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Removing the %&*@ from Maine's vanity plates will take time

Removing the flipping obscenities from license plates on Maine's roads and highways isn't going to happen overnight, even though a law banning such profanities in a state where such regulation has been unusually lax goes into effect Monday. Currently...

 

Imagination, Skittles help boy, 5, conquer Appalachian Trail

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Harvey Sutton, or "Little Man," as he is known on the Appalachian Trail, won't have long to bask in the glory of hiking its full length. After all, he starts kindergarten Friday. At 5 years old, Harvey is one of the youngest...

 

Summer camps return but with fewer campers and counselors

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Overnight summer camps will be allowed in all 50 states this season, but COVID-19 rules and a pandemic labor crunch mean that many fewer young campers will attend, and those who do will have to observe coronavirus precautions...

 

Woman impaled by tree limb has 7 broken ribs, husband says

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine passenger who was impaled when a falling pine tree struck the vehicle she was riding in suffered seven broken ribs, but she's getting better day by day, her husband said Friday. Theresa Roy, 79, has a long recovery...

 

Sea shanties are having a moment amid isolation of pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There once was a tune that tickled the Internet's fancy/When TikTok revived the humble sea shanty/The views came fast, the fad could last/Go, read about it go: ___ People are stuck at home, toiling away, getting bored, going...

 

LL Bean inks first wholesaler partnerships in US

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is expanding from its original model of direct-to-customer catalog sales and in-stores sales with an agreement to sell products in Nordstrom, Staples and sporting goods chain SCHEELS. The company's first wholesale...

 

Production workers to strike against major Navy shipbuilder

BATH, Maine (AP) — Production workers at one of the Navy's largest shipbuilders overwhelmingly voted to strike, rejecting Bath Iron Works' three-year contract offer Sunday and threatening to further delay delivery of ships. The first strike by Mach...

 

Researcher believes he has ID'd shipwreck in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A researcher believes he's identified the mysterious shipwreck that appears every few years in the right conditions on a beach in York. The ship's remains, which were last exposed by a nor'easter in 2018, are likely those of...

 

Catalog retailers see reason for optimism after declines

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catalogs, those glossy paper-and-ink offerings of outdoor apparel, kitchenware and fruit baskets, are not yet headed for the recycling bin of history. Until recently, the future appeared grim for the mailbox-stuffers. A...

 

Former defense secretary: Trump committed impeachable act

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who served on the House Judiciary Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon, said Tuesday that he believes President Donald Trump committed "an impeachable act." The...

 

Electric bikes soon to be humming along national park trails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming along serene trails in national parks and other public lands nationwide. It's part of a new Trump administration order — hotly opposed by many outdoors groups — that will allow...

 

E-bikes encounter rocky road to approval despite popularity

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Gordon Goodwin and his wife are rediscovering their passion for bicycling in their senior years thanks to new electric-assist bikes. The electric motors provide a gentle kick, making it easier for them to pedal up hilly...

 

Staying warm this winter may cost more for American families

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The cost of staying warm this winter is going to grow for the average American, and it's going to be especially painful for those who rely on heating oil, a federal agency said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration fore...

 

For Robert Indiana, 'LOVE' was a complicated relationship

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, died at his secluded island home off the Maine coast having never found the type of lasting love that was celebrated by thousands through his iconic work....

 

2 lives converge on a dark road in Maine with deadly results

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — Cpl. Gene Cole was a musician, TV repairman and father. People appreciated his respectful manner and ability to defuse a volatile situation. At 62, the sheriff's deputy was nearing retirement. John Williams is a former...

 

Rising energy costs eyed amid brutal cold snap gripping US

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren't going to go as far this winter because of rising energy costs....

 

Letters describe slugger Ted Williams' service in Korean War

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Thirty-eight letters penned by Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams, including one in which he described crash-landing a fighter jet with "holes all over" it, are going up for auction. The letters written to his mistres...

 

Maine museum preserves Native American canoe from 1700s

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — One of the oldest-known Native American birch-bark canoes will go on display at a Maine historical society museum, possibly as early as this fall, after spending three decades in a barn. Carbon dating by the Pejepscot...

 

Congress is cool to Trump's proposal to end heating aid

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The summer air is sizzling as the Fourth of July approaches, yet 86-year-old Richard Perkins already worries about how he's going to stay warm this winter. President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating heating aid for low-i...

 

Scientists investigate large number of humpback whale deaths

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Government scientists launched an investigation Thursday into an unusually large number of humpback whale deaths from North Carolina to Maine, the first such "unusual mortality event" declaration in a decade. Forty-one...

 

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