Things You Need to Know Today: Maine Hunting + Fishing Licenses for 2017 Now Available
Here are the things you need to know today......
From the Associated Press:
Maine hunting and fishing licenses for next year are now available. Officials with the state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife say 2017 hunting and fishing licenses can be bought online or at more than 800 licensing agents around the state.
The director of manufacturing at New Balance says a "Made-in-USA" provision for athletic footwear for military recruits could mean an additional 250,000 sneakers a year. The Morning Sentinel reports that Brendan Melley touted the figure Wednesday as three members of Maine's congressional delegation visited a New Balance factory in Skowhegan.
State police investigating a murder-suicide involving a former minister say they plan to review reports about the 1993 death of the shooter's first wife in Maine. Police say Daniel Randall drove to the home of his estranged family in Hebron last week and killed his daughter, Claire Randall, before turning the gun on himself. Daniel Randall's first wife died in a fall at Two Lights Park 23 years ago.
The mother of a Maine toddler who disappeared five years ago plans to take steps to obtain a legal declaration that her daughter is dead. The mother's family said in a statement ahead of the fifth anniversary of Ayla Reynolds' disappearance that the declaration is necessary to preserve the right to assert future claims to hold those responsible for her death accountable. The police investigation continues.
In an unexpected move, President Barack Obama has decided not to sign legislation renewing sanctions against Iran but has let it become law anyway. Obama faced a midnight deadline to sign the 10-year renewal of the decades-old sanctions law. The White House had said that Obama was expected to sign it. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama retains authority to waive all nuclear sanctions lifted as part of the deal reached with Tehran.
The Russian military says it's getting ready for Syria rebels to leave Aleppo. The military's Center for Reconciliation in Syria says that 20 buses and 10 ambulances will be taking the rebels to Idlib on Thursday. The center says Syrian authorities have given security guarantees to all rebels willing to leave Aleppo. The Russian military also says it's monitoring the situation using drones.
The U.S. has renewed sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, but it's done so without President Barack Obama's signature. The White House had said that Obama would sign the renewal, but a midnight deadline came and went Thursday with no action from the president, letting the renewal of sanctions become law without his signature. Iran had vowed to respond if the sanctions were renewed, arguing they violate the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Dangerously cold temperatures have gripped the Upper Midwest ahead of a storm that's expected to bring heavy snow in coming days. Many areas from North Dakota to Pennsylvania are under a wind chill advisory Thursday. The National Weather Service says that in western Wisconsin, Thursday morning's wind chills could get as low as minus 30. In St. Paul, Minnesota, a 34-year-old woman, found Monday, died of hypothermia.
A security expert says Yahoo users probably don't have anything to worry about following revelations Wednesday of a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts. J.J. Thompson, CEO of Rook Security, as well as other experts, say it doesn't appear that much personal data from Yahoo accounts has been posted for sale online. A 2014 attack on Yahoo was made public nearly three months ago.
Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday in the three-month-old trial federal of six suspected gang leaders in Chicago. The alleged members of the Hobos gang are accused of a racketeering conspiracy including nine killings. The arguments could be the legal equivalent of a marathon, with defendants having their own lawyers. Each lawyer will have a chance to deliver arguments in the legally complex case.