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After Life at the Paper Mill Ends, Trouble Finding a New Beginning

BUCKSPORT, Maine - It's been almost three months since more then 500 workers at Verso Paper walked out the gate of the mill in Bucksport for the last time. Some have found jobs, but many more are still looking.
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Paws for Peace: Putting a Veteran's Best Friend Within Financial Reach

LEWISTON, Maine - It's estimated that of the 2.7 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, at least 20 percent will face yet another battle, as they cope with the effects of post traumatic stress. For some, a connection to animals might bring relief.
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Pediatric Transgender

Learn about Maine Medical Center's first-in-the-region pediatric gender clinic, which now has more than 50 patients from Maine, New Hampshire and other states.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Angus King is concerned that the Department of Defense is not doing all it should in the field of computer warfare.

The Maine independent says it's clear that computers are now for more than war games - they are part of the weapons of war.

"I wonder if we should be developing a theory of deterrence similar to nuclear deterrence in the 50's, 60's and 70's, which served as well, actually until today," King said. "So that people understand if they come against our cyber infrastructure, they will pay a price."

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press
ROCKPORT, Maine - A marine researcher is working on a formula he says will allow the state of Maine to forecast the level of economic loss suffered by the state's shellfish industry due to red tide.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior research specialist Porter Hoagland says the formula will help the state put a dollar amount on the economic activity lost due to clam and mussel harvesting closures forced by red tide.

Ten years ago Kevin Berthia lived in the San Francisco Bay area. He had an infant daughter who had been born premature, and the medical costs for her care climbed to nearly $250,000. He couldn't see a way out of debt.

Berthia fell into a deep depression and went to the Golden Gate Bridge.

"Before March 11, 2005, I never even went to the bridge," the 32-year-old said during a recent visit to StoryCorps. "I didn't even know how to get there. I had to ask for directions."

California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs was there that day, too.

BRENTWOOD, N.H. - A New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife in 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Aaron Desjardins of Epping pleaded guilty last year to the killing of Amanda "Amy'' Warf, ambushing her in her employer's parking lot and forcing her to drive to a concrete plant in Exeter. Police said he slit her throat, poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze.

Prosecutors said Desjardins' plot to kill Warf dated back to 2011, when she left him.

BANGOR, Maine - A 21-year-old man has been convicted of using a fake Facebook profile to lure a Maine teenager to her death in a failed plot to look like a hero.

After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury on Friday found Kyle Dube, of Orono, guilty of kidnapping and murdering high school sophomore Nichole Cable, of Glenburn. Police charged Dube with staging Nichole's kidnapping in May 2013 so he could later rescue her. Instead, she died of asphyxiation. She was found after an eight-day search.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the Legislature's Transportation Committee have split over whether to support legislation that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Democratic Sen. Bill Diamond, of Windham, supports the bill. He said it will address one of the most serious highway safety problems: texting while driving.

"This will be a huge asset in eliminating that texting because they can't hold the phone in their hands," Diamond said. "To me, that alone makes this really worthy of passage."

PORTLAND, Maine - No one was hurt this morning when three crushed cars fell off a trailer and onto I-295 in Portland. But two of the highway's four northbound lanes were closed for more than an hour.

The truck was moving 15 crushed cars to a Topsham recycling plant when the accident happened at about 7:30 this morning.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the cars fell when a cable securing them to the trailer broke near Tukey's Bridge. While drivers had to swerve to avoid the cars, "fortunately, they did, and made it through," McCausland says.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislative committee has dealt a blow to an effort to roll back the state's seat belt law.

The Transportation Committee on Friday unanimously rejected Republican Sen. Eric Brakey's bill to allow people over the age of 17 to not wear their seatbelts.

Brakey says the seatbelt mandate is government overreach, but his effort was fiercely opposed by law enforcement and health care officials.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man and his nephew have received vastly different sentences for their involvement in a Christmas Eve smash-and-grab at a city liquor store.

The Kennebec Journal reports that 27-year-old Justin Matthew Murphy was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison, with all but three months suspended, and two years' probation and ordered to pay $800 restitution for the robbery of liquor and cigarettes from Damon's Beverage Mart.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The school board here has voted unanimously to hold Saturday classes to make up for snow days.

According to the Bangor Daily News, the board approved a plan from district Superintendent John McDonald to hold classes March 21, March 28, April 11 and May 9, as well as a half day March 13. Those five, added to five days already set aside in the school calendar, make up for 10 days called off for snow this winter.

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