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'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 »

Giant Ice Disk Wows Observers. One Tried to Carve It Up

New Jersey man says he wanted to turn the frozen attraction into a giant peace sign

(Newser) - As if 50-degree temperatures and heavy rains weren’t enough of a threat, a 300-foot-wide, perfectly formed ice floe that has been drawing crowds to Westbrook, Maine, suffered chopping and hacking Thursday by a man who said he wanted to turn the disk into a giant peace sign. Christopher Angelo,... More »

Suspect May Have Accidentally Taken Video of Fatal Beating

Donald Galleck of Maine allegedly recorded beating on his phone inadvertently

(Newser) - Donald Galleck pleaded not guilty to intentional murder and depraved indifference murder Tuesday in Bangor, Maine. Then came an unusual twist: An affidavit was unsealed, alleging the 29-year-old had in fact unintentionally broadcast the beating death of 40-year-old Jason Moody via Facebook. The musician died of "massive inflicted trauma... More »

Pastor Who Predicted Pats Score Has Another Prediction

But Rev. Mark Tanner swears it's not divine intervention

(Newser) - A Maine pastor who publicly predicted the final score of Sunday night's AFC championship game isn't claiming divine intervention, the AP reports. But he's confident the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl as well. The Rev. Mark Tanner asked his secretary Friday to post a... More »

Maine Shuts Down Facebook Page on Dangers of Pot

But was it just a response to satire?

(Newser) - The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics, the AP reports. State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine (where recreational pot use is legal )... More »

Skydiving Instructor Killed Self During Tandem Jump

Student landed safely after Brett Bickford fell from loosened harness

(Newser) - A skydiving instructor who fell to his death during a tandem jump in Maine in September intentionally loosened his harness in what authorities now say was a suicide. Brett Bickford, an instructor at Skydive New England for 10 years, was doing a tandem jump with a student in Lebanon on... More »

Maine Cops Nab Runaway Pig

Police are looking for the animal's owner

(Newser) - It was a classic case of a ham on the lam. Police in Maine's capital city are looking for the owner of a 50-pound piglet that wore itself out while dodging traffic Saturday evening after presumably escaping, per the AP . “A good Samaritan stopped and caught the pig... More »

Missing Teacher's Death Ruled a Suicide

Kristin Westra's body was found in Maine woods

(Newser) - A tragic end to a missing-person case in Maine that perplexed authorities : The medical examiner's office has determined that a body found near the home of Kristin Westra is that of the 47-year-old schoolteacher, who disappeared Oct. 1, and that she died by suicide, NBC Maine reports. The body... More »

Kids Find Body Near Search for Missing Teacher

Kristin Westra, 47, vanished from rural Maine home on Monday

(Newser) - Kids playing in the woods Friday stumbled on a body near the home of a missing Maine schoolteacher, the Portland Press Herald reports. A search team was scouring the area around the house of Kristin Westra—who apparently vanished Monday , leaving behind her car and cellphone—when children made the... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Maine Teacher Disappears in Perplexing Case

Kristin Westra vanished overnight

(Newser) - Authorities in Maine are perplexed by the disappearance of Kristin Westra, an elementary school teacher who disappeared from her North Yarmouth home Sunday night or early Monday morning. Jay Westra, the 47-year-old's husband, says he woke up at around 3:30am Monday and discovered his wife had gone, leaving... More »

5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Anna Kendrick: I Insulted the President to His Face

The actor recalls her amusing encounter with Obama

(Newser) - Anna Kendrick told a surprisingly off-color story on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday about an encounter with President Obama, TooFab reports. Asked by the host to explain a photo of Obama doubled over with laughter while shaking her hand, the A Simple Plan actor explained: "I got... More »

PETA Seeks Roadside Memorial for Lobsters Killed in Crash

Maine officials are reviewing the request for a tombstone

(Newser) - If you stopped eating crabs at PETA's request , you'll probably love the animal rights group's latest idea. PETA has asked Maine officials for permission to build a 5-foot tombstone in Brunswick to honor an estimated 4,500 lobsters killed when a truck overturned on a highway last... More »

Restaurant Owners Physically Threatened Over New Fry Shape

Leslie and Jim Parsons dare switch to straight-cut fries at Bolley's Famous Franks

(Newser) - What has a Maine woman worried for her family's safety? French-fry fury, that's what. Some customers are getting so worked up over the switch from crinkle-cut to straight-cut fries at Bolley's Famous Franks in Waterville, Maine, that co-owner Leslie Parsons is posting online to ease the rage,... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

They Thought He Was a Goner. Then a Priest Spoke

Maine teen expected to recover after BB lodged in brain

(Newser) - When Charlie Quimby arrived at a Maine hospital Sunday with a small metal ball buried in his brain, the outlook was so grave that a priest read his last rites before two hours were up. Then Quimby sat up and said hello. "I'm telling you, it was right... More »

Supermarket Bans Black Man for Questioning Its Policy

Rory Ferreira, 26, says it was 'the scariest thing in the world'

(Newser) - A Maine man says he's pursuing legal action after an unpleasant encounter that smacks of racism, the Hill reports. Rory Ferreira, 26, says he wasn't surprised to be carded Tuesday when buying wine at a Shaw's store in Saco, Maine—but got suspicious when his wife was... More »

Finally, Good News for George HW Bush

Former president discharged from Maine hospital, 'back to his old self'

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush has left a Maine hospital after more than a week of treatment for low blood pressure and fatigue . A Bush spokesman tweeted Monday that the president "deeply" appreciates the care and good wishes he has received. Spokesman Jim McGrath also told the AP that... More »

Odd Looking New Potato Aims to Be 'Tastiest' You've Had

The University of Maine developed the 'Pinto Gold'

(Newser) - The University of Maine says it's releasing a new type of gourmet potato, the AP reports. The new spud is called the "Pinto Gold" and the university's potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. Gregory Porter, who leads the breeding program, says... More »

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