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These Maine Islands Are Populated Only By Sheep

NASH ISLAND, Maine — On a recent sunny May day, Alfie Wakeman bent down between two small mounds of grass to scoop up a tiny ball of white fur that bleated pathetically.

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When Feld Entertainment, owners of Ringling Bros., announced it's cancelling the circus after nearly 150 years, it was one of the biggest victories yet for animal welfare activists.

How the circus treats it animals — especially elephants and big cats — has long been a focus for groups like the Humane Society of the U.S and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They see it as part of a larger change going on in this country — about how Americans view animals and the way we treat them.

Circle B Farms of Caribou has been hired to help get more locally sourced food into dining halls at six of the seven University of Maine System campuses.

Circle B works with several Aroostook County farms to make available regionally sourced fruits, vegetables and products. The farm’s owner participated Sunday in an update to trustees during a meeting at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a passionate proponent of expanding school choice, including private school vouchers and charter schools, and she has the clear backing of President Trump. But does the research justify her enthusiasm?

Experts say one single, overarching issue bedevils their efforts to study the impact of school choice programs. That is: It's hard to disentangle the performance of a school from the selection of its students.

A legislative committee is supporting a bill to give Maine doctors flexibility in prescribing opioid medication to patients living with chronic and severe pain.

Some patients have said they are living in agony on smaller doses of painkillers thanks to a cap on daily opioid doses that lawmakers enacted last year.

The Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee last week unanimously recommended Democratic Sen. Geoff Gratwick’s bill.

If you've ever noticed an itchy or tingly sensation in your mouth after biting into a raw apple, carrot, banana or any of the fruits and veggies listed here, read on.

People who are allergic to pollen are accustomed to runny eyes and sniffles this time of year. But some seasonal allergy sufferers have it worse: They can develop allergic reactions to common fruits and vegetables.

A new group is launching an effort to limit rent increases and ban no-cause evictions in Maine’s largest city.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the group is formally launching its Fair Rent Portland campaign on May 28.

The aim is to pass an ordinance that would prevent rents in large apartment buildings from climbing faster than the rate of inflation. They also want to prevent landlords from forcing out tenants who are not in breach of contract in an effort to free up units and advertise them at a higher rate.

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Ford Motor Co. announced Monday that it has replaced President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields, who is retiring after nearly 30 years with the automaker.

Avian Haven

The oldest eagle ever documented in Maine is going to need a new nickname.

The 34-year-old bird found in Trescott Township was dubbed “The Old Man.” Rehabilitators are now almost certain the eagle is a female, not a male.

The bird was rescued in early April. Wildlife officials say a band was put around the bird’s leg shortly after hatching on June 21, 1983, on Grand Manan Island in Canada.

Rehabilitators say the bird is doing well at Avian Haven in Freedom. Officials say the old bird had a fairly serious wing injury and that it’s also recovering from lead exposure.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have spent a day hiking around Mount Katahdin in Maine and talking with local residents on their anniversary weekend.

Zuckerberg said they met Saturday with former mill workers, teachers, small-business owners, a librarian and a trucker in the town of Millinocket.

He said in a Facebook post that he was struck by their commitment to rebuild their community after the closing of paper mills that once drove the local economy.

Zuckerberg has been traveling the country with a goal of visiting all 50 states.

Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

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Kids under the age of 1 should avoid fruit juice, older kids should drink it only sparingly and all children should focus, instead, on eating whole fruit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The pediatricians' group previously advised against giving fruit juice to infants under 6 months, but expanded that recommendation given evidence linking juice consumption to tooth decay and to gaining too much or too little weight.

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