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Justice Department Fires Embattled FBI Deputy Director Just Short Of Retirement

Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET Saturday Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday even though he was on the doorstep of retiring and receiving his pension after two decades of service to the bureau. President Trump responded on Twitter just after midnight Saturday, calling McCabe's firing "a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." The attorney general accepted an internal FBI recommendation that "concluded...

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Before Washington, D.C., had fully processed the late-night firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was let go by Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than 48 hours before his planned retirement after more than two decades of service to the bureau, the saga took several new, head-spinning turns Saturday.

FALMOUTH, Maine - Human rights advocates in Maine say no one should be too surprised that a play at the Falmouth Footlights Theatre has garnered a number of hateful calls for its subject matter. 

In accordance with tradition, the Chicago River was dyed green Saturday morning in honor of St. Patrick's Day. According to The Chicago Tribune, Richard J. Daley, who served as Chicago's mayor from 1955 until his death in 1976, initially proposed dyeing part of Lake Michigan green instead. His friend Stephen M.

Historical Inn Destroyed in Fire

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Forest rangers say a fire leveled a century-and-a-half-old inn in northern Maine.

Firefighters and Maine forest rangers say they responded Saturday morning to a fire that destroyed the Chesuncook Lake House.

The inn was built in 1864 as a farmhouse and boarding house supplying logging operates in northern Maine. It was listed in the Federal Historic Register.

Maine forest rangers say the cause of the fire is unknown.

If you're picking up a glass of Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, savor it while pondering this story from 1917, when Ireland's famous stout was cause for true celebration: It saved lives.

The strange tale takes place in the Irish Sea toward the end of World War I. Besides the traditional dangers of crossing this busy body of water in a small craft, the years 1914 to 1918 featured the additional danger of German submarines, which targeted all enemy vessels (not just military ones) and sunk many.

While Vermont is by far the highest producing maple syrup state in the United States, 70 percent of the world's maple syrup is made in Québec.

And that's where the benchmark global price for bulk maple syrup — the price paid by processors to Vermont's maple syrup producers — is set each year by a powerful, but legal, cartel.

Officials with a pair of northern New England banks say the institutions have merged in a transaction valued at about $45 million.

Company officials say the merger of Granite Bank of New Hampshire and Bangor Savings Bank of Maine has been approved by regulators and shareholders. Granite Bank is merging into Bangor Savings Bank under the terms of the deal. The transaction is set to close on April 6.

Across the globe, about one in 10 women have endometriosis. It’s a painful, chronic disease that can be difficult to treat.

Maine writer Abby Norman was first diagnosed with it seven years ago, but she says the disease was never really explained to her, and as it’s progressed she’s struggled to convince doctors that the pain she feels is real. Norman says it’s a problem for women that has a long history in medicine, and she’s written a book about her experience, Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain.

Abortions in the United States are safe and have few complications, according to a landmark new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The report, called "The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States," examined the four major methods used for abortions — medication, aspiration, dilation and evacuation, and induction — and examined women's care from before they had the procedure through their follow-up care.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ Experts from the University of New Hampshire are teaming up with several New England health care providers to offer education and support in rural areas for pregnant women with substance abuse disorders.



Maine's Irish Heritage

Friday—We learn about the history of the Irish in Maine, from their days as immigrants to the communities that became an integral part of our state.

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