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Report reveals 17 escaped Hawaii hospital since 2010

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY AUDREY MCAVOY and MARTHA BELLISLE The Associated Press

HONOLULU

More than a dozen escapes have occurred over the past eight years at a Hawaii psychiatric hospital where a patient described as dangerous walked off the grounds and made it to California before he was captured this week.

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Radio anchor says Sen. Franken groped, kissed her without consent

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY KYLE POTTER The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.

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Famed London theater receives 20 allegations against Spacey

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY JILL LAWLESS The Associated Press

LONDON

London’s Old Vic Theatre said Thursday it has received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by its former artistic director Kevin Spacey, and acknowledged that a “cult of personality” around the Hollywood star had made it difficult for people to come forward.

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The Price is Right

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY MICHAEL JONES Guest Column

My wife couldn’t resist popping my bubble. As I raved recently about the balmy, Indian summer weather that blessed early November, she just had to caution “climate change.” Her comment was a running joke between us, because she knows full-well that several weeks of weather do not make a long lasting trend.

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Rotary Fights Hunger and Disease

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY ROBERT GUERETTE President, Rotary Club of Topsham Expresso

Rotary’s fight to eradicate Polio worldwide is known by many. Optimism driven by focused vaccination and education programs have practically won the battle, with only eight new cases reported this year.

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Merrymeeting Bay: An Oversized Bird Bath

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY RON CHASE Seniors Not Acting Their Age

Neither an ornithologist nor a bird watcher, I might qualify as a lowly tenderfoot birdie peeper.

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A Good Day in Boston

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY DAVID TREADWELL

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci was illegitimate, gay, left-handed, a vegetarian and, at times, a heretic?

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U.S. Gains in World War I Now Being Lost

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY GORDON L. WEIL

Americans now mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. As meaningless as that war was, it served notice that the U.S. had become a world power, rivaling the British Empire.

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Planning Topsham’s Future

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY DOUG BENNETT

A month ago, the town of Topsham held a special weekend event we called “Find, Meet, Plan Your Topsham.” We invited residents to come enjoy music, conversation, food and much more — even a pop-up artisan market. We especially invited all to share their hopes for the future of Topsham.

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Political Cartoon

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23

Education is a private matter between the person

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Today in History

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23

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.

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VA’s quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY HOPE YEN The Associated Press

WASHINGTON

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Moore targets female accusers

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY STEVE PEOPLES and KIM CHANDLER The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

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.

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LETTER

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23

Thank You, RSU1 Voters

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Comedians not laughing at character in ‘The Simpsons’

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK

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GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON The Associated Press

WASHINGTON

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.

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Iraqi forces retake country’s last Islamic State town

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA The Associated Press

BAGHDAD

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.

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Getting more ‘wolf-like’ is the key to the future for coyotes

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23
BY PATRICK WHITTLE The Associated Press

[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.

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Former worker charged with setting fire at Lincoln mill

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:23

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.

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