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Augusta Woman Still Unaccounted For After Nepal Quake

A 57-year-old yoga instructor from Augusta remains unaccounted for after the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend.
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LePage's Refusal to Release Bonds Jeopardizes Conservation Projects

CUMBERLAND, Maine — The LePage administration is still refusing to release more than $11 million worth of voter-approved bond money, earmarked for land conservation projects across the state, until lawmakers approve the governor's proposal regarding timber harvesting on state land.
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How did Maine's wildlife fare now that winter is finally behind us?

AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislation that would authorize a casino in the Houlton area in Aroostook County was portrayed as an economic development boon to the region by the sponsor of the measure, Rep. Henry Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseets.

"The casino would provide a cascade of revenue sharing that will have a positive impact on the state of Maine, Aroostook County, the tribes and local municipalities," Bear says.

Updated at 11:41 a.m. ET

Loretta Lynch is the new U.S. attorney general.

Lynch was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the daughter of a Baptist minister who preached during the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., will now be "leading the march to a more perfect union."

Lynch, 55, is the nation's 83rd attorney general and the first black woman to hold the position. She said during a ceremony at the Justice Department that she would work to "imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness" to protect the rights of all.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine attorney general is filing a civil rights complaint against two brothers who were charged in what police say was a racially motivated assault.

Police say 35-year-old Charles Bean Jr. and 30-year-old Benjamin Bean, both of New Gloucester, were arrested April 19 after a fight with 33-year-old Antonio Byars. Police say the Beans, who are white, singled out Byars, who is black, and used racial slurs while threatening to kill him. The brothers face charges of assault and interference with constitutional and civil rights.

STANDISH, Maine — Authorities say a family disturbance at a home in Standish Saturday led to the arrest of a man and a woman for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander Scott Pelletier says Timothy Schoubroek and his girlfriend Tressa Sprague were also charged with violating conditions of release on a pending theft charge.

Six writers have withdrawn from the PEN American Center's annual gala on May 5 in protest against the free-speech organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

PORTLAND, Maine — Gas prices have risen 5.7 cents in Maine in the past week.

Gasoline price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is $2.52.

Maine gas prices are 15.8 cents per gallon higher compared to a month ago, and about $1.21 lower per gallon than at this time last year.

The price per gallon in Maine 2 cents lower than the national average.

The Maine price is based on a survey of more than 1,200 gas stations.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's largest city is considering a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

The Portland City Council will hold a Monday night meeting in which it considers placing e-cigarettes and other devices that allow the user to inhale vapors on its list of tobacco products that are banned in public areas.

The city's Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee unanimously supported the ban last month.

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, either same-sex couples will be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials say Maine has collected nearly 24,000 pounds of unused medication during its first statewide drug take-back program.

The Maine Sheriffs' Association partnered with local police departments, Eco-Maine and Poland Spring to take over the program initially developed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The national drug collection effort was discontinued due to a regulation and funding changes. Officials in Maine decided to keep it going.

By Holly Ramer, The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, and critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start due to the long winter.

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