Today is Friday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2017. There are 44 days left in the year.
In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary, beginning a 44-year reign.
In 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed U.S. Capitol building.
Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore’s campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring “let the battle begin.” Women’s advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled Senate bid alive.
Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.
Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq’s territory, the Defense Ministry said.
[img_assist|nid=1186201|title=|desc= A COYOTE stares down wild turkeys in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., in 2016. Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog. Scientists say they might be getting genetically closer to wolves, helping them become better predators and thrive in urban areas.
PORTLAND (AP) — A man has been charged with setting a fire that destroyed two buildings at the former Lincoln, Maine, paper mill.
Officials say David Parsons of Lincoln, a former worker at the mill, was charged Thursday with three counts of arson.
ELLSWORTH (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding the hearings in January. The commission says it wants to improve harvest reporting and biological data collection to better inform fishing regulations.
PORTLAND (AP) — Portland, Maine, police say a body found this week was that of a man who’d been struck by a car two months earlier.
The medical examiner’s office concluded that 57- year-old Edward Blumenthal died from blunt trauma consistent with being hit by a car or truck.
His body was found Tuesday near the Fore River by a utility worker.
AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine officials say a new species of wasp has been discovered.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson discovered the species while conducting work for her thesis. The department announced the discovery on Thursday.
This year, The Santa Claus Fund returns for its 50th season, and we have a lot to accomplish in four short weeks to once again make sure hundreds of children in the Midcoast have a happy holiday.
LISBON — Lisbon’s Moxie Festival Committee announced the theme for the 2018 Moxie Festival of “Moxie Through the Decades.”
William Hartley, 33, of Brunswick was indicted this month for robbery and theft by a Cumberland County Grand Jury. Hartley was arrested by Brunswick police two days after an alleged bank robbery.
Brunswick police responded to the Brunswick TD Bank branch on Tibbetts Drive the morning of Aug. 16, following the report of a holdup alarm activated at the bank.
Brunswick police are looking for a few good drones.
Changes to the Main, Winter and Elm street intersection in Topsham aimed at easing congestion are becoming permanent.
That was the unanimous decision made by Topsham selectmen on Thursday.
The town began a test in September to effectiveness of the changes, which are:
• Left turns from Main Street onto Winter Street have been prohibited.
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“I have personally never been as optimistic as I am right now about the future of the city of Bath,” said Mari Eosco, Bath City Council chairwoman and interim director of Main Street Bath.