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A federal judge has overturned Maine’s first-in-the-nation law allowing residents to purchase medication by mail from other countries.

U.S. Chief District Judge Nancy Torresen ruled Monday that Maine infringed on the federal government’s established regulatory authority by allowing drug importation at the state level, according to the Bangor Daily News, which reports that Torresen's decision nullifies the law, though the state could appeal.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Maine home sales were up in January, compared with the same month last year. But sales prices for those homes were trending lower. That's according to the Maine Association of Realtors.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is receiving more than $21.5 million as part of a $1.375 billion multi-state settlement of a lawsuit against credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says it's the largest one-time settlement in Maine history.
 
The lawsuit, originally filed two years ago in Kennebec County Superior Court, alleged that S&P gave some risky investments high ratings in order to earn lucrative fees from investment bank clients during the time leading up to the financial crisis of 2008.

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BUCKSPORT, Maine - A union representing some of the workers at the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport has filed a federal lawsuit that aims to block the sale of the mill to a scrap-metal company.

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Verso Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its Bucksport paper mill and power plant to a Canadian scrap metal recycling company for $60 million in cash.

A Gorham man is facing child pornography charges after agents, acting on a tip, found hundreds of images of child porn on his computer.

State officials say Micah Maurio, 28, was arrested at 10:30 this morning at his Gray Road home and charged with dissemination of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12. He was was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Authorities say Maurio's computer was seized and will be further analyzed by state police. None of the children depicted are believed to be from Maine, officials say.

Former Maine Supreme Court Justice Vincent McKusick has died, at age 93. The Portland Press Herald reports that McKusick died Wednesday at Legacy Memory Care in Falmouth.

Born in Parkman, Maine, McKusick graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, then served in the Army during World War II, participating in the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republicans in the Maine Legislature today nominated a Democrat and two Republicans to fill the state's so-called "constitutional officer" posts, which include attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer. Those who hold those offices are elected by lawmakers.

GOP leaders say during a joint caucus of House and Senate Republicans, William Logan was nominated to serve as attorney general. Logan is an attorney with the firm Irwin, Tardy & Morris, and has represented the Republican Party on several matters.

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BANGOR, Maine - California-based Hackman Capital Partners today submitted the winning bid of $5.4 million for the shut-down Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket at a public auction in Bangor.

The bid is scheduled to go before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louis Kornreich at 1 p.m. today.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's independent U.S. Sen. Angus King is criticizing President Obama's decision to take executive action on the immigration issue. Talking to reporters at a news event in Portland this morning, King said he's a strong supporter of immigration reform, but that Obama's decision to act alone was misguided.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Republican from Winterport has been nominated to be president of the state Senate in Maine.

Sen. Michael Thibodeau was unanimously nominated by Republicans on Friday to lead the Senate, which is back in their party's control after they picked up five seats Tuesday. Pending some recounts, the Senate is expected to be made up of 20 Republicans and 15 Democrats.

Republicans also chose Sen. Garett Mason of Lisbon Falls to serve as majority leader and Andre Cushing of Hampden to become assistant majority leader.

FORT KENT, Maine — The state has obtained a court order that will temporarily limit Kaci Hickox's movements, MPBN has learned.

It requires Hickox, who returned to Maine after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, to undergo direct, active monitoring, not to use public transportation, not to visit workplaces except for medical treatment and, whenever in public, to remain at least three feet away from any other individual.

NEWARK, N.J. - A nurse who's been forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa is being allowed to return home to Maine.

Gov. Chris Christie says Kaci Hickox, 33, who's been quarantined in Newark for the past three days, despite having no symptoms of Ebola and testing negative for the virus, will be allowed to return to Maine, where local health officials will determine how she will monitor her health.

Following  a six hour meeting, the University Maine board  voted 9 to 2 to cut two academic programs at the University of Southern Maine.

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has announced the format for the upcoming MPBN gubernatorial debate being televised and aired statewide Thursday.

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