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Teen Swims Length of 6 Football Fields to Save Dad, Sis

'I felt like it was the right thing to do,' Kiana French of Maine says after boat-flipping incident

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Maine girl is being hailed as a hero for pulling off a major swim to save her dad and sister after their boat flipped in frigid waters. The Morning Sentinel reports Kiana French was fishing Sunday on Parlin Pond in Somerset with her father, Gary, and her 14-year-old... More »

Tucker Carlson Guest Gives Out Governor's Number

Host slammed 'dictatorial' Maine governor

(Newser) - An angry restaurateur shared the personal phone number of Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Tucker Carlson Tonight and urged Fox viewers to call her and complain. Rick Savage, who owns a restaurant and brewery in Bethel, told Carlson that he is planning to reopen on Friday despite Mills' decision to... More »

Under Attack, Woman Maneuvers Fox Into Pot

Animal charged gardener when she tried to scare it away

(Newser) - A fox that was attacking a Maine woman quickly found its goose was cooked when she wrestled into a pot meant for scalding chickens. Eliza Ruth Watson, 37, of Gray, tried to scare the fox away while she was gardening Thursday, the AP reports. Instead, the animal ran toward her.... More »

Stephen King Posts Odd Tweet on Paper Mill Blast

It was 'a TOILET paper mill,' he wrote, though some say that's not true and slammed him for his 'joke'

(Newser) - A bit of horror for Stephen King: A massive explosion on Wednesday destroyed a building at a paper mill in Maine near the writer's home in Lovell. No injuries were reported in the blast at the Androscoggin Mill, but King had other concerns, Fox News reports. "A paper... More »

Each State Has Its Own 'Iconic' Job

24/7 Wall St. looks at the jobs that 'shape the identity' of every state

(Newser) - Each state that makes up the Fifty Nifty has a unique economy, culture, laws, and even industries and workers that help "shape the [identity]" of that state. To more closely examine the latter, 24/7 Wall St. looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics data on job concentration in all of... More »

Maine Mob Fells Tree to Force Quarantine: Cops

That is one way to do it. Also, a 'TREMENDOUS WASTE OF RESOURCES,' says local rep

(Newser) - A group of armed Maine vigilantes is apparently here to help a couple of out-of-towners make the decision to self-quarantine: As the Portland Press Herald reports, several armed men cut down a tree on Friday on the island of Vinalhaven and dragged it across the driveway of the rental home... More »

Last of the Super Tuesday States Has Been Called

Biden wins Maine, meaning he took 10 of the 14 states that voted

(Newser) - Maine was the last remaining Super Tuesday state whose outcome was not yet known, and at 1:57pm Eastern on Wednesday, the AP called it for Joe Biden. That means the former VP won 10 of the 14 states that voted Tuesday and Bernie Sanders won four, the Hill reports.... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Class Ring Lost 47 Years Ago in Maine Pops Up in Finland

Maine woman who lost class ring of her boyfriend (who became her husband) in 1973 gets it back

(Newser) - Shawn and Debra McKenna were high school sweethearts who were married for four decades before he died in 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Earlier this month, Debra McKenna received a sweet reminder of the man she'd loved, from the most unexpected place. The Bangor Daily News relays... More »

Famous Ice Disk May Be Returning

All eyes on Maine's Presumpscot River

(Newser) - What goes around comes around. An ice disk appears to be forming in the same Maine river where an unusually large one formed last winter and quickly gained international fame , per the AP . The City of Westbrook tweeted an aerial view of the disk in the Presumpscot River with the... More »

Booby Trap Kills Homeowner: Police

Ronald Cyr, 65, had fixed a handgun on the door

(Newser) - A Maine homeowner has died, apparently by his own hand—and by mistake. Van Buren police responded to a 911 call Thursday at the home of Ronald Cyr, 65, and found him in need of medical attention, WAGM reports. Seems he had fixed a handgun to fire on intruders at... More »

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 »

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