Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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MOXIE-COKE

PORTLAND, Maine — Soft drink giant Coca-Cola announced on Tuesday it is acquiring Moxie, a long-lived and beloved New England soda brand that is the official state beverage of Maine.Moxie has been around since the 19th century and it's famous in New England for its unique flavor, which is the product of a root extract that gives it a distinctive taste that polarizes drinkers. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 390 words, photos. An AP Newsbreak.

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EXCESSIVE HEAT: The school year has barely started in New England, but some school districts are already canceling classes or sending children home early as the region bakes in excessive heat.

FATAL ATV CRASH: Maine authorities say a 70-year-old ATV driver has died in a crash.

SICK RACOON-RABIES: The Maine Warden Service says a woman who tried to help an injured, rabid raccoon that ended up biting her and a game warden will not be charged with a crime.

TAGGED LOBSTERS: New England's lobster fishermen are being asked to keep an eye out for tagged lobsters that are part of a survey of the valuable crustaceans.

HOT WEATHER: Very hot and humid weather is in store for northern New England.

WEST NILE-MAINE: Maine health officials have confirmed the state's first human case of West Nile virus.

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