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The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Maine more than $8.6 million to improve highway infrastructure in the state.

The money is coming via the Federal Highway Administration. Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the increase was included in the fiscal 2018 federal funding bill.

Utility crews continue to repair power lines brought down by strong wind across northern New England.

In Vermont, Green Mountain Power had about 7,800 customers without power around noon Saturday, down from about 40,000 overnight.

Central Maine Power estimates that nearly 48,000 customers lost power at some point between Friday night and late Saturday morning, with a peak of about 33,700 just before 8 a.m. By noon Saturday, the number had dropped to about 19,000.

In New Hampshire, Eversource was working to restore power to about 10,000 customers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Republicans are heading to their annual convention to celebrate the term-limited governor's record and vote on the party's platform.
 
Party delegates are meeting in Augusta Friday and Saturday.
 
Four GOP gubernatorial candidates are trumpeting fiscally conservative Gov. Paul LePage's legacy and trying to distinguish themselves ahead of the June primary. The 2010 and 2012 conventions saw tea party-fueled uprisings against the conservative establishment.
 

STOW, Maine - Wardens in Maine say they are searching for a bobcat that attacked a 17-year-old boy and his father.
 
The Plowden family first encountered the animal Wednesday night in their backyard in Stow. Carolynn Plowden tells the Sun-Journal that the large cat showed no fear and was acting strangely by walking all around the yard and rolling around.
 
Her husband John and son Justin went outside to confirm the animal was not a protected lynx when the bobcat suddenly lunged and bit Justin Plowden's face.
 

The girlfriend of a Maine man charged with killing a sheriff's deputy is facing drug charges.

The Morning Sentinel reports that a grand jury indicted Kristina Pomerleau on charges of possession of cocaine base and unlawful furnishing of cocaine.

Court documents indicate her boyfriend, John Williams, smoked from a "crack pipe" after killing Cpl. Eugene Cole on April 25 in Norridgewock.

A police report indicates the 61-year-old Cole was involved in the arrest of Pomerleau on April 21, when she was cited for driving without a valid license.

A Maine fisherman who played a key role in the rise of the state's baby eel fishery is awaiting sentencing for buying and selling the fish illegally.

Updated 4:33 p.m.

The Maine Department of Public Safety is warning about misinformation spread on a Facebook page called Maine Police & Fire Alerts.

Officials say the site spread false information during the search for the man accused of killing a deputy sheriff last week and falsely reported a state lawmaker in Lebanon had died this week. Lebanon state Representative Karen Gerrish says she had to scramble to let everyone know she was okay.

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WATERVILLE, Maine - Colby College says it is rescinding the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby in 1992, joining numerous other universities in revoking honors following the comedian's sexual assault conviction.
 

OWLS HEAD, Maine - A coastal Maine fire department is so desperate to find new firefighters that it has taken to posting signs saying that they need more firefighters.
 
Owls Head Assistant Fire Chief John Gamage says sometimes his department doesn't have anyone who can respond. WABI-TV reports the department currently relies heavily on aid from surrounding towns and Rockland.
 

GLOUCESTER, Mass. - Federal regulators are closing a key scallop fishing area off of New England for nearly 11 months.
 
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says it is closing the northern Gulf of Maine to a class of fishermen who fish under a federal permit starting Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. The closure will last until March 31, 2019.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's largest brewery says it wants to build a "bretwel'' - a hotel catering to lovers of craft beer.
 
The hotel project is a part of a large $65 million redevelopment plan by Shipyard Brewing Co. and the Bateman Partners. The Portland Press Herald reports the plan was made public Tuesday.
 
The proposal reflects the city's reputation as a destination for craft beer fans, renovating Shipyard's brewery building and making way for an adjoining 105-room hotel.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - The time has finally arrived for Mainers to reconnect with a long, lost friend - the sun.
 
Forecasters say parts of Maine will see 80 degree temperatures and sunshine on Wednesday. The good weather's expected a day after many residents woke up to frost on cars and a cold drizzle.
 

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - The parent company of Maine Magazine says it is cutting ties with its owner over 8-year-old allegations of sexual harassment.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports CEO and publisher of Maine Media Collective Andrea King said Monday that Maine Magazine owner Kevin Thomas has ended his involvement with the company "effective immediately.''
 
King says the company is looking to transfer ownership from Thomas as quickly as possible.
 
The announcement came shortly after Maine Magazine canceled this year's Kennebunkport Festival.
 

RUMFORD, Maine - A Republican candidate for district attorney in Maine accused of sexually abusing a former client has been suspended from practicing law in the state.
 
Auburn lawyer Seth Carey, who is running for district attorney in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, was suspended from practicing law Monday by a Superior Court judge. The Portland Press Herald reports the judge found that Carey broke the rules for professional conduct.

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HOUSTON - A family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized "to continue regaining strength'' as he recovers from an infection requiring his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral.
 
Bush was admitted April 22 to Houston Methodist Hospital. He's being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.
 

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