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Trump Says Montenegro Could Trigger World War III, As LePage Wraps Up Visit To Balkan Nation

President Donald Trump said Monday that Montenegro — a tiny Balkan nation that has its military sometimes train with the Maine National Guard — could cause a third world war if its “aggressive” behavior triggers a conflict between NATO and Russia.

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Citing what they say is clear evidence that the Russians have tried to interfere with U.S. elections, Maine’s members of Congress say the House and Senate should consider providing additional money to help the states bolster the security of their voting systems.

Class Action Lawsuit To Be Filed Against CMP For High Bills

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Three law firms plan to file a class action complaint in the Cumberland County Superior Court Thursday against Central Maine Power on behalf of customers of the utility who claim they were overcharged for electricity.

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A plan to relocate the high speed ferry service known as “the CAT” from Portland to its former port in Bar Harbor is being eyed cautiously.

Some Bar Harbor residents worry that the ferry operator may be taking on a greater expense than it can handle. During Tuesday night meeting of the Town Council, some critics expressed fears that local taxpayers could be stuck with a hefty bill, should Bay Ferries Ltd decide to terminate service to the community as it did nine years ago.

South Portland is once again attempting to regulate short-term vacation rentals in the city.

Tuesday night, the City Council passed a new, modified ordinance to replace a measure it unanimously repealed in April, after a successful petition drive.

Among other things, the new rules limit short-term rentals of houses to commercial zones, unless the owners can prove the house is their primary residence.

City Councilor Adrian Dowling opposes the restrictions. He says most landlords who operate "un-hosted" rentals are responsible neighbors.

The Trump administration is complying with a court order to turn over documents from the voting integrity commission to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

A spokesperson for Dunlap says the U.S. Department of Justice sent out the materials on Wednesday, the deadline set by a federal judge. The spokesperson says Dunlap's lawyers will review the documents before any of the materials are publicly released.

The judge last month rejected the administration's contention that Dunlap, a Democrat, is no longer entitled to documents because the panel was disbanded.

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Maine 2nd District U.S. House Rep. Bruce Poliquin Wednesday questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the nation’s economy and what can be done to encourage its growth.

“One of my concerns, my major concern Mr. Powell, is how do we keep this going?” Poliquin asked.

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The White House is denying that President Trump believes Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections and other infrastructure, despite his apparent answer to a reporter's question Wednesday morning.

Asked by reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting whether Russia is still targeting the U.S., Trump shook his head and said "no."

Later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders sought to clarify Trump's comments, saying his "no" meant that he was not taking any questions from reporters.

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A coalition of patients, providers and advocates rallied in Augusta Tuesday to publicly release a letter to the Trump administration, opposing what they call a proposed 'gag rule' on the Title X program.

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A federal magistrate judge ordered Wednesday that a Russian woman charged with being a Russian agent in the United States must be jailed ahead of her trial after prosecutors said she was a flight risk.

The woman, Maria Butina, has been in regular contact with Russian intelligence, the Justice Department says, and she attempted to offer sex in exchange for a position with an organization she targeted.

The Maine Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday afternoon to determine whether the LePage administration must move forward to implement Medicaid expansion.

The LePage administration is appealing a lower court's order that it file an application with the federal government.  The state Supreme Court granted a temporary stay on that order until it could hear arguments in the case.

Maine Equal Justice Partners and other advocacy groups sued the LePage administration last spring to implement expansion, which was approved by voters last November. 

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