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Electricity Sellers Allegedly Posed As CMP Auditors To Sign Up Customers

Residents in Bath, Norway, Paris and Fryeburg opened their doors in recent months to the same scene: a man claiming to be an “auditor” for Central Maine Power Co. He said he was there to make sure customers were not overpaying for electricity, at a time when hundreds were shocked by high wintertime bills from the utility.

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The University of Southern Maine has received a collection of nearly half a million maps — an estimated $100 million gift that is believed to be the largest in the history of the University of Maine System.

The collection of more than 450,000 rare maps comes from Dr. Harold Osher, a cardiologist from Portland. The Osher family has previously donated many maps to the university and helped establish the Osher Map Library in 1994.

Family spokesperson Glenn Parkinson said the Oshers hope the collection is used to enhance educational opportunities for local students.

Ringelstein Campaign

U.S. Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein was arrested outside of a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas Friday, after blocking access to a detention facility.

According to Ringelstein, the facility was holding immigrant children separated from their parents.

Ringelstein's campaign promoted his visit to Texas on social media, which said he would travel there to deliver blankets, food and toys to children detained at the border and to request access to a holding facility in the city of McAllen.

SACO, Maine - A grocery chain has apologized to a black man who was told not to return to a store in Maine after he questioned whether he and his wife were being treated unfairly due to race.

BANGOR, Maine - An immigration checkpoint set up on Interstate 95 in Maine resulted in the arrest of a Haitian immigrant with an outstanding deportation order.
 
The Bangor Daily News reports that the checkpoint was in place for 11 hours Wednesday on the southbound lanes of I-95 between the towns of Howland and Lincoln in Penobscot County.
 
Agents also made 10 drug seizures and issued a formal warning to an immigrant who was not carrying his green card. A Homeland Security spokesman says the checkpoint was designed to be minimally intrusive.
 

Contact With Toxic Browntail Moth Cocoons Can Cause Blistery Rash, State Warns

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Courtesy Maine Forest Service / via Bangor Daily News

Maine officials are warning residents to be very careful before removing the cocoons of the browntail moth, a toxic, invasive species that is spreading throughout the state.

“Do this with extreme caution,” a media release issued Thursday from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said of cocoon removal. “Cocoons are full of the hairs that can cause a rash or worse.”

As the other kids cry inconsolably on an audio recording of migrant children, 6-year-old Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid can be heard pleading for someone to call her aunt — reciting the number in Spanish.

Jimena is from El Salvador, and had just crossed into the U.S. before she was detained and separated from her mother.

Do you see a blue dress or a gold dress? Well, this time it's a green Zara jacket. And the color doesn't matter — it's what's written on the back in big white graffiti lettering: "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?"

Border Patrol Agents Question Drivers At I-95 Checkpoint About Citizenship

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents set up a checkpoint Wednesday on Interstate 95, stopping drivers and asking them questions about their citizenship before letting them proceed.

Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday

Just in time for the hot, humid, bug-bite-riddled summer: Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed the first known case of a human infected with the mosquito-borne Keystone virus.

A 16-year-old boy in North Central Florida went to an urgent care clinic after coming down with a fever and a severe rash in August 2016, during the Zika outbreak in Florida and the Caribbean.

Doctors couldn't figure out what made him sick. They tested for Zika and various other pathogens but hit a series of dead ends.

Report: Former Acadia National Park Director Accepted Illegal Gifts

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PORTLAND, Maine - A former director of Acadia National Park is accused of accepting an illegal gift in the form of a Caribbean vacation offered to him months before his retirement in 2015.

An Interior Department investigation made public Thursday lays out the case against a "senior official'' at Acadia who received the gift from board members of a nonprofit he later joined. Former Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele retired in 2015 and joined the Schoodic Institute.

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