Maine news

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill designed to help law enforcement and parents identify young drivers on the road.

The bill was introduced in response to a car accident that killed a 15-year-old last year. It would direct the Secretary of State to offer car decals to intermediate license holders, which supporters say would help parents and police officers determine whether a person is supposed to be driving with a passenger.

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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine - Soon to mark his 100th birthday, former bank chairman David Rockefeller announced his birthday gift to the Acadia region: 1,000 acres land laced with streams and trails in Seal Harbor.

"I realize that Seal Harbor, maybe more than any other location that I can think of in the world, has been important to me since I first came here when I was three months old, in my parents' hands," Rockefeller told a group of family and friends.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King questioned former military leaders and experts about the situation in Iraq, and the ability of the Iraq military to reverse the gains by ISIS.

King told fellow members of the Armed services Committee that, even with U.S. air support, the battle is mostly up to the Iraqi military.

"If the Iraqi security forces don't have the will to fight, and if the local population doesn't have any confidence in the government in Baghdad, it's still a very difficult, if not impossible, proposition," King said.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials say a Portland, Maine, middle school has been evacuated because of smoke.

Officials say smoke filled the King Middle School gymnasium when power was restored following an outage Friday morning. The Portland Fire Department said in a tweet that there was a fire in ductwork.

Patty Apon from the superintendent's office says officials are still assessing the situation. There were no reports of injuries.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police say they are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that washed up on the shore near the city's East End.

The woman appears to be in her 50s and her body was discovered at about 6 a.m. Friday. Detectives and evidence technicians responded to the scene.

The Portland Press Herald reports police say the death does not appear suspicious. Details about the circumstances of her death and how long she had been in the water were not immediately available.