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By Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Education Department has reminded 13 states - including Maine - that federal funding is still tied to testing students on math and language arts, despite the end of No Child Left Behind.

The department asked states with large numbers of students skipping the tests how they plan to do better.

Seventeen miners at a salt mine in western New York were freed early this morning after they were trapped hundreds of feet underground when the elevator they were in stopped working late Wednesday night.

When your gondola gets stuck in midair at a ski resort with one of the highest vertical drops on the continent, you'd be forgiven for having pangs of fear or even panic. For teenager Kody Lapointe and his dad, it was a chance to take an "insane ride" on a rope suspended from a helicopter — and to videotape the event.

Mary Bonauto

Nov 18, 2015

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and USM for the Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service.

The speaker is Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director at GLAD, who has been at the center of the movement toward same-sex marriage in America for more than two decades.

Earlier this year, Bonauto successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

WASHINGTON - In its latest report to Congress, military leaders say sex crimes in the armed forces have gone down. But New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand charged earlier this year that the real numbers are not being reported.