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Maine Delegation Split on Taxing Internet Sales

AUGUSTA, Maine — By some estimates, Maine is losing nearly $130 million a year in sales tax revenue to Internet transactions. Congress is considering legislation that would allow states to require collection of the sales and use taxes. It's an issue on which Maine's Congressional delegation is divided.
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Cape Elizabeth Woman Competing in Biathlon World Cup

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — While skier Lindsey Vonn is making headlines for earning 63 World Cup victories, a woman from Maine is gearing up for her first World Cup race — not in downhill skiing, but in the biathlon.
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PORTLAND, Maine — The average price of gasoline in Maine has fallen 4.3 cents a gallon in the last week.

Website GasBuddy.com reports the average price was $2.11 per gallon, according to a daily survey of 1,228 Maine outlets. The website says the national average fell 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.02 per gallon.

The website says prices on Monday were over $1.37 per gallon lower than the same day a year ago and 38.1 cents per gallon lower than one month ago.

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The Secret Service has identified the device that was found overnight on the White House grounds as a "quad copter."

The agency said an on-duty Secret Service officer saw and heard the 2-foot-wide commercial "quad copter" fly low onto the grounds of the executive mansion at about 3:08 a.m. ET. It crashed on the southeast side, the agency said in a statement.

"There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared," a spokesman said in the statement.

PITTSTON, Maine — Maine's smelt fishery appears to be bouncing back somewhat from a poor 2014, but experts say the future looks grim.

The Kennebec Journal reports that after 600 measured hours of fishing on the Kennebec River this year, the state has recorded 438 smelts caught, or one per line every 79 minutes. If that holds, it would be the best since 2009.

Last year was the worst smelt season ever in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine is getting its first 24-hour pharmacy.

Maine Medical Center in Portland is scheduled to open the state's first round-the-clock pharmacy on Monday.

It will allow patients to fill their prescriptions before being discharged, and will also be open to the public.

The closest 24-hour pharmacy is in Rochester, New Hampshire.

Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Augusta police are looking for the man who appeared to have a gun when he robbed a city convenience store.

Police say the suspect entered the Quick Mart on Western Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, demanded money from the register and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The police report says the suspect "was believed to have a handgun on his person."

No one was hurt.

BETHEL, Maine — The victim of a weekend car crash in western Maine has been identified as a Massachusetts man.

The Oxford County Sheriff's Department says 25-year-old Mickael Jette, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, died in the crash at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Bethel.

Police say the vehicle went out of control, hit a snowbank and then crashed into a utility pole.

Jette, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash knocked out power to the area for a short time.

The death remains under investigation.

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

WILTON, Maine — A 22-year-old man charged with killing his grandmother with a hammer is due in court for a bail hearing in Maine this week.

Police say Dana Craney told investigators he attacked 67-year-old Joanne Goudreau in her bed and then dragged her body outside. He is due in court in Farmington on Friday. Police say the attack happened in Goudreau's Wilton home.

Police say Craney covered Goudreau with plywood and trash bags after the attack. An autopsy report says Goudreau died of head injuries. Craney tells police that she abused him and he "needed to end it."

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The U.S. Border Patrol and law enforcement agencies across Maine are conducting active shooter training exercises this week.

The training will take place starting Monday at the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station in Fort Fairfield in northern Maine. There will be training near homes or businesses.

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