Today's News Updates

2:48 PM

Official vows ‘to respond’ if Russians are attacked in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents hold a U.S. journalist captive, accusing him of ‘suspected bad activities.’

2:30 PM

U.S. urges nonviolent inmates jailed for 10 years to seek clemency

The initiative is part of an Obama administration effort to trim the nation’s prison population and ease sentencing disparites, especially for drug crimes.

2:28 PM

Oakland man sues over 2010 injuries from Windsor Fair starting gate

Christopher Charrier’s attorney estimates medical bills were $100,000 after gate struck spectators.

2:10 PM

New Hampshire priest gets jail time for thefts

He could spend up to 20 years in prison for stealing from the bishop, a hospital and the estate of a dead priest.

2:08 PM

U.S. Supreme Court tosses out $3.4 million award to child porn victim

 Losses were based on the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of ‘Amy’ being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old.

1:24 PM

Canada to phase out older rail tank cars in 3 years

A government official confirmed the phaseout of the DOT-111 tanker cars – the same type that exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last summer, killing 47 people.

1:18 PM

Maine shipyard gets $57 million in Navy contracts

Bath Iron Works will use the money on fleet maintenance and design work on the Littoral Combat Ship.

12:58 PM

Nationally, new home sales plunge 14.5 percent in March

There is some rebound in the Northeast, where harsh weather curbed purchases over the winter.

12:42 PM

Canada to phase out much-criticized rail tankers

The new rules follow last summer’s horrific derailment and explosion near the Maine border.

12:36 PM

Franklin inmates once again going to Somerset jail

But Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols said the situation still does not alleviate problems created by the jail consolidation law that reduced the Franklin County jail to a 72-hour holding facility.

12:10 PM

New Mexico firm to invest $3 million in Camden manufacturing facilities

Sierra Peaks plans to design and manufacture miniature microphones.

11:20 AM

South Korea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher Several photos included in this story

Looming in the background is a sensitive issue: when to bring in cranes and begin cutting up and raising the submerged vessel.

11:19 AM

Maine issues proposed urchin season schedule for 2014-15

The schedule will be the subject of public hearings May 12 in Ellsworth May 13 in Wiscasset.

10:28 AM

Yemen examines DNA of slain al-Qaida militants

55 militants were killed Monday in an attack on a major al-Qaida base in the remote southern mountains.

7:18 AM

U.S. soldier faces hearing in killings of unarmed Iraqi boys

The March 2007 killings were documented in an investigation by a Pittsburgh newspaper.

6:20 AM

Maine wastewater systems get $30 million for upgrades

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grants were announced Tuesday in Hartland in an event celebrating Earth Day.

6:00 AM

Maine couple sentenced for housing fraud

The couple lived in a federally subsidized apartment while they owned and operated a profitable market and bought multiple properties with cash.

5:48 AM

Arizona court says drivers can have pot in their system

The ruling overturns a state Court of Appeals decision last year.

5:47 AM

Saudi Arabia seeks help with deadly virus

Officials say the respiratory disease does not spread easily but it’s deadly.