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Camden-based author Tess Gerritsen is best known for mystery novels, including a string of books that inspired the TV series “Rizzoli and Isles.” She is now branching out into film, or as she proudly describes it, low-budget horror.

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President Donald Trump this week ordered a review of the U.S. Antiquities Act. The move could impact the Atlantic Ocean's first-ever marine national monument, created last fall.

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The Maine PUC has added five more towns to the list of communities will no longer receive regulated for basic landline service under a plan that was approved last year by the state Legislature.

PUC spokesman Harry Lanphear said, as part of the approved schedule, the PUC will no longer regulate provider-of-last-resort services, or POLR, in Scarborough, Gorham, Waterville, Kennebunk and Cape Elizabeth.

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U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District is sharply critical of the Republicans’ new health care proposal, which she says is worse than the one they abandoned a few weeks ago.

“I believe all Americans deserve protections for the coverage of essential health services and preexisting conditions, not just members of Congress,” she says.

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A shadowy casino campaign designed to benefit a controversial gambling developer has filed a series of reports showing that the initiative, aimed at building a casino in southern Maine, has been almost exclusively financed by offshore investment companies and a Las Vegas firm.

In a rare move, a representative of Maine’s judicial branch appeared before a committee in Augusta today to speak against a proposal before state lawmakers.

The bill would grant the Maine Supreme Court the power to block citizen-initiated ballot questions before they even get to the voters. The judiciary believes that the bill, though designed to stop potentially unconstitutional initiatives from reaching the ballot, will result in a serious breach of the separation of powers.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal to create a new public-private partnership to expand broadband access throughout the state.

The legislation would create the Maine Broadband Initiative, which would be given authority to undertake planning for statewide broadband services and provide funding for needed facilities.

Democratic state Sen. Shenna Bellows of Manchester sponsored the bill.

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday directing a review of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act.

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Stearns High School in Millinocket made national headlines six years ago for how it responded to declining enrollment and a shrinking budget — it decided to bring in students from other countries through the F-1 visa program to fill in the gaps.

Officials in Portland have found a place to put contaminated sediment dredged from the city’s harbor.

The site, near the Coast Guard Station in South Portland, was the only one of several proposed sites that didn’t meet with economic, environmental or other objections.

It has been 70 years since some of the piers have been dredged, and Portland Waterfront Coordinator Bill Needleman says that’s a problem for a working harbor.

Gov. Paul LePage is under fire for his characterization of how a new 3 percent surcharge to fund education will affect wealthy Mainers.

LePage was challenged on his facts by an audience member during his town hall meeting Monday in Fort Kent, his latest stop in a campaign that he hopes will convince state lawmakers to repeal the surcharge approved by voters in November.

Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic state Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook are facing off over the ongoing dispute involving construction of a new mental health facility.

At a news conference earlier this week, the governor was asked the status of the so-called step-down unit he had said would be built in Bangor on state-owned land adjacent to the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center. LePage said he was still waiting for the Legislature to get him the money to move forward on the project.

Federal prosecutors say two Westbrook men face multiple charges for conspiring to turn food stamp and other welfare benefits into cash, in a scheme based at a Portland halal market.

Agents from three federal agencies — the FBI, IRS and the Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps — were tipped to the alleged criminal enterprise by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services last year, according to an affidavit for a warrant to raid the Ahram Halal Market on Portland’s Forest Avenue.

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A Portland-based research institute is dropping its yearly forecast of when lobster landings in Maine will begin their annual surge.

Maine’s two members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence defended the pace of a probe into Russian election interference and alleged collusion between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of acknowledged news reports in which some members of the committee complained about staffing and unbooked interviews with key witnesses. But he says the investigation is proceeding methodically for a reason.

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