DEAR ABBY: I belong to a group of men who play golf twice a week. After a round of golf, we'll have a couple of pitchers of beer to relax. We take turns buying the beer for the group, but there is no set rotation. Sometimes you may buy two pitchers, others you don't buy any.
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba
U. S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited the American Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to offer holiday greetings to troops Thursday. It was the first trip there by a Pentagon chief in almost 16 years.
Australian police said there is no evidence of a terrorist link to a car ramming attack Thursday in central Melbourne that left 19 people injured.
Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan decent who has a known history of drug use and mental health issues. The man was known to police for historical minor assault and traffic offenses.
[img_assist|nid=1192581|title=|desc= CIUTADANS (CITIZENS) par ty leader Ines Arrimadas casts her vote for the Catalan regional election in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday. Catalans are choosing new political leaders in a highly contested election called by central authorities to quell a separatist bid in Spain’s northeastern region.
Lawmakers hope to approve a must-pass spending bill on Thursday as the clock ticks toward potential government shutdown this weekend.
One of the perks of living in Maine is that it’s always been pretty easy to find a spectacular yet inexpensive tree at Christmas. No matter what our income has been, or how small our living space, we’ve always managed to afford as perfect a specimen as we could find.
After Senator Susan Collins voted for the Senate tax plan, some Mainers took to the streets in protest. They claimed Sen. Collins had “turned her back” on Maine and warned the bill “targets seniors and small businesses.”
On Dec. 21, 1937, Walt Disney’s first animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles. The first Dr. Seuss book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was published by Vanguard Press.
THOMASTON (AP) — A replica of a Revolutionary War-era Maine home could be closed if the nonprofit running it doesn’t raise $150,000 by the middle of next month.
BUCKSPORT (AP) — Maine State Police say the death of a 2-year-old girl in October in her home in Bucksport has been ruled a homicide.
Lt. Troy Gardner said Kloe Hawksley was found unresponsive on Oct. 18 in a home she shared with another child and two adults. She was pronounced dead at a hospital, and the medical examiner’s office determined that her death was a homicide.
NEWFIELD (AP) — A Maine man who police say was shot by his sister over a financial dispute has been upgraded to stable condition.
York County Sheriff William King Jr. says police responded to a Newfield home Monday morning for reports of a person shot. Officers found 29-year-old Joshua Gochie with one gunshot wound to his stomach.
A 66-year-old Wells suspect who befriended an elderly incapacitated woman and then, police say, allegedly tried to gain control of her finances, has entered not guilty pleas to an array of charges.
Peter W. Leon of Wells made a brief appearance before Justice Daniel Driscoll at York County Superior Court on Monday.
BANGOR (AP) — A new report says older Mainers lost more money to exploitation by their family members than from scams.
The report released by Legal Services for the Elderly and Maine’s Office of Aging and Disability Services found that Maine seniors lost $28 million to financial exploitation between 2010 and 2016.
PORTLAND (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear in Maine’s largest city during his book tour.
Merrill Auditorium in Portland says the Delaware Democrat will appear on Jan. 31. He is in the midst of a tour called the “American Promise Tour” and is expected to talk about his political career.
Collins Not Suited to Represent Maine
In defending her decision to vote for the Republicans tax bill, Senator Collins said several weeks ago that she had gotten the opinions of three economists. Being retired and now being increasingly angry with Republican politicians, I decided to find out who these economists were.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins is letting the GOP’s Senate leadership off the hook on her promise to shore up health care premiums by year’s end in return for supporting the tax overhaul. But she said she will resume the push in the new year.