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Daily News Headline 5/26/17

posted May 26, 2017, 5:03 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed a bill that would dissolve the Maine Turnpike Authority and close all toll plazas in Maine except for the one in York.  The Governor believes that Maine residents should not have to pay a toll to travel within the state.  Critics worry that the York toll would target out-of-state tourists and that the toll fee would rise from $3 to as high as $10, discouraging vacationers from coming to Maine.

Daily News Headline 5/25/17

posted May 25, 2017, 4:58 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, just in time for the busy summer travel season, the the TSA new screening program will affect passengers at 10 major airports including Boston's Logan Airport. The major changes in passenger screening involve electronic devices larger than a cell phone including tablets and e-readers.  Such devices will now be required to be placed in a separate bin.  That is already the case with laptop computers. Why the new screening standard?  According to the TSA, travelers are cramming so much into their carry-on bags that they are unable to screen for electronics with confidence.  The concern, of course, is that the heightened screening could create even longer lines at TSA check points.

Daily News Headline 5/24/17

posted May 24, 2017, 6:07 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, the face of James Bond has died at the age of 89. Roger Moore, perhaps the best known actor who played James Bond, played the British spy in 7 films--the longest of any James Bond actor. But Moore played an even more important role, that of a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, advocating for children around the world.

Daily News Headline 5/23/17

posted May 23, 2017, 4:31 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, Manchester, England, is in turmoil this morning following a suspected terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert yesteday.  22 are dead, many of them children, and 59 others are injured following the explosion.  the suspected attacker died in the explosion.  Officials are trying to determine if the suspect acted alone.  Prime Minster Theresa May has condemned the attack, calling it a callous terrorist attack. Grande Tweeted that she is "broken" following the incident. 

Daily News Headline 5/22/17

posted May 22, 2017, 6:36 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, the Town of York has voted to ban all retail recreational marijuana operations in the town.  The vote came Saturday during a town-wide referendum and asked if residents favored prohibiting marijuana retail operations in town, which passed by a vote of 1733 to 619. This means that even after the state has established regulations on retail sales sometime next year, no one will be able to operate such a facility in York.  Kittery is in the process of determining if we want to establish similar regulations.

Daily News Headline 5/18/17

posted May 18, 2017, 5:52 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, former FBI Director Robert Mueller is coming out of retirement to head the special counsel on the Russian election interference investigation. Mueller served 12 years as FBI Director under former Presidents Bush and Obama and is the second longest-serving Director next J. Edgar Hoover. In a press release, President Trump said that Mueller's investigation will show there was no collusion between his campaign and any foreign entity. 

Daily News Headline 5/17/17

posted May 17, 2017, 6:06 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, a bill before Massachusetts law makers would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21 statewide.  The bill would also ban the use of electronic cigarettes from the workplace and would stop pharmacies from selling tobacco products.  According to the American Cancer Society, 95 percent of adult smokers say they started before age 21.  The goal behind the bill is to postpone a person's first tobacco experience as long as possible to prevent nicotine addiction.

Daily News Headline 5/16/17

posted May 16, 2017, 6:05 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, the newly crowned Miss USA is taking some heat for her final on-stage question regarding healthcare.  Kara McCullough, Miss District of Columbia and the eventual winner, was asked whether affordable healthcare is a right or a privilege; McCullough answered that it is a privilege that should come with having a job, garnering both cheers and jeers nationwide.  The 25-year-old new Miss USA is a graduate of USC with a degree in chemistry and works at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Daily News Headline 5/15/17

posted May 15, 2017, 5:20 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, hospitals and companies around the world are reeling from a cyber attack on Friday which held for ransom operations in more than 70 countries; Russia experienced the worst hit. Emergency rooms were closed and surgeries canceled.  The virus locked up computer systems and demanded $300 in bitcoin to unlock devices.  Computer security analysts claim that such hacking is avoidable if security systems are kept up-to-date and data is regularly backed up. It is unclear who is responsible for the cyber attack.

Daily News Headline 5/12/17

posted May 12, 2017, 4:46 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news this morning, American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson will be joining The Voice in seasons 13 and 14 respectively.  NBC announced Clarkson's assignment as a coach on the wildly popular prime time show on Thursday.  Both women launched their careers as competitors on "American Idol."  The move is a blow to ABC, who earlier this week confirmed plans to revive "American Idol" after just one year off the air.  Kelly Clarkson was the very first American Idol winner in 2002.

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