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Kirk Francis re-elected as Penobscot Nation chief

The Penobscot Nation held elections on Saturday and re-elected Kirk Francis to a fifth term as tribal chief, defeating challenger Craig Sanborn, 306-250.

Francis has been Penobscot Nation chief since 2006. Vice chief Mark Sockbeson, who ran uncontested, also was re-elected.

The Penobscots also elected six people to tribal council, including Saul Dana, Jennifer Galipeau, Kyle Lolar, Chris Francis, Kirk Loring and Lee Ann Francis.

Water is a gift from our Creator. It’s our spiritual duty to protect it.

A federal judge recently blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the clean water rule, reinstating it in 26 states across the country, including here in Maine. This ruling blocks the repeal of common-sense clean water standards, and stopped the Trump administration and its allies in Congress from undermining the Clean Water Act.

Cory Booker’s ‘Spartacus’ moment

It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator.

His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going to put everything at risk, even his place in the U.S. Senate, and break the rules. He would release confidential documents that, Booker said, would expose Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh as a supporter of racial profiling.

Many California marijuana products failing safety tests

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: about one-third have been blocked from store shelves.

Discovery of dog saves Oregon man from sex-crime conviction

SALEM, Oregon — The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence.

Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of a minor.

In the trial, the complainant testified Horner had threatened to shoot her animals if she went to the police about the alleged molestation, and said she saw him shoot her dog, killing it, to make his point.

New Hampshire senators oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination

CONCORD, New Hampshire — Both of New Hampshire’s Democratic U.S. senators said Monday they will vote against Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Shaheen said the nominee is out of step on the scope of a president’s executive power, women’s right to abortions and pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.