Go ahead and pick against the Tennessee Titans. Count them out against the New England Patriots or call them the ugliest team left in the NFL playoffs.
A franchise only two years removed from the NFL’s worst record over a two-season stretch cares only about winning.
[img_assist|nid=1195445|title=|desc= GEORGIA OUTSIDE LINEBACKER David Marshall (51) and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (3) tackle Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) during the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama on Monday in Atlanta.
[img_assist|nid=1195440|title=|desc= THE BRUNSWICK DRAGONS took on the South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete team in boys hockey Monday night. Pictured at top, Dragon Henry Burnham (24) skates ahead of Red Riot Bradley McMains (18) with the puck. Above, Aiden Snell (7) intercepts the puck off the boards from Caleb Rowland (6). The visitors downed Brunswick, 5-2, at Watson Arena.
Under Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots have often thrived when inundated with scrutiny from outside of their locker room.
They’ll have to do it again this week as they prepare for their divisional round matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump as part of a probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said today a probe was opened last week and is led by the French body in charge of fraud control, which is part of the finance ministry.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian reformist lawmaker said today that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrence Byrd was driving his fiancee’s rental car on a Pennsylvania highway when a state trooper pulled him over for an alleged minor traffic violation. He acted nervously during the stop, at one point telling troopers he had a marijuana cigarette in the car, and officers eventually asked to search the vehicle.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks today, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline.
SANTA TECLA, El Salvador (AP) — Being deported to an El Salvador he hadn’t seen in more than three decades was a trauma Hugo Castro recalls clearly.
DES MOINES, Iowa
Oprah Winfrey’s impassioned call for “a brighter morning even in our darkest nights” at the Golden Globes has Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race — even if it’s only a fantasy.
BOWDOINHAM — Richard Dean Shaffer, 61, of Bowdoinham, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born October 11, 1956, in Urbana, Ohio, the son of Lawrence Shaffer and Donna (Nelson) Shaffer.
He was a 1975 graduate of Livermore Falls High School. Following graduation he proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
BRUNSWICK — Yvonne Germaine Drolet died following respiratory illness at Hawthorne House in Freeport, Maine, on January 5, 2018. She was 91 years old.
Yvonne was born on February 13, 1926, to William and Marie Brillant in Topsham, Maine.
She attended high school in Brunswick and in April 1947 married the love of her life, Evans Drolet.
BRUNSWICK — John Ribas, age 83, 28 Magean St., died on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at home in the arms of his loving wife, Circe Ribas. A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St. in Brunswick.
The same Californians who had to flee from huge wildfires in recent months now have to handle hard rains that bring another type of danger.
Storms dumped rain and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities.
Northern California was hit hardest Monday evening, while Southern California was bracing for the worst to arrive overnight.
NEW GLOUCESTER — Daryl David Gushee, 54, of New Gloucester, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 29, 2017, at his shop on Route 100 in New Gloucester. He was born in Portland, ME on Friday, August 2, 1963, to David Allen Gushee and Beverly Ann Upham Gushee.