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Cecile Thornton embraces Fatuma Lukusa at start of French Club. Lukusa is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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There’s an old French saying, Lose your language, lose your faith. But in one part of Maine, both are being revived with the help of hundreds of French-speaking African immigrants who are connecting with local Franco American residents in ways neither ever expected. That’s changing the dialog in a community where the “language of love” was often suppressed.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A major nor’easter that battered the north Atlantic coast swept across Maine Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, stranding travelers and dumping nearly two feet of snow on some parts of the state.

Maine Veterans' Homes facility on Cony Rd. in Augusta
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Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta, across the road from MaineGeneral Medical Center. The existing facility would be replaced with what are described as “small house style” units. Marketing Director Devin Robinson says the “small home” model is the newest, most current nursing home style in the country. That’s in contrast to the current facility which was built using a hospital format with long hallways and large units.

A Lewiston dentist whose license was suspended due to multiple complaints could resume practice this week. A disciplinary hearing has been postponed till after the suspension expires.

Dr. Jan Kippax received an emergency license suspension in February after
the Maine Board of Dental Practice received complaints that Kippax allegedly extracted the wrong teeth, continued with painful procedures despite distress from patients, and physically restrained patients against their will.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The top leaders of the Marine Corps faced hostile questioning by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee over the posting of sexually explicit photos of female Marines to social media sites.

Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent, told Marine Commandant Robert Neller that he was at first angry as he read reports of the scope of activity, "Anger and disappointment to, really, sadness. This is a sad day for the Marine Corps and for our armed services," King said.

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Described by his colleagues as a passionate defense attorney who was fearless in the courtroom, Daniel Lilley died Saturday at a Maine hospital, according to his Portland law firm.

The 79-year-old Aroostook County native was remembered by his peers as a brilliant trial lawyer who never forgot the value of the common touch.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Harpswell lawmaker is proposing a system for boaters to safely dispose of maritime flares.  But state Fire Marshal Joe Thomas says it’s not needed.

Rep. Joyce McCreight, a Democrat from Harpswell, introduced the bill after local lobstermen told her of boxes of old flares that have been stored in garages and barns that they didn’t know how to dispose of.

“ 'What am I supposed to do with my expired flares?' " McCreight says one lobsterman asked her. "He told me he and other lobstermen have sheds, garages, basements, full of these explosive devices.”

PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. attorney for Maine, Thomas Delahanty II, is out of a job.
 
Delahanty is among 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama who were told to tender their resignations.
 
Delahanty was out of the office when Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement Friday and he will be cleaning out his desk instead of prosecuting cases upon his return. Officials announced in Delahanty's absence Monday that his first assistant, Richard Murphy, will serve as acting U.S. attorney in Maine.
 

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BANGOR, Maine — Maine is virtually shut down as a massive nor'easter bearing heavy snow and high winds spreads across the state.

But the nor'easter that's bringing late-winter misery to northern New England is tracking a bit more westward than originally expected.
 
Meteorologist Andy Pohl from the National Weather Service says that means there could be a mix of sleet and freezing rain on the New Hampshire and southern Maine coast. He says that also could mean some 30-inch totals in the far northern parts of New Hampshire and Vermont.
 

Maine law currently prohibits police officers from engaging in fundraising for any reason, even to assist a fellow officer’s family in crisis. The legislature is considering a proposal that would carve out a narrow exception to that ban, but opponents say there are good reasons why the law is in place.

FRANKLIN, Maine - A blind woman from Maine says she and her service dog were kicked off an American Airlines flight after she requested a different seat.

Franklin resident Sue Martin says she, her husband, and her guide dog, Quan, boarded a plane bound for Dallas, Texas, at Reagan National Airport near Washington D.C. on March 1. She asked a flight attendant if she could be moved to a seat in another row that had room for the German shepherd.

LEWISTON, Maine - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of about 75 Maine drivers who sued Oakhurst Dairy for more than $10 million in damages for unpaid overtime. 

The First Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Oakhurst's defense that its drivers were exempt from overtime under a provision of Maine law that applies to workers who handle and store perishable foods.  

The Oakhurst drivers each worked an average of 12 overtime hours per week from 2008 to 2014 and their attorney, Jeffrey Young, says the court's decision is a "tremendous victory" for them.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Congressional Budget Office report released Monday confirms Emily Brostek's concerns that the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act will leave Mainers worse off.  Brostek is executive director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care. 

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - A plan to try to preserve southern New England's lobster fishery could come up for a vote in May.

The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has been working on a plan to stave the decline of the lobster fishery in Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. The population of lobsters has dwindled in those areas as waters have warmed, though they remain plentiful off of Maine and Canada.

Courtesy MDI Biological Laboratory

Some animals have the ability to regenerate lost limbs. For humans, regeneration has been limited to the liver and skin. Researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory say the ability to re-grow other human tissue – like the heart – may be more possible than you think especially with their latest discovery.

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