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Three more men were sentenced yesterday in the interstate baby eel poaching sting known as "Operation Broken Glass."

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The Justice Department inspector general has asked prosecutors in Washington, D.C., to examine whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should face criminal charges.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has referred McCabe to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Washington, D.C., according to a source familiar with the matter. The source asked not to be identified as discussing the sensitive ongoing case.

The number of opioid prescriptions being written by doctors in Maine declined by 32 percent between 2013 and 2017.

In 2017, opioid prescriptions numbers fell by 13.3 percent – the fifth biggest decline in the country.

The numbers released by the American Medical Association come from health data company IQVIA .

"Fewer prescriptions will mean fewer overdose deaths,” says Dr. Noah Nesin, vice president of Medical Affairs with Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor.

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A deeply acrimonious legislative session that produced the first state government shutdown in over 25 years lurched to a temporary halt early Thursday, but not before brinkmanship and procedural maneuvers further frayed relationships between House Republicans and House Democrats.

President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has dropped a pair of defamation lawsuits he filed after BuzzFeed News published the infamous Russia dossier last year.

The embattled lawyer isn't conceding anything about the substance of what was detailed in the dossier, which is unverified, but says he has too much else on his plate to proceed now that he is dealing with a federal court case in New York.

"The decision to voluntarily discontinue these cases was a difficult one," said a lawyer for Cohen, David Schwartz.

Maine health officials are warning state residents that someone is impersonating a child protective services caseworker.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that an incident occurred recently in southern Maine concerning the unidentified impostor. The Portland Press Herald reports the department did not provide any additional information.

Child protective services investigate suspected child abuse and in some cases are tasked with removing children from a home.

Portland Retreats From Contract With Concert Promoter Over Domestic Violence Case

Apr 19, 2018
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The City Council Wednesday rescinded a decision to hire the company of a Maine concert promoter who pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend, and voted to instead sign a deal with its national partner.

A federal judge has found Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for disobeying a court order in a case testing that state's controversial proof-of-citizenship voting law.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson says Kobach violated her preliminary injunction to allow some potentially ineligible voters to remain eligible to cast a ballot, pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

For years, this has been one of Amazon's biggest secrets: how many people pay for the Prime membership.

A big round number appears to have prompted CEO Jeff Bezos to finally lift the veil: "13 years post-launch, we have exceeded 100 million paid Prime members globally," he wrote in this year's letter to shareholders.

Updated at 11 a.m. ET Friday

Facebook on Wednesday announced it is introducing "new privacy experiences" aimed at complying with European Union regulations that will give users worldwide a chance to opt out of some features that could expose their personal data.

"Everyone – no matter where they live – will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook," said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer and Ashlie Beringer, deputy general counsel.

Islesboro Residents' Ferry Fee Would Double Under Proposed Rate Hike

Apr 19, 2018
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The Maine State Ferry Service unveiled its first fare hike in nine years Tuesday, but locals on one island in particular are fuming over a more than 100 percent increase in their cost of getting to the mainland.

Under the new rate structure, which goes into effect May 21, there is one standard price for a ferry ticket across the entire system — $11 for a round-trip adult ticket, $5.50 for a child, and $30 for a person with a vehicle.

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