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Massachusetts teen on first solo flight makes successful emergency landing

BEVERLY, Massachusetts — Authorities say a 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo flight executed a successful emergency landing in Massachusetts after losing a wheel during takeoff.

The girl took off from Beverly Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says soon after takeoff the pilot of the single-engine, fixed-wing plane reported losing her right main wheel assembly.

Boston police say man offered to ‘buy’ teen girl from parents

BOSTON — Boston police have arrested a New Hampshire man they say offered cash to “buy” a 13-year-old girl from her parents before grabbing her arm in an attempted kidnapping.

Police say 20-year-old Alfred Patterson of Raymond approached the family near Faneuil Hall about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

After making the offer to “buy” the girl, police say he grabbed her by the arm and attempted to drag her away. The child’s father intervened and the man ran away.

Woodward says Kelly, Mattis denials of his book quotes untrue

WASHINGTON — Longtime journalist Bob Woodward said Monday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “are not telling the truth” when they deny making disparaging statements about President Donald Trump attributed to them in his new book, “Fear.”

Kelly is quoted calling Trump “an idiot,” and Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of “a fifth or sixth-grader,” but they’ve said they didn’t make those statements.

LePage says he’ll deny applicants until Medicaid expansion is funded

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said he’ll deny applications for aid under a voter-approved Medicaid expansion until lawmakers provide funding under his terms.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press that everything would be “fine” if lawmakers provide the funding.

Nearly three out of five Maine voters last November supported expanding Medicaid to an additional 70,000 to 80,000 low-income residents starting July 2.

Charity motorcycle ride returns after fatal crash

AUGUSTA, Maine — An annual charitable motorcycle ride in Maine has gone off without a hitch a year after a tragic crash that killed two riders.

The Kennebec Journal reports about 1,000 riders participated in Sunday’s United Bikers of Maine Toy Run in carrying toys to donate to needy children.

The event had a new route this year that avoided Interstate 95 and had motorcyclists travel along Route 3 to Augusta. Police closed the route to all other traffic.

Federal judge scraps plea deal after ship operator fails to reward whistleblower

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge has scrapped a plea agreement calling for a cargo ship operator to pay $3.2 million for illegal discharges because nothing was provided for the whistleblower.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen says a sailor from the Czech Republic deserves to be rewarded for reporting violations in 2017 on the MV Marguerita. The Portland Press Herald reports that the case is now scheduled for trial this fall if the parties are unable to reach a new agreement.

Two Maine men arrested after police bust underage drinking party

WATERBORO, Maine — Two are facing charges after York County sheriff’s deputies say they broke up an underage drinking party Saturday night.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a loud party off Foxridge Court in Waterboro.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old Jeffrey Kimball and 19-year-old Zackery Sawyer.

Kimball was charged with furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, and Sawyer was charged with disorderly conduct. Both are also summoned for illegal alcohol possession.

It’s a new school year. And Maine schools are tightening security.

In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, schools across Maine are taking steps to respond and increasing security measures.

Some are adding security cameras, some are stocking tourniquets, and several have hired new school resource officers, or SROs, to patrol the hallways. While supporters of these new positions say they help make the community feel more secure, civil liberties advocates say the increased police presence could bring its own negative consequences.