SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine resident wants to overturn his city's new regulations against short-term rentals on websites such as Airbnb.


A $17.3 million U.S. Department of Defense contract with New Balance to provide U.S.-made athletic shoes to service members is getting cheers from lawmakers in Maine, where the company employs hundreds of people. 

The cutting, stitching, assembly and sole laying for the shoe will be done at New Balance’s manufacturing facility in Norridgewock, Me and 100 percent of the midsole production and stock fitting will be conducted at New Balance’s manufacturing facility in Boston, Ma.

L.L. Bean says sales declined slightly over the past year and that there will be no bonus for workers for the first time since 2008.

The Maine-based outdoors retailer announced Friday annual revenue of $1.6 billion, which was nearly flat, for its fiscal year.

CEO Steve Smith said nearly 500 workers took advantage of a voluntary early-retirement program and that another 100 jobs will be eliminated next month. There will be a net loss of 400 jobs after some jobs are refilled. The company employees 6,000 people.

WATERBORO, Maine - Jesus Christ, who lives in Maine, says she didn't know Oprah Winfrey was asking for a sign from God about running for president when she sent a letter to the television magnate.
WGME-TV reports 83-year-old Jesus Christ in northern Waterboro says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace after legally changing her name. Christ says she sent the letter to Oprah because she likes her but had no idea it would get so much attention.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police are holding a pair of meetings with the public to talk about a pilot project involving the use of body cameras.
The meetings are scheduled for March 21 at Deering High School and March 22 at the Portland Public Library. The police department says it expects the pilot program to begin in the spring, followed by selection of a vendor in the summer and full implementation by the fall.

LUBEC, Maine - Maine's scallop fishing season is nearing its final weeks with many scallop fishing grounds still open for harvesting.

The Maine scallop season begins in December and runs until April 10 this year. The state's regulators use targeted closures to protect scallops from succumbing to overharvesting.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says no emergency actions or closures are currently pending. The department says it's continuing to monitor the health of scallops through surveys and industry updates.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Residents from three Maine communities have voted to dissolve their combined school district.
Waterville, Vassalboro and Winslow residents passed the referendum to terminate the district 386-133 Tuesday. Turnout for the vote in each community suffered due to a snowstorm that caused poor road conditions.

The founding director of the Maine Legislature's government watchdog agency says she is leaving the position this summer.

The Bangor Daily News reports Beth Ashcroft is leaving the job in August. The agency, Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA), is in the midst of an investigation into Maine's child welfare system.

A snowstorm that dumped up to 2 feet of snow on Maine has forced postponements of many, but not all, student demonstrations demanding school safety.

But more than 200 students gathered Wednesday outside Yarmouth High School to hold a moment of silence for the victims in Parkland, Fla., and to rally against gun violence.

Sage Watterson said every student in America "goes to school with a bundle of fear tucked into their backpack." She said people should not invoke the nation's founding fathers "to mop up the blood on library carpets and cafeteria floors."

LEWISTON, Maine - A climate scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump's interior secretary and later resigned is speaking at a Maine college.
Joel Clement was a leading official in climate change policy in the U.S. Department of the Interior before he was demoted. He is scheduled to speak at Bates College's Olin Arts Center Concert Hall on Wednesday night.

Michigan-based ski resort operator Boyne Resorts has reached an agreement to assume outright ownership of six ski resorts it’s operating under long-term lease agreements from Maine to Washington State.

The agreement covers Brighton Resort near Salt Lake City; Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine; and The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle. Also included is the Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The deal with a subsidiary of Oz Real Estate is expected to close later this year.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A homeless shelter in Augusta, Maine is planning to expand to accommodate more people in need.
The Kennebec Journal reports the nonprofit Bread of Life Ministries hopes to expand both its emergency overnight shelter and its veterans shelter. Shelter officials say the $420,000 project will include space for more bedrooms, an office and storage space.

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WASHINGTON  — Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he's naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy at CIA. She would be the first woman in that role.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump's announcement. Trump offered no explanation for the change.

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FALMOUTH, Maine - Maine Audubon says the results of its annual loon count last year showed a population that appears to be holding steady.
Maine has the largest common loon population in the eastern U.S. The bird's range has shrunk in the United States, and it faces threats such as environmental pollution.
Audubon says the number of adult loons estimated for 2017 is "virtually unchanged'' from the previous two years at about 2,800. The group says there are also about 450 loon chicks, and the estimated number of chicks has climbed in three consecutive years.

MOOSE RIVER, Maine - A foundation is donating a historic hunting lodge near the Canadian border to a college in Maine.
Unity College says the 7,500-square-foot Sky Lodge and more than 150 acres of land are donations from the Couri Foundation. The college says the facility includes 16 buildings and is located in tiny Moose River, north of Jackman.