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WASHINGTON - An effort to establish a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. is moving forward.

President Obama is expected to sign a bill authored by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins that creates a privately-funded commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining the museum. 

Collins says a museum recognizing the contributions of American women is long overdue.

BANGOR, Maine - Fork? Check. Spoon? Yep. Parka? Good call.

The city of Bangor, the gateway to northern Maine, has approved year-round outdoor dining.

The city council approved a process for restaurants to get permits for outdoor dining spaces on city sidewalks and other public places.

Bangor Downtown Coordinator Caitlin Brook says she anticipates most restaurant owners will wait until spring but the option for winter dining is available. One permit would allow alfresco dining from April to October while the other would run year-round.

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WASHINGTON - Maine's two U.S. senators are both criticizing CIA interrogation practices following the much-anticipated release of the so-called "Torture Report." But they are also critical of the report itself. 

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WASHINGTON - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says he's "deeply disturbed" by the implications of a Senate investigation on CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

KEENE, N.H. — Police say three striking FairPoint workers were struck by a vehicle driven by a replacement worker as they were picketing in Keene.

Keene police say one picketer went to the hospital for an evaluation Tuesday afternoon but didn't have serious injuries. The others refused medical treatment.

Authorities say the replacement worker drove across a picket line and hit the three picketers. Police are still investigating the incident and have not determined if the driver will be charged.