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Maine Gov. Paul LePage laughs as he speaks during a conference of New England's governors and eastern Canada's premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Boston.
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Sheriffs & Gov. Meet About Federal Immigration Enforcement Cooperation; LePage Lashes Out at Media

All sixteen Maine sheriffs met privately with Gov. Paul LePage Monday to discuss his concerns about sheriffs not cooperating with ICE, federal immigration and customs enforcement.

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Several hundred Midcoast Maine residents have signed a petition opposing the planned Maine Aqua Ventus wind power project off Monhegan Island.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents are dedicated to protecting the border 24 hours a day, monitoring for things like drug smuggling and human trafficking. But their jurisdiction also extends significantly inland. Within 100 miles of the border and the coastline they have broad authority to stop cars for immigration questions. And civil rights advocates say recent stops in NH and Vermont are concerning.

Maine lawmakers are still struggling with how to deal with Maine’s landmark ranked choice voting law.

On Monday the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on a proposal that would implement parts of the voter-approved law unlikely to run afoul of Maine’s Constitution.

But some lawmakers want to delay implementation of the law, or repeal it altogether.

Cushing Samp volunteered for the ranked choice voting campaign last year. She said delaying or repealing ranked choice would be an affront to voters.

Obesity rates in the US and Maine appear to be leveling off, according to new data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But health experts say the numbers are still too high.

Next month, voters in Maine will head to the polls to weigh in on four statewide ballot questions, including one that would allow a casino in York County, and another that would expand access to Medicaid. It’s expected that the casino campaign will generate millions of dollars from both supporters and opponents. But in this off-year election, with no candidates on the ballot, some observers believe that it’s the Medicaid question that will drive voter turnout on November 7.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The University of Southern Maine is adding a new prayer room to better accommodate Muslim students and students of other faiths.

The Portland Press Herald reports the $100,000 project includes a gender neutral bathroom with a foot-washing station Muslim students can use for ritual washing. University officials say the new prayer room will also stay open later than the university’s Campus Life office prayer room.

A recent spate of minor accidents has Emera Maine warning loggers and farmers to steer clear of power lines. Emera spokeswoman Judy Long says no injuries resulted, but there extensive damage to machinery and power outages did result. but the company wants to raise awareness that farm and logging equipment

“Sometimes we have to figure out how to get equipment safely away from power lines. Which is one of the reasons we’re letting people know that if they are going to be doing work near power lines, to work with us so that we can help you do it safely,” says Long.

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

Not much of significance has gotten through this Congress, despite the House, Senate and White House all being controlled by the same party — Republicans.

President Trump says, don't blame him.

"We're not getting the job done. And I'm not going to blame myself, I'll be honest," Trump said during short remarks in a Cabinet meeting.

He then shifted away from "we" to "they."

"They're not getting the job done," the president said of Congress.

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

The remnants of post-tropical cyclone Ophelia slammed parts of Ireland with wind gusts of more than 90 miles per hour, reportedly causing the deaths of at least three people and bringing strange red skies to the U.K.

A federal jury has convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi of all counts related to last fall's bombing in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood and two related plots. One device injured 30 people in Chelsea; another failed to explode in Manhattan — but a third went off at a Marine Corps charity race at the Jersey Shore.

Rahimi "now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison," says acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, who said the bomber had "attacked our country and our way of life" after being inspired by ISIS and al-Qaida.

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