March 14, 2018 RSS feed / Nation/World

Finland tops 2018 global happiness index

HELSINKI   Fans of skiing, saunas and Santa Claus won’t be surprised to hear Finland is the happiest place to live.  The World Happiness Report published today ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life ex More...

Trump axes Sec. of State Rex Tillerson

President names Pompeo chief US Diplomat

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Planned lobster facility could be US game changer

PORTLAND   A seafood dealer is planning to build one of the largest lobster processing facilities in the country in Maine, potentially meeting a need the state’s lifeblood’s industry has long sought to address.  More...

Climate whistleblower to speak in Lewiston

LEWISTON (AP) — A climate scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump’s interior secretary and later resigned is speaking at a Maine college.  More...

Tribes question Maine AG on water rights

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine tribal leaders and environmental groups are criticizing Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills for calling for review of a federal court ruling backing tribal fishing rights in Washington.  More...

IHOP: ‘Zero tolerance’ for server’s treatment of black teens

AUBURN (AP) — The IHOP (EYE’-hop) pancake restaurant chain has responded to a waitress asking some black teenagers to pay upfront for their meal at a franchise in Maine by saying it has “zero tolerance” for discrimination.&nbs More...

Police: Missing girl found, man who took her kills himself

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) —  Police say a 14-year-old girl who went missing from a Maine foster home has been found safe in Georgia and the man who took her there has killed himself. More...

School board member who targeted Muslims and blacks resigns

SOUTH PARIS (AP) — A school board member in Maine whose social media posts targeted Muslims and black people has resigned.  Robert Celeste on Monday denied his resignation last week from the regional school board had anything to do with cr More...

A life: Hawking defied ALS to become pre-eminent physicist

PARIS   In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek.  More...

Parkland teens’ activism resonates with 1968 L.A. school walkout protestors

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‘Fake news’ smear takes hold among politicians at all levels

An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets # FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter. More...

Digital ads, social media hide political campaign messaging

The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: A debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day’s front page.  More...

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Lots of talk, but little action on curbing health care costs

WASHINGTON It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. More...

Lawmaker: Spy poisoning looks to be ‘state-sponsored’

LONDON A senior British lawmaker says the poisoning of exspy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is “looking awfully like it was state-sponsored attempted murder.” Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee, told the BBC it was More...

Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland concert

DUBLIN Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland. Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw collapsed while performing Sunday night in Dublin. More...

Officials tight-lipped in attack on California veterans home

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. Authorities in Northern California have so far been tight-lipped about why a former Army rifleman may have killed three women after a daylong siege at a veterans home in Napa County wine country. More...

Trump backs off push for raising assault rifle age

WASHINGTON The White House unveiled a new plan to prevent school shootings that backs off President Donald Trump’s support for increasing the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21. More...

North Korea still mum on Trump summit

TOKYO (AP) — News of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent shockwaves around the globe. More...