PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a severe storm in the Northeast that brought hurricane-force wind gusts and torrential rain (all times local):9:55 a.m.Officials in New England cities and towns that experienced significant storm damage say families should be very careful when taking children trick-or-treating.The storm peaked Monday and knocked down thousands of trees and left more than a million people without power. Portland, Maine, officials say they are still cleaning up on Tuesday, and some neighborhoods warrant extreme caution.City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says many homes don't have power, and power lines are still down in some areas.
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Tuesday Oct 31, 2017
- Smoke pours from chimney at Russian consulate after US orders its closure
By Associated Press - Friday Sep 1, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — Acrid, black smoke was seen pouring from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco on Friday, a day after the Trump administration ordered its closure amid escalating tensions between the United States and Russia. Firefighters who arrived at the scene were turned away by consulate officials who came from inside...
- Portland cleans dirty river, invites residents to take a dip
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press - Friday Jul 14, 2017
The city has partnered with a civic group called the Human Access Project to entice residents into the Willamette this summer with a roster of public swimming events and a flood of announcements that the river, finally, is safe for human use.The push mirrors efforts to revive ailing rivers in other U.S. cities, from the Charles River in Boston — where occasional city-sanctioned swimming started in 2013 — to the concrete-lined Los Angeles River, where efforts have been underway in recent years to reverse decades of environmental damage along an 11-mile (18-kilometer) stretch.Beaches in other communities along the river attract crowds, but swimmers in downtown Portland have nowhere to dive in despite increasing demand.Since the completion of the sewage control project in 2011, swimmers have been congregating on a floating esplanade for bikers and runners and sneaking onto city docks reserved for fire boats.An inner tube river parade planned by the Human Access Project for this weekend is expected to attract several thousand participants, and members of a river swim group cross the Willamette several times a week in fluorescent green swim caps bearing the name River Huggers.The city hopes to open two more beaches in coming years, install floating docks along the riverbank and place public restrooms, picnic benches, umbrellas and showers on site.
- The Latest: Dog walkers to welcome conservatives with poop
Friday Aug 25, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on conservative free speech rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley, California (all times local):9:30 a.m.Dog walkers are planning to protest a politically conservative free-speech rally by leaving pup poop at San Francisco's Crissy Field.A Facebook page encourages protesters to let their dogs loose Friday and Saturday morning at the park near the Golden Gate Bridge and not pick up after them.The page assures dog owners that they can come together Sunday to clean up the field of feces and "hug each other."Portland, Oregon-based Patriot Prayer has a permit to host a 2 p.m.