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Sen. Andre Cushing represents Maine's 10th district.
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Maine Ethics Staff Recommend Fine Against Senate Leader

The assistant majority leader of the Maine Senate faces a fine of $16,500 for not immediately disclosing using $105,000 in campaign funds, in some instances to provide short-term loans to a business he owns. The fine against Sen. Andre Cushing is recommended by staff of the Maine Ethics Commission, which began investigating the Newport Republican last fall.

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FILE: Sen. Angus King I-Maine, attends the christening ceremony for the USS Raphael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke Class Missile Destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Bath, Maine.
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Independent Maine Senator Angus King is “hopeful” President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy could help stabilize the region.

King says President Trump has no good options when it comes to Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. He says withdrawing U.S. troops would have disastrous consequences.

“No central government and an absolute free reign for Al-Qaida, ISIS, the Taliban and probably a half dozen other terrorist organizations,” King says. “That’s a threat to us.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division hopes to hire 1,300 new border patrol officers over the next several months as the agency expands its presence along U.S. borders and ports of entry. CBP officials say the hiring surge is part of national effort to beef up security and inspections, particularly in some of the country’s northeast entry points.

The vicious shade-throwing by the Treasury secretary's wife, Louise Linton, Monday was intended to put an Instagram commenter on blast, but it almost immediately blew up in the Scottish-born actress' perfectly made-up face.

Now, nearly a full day later, the 36-year-old has apologized through a spokesperson.

Wednesday’s jackpot for the Powerball lottery is the second largest it’s ever been. At 700 million dollars, the hopes are high for players. But Maine lottery officials are encouraging ‘responsible’ play.

With the prospect of such a large jackpot, it may be tempting to load up on tickets. But Michael Boardman, the director of the Lottery Division of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations, is urging players to avoid buyer’s remorse.

The four suspected members of a terror cell — the only members believed to be alive — appeared in a Madrid court Tuesday in connection with the attacks in Spain last week that killed 15 people.

The hearing took place behind closed doors. But numerous Spanish and international news outlets say multiple suspects testified that a former imam was the mastermind of a failed plot to use explosives in a large-scale attack.

FILE: Maine Gov. Paul LePage adressing the media
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LEWISTON, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says 7,600 residents of Maine fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, a claim that is drawing consternation among historians.

The self-described "history buff" made the claim Tuesday on WVOM-FM during a discussion about Civil War monuments. He says Maine residents who fought for the South instead of the North were farmers "concerned about their land, their property."

Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall'' Jackson in black fabric.

The Daily Progress reports the city council voted unanimously early Tuesday to shroud the statues in fabric to represent Charlottesville's mourning of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday, Aug. 12, when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city.

The rally was sparked by the city's decision to remove a statue of Lee.

To get a sense of how severe the opioid crisis is in the U.S., you can look at the number of fatal overdoses — more than 33,000 in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means, on average, 91 people are dying after overdosing on opioids each day. And for every fatal overdose, there are believed to be roughly 30 nonfatal overdoses.

On May 25, 1978, a package exploded at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., injuring a security guard. It was the first of a series of 16 bombings that would occur over the next 17 years, killing three people and injuring many others. The suspect in the case, a shadowy figure who frequently used the U.S. mail to send his homemade explosives, became known as the "Unabomber."

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's congressional delegation is giving a mixed review to President Donald Trump's recommitment to the war in Afghanistan.

Trump used a primetime speech on Monday to say the U.S. must "fight to win" the war. Maine's Republican senior Sen. Susan Collins says Trump has "outlined an important change" from an approach she says has been driven by arbitrary deadlines.

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