digit snowfall levels in area's first major snowstorm of the season

(Newser) - The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season is set to blanket multiple states over the weekend, with strong winds, anticipated snowfall in the double digits, heavy rains, and power outages in some areas. The weather event may even turn into a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when...

Ominous Sign After Fishing Boat Sinks: Empty Life Raft

US Coast Guard searching for 4 men off Cape Cod

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard is racing to find four fisherman missing off the coast of Massachusetts after their boat sank early Monday. A crew from Boston responded after an emergency radio beacon was triggered 20 miles northeast of Provincetown around 1am, per NBC News . Calls to the satellite phone on...

Here Are the Most Giving States in America

People there come together to help others through charity, volunteerism

(Newser) - Between charitable giving—last year, US donors ponied up nearly $450 billion for charity—and volunteerism, Americans keep opening up their wallets and their schedules to help those who are less fortunate. WalletHub wanted to see which states were especially benevolent, so it examined stats from all 50, looking at...

Metal Hunter Makes Quite the Find Outside Church

Shane Houston uncovers copper penny dated 1798

(Newser) - A man with a metal detector has found a long-hidden, 222-year-old coin under a few inches of soil outside a church in Maine, the AP reports. Shane Houston, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was on a metal-detecting trip with a friend from New Hampshire when he found the coin earlier this...

Don't Like to 'Get Political'? These States Agree

WalletHub ranks the least, most politically engaged states

(Newser) - With just three weeks until Election Day, politics is at the top of many minds, though that may be more so in some states than in others. To see which of the Fifty Nifty boast the highest levels of political engagement, WalletHub crunched all of their numbers along nearly a...

Chain Dumps Pizza Dough After Razor Blade Incident

Nicholas Mitchell is accused of tampering with dough sold in Maine supermarket

(Newser) - A man has been arrested after police say he put razor blades in pizza dough that was then sold at a Maine supermarket. The Bangor Daily News reports 38-year-old Nicholas Mitchell was taken into custody over the weekend in Dover, NH, a few days after the Hannaford store in Saco...

A Baby Hadn't Been Born in This Community Since 1927

Maine island has reason to celebrate latest birth

(Newser) - Warren Fernald was born on Islesford, an island off the coast of Maine, in July 1927. More than 93 years later, his great-granddaughter, Azalea Belle Gray, was born there at the end of last month—the first baby to be born on the island since her great-grandfather. The little one...

Report: Cop Ran After Porcupine to Kill It, 'Returned With a Smile'

2 Maine police officers fired, face charges amid allegations they beat porcupines to death

(Newser) - Two Maine police officers have been fired and now face criminal charges after being accused of beating porcupines to death with their batons. The state's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says that 27-year-old Addison Cox and 30-year-old Michael Rolerson, now formerly of the Rockland Police Department, were hit...

Wedding Reception Leads to 147 Infections, 3 Deaths

The CDC says it is still tracing cases to the Maine event

(Newser) - A wedding reception in Maine has apparently triggered at least 147 cases of COVID-19, including three deaths—a spreading of the virus that one health official likens to "a giant tube of glitter." The CDC says the August 7 event in Millinocket spread the disease to a prison...

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