Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts priest who was defrocked for child sexual abuse and was portrayed in the movie "Spotlight" is going to prison for a second time — this time in Maine. ...

Uncertain future for 'super' seaweed after court ruling

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a "superfood" and an economic generator for the rural state — but the industry...

Court rules in favor of woman seeking opioid meds in jail

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a judge's order requiring a jail to provide medication to a woman to keep her opioid addiction in remission. The Aroostook...

A daunting task begins: Reducing lobster gear to save whales

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of whal...

With blueberries in trouble, Maine eyes commission overhaul

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers might try to pump some life into the state's troubled wild blueberry industry by overhauling the makeup of the commission that promotes the state's most importan...

How big should a clam get? Maine eyes new harvest rules

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nation's clam haul is steadily dwindling, and a push to try to save it in the state with the largest industry is dividing harvesters, conservationists and scientists who que...

Bait crisis could take the steam out of lobster this summer

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The boom times for the U.S. lobster industry are imperiled this year because of a shortage of a little fish that has been luring the crustaceans into traps for hundreds of years...

Baby eel fishermen hope for year free of poaching, shutdowns

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishermen began several weeks of taking to rivers and streams to fish for baby eels Friday, which marked the start of a high-stakes season harvesters hope isn't interrupte...

Groups want trial to allow non-doctors to perform abortions

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers argued on Monday that a federal court should allow a trial on whether to strike down a 40-year-old Maine law...

Cod fishery plummets to least valuable year since 1960s

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's cod fishery, once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast, has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half-century in 2018. ...

Maine shelled out fewer prized scallops in 2018

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine's scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018, marking the first time in several years that the valuable fishery has taken a step back. The Pine Tr...

Maine's lobster haul, value grew last year, officials say

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore last year, an increase from the previous year....

US still sends lots of lobster to China, but tariff a worry

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Preliminary data from the federal government say U.S. lobster exports to China held steady this year, despite tariffs imposed during trade hostilities between the two countries....

New controls in Maine to prevent poaching of valuable eels

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lucrative baby eel industry will likely face tighter controls this year designed to thwart poaching. Baby eels, called elvers, are an important part of...

Shrimpers hope industry lost to warm seas won't be forgotten

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Glen Libby looks back fondly on his days as a Maine shrimp trawler, but he's concerned about what seafood lovers will think if the shuttered fishery ever reopens. ...