Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

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MCCAIN-SENATE LIONS

WASHINGTON — John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of Senate women. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dianne Feinstein of California and Patty Murray of Washington are all positioned to have enormous influence. By Lisa Mascaro.

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MCCAIN-COLLINS

PORTLAND, Maine — The military cargo plane careened, corkscrew-style, toward the landing strip at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, performing an evasive maneuver aimed at avoiding incoming fire. In her seat, Sen. Susan Collins had a case of the jitters. By David Sharp.

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STEALTH DESTROYER

BATH, Maine — Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works has replaced one of the massive turbines on the future USS Michael Monsoor, and the stealthy destroyer is scheduled to depart for San Diego in November. The delicate operation involved lifting and maneuvering the 15-ton Rolls Royce marine turbine out of the ship, and workers had to build a rail system to assist in the removal and installation of the replacement turbine in August, officials said. By David Sharp.

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IN BRIEF:

SEAL DEATHS: The federal government is declaring the deaths of hundreds of seals off the New England coast this summer to be an "unusual mortality event." The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said tests indicate dead seals found in New England tested positive for avian flu and phocine distemper.

CONGRESSIONAL RACE-MAINE: Two candidates in Maine's congressional race have stepped up attacks against each other over their political ads. The Sun Journal reports Democrat Jared Golden hit out at a Maine GOP ad posted on Facebook, saying it was a "misleading attack" on his military service.

PROFESSOR INVESTIGATION: A University of Maine professor who was previously cleared in a sexual harassment investigation has been placed on paid leave again amid a separate investigation into his conduct. The Bangor Daily News reports the human resources investigation into English professor Robert "Tony" Brinkley centers on a complaint that he failed to report an incident that was shared with him by an anonymous student.

WINDJAMMER FESTIVAL: More than a dozen windjammers are headed to Camden Harbor. The 25th annual Camden Windjammer Festival kicks off Friday with the arrival of more than a dozen windjammers and an evening capped by fireworks on the waterfront.

MAINE HOUSING: Housing authorities around the state of Maine are receiving more than $1 million in federal money to preserve affordable housing and services for people with disabilities. Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the money will also help low-income residents and families. She is the chair of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee.

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