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IRS payment site fails on tax day, extensions to be granted

Americans who waited until the last day to pay their taxes got an unwelcome surprise: The IRS website to make payments and access other key services is down.

The IRS still expects Americans to pay their taxes but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says extensions will be granted to those impacted when the site is up again.

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

WASHINGTONU.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments.

The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes few immediate changes, but lists a number of ideas and proposals with the goal of improving safeguards on pacemakers, artificial joints, medical scanners and other devices.

UMaine’s Calixte to play at Oklahoma as graduate transfer

University of Maine guard Aaron Calixte will use his final year of college basketball eligibility next winter as a graduate transfer at the University of Oklahoma.

The 5-foot-11 guard, who returned from a foot injury that limited him to five games during the 2016-17 season to earn All-America East third-team honors as a redshirt junior for the Black Bears this past winter, announced his decision via Twitter shortly after noon on Tuesday.

1 dead, 7 injured after jetliner apparently blows an engine in flight

PHILADELPHIA — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said.

The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling prayed and braced for impact.

Lawmakers send retail pot sales bill to gov, who vows to veto it

AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislators in Maine have sent a compromise bill governing marijuana retail sales to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has vowed to veto it.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill Tuesday. LePage recently said he’d veto it because it won’t combine medical and adult-use marijuana programs. But votes in the House and Senate suggest lawmakers may have the two-thirds support needed in each chamber to override him.

Kudlow says TPP reconsideration more ‘thought’ than ‘policy’

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow downplayed the possibility the U.S. would enter into negotiations to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, calling it more of a “thought than a policy” for now.

The U.S. is “in the pre-preliminary stages of any discussions” on rejoining the Asia-Pacific trade deal, Kudlow told reporters Tuesday during a briefing ahead of a meeting between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Maine woman allegedly slit boyfriend’s throat while he slept

A Hampden woman arrested Saturday for attempted murder allegedly slit her 53-year-old boyfriend’s throat while he was sleeping.

Sonya Dupray, 38, is charged with elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault as a result of the incident in an apartment on Main Road North in Hampden.

The man was hospitalized with serious injuries. His condition was not immediately available Tuesday.

Sean Hannity’s idea of ‘attorney-client privilege’ was right out of ‘Breaking Bad’

On Monday, Sean Hannity walked himself right into an awkward comparison.

It happened following the bombshell revelation in a Manhattan courtroom that Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s client list included the Fox News host. On his afternoon radio show, Hannity explained that his relationship with Cohen was limited to a few “brief discussions” on business matters.

“I might have handed him 10 bucks [and said,] ‘I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this,’” Hannity told listeners Monday afternoon. “Something like that.”