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Chin Announces Another Run for Mayor of Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine - Ben Chin, the political engagement director for the Maine People's Alliance, has become the first candidate to announce he's running for mayor of Lewiston this November. Speaking to a crowd at Museum LA in Lewiston Thursday night, Chin said he won't be alone in the race.

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President Trump's love for the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference was palpable from the beginning of his speech Friday morning.

"I love this place. I love you people," the president said. "I wouldn't miss a chance to talk to my friends. These are my friends."

LePage Asks Sessions to Boost Drug Prosecution

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican governor has asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ramp up prosecution of drug crimes and says the U.S. Attorney's Office isn't actively pursuing drug dealers.
 
The Associated Press obtained a copy of a Jan. 26 letter in which Gov. Paul LePage tells the former U.S. senator that slow federal prosecution is straining Maine's resources. LePage says the small state is forced to prosecute and imprison most of the people who break "the most serious'' federal laws.
 

White House Adviser Asked FBI to Refute Russia Story

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Susan Walsh / Associated Press

WASHINGTON  — A White House official says chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to help dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election.

The official says Priebus' request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report describing Trump advisers' contacts with Russia was not accurate. As of Thursday, the FBI had not stated that position publicly.

A Kansas man is charged with murder in a shooting that left one man dead and two others wounded. Two of the victims are originally from India; their assailant was reportedly heard yelling "get out of my country" just before opening fire.

The FBI is jointly investigating the triple shooting with local authorities, an FBI representative tells NPR. The agency is working to determine whether the victims' civil rights were violated as part of the crime.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine attorney general's office and federal authorities have filed a complaint against three corporations and six individuals accused of falsely advertising, marketing, distributing and selling pills for joint pain and memory problems.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports the consumer fraud lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in federal court. Two corporations and four individuals have agreed to settle for a combined $500,000.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine fishing regulators are temporarily closing several scallop fishing areas beginning this weekend to prevent the valuable shellfish from over-harvest.
 
WCSH-TV reports the state Department of Marine Resources closures take effect on Sunday for the Damariscotta River in Lincoln County, North Haven and mid-Penobscot Bay.
 
The closures will also take place in the Lower Blue Hill Bay and Jericho Bay area, and the Chandler Bay and Head Harbor area.
 

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports

Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility.

Malaysian authorities say initial autopsy results show a chemical weapon — VX nerve agent — was used in the fatal poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, older half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

VX is an odorless substance that can exist as liquid or gas. It can kill within minutes if it's passed through the skin. It is 10 times more toxic than sarin and classified as a weapon of mass destruction.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A trio of Maine transportation projects is on a wish list that governors have sent to President Donald Trump.
 
The Sun Journal reports that Maine is seeking $460 million worth of projects to improve bridges, rail lines as well as barge service between Portland and mid-Atlantic ports.
 

Tom Brady: The Movie? Fans Divided and Foes Say They'll Pass

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Elise Amendola / Associated Press

BOSTON - A new book and a movie are in the works about Tom Brady and the "Deflategate'' suspension he overcame to earn an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring.

But Patriots Nation seems ambivalent, and the superstar quarterback's foes say they'll take a pass.

Author Casey Sherman and Boston writer Dave Wedge are collaborating on the book under the working title "Let's Go!'' - Brady's rallying cry.

The pair co-authored "Boston Strong,'' which inspired this year's "Patriots Day'' film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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