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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The captain of the freighter El Faro that sunk in a hurricane last year refused to take vacation the day before his ill-fated voyage because he wanted to use the time-off to be home for his 25th wedding anniversary.

Head of labor relations for Tote Services Inc., Mick Kondracki, said Wednesday he emailed Michael Davidson about using vacation time on the day before El Faro left port in Jacksonville.

Fighting through tears, he said Davidson, who was from Windham, Maine, was focused on using the time to be home for his anniversary.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park has become the first national park in the country to sell its entrance passes online.

Acadia spokesman John Kelly says the pilot program allows visitors to purchase annual and seven-day passes in advance at no additional cost. 

"Acadia national park is a little tricky in itself because there isn't any one single entrance that people can go to and get their pass," Kelly says. "So this allows visitors to have their pass no matter where they're going in Acadia, any time day or night."

PORTLAND, Maine - Members of Maine's congressional delegation are reacting to the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King told fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the military needs to do more to address the nation's drug crisis.

King said part of the solution is stopping the drugs from coming into the United States in the first place. "The lack of capacity to deal with drug imports, it seems to me, is a real strategic and tactical challenge. We are suffering terribly in my home state of Maine."

WASHINGTON - Federal fisheries regulators have announced proposed rules to combat fraudulent marketing of seafood.   The program seeks to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering U.S. commerce.