Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met Tuesday with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation, while Democrats push him to release more documents from his years in the George W. Bush White House. Collins supports abortion rights and has vowed to oppose any nominee who has "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade. But she has spoken highly of President Donald Trump's nominee, saying he's qualified for the job. By Dustin Weaver and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 610 words, photos.


ROCHESTER, N.H. — Officials say a man who had previously fled from state police in Maine led New Hampshire officers on a car chase and died in a shootout. New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says 38-year-old Douglas Heath was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including one for trafficking narcotics and another for fleeing from Maine troopers. SENT: 270 words.


UMAINE-ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: The University of Maine has appointed a veteran college sports administrator as the school's new athletic director.

FATAL CRASH-TURNPIKE: State police in Maine say they are investigating a single-vehicle crash near the southern end of the Maine Turnpike that killed one person.

SICK RACCOON-RABIES: Police in coastal Maine say a person attempting to nurse an injured rabid raccoon back to health got bitten multiple times and will now undergo rabies treatment.

DEADLY ROLLOVER: A woman from Maine has died and two other people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash on a Massachusetts highway.

HOUSE FIRE: Fire officials in Maine say good Samaritans driving by a burning home helped rescue a man who was sleeping in an upstairs room.

UNICORN PLANT: A showy plant thought to have been long gone from Maine has been found this summer.

LABOR RULES: The Maine labor department says teen workers can now take on more tasks that the state says are allowed under federal law.


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