Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Maine. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 207-772-4157.

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BOSTON — East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. Forecasters predict that record-breaking cold air and strong winds will set people's teeth chattering like castanets from the mid-Atlantic to New England on Friday and that the frigid weather will hang around through the weekend. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 590 words, photos.




WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades. While some lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, the plan drew immediate opposition from governors up and down the East Coast, including Republican Govs. Rick Scott of Florida and Larry Hogan of Maryland, who pressed President Donald Trump to withdraw their states from consideration. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 890 words.


CITY COUNCILOR-ETHICS PROBE: The Bangor City Council will meet next week to judge whether or not to bring an ethics investigation against a sitting member of the council.

POWER BILL SCAM: Portland-area law enforcement officials warn of a new telephone scam threatening Central Maine Power customers with disconnection unless they pay a fraudulent bill with prepaid cards.

WELFARE DOLLARS: Republican Gov. Paul LePage is spending $1.7 million of federal welfare dollars on after-school programs.

NATIVITY STOLEN: A Maine church is holding out hope that figures of Joseph and Mary that were stolen from its nativity scene after Christmas will turn up.

AGRICULTURE JOBS: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the first day of the state's annual farm show will focus on linking people with careers in agriculture.


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