Things You Need to Know: Maine Moved Ahead with Real ID + Will Collins Make a Run for Gov?
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Waterville Police are investigating an attack on a man by his own dog. According to Centralmaine.com officials know little about the dog and the owner seems to evasive when answering questions about what exactly happened and about the dogs heath history. The dog is currently staying with the humane society.
Lewiston officials want homes in the city to have their street number clearly displayed. According to WGME if not it could lead to an eventual fine. Having building with clearly marked house numbers makes it easier for first responder to get to you in an emergency situation.
Maine Wardens have rescued the state's oldest eagle. WGME reports the eagle was tagged in 1983 as a baby. The bird had an injury to its wing and wardens were able to get the bird and take it to rehab. In the wild, eagles live to be about 15 to 20 years old.
From the Associated Press:
Maine House votes to make Maine comply with federal ID law. The Senate approval earlier this month. Further votes are needed but no further obstacles are anticipated. Gov. Paul LePage supports the bill. The federal Real ID law was passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but Maine has resisted compliance because of cost and privacy concerns. Opponents warned that Real ID could place personal information like Social Security numbers and birth certificates at risk from hackers. The compromised approved by lawmakers brings the state into compliance while giving residents an option of opting out of the program.
The temperature has climbed high enough to set a couple of records and to cause melting snow that's contributing to minor flooding. The National Weather Service says the temperature climbed Tuesday to 78 degrees in Augusta, Maine, both records for the date.
Police say a small plane made an emergency landing on an interstate in Maine, struck a guardrail and ended up nose-down on the road. The plane landed on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday and didn't hit any cars, though one had to swerve out of the way. Police say the pilot suffered minor facial injuries, and a passenger received a minor arm injury.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she expects to make a decision on whether to run for governor this fall. The Maine Republican said Tuesday that the "frenetic pace and turbulent political environment" in Washington prevented her from thinking about the pros and cons of leaving Washington, D.C., to run for governor.
A judge has ordered a dog to be euthanized despite a pardon issued by Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Dakota the Alaskan husky was ordered to be put down after it killed a neighbor's pug and then attacked a second dog. A judge on Tuesday declined a request to set aside the order to euthanize the dog, saying she didn't have leeway under the law.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump by phone that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution. Xi's comments come after the U.S. president tweeted that China should do more on the issue Washington sees as an increasingly urgent threat, or the U.S. would go it alone.
U.S. officials say the mission of the United States in Syria hasn't changed. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the campaign against the Islamic State group is still the main focus. He says the bombing of the Syrian airfield Thursday in retaliation for the government's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians was a separate issue in the military campaign.
The CEO of United Airlines' parent company is pledging to review company policies after a passenger was dragged off a full fight in Chicago. Oscar Munoz says no one should be mistreated that way. His apology came as details emerged about the passenger, who was identified as Kentucky physician David Dao. The doctor was convicted more than a decade ago of felony charges involving his prescribing of drugs and spent years trying to regain his medical license.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer is apologizing for making an "insensitive" reference to the Holocaust in earlier comments about Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons. Spicer said during a White House briefing Tuesday that Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." That drew instant rebuke from Jewish groups and critics who noted it ignored Hitler's use of gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.
Two houses are all that remain standing on the street with no name in western Mosul, just blocks from the front lines of the battle to retake Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State group. The once-bustling neighborhood has been reduced to rubble, its sidewalks piled high with a jumble of concrete, bricks and metal. The war is far from over for the few residents who remain. Food is scarce and fighting rages nearby.