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18 Months After Its Creation, National Monument In Northern Maine To Get Road Signs

It has been 18 months since former President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine — but there are still no road signs to direct interested visitors where to go or how to get there.

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Spokesman: George HW Bush Is Eager To Get Well, Go To Maine

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HOUSTON - A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
 
Jim McGrath says the 93-year-old Bush is "the most goal-oriented person on this planet.''
 
Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara. McGrath said Monday that Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.''
 

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As opioid addiction continues to be a widespread problem in Maine and throughout the country, it may be easy to forget that behind statistics and political debates there are real people coping with recovery, addiction and the pain these things can cause.

KITTERY, Maine - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is alerting local residents about security exercise.
 
Officials said the training exercise on Tuesday is aimed at enhancing security readiness and emergency response.
 
They said area residents may see and hear things associated with the exercise.
 
Officials said the training is regularly scheduled training and is not in response to any specific threat against the shipyard.
 
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, overhauls and repairs nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy.

SANFORD, Maine - Firefighters in Maine have contained two brush fires in the town of Sanford.
 
WGME-TV reports the first fire started around 2 p.m. Monday. The second fire began about 15 minutes later. Sanford fire officials responded to the first brush fire while crews from multiple neighboring towns addressed the second blaze.
 
Officials say the quick response saved a home that was in danger of burning.
 
Fire officials say the combination of warm temperatures and low humidity pose a risk.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells NPR that renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between his country and six world powers would be opening a 'Pandora's Box' that risks damaging U.S. credibility in future international talks.

Facebook announced changes to its content review policy Tuesday, adding an appeals process for removed content and releasing the internal guidelines it relies on to make content determinations.

While the social media giant has listed a set of publicly available community standards for several years, the latest update includes the more detailed guidelines utilized internally by content reviewers when deciding whether to allow or remove posts.

In a rare joint statement, the U.S and U.K. last week warned that Russia is actively preparing for a future cyberwar against the West.

Fifteen months into the Trump presidency, the first state dinner, in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron, will be a big moment for first lady Melania Trump, who has kept a lower profile than many of her predecessors.

"It's much more than just a dinner," said Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies and a forthcoming book about vice presidents.

You might see smoke rising or trails blocked off in parts of the White Mountain National Forest over the next six weeks.

The U.S. Forest Service will be setting as many as 20 fires across the park in an effort to keep the forest healthy. Fire management officer Patrick Johnson says the fires' locations depend on what the forest needs every year. 

Former President George H.W. Bush, whose wife, Barbara, died just last week, has been admitted to a Houston hospital for an infection that has spread to his blood.

"He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. "We will issue additional updates as events warrant."

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Ticks & Lyme Disease

Tuesday—One of the only downsides of the warmer weather is: tick season. We'll learn about the threat of Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses.

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