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BREMEN, Maine -Followers of a popular live bird camera are reeling from a rare glimpse of nature in the raw after witnessing an eagle pluck two osprey chicks from a nest.

Bird fans watch the ospreys on a live Explore.org camera set up on Maine's Hog Island. The camera offers real time looks at ospreys dubbed Steve and Rachel. The National Audubon Society says an eagle swooped in and stole chicks Big and Little while the cameras were running on Friday.

WASHINGTON - Environmental groups in Maine are expressing disappointment with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with a rule that would limit the release of mercury and other pollutants from power plants.

In a 5-4 ruling the court found that the EPA did not adequately consider the costs to about 600 affected utility companies.

But Taryn Hallweaver of the group Environment Maine says the rule also would have prevented an estimated 11,000 deaths each year from dirty air.

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A recent decision by fishery regulators in the Danish territory of Greenland is raising concerns for conservationists here in Maine. They're worried that Greenland's newly-established commercial fishing quota could have a devastating impact on efforts to restore endangered Atlantic salmon to Maine rivers.

MEDWAY, Maine — A Maine town is holding a nonbinding referendum about a much-debated proposal to create a national park east of Baxter State Park.

Medway residents are scheduled to vote Tuesday. The park would be made up of 75,000 acres owned by Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt's Bees. Another 75,000 acres would be a recreation area.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's largest city is releasing a public bid that offers up rooftops in the city for projects that generate solar-powered electricity.

Portland city officials say several facilities around the city are potential sites for solar power systems. They include the Portland International Jetport, a library storage facility, two schools and a fire station.