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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in LePage Veto Dispute

AUGUSTA, Maine — The question of whether Gov. Paul LePage waited too long to veto bills sent to him by lawmakers on June 30 will likely be resolved by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which heard arguments from four different legal teams Friday in Portland.
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Auburn Mill to Become Medical Facility for Chinese Tourists

AUBURN, Maine — A former shoe mill here is set to become a five-star medical tourism facility that caters to wealthy Chinese.
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Maine Calling Book Club

A discussion about Ernie's Ark by Monica Wood, Thursday at noon.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — More than 6,400 runners from abroad and New England are preparing to run the TD Beach to Beacon road race here tomorrow.

This year's beneficiary is Good Shepherd Food Bank.

At a prerace press conference, Kristen Miale, the organization's president, said being the beneficiary of such a high-profile event is critical to combating hunger in Maine.

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

A judge entered pleas of not guilty to 33 federal hate crime counts against Dylann Roof, the white suspect accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

SIDNEY, Maine — State authorities have seized 28 sick and malnourished animals from a Sidney farm owned by a man who has been cited in the past for animal-related offenses.

Liam Hughes, director of the Animal Welfare Program in the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, tells the Morning Sentinel that 23 goats, four calves and a chicken were taken from Mark Gould's farm on Tuesday.

Hughes says the animals are now under veterinarian care at an undisclosed site.

Gould has not been charged.

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games.

With the selection, the Chinese city will become the first to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

With a vote of 44 to 40, Beijing beat out Almaty, the biggest city in Kazakhstan.

YORK, Maine — A Maine man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that a cracker company failed to pay for his dental bill after he broke his tooth eating one of their crackers.

Arthur Kyricos, of York, tells the Portsmouth Herald that officials from California-based Mary's Gone Crackers told him they would cover the full dental bill, but ultimately did not.

Kyricos filed suit in Portland in June. He alleges that while he was eating the crackers in September 2013, he bit down on a hard substance and broke his tooth.

PORTLAND, Maine — The National Commission on Hunger was in Maine today seeking public input on how best to help people who struggle to put food on the table.

RICHMOND, Maine — A tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a Maine State Police cruiser on Interstate 295 here Thursday morning, blocking northbound lanes around mile 41.

"State Trooper Greg Stevens, a 17-year veteran, was injured in the wreck," says Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. "He was able to walk away from the crash an has been taken to Maine Medical Center. The truck driver escaped the crash without injury."

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Jul 30, 2015

Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A newspaper reports that Maine Gov. Paul LePage's staff was engaged with lawmakers in behind-the-scenes budget negotiations even as the governor railed against lawmakers and said he had "no clue" what they were going to adopt.

BANGOR, Maine — Joe Baldacci says his lifetime of experience in Maine, as a public servant and attorney here, makes him the best candidate to face Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin next year.