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February 17, 2017 7:31 PM Defrocked priest appears in court in Maine on 29 sex counts

YORK, Maine – A former Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy has made an initial court appearance in Maine on 29 counts of sexual misconduct. Ronald Paquin appeared before a judge via video conference from jail on Friday. The 74-year-old is now accused of assaulting two boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport 13

February 17, 2017 6:22 PM Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Pruitt has long criticized. The Senate approved Pruitt on a 52-46 vote Friday afternoon, with two Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — voting for his nomination. Republican Susan 12

February 17, 2017 6:19 PM Scott Pruitt, longtime adversary of EPA, confirmed to lead the agency

Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s next administrator. Pruitt cleared the Senate by a vote of 52-46, winning support from two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North 15

February 17, 2017 10:18 AM Donald Trump: 28 Days Later

So far, Trump has signed at least 23 executive actions, signed five bills into law, seen 12 members of his Cabinet confirmed and sent 167 (undeleted) tweets. Donald Trump will hit the four-week-mark Friday on a presidency that has begun like no other — full of big promises, constant controversy, the ever-present encroaching of major scandal, and zero regard 15

February 17, 2017 6:17 AM Across the USA: Protests, closures on a #DayWithoutImmigrants

Alvarado Street, a major Latino gathering spot in Los Angeles, saw many businesses closed on 'A Day without Immigrants'. Jefferson Graham reports. Some residents in all but a dozen states took part in a Día Sin Inmigrantes, a Day Without Immigrants, according to media reports. The Thursday protest was organized nationwide in response to President Trump's 22

February 16, 2017 6:04 PM Maine's Republican governor says 'TV show's over' for Trump

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Gov. Paul LePage says President Donald Trump needs to find a right-hand person so his administration can run more smoothly. LePage supported Trump during the state's Republican caucus and the presidential election. He said Thursday on WGAN-AM radio that "we've got to tell him that the TV show's over and he's got to move on now." The governor 18

February 15, 2017 11:08 PM Overnight Energy: GOP Sen. Collins to vote against Trump EPA pick

Collins told Maine Public Radio she will oppose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the EPA when the Senate considers his nomination, possibly as early as this week. "I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued the EPA on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including 20

February 15, 2017 6:30 PM Andy Puzder Is On The Ropes, May Be First Trump Nominee To Go Down

Seven GOP senators are skeptical, and a new video of his ex-wife alleging abuse further imperils the fast-food baron. WASHINGTON ― Uncertainty about whether the Senate will confirm Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor continues to grow, with at least seven Republican senators now unwilling to say they will support him. Most of those lawmakers have not actually 14

February 15, 2017 8:30 AM UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

On Feb. 15, 1933, President-elect Franklin Roosevelt narrowly escaped assassination in Miami when several shots were fired at him, fatally wounding Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include 18

February 14, 2017 2:00 AM The Latest: Mnuchin sworn in as treasury secretary

Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-chin) took the oath of office in the Oval Office Monday night. President Donald Trump says that Mnuchin spent his entire career making money in the private sector and now will go to work for the American taxpayer. Trump says Americans should know that “our nation’s financial system is truly in great hands.” Mnuchin was confirmed by the Senate 21