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PAC With Ties to China Joins Campaign For New Southern Maine Casino

AUGUSTA, Maine — A company apparently tied to China disclosed that it’s backing the campaign for a new Maine casino Monday — a move likely to frustrate state ethics watchdogs investigating millions in offshore dollars already dumped into the effort.

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The attack took all of half an hour.

That's about how long Sam Kanizay says he spent relaxing waist-deep in the waters of Melbourne, Australia's Brighton Beach on Saturday. The 16-year-old had been footsore from a round of soccer, he says, and the cold water felt pleasant as he absently listened to songs on his iPhone.

AUGUSTA, Maine - While Maine officials have refused to share voter information with President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission, the state has made more than $30,000 over the past two years selling voter information.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that the state sold a list of registered voters for $2,200 to government agencies and political groups such as party officials, lobbyists and ballot question initiatives.
 

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine high school graduate competing at the track world championships in London has come just short of the final 800-meter run.
 
Isaiah Harris, of Lewiston, finished fourth at the semifinal heat Sunday with a time of 1:46.66. The top finisher in the heat was Adam Kszczot of Poland, with a time of 1:46.24, with Botswana's Nijel Amos finishing a close behind at 1:46.29.
 
Only the top two finishers and the next two fastest times qualified for Tuesday's finals.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - One of the world's largest private yachts is heading out after spending the weekend at a Maine harbor.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that Le Grand Bleu received a lot of attention after it arrived at Portland Harbor last week.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - A confrontation with an angry motorist in Maine led to a bizarre scene where a pedestrian was dragged for several feet down a congested street in Portland.
 
Lt. Kevin Cashman says a motorist took offense to a crossing pedestrian and they got into an argument Sunday night. The Portland Press Herald reports that the 69-year-old driver got scared the argument would turn violent so he tried to drive away.
 

LEWISTON, Maine - Lewiston police say several workers are going to be decontaminated after an envelope containing white powder was opened at a state office.
 
Police say white powder spilled from an envelope Monday morning, prompting the evacuation of the Maine Judicial Branch Violation Bureau and a response by a hazardous materials team.
 
The office receives all of the mail statewide for people paying civil and traffic fines.
 
The 20 or so workers were evacuated and the powder was being tested.
 

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The Beach to Beacon road race is celebrating its 20th anniversary. But there’s another milestone for Saturday’s Cape Elizabeth race event — it has achieved the highest certification for sustainability.

The Council for Responsible Sport has classified the Beach to Beacon as a zero-waste event, because 90 percent of its waste is diverted from landfills. It was the first major road race in the U.S. to achieve top status.

If you want to achieve top-level sustainability for a big event like the Beach to Beacon, you have to be willing to get your hands dirty.

How DHHS Spent $6.2M in Welfare Funds After First Flouting the Law

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Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News/file

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services last year reversed course and spent millions of dollars in federal welfare funds on a legally acceptable program — foster care — after the Bangor Daily News revealed in a Maine Focus article that it was spending the money in ways that violated federal law.

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A senior software engineer reportedly has been fired by Google after a memo he wrote criticizing diversity initiatives was leaked and sparked protests on social media.

The 3,300-word document that has been shared across Google's internal networks says "biological causes" are part of the reason women aren't represented equally in its tech departments and leadership. The senior engineer also cited "men's higher drive for status."

As global pressure ratchets up against North Korea with a new package of sanctions, the rogue nation is blaming the United States and threatening "ultimate measures" in response.

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