The Portland Press Herald reports that the governor left the expletive-filled message after a TV reporter said that Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, was among several people who accused him of racism. “Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. The accusations of racism stemmed from comments LePage made during a town hall in North Berwick on Wednesday.
On Friday, the Obama administration proposed a measure to limit the top speeds of large trucks and buses. The new rule, suggested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, proposes limiting road-going vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to a top speed of either 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour. Under the proposal, only new trucks and buses would be equipped with the speed limiters, with the vehicle operators being responsible for setting the devices at or below the maximum speed.
Happy National Dog Day! It was established in 2004 in an effort to bring attention to the number of dogs in need of a home. According to the ASPCA, there are about 4 million dogs that enter shelters every year nationwide. Aug. 26 is significant to National
Government forces moved into the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital on Saturday after rebels and civilians were evacuated following a four-year siege by regime forces, a military source said. "The Syrian army completely controls Daraya and has entered all of the town. Earlier, a first group of hundreds of rebels and their families evacuated from the town reached opposition-held territory further north, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Federal Reserve is getting closer to raising interest rates again, the head of the U.S. central bankand other policymakers said on Friday in comments that left the door open for a hike as early as next month. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a global monetary policy conference that the case for a rate increase had grown stronger, while Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer suggested a move could come at the central bank’s September policy meeting if the economy was doing well.
Since it was founded in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s goals have been civilian. The agency’s main objective, to explore outside our orbit, was part of a larger mission to provide "the most effective utilization of the scientific and engineering resources of the United States." Consider that a success: Each year, thousands of consumer products benefit from “spin-offs,” integration of technologies and processes originally developed for and by NASA. Aptly titled Spinoff, each issue is 100-plus pages of essential nerd material and trivia fodder, charting the diaspora of space technology.
A couple of mariners stranded on an uninhabited Micronesian island were saved when a U.S. Navy plane spotted their "SOS" message written in the sand. The search began when officials in Guam received notification Aug. 19 from Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) of an overdue 18 ft. vessel with two people aboard en route to Tamatam Island, Federated States of Micronesia. This past spring, another group of castaways in Micronesia managed to get themselves rescued with a message on the beach.
President Evo Morales and his political opponents traded recriminations Friday over the shocking beating death of a high-ranking government official by protesting miners who had blockaded a highway. The killing of Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes underscored how Morales, a former coca growers' union leader, has increasingly found himself at odds with the same kind of popular social movements that fueled his rise to power and have made up his political base. "This is a political conspiracy, not a social demand," Morales said at a news conference, accusing his political opponents of backing the miners' cause.
Even as Donald Trump vacillates between toning down his harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric and reaching out to minorities, he remains unshakable on one central campaign promise: building a wall on America's southern border with Mexico. "We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities," the Republican presidential candidate said as he accepted his party's nomination last month. "Mexico!" his energized supporters roared back.
A woman who was kidnapped near her California home at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years by a convicted sex offender cannot sue the U.S. government for failing to properly supervise him on parole, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided 2-1 that while the crimes against Jaycee Dugard were horrific, the interaction of state and federal statutes did not hold the government liable for the incompetence of parole officers in such cases. The 2009 reappearance of Dugard, who had given birth to two daughters during her captivity in a warren of sheds and tents behind Phillip Garrido's home in the Northern California community of Antioch, made international headlines.
Nearly 1,000 people have been killed by police or vigilantes in the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte ramps up his campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte has publicly named hundreds of politicians, military and police personnel, and other influential
The multi-million dollar supercar seen here is currently on sale at Prestige Imports in North Miami Beach, Florida. A salesman with Prestige Imports told The Drive that in the two weeks the 1,341 horsepower supercar has sat in its showroom, the dealership has seen significant interest from potential buyers.
The update comes after Ahmed Mansoor-a human rights activist located in the United Arab Emirates-had his iPhone 6 hacked through the use of a trio of previously unknown exploits which allowed attackers to jailbreak and then spy on his phone remotely.
The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities have been on the rise. Listen up New Yorkers: Gymkhana 9 is being filmed in Buffalo.
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A fire in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people on Saturday, officials said, and a representative of the Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the dead were members of its community. Around 500,000 citizens of the impoverished former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan are working in Russia. The Investigative Committee, which reports directly to President Vladimir Putin, said a criminal inquiry had been launched into the deaths of 16 of the victims of the blaze.
Syrian activists say government airplanes have attacked a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned. Hayyan, a Homs resident whose parents remain in the al-Waer neighborhood, said government warplanes launched 18 airstrikes Saturday in the area, the last two of which dropped incendiary bombs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a brother and sister were killed in the airstrikes that left their bodies badly charred.
Venezuela sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid rising political tension over a campaign to recall leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Former San Cristobal mayor Daniel Ceballos was abruptly taken from his home before dawn by members of the Venezuelan intelligence services, his wife said on Twitter, posting a video of their vehicles as they drove away. Patricia de Ceballos said her husband was loaded into an ambulance where he was shown an order transferring him to a prison in a distant state.
Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing. The state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. The Oregon State Fair allowed a display about marijuana without any living plants last year and it generated no complaints.
Victoria Martens had big plans to celebrate her 10th birthday. After she returned to her Albuquerque, New Mexico, home from school Wednesday, she was going to indulge in cake, manicures and pedicures with her godmother — the perfect day for a little girl. Instead, police say Victoria endured unspeakable horrors at the hands of her own mother, her mother’s boyfriend and the man’s cousin, who have been charged in connection to her brutal torture and slaying.
US rail operator Amtrak on Friday awarded a $2.0 billion (1.8 billion euros) deal to French manufacturer Alstom to supply new trains for its key Acela service between Washington, New York and Boston. The landmark deal for 28 new passenger trains will boost Amtrak's speed and capacity along its most heavily used and profitable route, with more than 3.5 million passengers a year, from 2021. The trains will carry more than 400 passengers, about one-third more than the existing Acela northeastern corridor express service, with a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour (180 miles per hour), though normal speeds will hover near 260 kilometers an hour.
Popular areas in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks were welcoming tourists for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, but a wildfire forced some people to drive a little farther than they expected to get to the festivities. The blaze in Grand Teton National Park shut down a route leading to Yellowstone’s South Entrance, so visitors coming from the south through Wyoming will have to take an hour long detour into Idaho. The wildfire in Grand Teton has burned about 19 square miles since lightning sparked it last month.
The Grade Fire blazing across the northern edge of California briefly spun up a spectacularly odd phenomenon known as an "ash devil" on Thursday. The ash devil, which is closely related to "fire whirls," formed in Yreka, California began pulling in burnt ashes and debris from the fire as it spun across the fire area.
Now the discoverers, a duo of Japanese seismologists led by Kiwamu Nishida at the University of Tokyo, are hoping to use these S-waves to probe into the dark unknown of our Earth's core. This S-wave discovery "gives seismologists a new tool with which to study Earth's deeper structure," write Peter Gerstoft and Peter Bromirski, two independent earthquake researchers at University of California, San Diego, in an essay accompanying the paper. When our planet's tectonic plates slip and smash to cause an earthquake, most of the destruction is caused by a class of seismic waves called surface waves.
By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon voted on Saturday amid discontent over its failure to raise living standards despite oil wealth, in a poll posing the biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has run the central African nation for half a century. With state machinery and entrenched patronage networks behind him, Bongo, 57, is likely to be returned, seven years after winning his first election following the death of his father Omar, who ruled for 42 years. Bongo faced nine other candidates - compared with 22 in the last poll - but his main rival was veteran diplomat Jean Ping.