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Police: Improper pass caused crash that killed 4 in Maine

BERWICK, Maine — Police say a crash that killed four people in Berwick happened when a driver made an improper pass into the path of another car.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon in the small town near the border of Maine and New Hampshire. Police say the improper pass was made by a 31-year-old Buxton man, and the crash killed him along with a 29-year-old man and a 7-year-old boy.

He returned a bottle of orange juice – and picked up a winning $315 million lottery ticket

The bottle of orange juice cost $5 at ShopRite, but Tayeb Souami’s wife had found the same brand on sale for $2.50 elsewhere. Yes, it was only 250 pennies, but every one of them mattered to a family that had just refinanced its home and had a daughter headed to college.

So on May 19, Souami dutifully trudged back to the store in Hackensack, New Jersey, – OJ and receipt in hand.

A valedictorian began to talk about sexual misconduct at graduation. Then her mic was cut.

Lulabel Seitz had done everything right, at least on paper. As a high school senior with GPA over 4.0, the 17-year-old had been accepted to Stanford University, one of the most prestigious colleges on the West Coast. The first in her family to graduate from high school, she was named valedictorian at Petaluma High School in northern California, an honor that was joined by an opportunity for her to give a commencement speech.

Florida alligator attack: Woman believed to be dead after ‘evidence’ is found inside captured gator

A Florida woman is believed to be dead after an alligator attack in Davie, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Investigators killed a 12-foot alligator that was captured near the scene of the woman’s disappearance and found evidence that the reptile had bitten the woman. Local broadcaster WPLG reported that a human arm was found inside the animal.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper identified the woman as 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki, of Plantation, Florida.

Shame on Google for treating the US military as evil

Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. The move came after an uprising by 4,000 Google employees who signed a letter urging the company to cancel Project Maven and promise to never “build warfare technology.” Google should be ashamed.

Injured hiker rescued in White Mountain National Forest

ALBANY, N.H. — New Hampshire officials say rescuers carried a hiker in White Mountain National Forest to safety after she fractured an ankle.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 39-year-old Lisa Davis of Glen, New Hampshire, was hiking with a friend on Friday and summited Mount Chocorua before slipping on a rock while returning down. The companion hiked a mile to the summit to get a cell phone signal and called 911.

Motorcyclist killed in Auburn collision

AUBURN, Maine — Police say a motorcyclist was killed when he collided with two cars in Maine.

Auburn police say 24-year-old Andrew Jennings, of Mechanic Falls, was speeding past several cars around 1 p.m. Saturday when he struck a vehicle operated by 65-year-old Gina Thompson of Sabattus. Jennings then was hit by another car, operated by 41-year-old Bobby Thibodeau of Mechanic Falls.

Jennings was pronounced dead at the scene. Thompson was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and Thibodeau wasn’t injured.

Bangor rallies past Lewiston in ‘A’ baseball semifinal

BANGOR, Maine — Longtime best friends Zach Ireland and Zach Murray certainly looked to be on the same wavelength Saturday while leading the Bangor High School baseball team to a come-from-behind 14-6 Class A North semifinal victory over Lewiston at Mansfield Stadium.

The two seniors, who comprise the Rams’ double-play combination, each went 4-for-4 at the plate while combining for five runs scored and four RBIs as Bangor erupted for 12 runs in its final two at-bats.

New lab offers state of the art research on bugs and pests

When the new University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory opens later this month, it will be among the most biosecure, technologically cutting edge and scientifically advanced laboratories in the state.

That’s a far cry from the cramped and outdated quarters the plant and animal Extension researchers and faculty currently call home.