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PORTLAND, Maine - A group of senators including Maine's Sen. Angus King wants to overhaul the way the federal Department of Veterans Affairs handles appeals.
 
King, an independent, is joining Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jon Tester of Montana on the legislation. The senators say more than 450,000 appeals are pending before the VA and the system needs updating.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates say that a Republican's bill would help the state address a looming shortage of home health care workers.
 
Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling's bill would direct the state Department of Health and Human Services to increase reimbursement rates for home-based care services.
 
Her bill is set for a public hearing Monday.
 
A 2016 report by Burns & Associates recommended the rate increases and the Legislature last year ratified the first half of the increase.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - University of Maine System officials say students will likely see an increase in tuition and fees this fall.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that officials said Sunday the additional tuition, fees and room and board costs will result in an overall increase of 2.9 percent. The increase would come after a six-year tuition freeze.
 
Officials say they intend to increase tuition annually, tied to the rate of inflation.
 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Resi Stiegler and AJ Ginnis won slalom titles Sunday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf Mountain.

Stiegler was timed at 1:39.68 for her second U.S. slalom title and third national championship overall. The two-time Olympian won the slalom and giant slalom in 2007 at Alyeska, Alaska. Ginnis won his first U.S. title, beating four-time champion and U.S. ski team captain David Chodounsky by 0.15 seconds, in 1:35.75.

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to revisit a decision not to list the blueback herring as a threatened species.
 
In a ruling Saturday, a District of Columbia judge said officials failed to offer a rational connection between the facts and two essential conclusions, and also failed to consider other aspects of the issue.
 
Blueback herring live along the Atlantic coast. They are born in inland rivers, spend most of their adult lives at sea, then return to rivers each spring to spawn.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill to make Maine comply with federal identification standards is gaining key committee support.
 
Two state senators want Republican President Donald Trump to issue an executive order repealing the standards, which they say jeopardize privacy.
 
The Legislature's Transportation Committee on Friday voted 12-1 in favor of an amended version of the bill.
 
The committee will now work on an amendment to allow Mainers to obtain licenses that don't comply with federal standards.
 

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LONDON - London's top anti-terror officer says two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England. Nine people are currently in custody, while one has been released on bail.
 
Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley on Friday also identified the latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London.
 

WATERVILLE, Maine - A Maine bridge is set to get a $1 million overhaul this summer.
 
The Morning Sentinel reports that work on the Thayer Memorial Bridge over Messalonskee Stream in Waterville is scheduled to begin in mid-June and be completed in the fall.
 
Waterville Public Works Director Mark Turner says the work will include taking the bridge down to its lower support beams under the bridge. He says workers are taking the entire deck off and redoing some of the beams underneath.
 

ORONO, Maine - A mechanical engineer at the University of Maine will receive more than a half million dollars to study human voice production.
 
The National Science Foundation is giving Xudong Zheng the grant, which will help him lead a project to use computer models to look at sound production.
 
The university says Zheng's long-term goal is to understand the mechanism responsible for the range, complexity and uniqueness of the human voice. That will aid in personalized voice care.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican governor says he'll testify before Congress against a national monument in his state.
 
 Then-President Barack Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument last summer on nearly 90,000 acres of donated forestlands. Maine Gov. Paul LePage opposes the designation.
 
 LePage said during a Thursday appearance on WGAN-AM that he's continuing the fight. The governor says he believes Obama misused the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create the monument.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Hackers may have stolen personal information from people who used a job search database in 10 states, including Maine.

The Maine Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the breach of the America's JobLink, a multi-state web-based system that links jobseekers with employers.

The company confirmed that a breach occurred on Tuesday that allowed a hacker to view the names, Social Security number and birthdates of jobseekers in the AJL systems of 10 states, including Maine and Vermont.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A police office diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could have an easier time accessing worker's compensation under a Democrat's bill.

The bill would create a presumption that a first responder's diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder came about from their job. The presumption would be taken as true unless proven otherwise.

Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden's bill would apply to law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers or emergency medical services workers.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is shutting down scallop fishing in a key New England fishing area amid an ongoing conflict over the harvest of the valuable shellfish.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the northern Gulf of Maine area at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The agency says the total allowable catch for the area has been harvested.

Small boats have been in conflict with big boats in the area. The government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat fisheries, though they work some of the same areas.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park is warning hikers of closures of some popular trails because of peregrine falcons that have returned to nest.

Officials say the falcons are nesting at the Precipice, Jordan and Valley Cove cliffs.

That means the Jordan Cliffs Trail, Valley Cove Trail, Precipice Trail, and a part of the Orange & Black Path are closed to public entry until further notice.

Research has shown that nesting peregrine falcons have been known to temporarily abandon nests when there's human activity nearby, putting chicks at risk.

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LONDON -  London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.''
 
The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area.
 
Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers.
 
There are also reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge.

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