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WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the lead of witness as the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on re-authorizing legislation aimed at curbing human trafficking of young Americans.

Collins said too many have turned to prostitution.

"Homeless youth need access to safe beds at night and services during the day, so that they never have to choose between selling their bodies and a safe place to sleep," she said.

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WASHINGTON - Census figures show that Maine has the oldest population in the nation. Now, the state's small business owners are taking a close look at a proposal, introduced recently by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, that's designed to encourage more small employers to offer retirement plans to their workers.

Talking on the Senate floor last month, Collins said her work with the Special Committee on Aging had brought some worrying facts to light. "Far too many American seniors have real reason to fear that they will outlive their savings," Collins said.

WASHINGTON - Enrollment numbers for the 2015 health insurance Marketplace are in. More than 74,000 Mainers signed up. That's compared to more than 44,000 Mainers last year.

NEW YORK — Former soap opera actress Victoria Rowell has sued CBS and producers, saying they have kept her off the air as retaliation for advocating the casting of more black people.

The 55-year-old Rowell, who's black, is best known as a star of "The Young and the Restless" for 17 years. She played Drucilla Winters, an illiterate thief and prostitute, who, at Rowell's urging, "transformed herself through an adult literacy program into a positive figure," according to the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan.

"David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58."