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Lobsterman Hauls in Live Deer 5 Miles From Shore

He says it would have been a 'goner' if he and his crew hadn't intervened

(Newser) - A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch 5 miles off the coast—a live deer. Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning. He says the deer had given up swimming and was being carried farther offshore, the AP reports. Dorr and... More »

Girl, 15, Suspended for Warning About 'Rapist in Our School'

Aela Mansmann, parents are appealing the 3-day punishment

(Newser) - Dozens of high school students walked out of classes near Portland, Maine, on Monday in support of a teen who warned about "a rapist in our school" and was then suspended for bullying. "I definitely am ashamed to say I go to Cape Elizabeth High School with this... More »

He Was Reffing a Game. Then a Blast, and a Fall to the Ground

Cannon blast injures referee at college football game in Maine

(Newser) - At Maine Maritime Academy, enthusiastic fans at the school's college football games partake in a loud tradition: They shoot blank shells out of cannons whenever the home team scores a touchdown. That tradition went terribly awry, though, last weekend after an alumnus fired off his device and struck a... More »

The Building Was Only 2 Weeks Old. Now It's 'All Over Creation'

One firefighter is dead, at least 6 injured after Maine propane explosion

(Newser) - A propane explosion in Maine leveled new construction that houses a nonprofit after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring at least six other people, officials say. The building in Farmington, about 85 miles north of Portland, had been evacuated after the... More »

Lobster Exports to China Have Fallen Off a Cliff

Maine's pain is Canada's gain

(Newser) - US lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift the seafood business farther north. China, a huge and growing customer for lobster, placed heavy tariffs on US lobsters—and many other food products—in July 2018 amid rising trade hostilities between Beijing... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

Divers Off Maine Find US Ship Sunk by German Sub

49 sailors on the USS Eagle PE-56 went down with the ship in 1945

(Newser) - They finally found the Eagle 56—a war grave off the coast of Maine. Divers discovered the wreckage of the USS Eagle PE-56, which was sunk by a German sub in the final weeks of World War II, reports the New York Times . Forty-nine of the 62 people aboard were... More »

Deemed Too Old, He Was Released. Then He Killed Again

Albert Flick convicted of murdering woman as her twin children watched

(Newser) - A man who served decades in prison for fatally stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime—stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be... More »

Susan Collins May Be in Trouble

Maine GOP senator will face a tough Democratic opponent in next election

(Newser) - Susan Collins has been a mainstay in the Senate for more than two decades, but it appears the Maine Republican will have the fight of her political life on her hands in the 2020 election. On Monday, Sara Gideon—the Democratic speaker of the state House—announced that she's... More »

8th State Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Maine's governor hopes it will be 'used sparingly'

(Newser) - Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office. "It is my hope that this law,... More »

Maine to Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Abortions

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives will be able to do so

(Newser) - Maine is making it easier to get an abortion with the governor's signing of a bill Monday to allow medical professionals who are not doctors to perform the procedure. The bill, which Democratic Gov. Janet Mills introduced herself, will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, which... More »

If It Wasn't for the Scouts, They Wouldn't Have Survived

Troop rescues 2 fisherman on remote lake

(Newser) - Two brothers whose canoes capsized on a remote lake in Maine say a crew of fast-thinking Boy Scouts from New Hampshire helped save their lives. Michael Fiori, 67, of Brunswick, Maine, said he was shivering after more than an hour in the 50-degree Fahrenheit water when the Scouts, who were... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

State Supreme Court Rules in Dog Custody Dispute

Pets are property, not family, Maine court says

(Newser) - Maine's supreme court has upheld a ruling granting a man sole custody of his dog, denying his ex-girlfriend's bid to take the pet. The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday affirmed that pets are property in confirming a district judge's decision that the Lab-boxer mix named Honey belongs... More »

This Sight Will Soon Be Banned in Maine

Gov. Janet Mills signs law banning Native American mascots in public schools

(Newser) - Maine has adopted a ban on Native American symbols as public school mascots, making it the first US state to do so, reports CNN and the Hill . "While Indian mascots were often originally chosen to recognize and honor a school's unique connection to Native American communities in Maine,... More »

This State Is First to Ban Styrofoam

Maine ban takes effect in 2021

(Newser) - Maine has brought in the country's first statewide ban on a kind of plastic that has an especially pernicious effect on the environment. Gov. Janet Mills has signed a law that bans single-use containers of expanded polystyrene foam, better known as Styrofoam, CNN reports. When the law takes effect... More »

Arrest Made in Threat Sent to Senator Last Fall

Maine woman faces prison if convicted

(Newser) - An arrest has been made involving a threatening letter sent to Senator Susan Collins last fall. The letter sent to Collins' home in Maine was leaking a fine white powder that was thought at the time to be contaminated with ricin, ABC reports. The powder later was found to be... More »

Hospital's Maternity Nurses Have Something in Common

Nine of them are pregnant at Maine Medical Center

(Newser) - Something in the water? Nine registered nurses who work in the labor and delivery unit at the largest hospital in Maine are expecting babies in the next few months, reports the AP . Maine Medical Center announced the bonanza of babies with a Facebook post on Monday featuring eight of the... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

'I Know There Are Multiple Wives, I Know of at Least 4'

Alleged bigamist Michael Middleton is arrested

(Newser) - At least in Big Love Bill Henrickson had all his wives in the same neighborhood. Michael Middleton of Maine, who was arrested for bigamy in Ohio last week, seemed to like to spread his spouses out over several states, with an indictment accusing him of having, at minimum, a wife... More »

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