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As Government Shutdown Looms, Maine's Elderly, Poor Prepare for the Worst

If Maine lawmakers are unable to negotiate a veto-proof budget deal, advocates for the poor and elderly want to know, what's the plan? In the event of a state government shutdown on July 1, what services will be deemed "essential" by the governor?

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will vote no on the Senate health bill.

In a series of tweets on Monday night, Collins said she wants to fix the flaws in the Affordable Care Act, but a Congressional Budget Office analysis shows the Senate bill won’t do it.

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

Senate Republicans have updated their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, attempting to patch a hole that threatened to destabilize the individual insurance market.

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The state fire marshal’s office says three boys from Sanford have been charged with arson in connection with this weekend’s massive fire that destroyed the abandoned Stenton Trust Mill over the weekend in Sanford.

Investigators said one of the boys is 12 years old and the other two are 13. They were taken to the Long Creek juvenile detention facility in South Portland.

Sanford Fire Chief Steve Benotti said the three boys were lucky to get out of the building. He said children setting fires has been a substantial problem in Maine and across the country.

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If you're planning to travel by car this Fourth of July weekend, you're in luck -- gas prices are down.

In Maine, the price of gas is down 3.5 cents - to $2.23 a gallon. analyst Patrick DeHahn says, in fact, prices this year are they lowest they've been in more than a decade. "Last summer was one of the best since 2005 to fill up and now it looks like this year may overtake that."

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine museum is playing host this summer to a traveling collection of pirate artifacts discovered by an underwater explorer trying to shake off criticism that cast him as a reckless treasure hunter.
The "Real Pirates'' exhibit brings authentic pirate booty from the ship of Black Sam Bellamy to the Portland Science Center. The wreck of Bellamy's Whydah was discovered by Barry Clifford in 1984.

PORTLAND, Maine - A major health insurance provider in Maine is predicting enrollment in the state's Affordable Care Act insurance market will drop.
The Portland Press Herald reports Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield foresees an 11 percent drop in Maine's ACA marketplace. Anthem attributes the potential decrease to President Donald Trump's health care policies.

We rub, pour, sprinkle and spray them all over our bodies, so you'd hope cosmetics would undergo serious safety oversight before they get into our hands. But in fact, the cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated, with no requirements for approval before going on the market. And once on the market, there are few systems in place to monitor the safety of personal care products.

The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was shot to death by a police officer last summer in Minnesota, has reached a settlement deal in the city of St. Anthony worth nearly $3 million.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will re-hear a case that asks whether immigrants detained by the government have a right to a bond hearing to challenge their indefinite detention.

The case was argued in November 2016, months before Justice Neil Gorsuch filled the vacant seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

You can catch cholera from drinking contaminated water.

You can catch it from raw or undercooked shellfish.

And you can catch it from soft-shell turtles.

That's the finding of a study published this month by scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's a particular concern in China and many other countries in East Asia, where turtle meat is often used in stews and soups.


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