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'This Is The Safest Place That I Could Be': Honduran Woman And Daughter Find Hosts In Portland

A Honduran woman and her 10-year-old daughter who were detained at the border last month are now in Portland.

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Some online sales are about to start costing more.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on out-of-state purchases. The 5-to-4 decision reversed decades-old decisions that protected out-of-state vendors from sales tax obligations unless the vendor had a physical presence in the state.

Maine Town Declares Itself Food Sovereign, Then Outlaws Urban Farming

Jun 21, 2018
Courtesy Lloyd Cowan / via Bangor Daily News

Lloyd Cowan is not sure what he’s going to do with his small flock of chickens, two ducks and three goats.

He lives in the small town of Madison, population 4,700, where urban farming was permitted until the town abruptly passed an ordinance banning it at the June 11 annual town meeting. The new law didn’t grandfather residents like Cowan, who’ve raised animals in their backyard for decades.

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RANGELEY, Maine - The Australian developer who's buying Maine's Saddleback Mountain ski resort has been arrested after a raid on his offices in his home country.
Australian news media report that Sebastian Monsour was charged Thursday with investment fraud after a search warrant was executed.
Monsour is CEO of the Majella Group, which is in the process of buying Saddleback.
The Rangeley ski resort has been closed for several seasons. Owners Bill and Irene Berry announced a year ago that they were selling to Majella Group.

The National Park Service has approved an initial request for organizers to hold a second "Unite the Right" rally, this time across the street from the White House in August — one year after white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va.

A Canadian mining firm says it will move forward with plans to mine minerals from land that was previously part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has unanimously voted to create a program designed to make sure drinking water in schools is safe.
The Senate voted Wednesday in favor of amended legislation offered by Sen. Rebecca Millett, a Democrat from Cape Elizabeth. The bill directs the Maine Department of Education to develop a grant program so schools can test water that is used for drinking or cooking for lead contamination.
Millett says the grant program is important because lead poisoning can cause cognitive impairment and other health problems in children.

WATERVILLE, Maine - The general manager of a Maine water district says the discolored brown water coming out of Waterville area facets is technically safe to drink, but he is not advocating for people to actually drink it.
Kennebec Water District General Manager Roger Crouse says that the murky tap water, related to a water main break, is not a risk to anyone's health. Crouse tells the Morning Sentinel that people shouldn't think water officials are advocating people drink the water, saying ``why would you drink it? It's so discolored.''

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a baby girl on Thursday, becoming the first sitting world leader to give birth in nearly three decades. The last head of government to give birth while in power was Benazir Bhutto, who had her second child in 1990, while prime minister of Pakistan.

Legal Pot Will Roll Out Differently In Canada Than In US

Jun 21, 2018

Marijuana legalization across Canada is on the horizon, and the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult use of the drug.

Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

And Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail - something that's illegal in the United States.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that marijuana will be legal nationwide on Oct. 17.



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