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Democrats Question Maine Senate Race Outcome After Discovery of 'Phantom Ballots'

The discovery of 21 so-called "phantom ballots" in state Senate District 25 has Democrats crying foul.
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Portland Tenants: Many Landlords Not Responsive to Safety Concerns

This month's deadly fire in Portland that killed six people has focused attention on code violations and safety issues in Portland's huge rental market.
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"The violence we saw in areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, announcing that he is sending hundreds more members of the National Guard to the city that saw intense looting on Monday night.

"Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community," Nixon said, "burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing storefronts, and looting family businesses — many for the second time."

This week's pre-Thanksgiving snowfall isn't just expected to be inconvenient for travelers - it could also be unseasonably heavy. Maine is forecast to get between 3 and 12 inches of snow from tomorrow morning until about 10 Thursday morning, says meteorologist Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service in Gray.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation have reached a formal construction agreement with Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield for replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The price will be $158.5 million, which will be shared equally by the two states. The bridge carries the U.S. Route One by-pass. Maine DOT spokesman Ted Talbot says the lift span of the new bridge will have a deck that will lft for ships and lower for rail service to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Democrats are questioning possible ballot irregularities in a race for the state Senate.

Democrats are concerned about 21 "phantom ballots" cast for Republican Cathleen Manchester in Long Island that were discovered during last week's recount.

Kate Knox, an attorney for the party, tells the Portland Press Herald that the ballots exceeded the number of people whom officials had said voted.

BOSTON - Authorities are warning consumers to be wary of counterfeit products that flood the market in stores and online shopping sites during the holiday season.

Federal agencies will be conducting increased operations during the holiday season targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit products.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Hundreds of FairPoint workers in Vermont who have been on strike for weeks are getting unemployment benefits, but officials in Maine and New Hampshire have denied requests for such assistance.

Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says her office has processed more than 250 unemployment claims for the striking workers.

The New York Times has named former top NPR executive Kinsey Wilson to help its digital news efforts.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet appointed Wilson to be one of his top deputies in the newly created role of editor for innovation and strategy, the newspaper announced Tuesday morning.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 3 cents in the past week.

The Governor's Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 24 survey was $3.03. The average kerosene price of $3.62 was the same as the previous week. Propane prices declined one cent to $2.82. Heating oil averaged $3.56 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 34 cents in that time and propane rose 5 cents.

A salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts has been reported in 10 states, including Maine. New York-based bean sprout supplier Wonton Food Inc is the source of the outbreak. Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Sheila Pinette says bean sprouts are grown in conditions conducive to salmonella.

"They grow in water-generated type of growth underneath, and so you can pick up salmonella in the seed and it can be throughout the sprout," Pinette says.

RUMFORD, Maine — Administrators at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford say eight students have been given 10-day suspensions this month for getting into fights on school grounds.

Principal Matt Gilbert tells the Sun Journal the fights were apparently spurred by comments made on social media websites outside of school.

He says the students suspended are boys and girls from all grades.

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Maine Calling Book Club - Roxana Robinson's "Sparta"

The Maine Calling Book Club re-convenes to discuss Roxana Robinson's novel "Sparta."