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Soaring Bald Eagle Population Finds Prey in Other Bird Species

Call it conservation blowback: Since the 1970s, when the pesticide DDT was banned and the Endangered Species Act took effect, the emblematic American bald eagle’s population has roared back from near-extinction. But more eagles need more food, and for some other struggling bird species — here in Maine and around the country — the eagle’s success story has a menacing side.
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You know the TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Typically, winners get big money — like $1 million — but it's a little different in the version played in Venezuela.

It’s been six months since the residents of Mount Desert Island launched a grassroots initiative to become energy independent in 15 years.

The effort was highlighted in January as part of our ongoing series Beyond 350: Confronting Climate Change. This Sunday residents are getting together again for an update on the project, and they’ve already gotten a clearer picture of how to reach their goal.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett says the state's Democrats are fired up after the Philadelphia convention, and are already campaigning hard for the fall.

Bartlett  acknowledges that there are still some hardcore Bernie Sanders supporters that are not behind Hillary Clinton's candidacy, but he hopes they will stay active in the party working on other campaigns.  

An outside attorney will be joining the team of prosecutors considering the possibility of charges in the killing of Philando Castile earlier this month in Minnesota, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says.

LEWISTON, Maine - Mercy hospital in Portland is offering early retirement to 99 employees. Spokesman Wayne Clark says the goal is to improve the hospital's financial position and reduce its workforce as it prepares to consolidate operations at its Fore River campus.

"That's our vision for a strong community hospital with a focus on primary care and preventive care," Clark says.

Clark says the shift to one campus will likely take two to three years. Mercy currently has more than 1,500 employees.

Ask Walter Mosley what he does, and he'll say, simply, "I'm a writer." And he's written a lot: 52 books, about 30 short stories and another 30 or 40 articles, he says. While most writers specialize in one or two types of books, Mosley refuses to be constrained. He has written mysteries, science fiction, erotica, young adult fiction, plays, opinion pieces and essays. He has even penned a slim book that instructs would-be fiction writers on how to get started.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new law just taking effect today will help in addressing the state's drug crisis, says Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. She says it won't solve the drug crisis, but it will help.

"There aren't a lot of things I agree with the governor on, but this is one of them," Mills says. "That bill that he put in to crack down on prescribing practices for opiates and for benzodiazepines is a very important bill."

BAR HARBOR, Maine - The National Park Service says it has reopened areas of Acadia National Park that had been closed for months to protect peregrine falcons from disturbance while they were nesting.

The service says it has reopened Precipice, Valley Cove and Jordan cliffs and the trails associated with them. Those areas had been closed since March 17.

A mile-long stretch of Valley Cove Trail between Flying Mountain Trail and Man O'War Brook Trail will be closed to all public entry starting on Friday.

It's a balmy Sunday night in late June in San Francisco, post-Pride parade, and I'm about to eat dinner in a pristine blue dumpster in a dead-end SOMA (South of Market) street. The event, Salvage Supperclub, seeks to draw attention to food waste and encourage home cooks to not throw out less than ideal, yet still edible stuff.

A glance at the menu and the evening looks promising. The hosts are gracious, the guests friendly and the organizers earnest. The dumpster is simply but tastefully decked out: glass tea lights, long wooden benches, bar towel napkins.

By Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - Groups working to influence Maine voters on hot-button November ballot initiatives have brought in about $1 million since June.

In November, Mainers will face five ballot questions: marijuana legalization, a new tax to support public schools, universal background checks for gun sales, a gradual minimum wage hike and ranked-choice voting.

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