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.
The Donald Trump campaign has released a new mobile app on Friday that encourages the Republican presidential nominee’s supporters to both interact with and compete against one another. The America First app serves as sort of a hybrid between social network and game, in which points are earned through actions such as checking in at a Trump-Pence rally, donating money to the campaign, and declaring support for “Team Trump” on social media. The app also has several point-free features, such Donald Trump Trivia, a running countdown of the “Time Left Until We Defeat Crooked Hillary” and the “Newsfeed,” which appears to be the candidate’s Twitter feed.
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.
France’s highest administrative court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims and opened divisions within the government, pending a definitive ruling. The Conseil d'Etat gave the ruling following a request from the League of Human Rights to overturn the burkini ban in the Mediterranean town of Villeneuve-Loubet on the grounds it contravenes civil liberties. Under the French legal system, temporary decisions can be handed down before the court takes more time to prepare a judgement on the underlying legality of the case.
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
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.
The vice chairman of South Korea's troubled Lotte Group was found dead Friday, police said, in an apparent suicide amid a widening corruption probe into the country's fifth largest business conglomerate. The body of Lee In-Won was found hanging from a tree near a hiking trail in the eastern town of Yangpyeong. A four-page letter -- apparently a suicide note -- was found in his car, expressing loyalty to the group's chairman Shin Dong-Bin and denying allegations that the firm had avoided huge sums of tax and created slush funds.
A U.S. Navy aircraft crew spotted the pair on the beach and gave their location to the Coast Guard in Guam. The Coast Guard received a report about the couple’s 18-foot vessel going missing on Aug. 19. The U.S. Navy was alerted and spotted the survivors on the beach.
American and NATO special operations forces head out on missions with their Afghan counterparts nearly every night, a U.S. military official said Thursday. “On average, we probably have somebody out every night or every other night, some place in the country,” Army Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland told reporters at the Pentagon, adding that the partnered missions make up about 10 percent of all Afghan missions. Cleveland said the NATO forces “stop at the last safe location” before the Afghans reach their objective, but he admitted that earlier this week, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson, 28, was killed by a roadside bomb just such a mission in Helmand province.
—The death toll from the magnitude-6 earthquake in central Italy has risen to 290. —The worst-affected areas are the villages of Arquata and Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region, and Accumoli and Amatrice, which are in Lazio. —Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi warned the city could be isolated if key access roads damaged during the aftershock were not quickly cleared.
Barely a week into the job, Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO is already facing harsh scrutiny over a 20-year-old domestic-violence charge and an allegation of voter-registration fraud. On Thursday night, the New York Post and other outlets reported that Stephen Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery, and dissuading a witness in 1996, after an altercation with his then-wife in Santa Monica, California. Early Friday morning, Guardian US added its own bombshell: Bannon and another ex-wife are registered to vote at a vacant house in Florida, a key swing state.
The Stig, aka Ben Collins, is sliding the Ford Focus RS through turns at Monticello Motor Club, showing the expertise that made him Top Gear’s favorite masked man. The Focus RS also makes for great homework. The Ford’s ability to wag its winged tail like an honest rear-drive car is its trump card versus the VW or Subaru WRX—even if the Focus’ 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque is the billboard material.
Muellers say President Obama gave sincere apology, said he'd donate to foundation for Kayla. Make more happen. My immediate reaction is heartbreak. She was an outstanding young woman and a great spirit. And I think that spirit will live on. Reporter:
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The type of avian flu that led to the deaths of about 50 million U.S. chickens and turkeys last year has been found in the country for the first time in 14 months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. The USDA said it detected the H5N2 strain of the disease in a wild duck in Alaska as part of surveillance testing it has been conducting on birds since last year's devastating outbreak. Wild birds can carry the virus without showing symptoms of it and transmit it to poultry through their feathers or feces.
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.
Venezuela sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail Saturday 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.
Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by haze, across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. The number of hotspots detected in Sumatra and Borneo by weather satellites has increased in the past month though they are below levels last year when massive fires in Indonesia caused a regional crisis.
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
Iran's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country's territorial waters, the Iranian defense minister said Thursday, remarks that came after an incident this week involving a U.S. warship. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Hosein Dehghan as saying that "if any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it's an invasion, we confront." He added that Iranian boats patrol to monitor traffic and foreign vessels in its territorial waters. Dehghan's comments came after four Iranian small boats sailed near the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze on Wednesday in the Persian Gulf.
Public health officials have sounded the alarm that electronic cigarettes have become a new gateway to tobacco for many teens. The theory goes that teens who "vape" can become addicted to nicotine and transition to traditional cigarettes. Many US teens who vape may not actually be inhaling nicotine at all, however: They say they prefer sweet vaping solutions that don't contain any nicotine, according to new research.
Nobody has any right to tell anyone else they can't ride a motorcycle. You probably know that riding a motorcycle is dangerous, and yet somehow I don't think you really, you know, know (looking at you, Condon). After that, it's been a set of repeating horrors.) The common theme of motorcycle accidents—and what really distinguishes them from motor vehicle accidents, or MVAs—is the fragility of exposed human flesh.
Authorities say they have charged a 46-year-old man in connection with the deaths of two nuns who were killed in Mississippi. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement Friday night that Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68. Services have been scheduled for two nuns who were killed in Mississippi.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey aims to clear its borders of Islamic State and other militant groups to prevent a new flow of migrants and will continue operations until the nation's security is guaranteed, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.
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.
Riots erupted in Zimbabwe's capital Harare Friday after police fired tear gas and beat protesters who responded by throwing stones in the latest of a string of highly charged demonstrations. Dozens of police blocked off the site of an opposition rally for electoral reforms by 2018, when 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe who has ruled the southern African country for decades will seek re-election. AFP correspondents saw armed police firing tear gas and water cannon at protesters gathered on the fringes of the central business district who were waiting for the march to start.