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Federal Judge Orders Plan to Clean Up Mercury in Penobscot River

ORRINGTON, Maine - The former owners of an Orrington chemical plant must pay for an engineering study to figure out how to clean up toxic mercury dumped in the Penobscot River in the 1960s and 70s.
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Hiking Pressure on Appalachian Trail Prompts Reassessment of Trail's End at Mount Katahdin

MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Appalachian Trail, already popular with hikers, is expected to see a big bump in traffic with the release of "A Walk in the Woods," the movie based on the memoir of two men's experience along the 2,200-mile route that runs from Georgia to Maine.
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WASHINGTON - The White House has announced that President Obama will award Maine author Stephen King the National Medal of Arts in ceremonies next week.

King is being given the award for his contributions as an author.

The citation that accompanies the medal states that King is "One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, Mr. King combines his remarkable storytelling with his sharp analysis of human nature. For decades, his works of horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy have terrified and delighted audiences around the world. "

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is supporting an agreement that will strengthen regional co-operation in addressing climate change.

During this week's annual conference of the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in St. John's, Newfoundland, the group unanimously agreed on the importance of collaborating as a region to address climate change.

Under this agreement, a 2030 reduction marker range of 35 percent to 45 percent below 1990 levels has been adopted. Patrick Woodcock is the governor's Energy Office director.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Visiting Maine Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina promised she would increase accountability in the federal government and in the White House if she's elected as the nation's chief executive.

Fiorina spoke before about 500 people at a sold-out luncheon in South Portland organized by the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group.

By Beth Brogan, Bangor Daily News

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Maine Computer Crimes Task Force and local law enforcement agencies have worked frantically over the past few days to track down the person or persons responsible for a series of Facebook pages that have posted nude photos of dozens of Maine teens from all over the state.

RANGELEY, Maine -  The popular Saddleback ski area says it has fallen short on fundraising for a new chairlift but that there may be a buyer to save the upcoming season.

Owner Mark Berry said previously that the resort would close if it could not replace a 51-year-old double chairlift with a faster, modern four-person lift.

The resort used Facebook to report that fundraising fell short but said there has been "significant interest'' by several parties in purchasing of the resort.

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET following Trump's press conference

Donald Trump is "totally pledging" his allegiance to the GOP and promising not to mount a potentially damaging third-party bid for president.

The billionaire businessman said Thursday he had signed the Republican National Committee's "Loyalty Pledge," which says he will support the eventual nominee and not run as an independent or on another party line.

"I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands," said Trump.

PORTLAND, Maine - York residents and officials continued today to argue against moving the Maine Turnpike toll plaza. The Turnpike Authority has, for years, looked at alternative sites, saying the current location is poor.

A new study, by Jacobs Engineering, suggests that a site 1.3 miles north of the current location would be safer, and $20 million less expensive, than rebuilding at the current location.

At a meeting of the Turnpike Authority Thursday, York resident Dick Boldin wondered if Jacobs Engineering had done its job.

A federal judge has thrown out Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after attorney Ted Wells found that employees of the New England Patriots deflated footballs to make them easier to grip. Goodell said Brady likely knew about the scheme.

Brady appealed Goodell's decision in federal court, and today, he prevailed.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a collision between a commercial lobster boat and a schooner carrying tourists in Maine.

Coast Guard spokesman Kenneth Stuart tells The Portland Press Herald the two vessels struck each other shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday near Squirrel Island in Boothbay Harbor.

Officials say the impact sheared off the stern of the schooner, called the Lazy Jack, but it didn't take on water. The lobster boat, Andra and Donna, sustained scrapes to its bow.

Here is a pop quiz: How many trees are on the planet?

Most people have no idea.

A new study says the answer is more than 3 trillion trees — that's trillion with a T, and that number is about eight times more than a previous estimate.