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Food Stamp Asset Test Questioned

AUGUSTA, Maine — Opponents of a plan to test the assets of Mainers seeking food stamp benefits turned out a public hearing in Augusta, urging the Department of Health and Human Services to either alter the plan or abandon it altogether.
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Former Oakland T-Mobile Worker to File Sexual Harassment Suit

OAKLAND, Maine — A former employee at a T-Mobile call center in Maine says the company threatened to fire her unless she remained silent after complaining that she was sexually harassed on the job.
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House has approved legislation Tuesday introduced by 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin aimed at stopping deadbeat parents from hiding assets to avoid paying child support.

The bill allows states to immediately move to freeze assets instead of having to wait ten days under current law.

Saving For A Wedding When You Make 53 Cents A Day

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The thought of paying for her daughters' weddings has haunted Kamala Rani for years. When it came time for her older daughter to get married two years ago, she was up against the biggest cost of her life: $320.

This might seem like peanuts to an American audience used to hearing about weddings costing tens of thousands. But consider this: Rani and her family in Bangladesh each live on the equivalent of about $1.50 a day, treading a very thin line between deep and extreme poverty.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard in northern New England is telling mariners to be cautious while on or near the ocean because of hazardous seas and rip currents generated by Hurricane Joaquin.

Lt. Scott McCann says even though the weather is nice, with mild temperatures and blue skies, the hurricane is still producing dangerous conditions.

You've heard it a million times: The hours we spend sitting in front of our computers, sitting in front of the TV and sitting just about everywhere else are adding up. We are sitting ourselves to death.

So it came as welcome news when we read last week that just 10 minutes — 10 minutes! — of walking after sitting for a long period of time can restore the damage to our vascular system.

GORHAM, Maine - The principal of a Maine high school says the school will not offer any school dances this academic year with the exception of prom, because administrators believe modern dance culture is too suggestive for them to condone.

Gorham High School Principal Chris Record says in a post on the school's website that the school administration will offer different kinds of  "social, safe, and appropriate'' events for students this year. Record says school dances in past years have been "plagued by the culture of grinding.''

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats are criticizing Maine Gov. Paul LePage's statements about gun control and mental illness related to his order to lower flags to half-staff in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.

The flags will be at half-staff until Tuesday at sunset. The Republican governor issued a statement on Monday that faulted politicians for blaming guns when in his opinion, the nation's problem with violence is about people with mental illness getting access to guns.

The best place to see Cuba's Internet explosion is along the busy Havana thoroughfare known as La Rampa, or the Ramp.

Named for its sloping descent toward the sea, it is congested and loud. Still, crowds pack the sidewalks, office alcoves and driveways here to get online. They huddle within a few blocks of huge cell towers atop the Habana Libre luxury hotel. All eyes are glued to smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Raul Cuba, 41, types a lengthy Internet access code and password into his phone. He only learned how to log on a month ago.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is holding another town hall meeting.

The governor is going to deliver remarks and take questions from the public in Bar Harbor.

The session will focus on the governor's vision for further reducing the income tax; cutting energy costs; reforming welfare; and addressing Maine's high student debt burden.

The event is set for Tuesday evening at Mount Desert Island High School.

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EASTON, Maine — That side of fries on your plate may have been harvested by a Maine child.

CASTINE, Maine — Students and faculty at Maine Maritime Academy held a solemn meeting late this afternoon as Coast Guard crews continued searching for survivors from the cargo ship El Faro.



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