BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Maine legislator to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $3 million from two elderly widows and for tax evasion.
LONDON (AP) — The killing of journalist Lyra McKee must be a turning point for Northern Ireland, a priest said Wednesday at a funeral service attended by British and Irish leaders alongside...
Police: ‘New breed’ of terrorists in Northern Ireland
LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry and warned of a "new...
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian company that wants to build a large salmon farming operation in Maine says it's going to meet with the public next week to give residents an idea of the project's...
Police: Love triangle led to man being shot 7 times
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A state police affidavit filed in a killing in the town of Swanville, Maine, indicates a love triangle ended with a man being shot seven times.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine city has offset almost 90 percent of its electric costs with the help of solar power.
The Bangor Daily News reports Belfast's newest 660-kilowatt solar...
Man killed in crash outside curling club in Maine
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a man was killed in a crash outside a curling club.
The man was a passenger in a car that was involved in a head-on collision outside the Belfast Curling Club on Friday. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to the hospital.
Police have not released the names of any of the people involved in the crash. They say weather conditions likely played a role. One car appears to have swerved into the path of the other, leading to the crash.
Chimps use branch to make ladder, escape Belfast Zoo
LONDON (AP) — Zookeepers say a group of chimpanzees used branches weakened by a storm to make a ladder and escape from their enclosure at the Belfast Zoo.
Video filmed Saturday by visitors to the Northern Ireland zoo showed several primates scaling a wall and perching atop it, with one walking down a path outside the enclosure.
UK prime minister vows no return to hard border with Ireland
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May told business leaders in Northern Ireland on Tuesday that she is seeking changes to the U.K.'s withdrawal agreement with the European Union, but not the total removal of the Irish border provision that is the most contentious part of the deal.
The Latest: May says she won’t completely remove backstop
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's scheduled exit from the European Union (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May has told business leaders in Northern Ireland that she is seeking changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement but not the total removal of the backstop plan that is the most contentious part of the deal.
Maine lobstermen’s group to take position on waiting list
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A trade group representing Maine's lobstermen is set to take a position on a proposal to let dozens of people off the state's waiting list for lobster fishing licenses.
Democratic Rep. Joyce McCreight has proposed letting more than 50 people off the waiting list, which includes more than 200 fishermen. The proposal's up for a hearing on Tuesday in Augusta.
Fish farm developers change course in permit process
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is asking a company seeking to build one of the world's largest salmon farms for more information on waste discharge plans.
Rare red panda found after escape from Belfast Zoo
LONDON (AP) — Officials say a rare red panda is safe and sound, a day after it escaped from Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland.
The animal went missing on Sunday, and Belfast City Council had urged members of the public to report any sightings to the zoo.
The council said Monday that the mammal had been found, adding that "it is safe and well and has been returned to the zoo."
Maine salmon farm builder pushes back at resident’s appeal
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The developer of a salmon farm in Maine is locked in a dispute with a resident who is seeking to forestall the project.
Large Maine salmon farm to prioritize sustainability
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The architects of a large salmon farm planned for coastal Maine say they will seek a sustainability certification once the facility is up and running.
Nordic Aquafarms plans to build an inland salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year in Belfast. It has called the project one of the largest of its kind.
No. 21 Buffalo beats San Francisco in matchup of unbeatens
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Nick Perkins scored 22 points, Jeremy Harris added 15 with eight rebounds and No. 21 Buffalo held off San Francisco for an 85-81 victory Saturday in the title game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
C.J. Massinburg scored 15 points, making 5 of 6 free throws in the final 20 seconds to close out the win, and Montell McCrae added 11 points as Buffalo (7-0) won the matchup of unbeatens to continue its best start since 1930.
Stephen F. Austin cruises past Milwaukee in Belfast Classic
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Kevon Harris had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin in a 66-51 victory over Milwaukee in the consolation game of the Goliath bracket at the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on Saturday.
Jock Hughes added 12 points and Shannon Bogues had 11 for the Lumberjacks (5-2).
4 in double figures in Marist’s victory in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Brian Parker scored 15 points to lead four Red Foxes in double figures and Marist defeated LIU Brooklyn 70-53 on Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame basketball Belfast Classic on Friday.
Barry makes 7 3s in Dartmouth’s win in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Brendan Barry made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Dartmouth beat Albany 91-77 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on Friday.
No. 21 Buffalo beats Milwaukee in Belfast, Northern Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 21 points, Nick Perkins added 20 with nine rebounds, and No. 21 Buffalo beat Milwaukee 96-77 on Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
CJ Massinburg added 16 points as the Bulls improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1930-31 season.
Buffalo advanced to Saturday's championship game in the Goliath bracket where they will meet San Francisco (7-0), a 76-58 winner over Stephen F. Austin.
San Francisco tops Stephen F. Austin 76-58 in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Jordan Ratinho scored 19 points, Frankie Ferrari had 14 points with nine assists and San Francisco pulled away in the second half for a 76-58 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
Charles Minlend added 16 points and Matt McCarthy had 11 as the Dons (7-0) continued their best start since 1980.
San Francisco advanced to Saturday's championship game against No. 21 Buffalo (6-0), a 96-77 winner over Milwaukee.
Clark leads 2nd-half charge in LIU Brooklyn’s win in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Raiquan Clark scored 27 points, including 20 in the second half, as LIU Brooklyn beat Albany 80-77 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on Thursday.
The Blackbirds (4-3) will take on Marist in the Samson Bracket championship game Friday, while Albany (2-5) will play Dartmouth.
Jashaun Agosto added 17 points, Julian Batts 14 and Ty Flowers 10 with nine rebounds for the Blackbirds.
Marist tops Dartmouth at Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Brian Parker scored 18 points with six assists, Ryan Funk added four 3-pointers and 14 points and Marist defeated Dartmouth 76-58 on Thursday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
The Red Foxes (2-4) will face LIU Brooklyn, an 80-77 winner over Albany, in the championship game of the Samson Bracket on Friday. Dartmouth will play Albany.
Some showing support for mayor after clash with city council
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Residents in a Maine city are showing their support for the mayor following a decision by the City Council to block her from speaking on its behalf.
City council votes to silence mayor
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine City Council has voted to stop its mayor from speaking on their behalf, citing a recent opinion piece in which she criticized her experience in council meetings.
The Latest: N Ireland party leader rejects Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):
The leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has used her keynote speech at the annual conference to reject the British government's planned Brexit deal.
Arlene Foster said in Belfast on Saturday that the deal agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May is unacceptable and must be improved upon in the weeks ahead.
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City to refund real estate company $380K in property taxes
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The Maine city of Belfast plans to refund a property owner nearly $400,000 because of a drop in tax valuation.
Stephen F. Austin rallies to beat Marist 64-60
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — Jock Hughes and Shannon Bogues combined for 14 points in the final three minutes as Stephen F. Austin came from behind to beat Marist 64-60 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on Tuesday night.
Marist led throughout and was up 57-43 with 3:39 remaining in the game. That was when the Lumberjacks (3-1) mounted their comeback, outscoring Marist 21-3 to take the victory.
2 arrested in Northern Ireland after posing as Ku Klux Klan
LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men after investigating reports that people dressed as Ku Klux Klan members posed for photos outside an Islamic prayer center.
The images circulating on social media are said to depict people dressed as KKK members in a town near Belfast last month.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched a hate crime investigation. Police say a 33-year-old man and 36-year-old man were arrested Thursday.
Irish soccer bodies team up for tournament hosting bid
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Irish and Northern Irish soccer federations are teaming up to bid to host the UEFA Under-21 European Championship in 2023.
The Belfast-based Irish Football Association and Dublin-based Football Association of Ireland issued statements Thursday launching their first joint tournament hosting bid.
Cross-border cooperation comes as the FAI and the four British soccer federations are exploring a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2030.
Trial starts for ex-lawmaker accused of fraud
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The trial of a former Maine lawmaker accused of stealing up to $3 million from two women has started in Bangor.
WABI-TV reports 53-year-old Robert Lindell Jr., of Cloverdale, California, faces multiple charges, including theft by unauthorized taking and tax evasion. He pleaded not guilty.
Giant Maine salmon farm seeks first of many needed permits
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian company that is looking to build a major salmon farming operation in Maine has filed an application with the state for a key permit it needs for the project.
Nordic Aquafarms wants to build the farm in Belfast. It would be an inland farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year.
UK cuts pay of N Ireland lawmakers over government collapse
LONDON (AP) — The British government is slashing the salaries of lawmakers in Northern Ireland because the Belfast legislature has been suspended for almost 600 days.
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said Thursday that assembly members are not performing "the full range of their legislative functions." She said salaries will be cut in two stages from November, taking them from 49,500 pounds ($64,000) per year to just under 36,000 pounds ($46,500).
Firm planning large Maine salmon farm acquires more land
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian firm that wants to build a large salmon aquaculture farm in Maine says it is acquiring more land near the site of the project.
Nordic Aquafarms plans to build an inland salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year in Belfast. It has called the project one of the largest of its kind. The firm also says it has entered into an agreement to purchase about 14 acres of land that adjoin the 40 acres it already has under contract.
Journalists who worked on documentary arrested in N Ireland
LONDON (AP) — Two journalists who worked on a documentary about a mass killing in Northern Ireland were arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing confidential documents.
Police said two men, aged 51 and 48, were arrested in Belfast on Friday morning by officers investigating the alleged theft of documents from Northern Ireland's police ombudsman.
Shoppers evacuated as blaze guts landmark Belfast building
LONDON (AP) — A fire has gutted a landmark Belfast building in a blaze that sent dark smoke billowing over the Northern Ireland capital.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service says it was called Tuesday morning to a blaze at the Bank Buildings, home to clothing retailer Primark.
Flames engulfed the roof of the structure, destroying the rooftop clock, before spreading through the five-story building.
Afghanistan beats Ireland again with 29-run win in 1st ODI
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Afghanistan continued its winning streak with a 29-run victory over Ireland in their first cricket one-day international in Belfast on Monday.
Ireland, beaten 2-0 in the Twenty20 series, won the toss and restricted Afghanistan to 227-9.
In reply, the hosts slipped to 93-4 in their chase and were bowled out for 198 in 48.3 overs, with Andy Balbirnie hitting 55 runs off 82 balls.
Frampton stops Jackson in 9 rounds
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Belfast's Carl Frampton stopped Luke Jackson in nine rounds to secure another shot at the world featherweight title on Saturday.
Having successfully defended the interim WBO title, Frampton will be confirmed as mandatory challenger to full champion Oscar Valdez but will next fight IBF titlist Josh Warrington, who travelled to Windsor Park to be ringside.
Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is "official."
All it needs now is a time and a place.
Fury, the former world heavyweight champion, cleared the way for a fight with Wilder, the current WBC titleholder, by winning the second bout of his comeback on Saturday.
Neighbors of planned salmon farm file lawsuit about process
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Neighbors of a planned salmon farm in Belfast say city officials skirted local rules when they made a zone change that made the project possible.
Teen bicyclist struck by car dies from injuries
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who was struck by a car while riding her bike over the weekend has died.
Laila Al-Matrouk, of Belfast, died Tuesday. According to a Facebook post by her sister, the teen had been on life support.
Police say Al-Matrouk was struck by a passing car Sunday on Route 1 in Belfast as she tried to make a left turn. She was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Bangor International Airport in among five airports in Maine that are receiving more than $10 million in Federal Aviation Administration money to make improvements.
The airport is getting nearly $6.4 million for taxiway reconstruction. Republican Sen. Susan Collins says smaller airports in Belfast, Carrabassett Valley, Oxford and Rangeley also are receiving money.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine shipyard located in the state's mid-coast region is receiving more than $650,000 in federal money to make improvements.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the money is going to Front Street Shipyard in Belfast from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant Program.
LONDON (AP) — The homes of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and another prominent member of the Northern Ireland party were attacked with explosive devices, officials said Saturday. No one was injured.
Northern Ireland's police said officers seized "remnants of large industrial, firework-type devices, capable of causing serious damage or injury" at two houses in west Belfast. No arrests were reported.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian firm that plans to build one of the largest land-based salmon farms of its kind in Maine says it is getting ready to submit applications for permits, and it has hired its first two employees.
The firm, Nordic Aquafarms, wants to build a 40-acre inland salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of the fish per year. It says it will submit for permits later this summer to build the farm in Belfast.
LONDON (AP) — Abortion rights campaigners swallowed what they said were abortion pills outside a Belfast court on Thursday, as pressure grows to ease Northern Ireland's strict ban on terminating pregnancies.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. in which abortion is illegal in all but exceptional cases. Last week, the neighboring Republic of Ireland voted to remove a constitutional ban on abortions, putting pressure on the north to follow suit.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Norwegian firm that plans to build one of the largest land-based salmon farms of its kind in Maine says it has confirmed that the site is suitable to host the facility.
Nordic Aquafarms wants to build a 40-acre inland salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year. The firm says tests confirm that its planned Belfast site has "clean, abundant and sustainable groundwater" from test wells.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A firm that wants to build one of the largest salmon farms of its kind in the world in Belfast, Maine, says it's getting ready to submit plans to city, state and federal officials.
Nordic Aquafarms, of Fredrikstad, Norway, wants to build a 40-acre salmon farm that would be capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year. The Belfast City Council unanimously approved zoning changes the company needed to move forward in April.