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News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press

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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) -- State Attorney General Janet Mills says a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting and killing a man last April in Windham. Mills says Nicholas Mangino was acting in self-defense and for others when he shot Stephen McKenney. McKenney was shot after refusing to drop a gun and advancing toward Mangino.

DEDHAM, Maine (AP) - Tests on private wells across Maine have turned up dangerously high levels of fluoride in 10 towns. The Portland Press Herald reports 8 of the towns are in Hancock County, with a geologist suggests its likely attributable to a high level of granite in the area. Dedham had the highest percentage of wells testing above state guidelines.

LIVERMORE, Maine (AP) -- Apple growers across Maine say they expect a good crop this season in spite of several hailstorms that left damage at some orchards. The Sun-Journal says some orchards have opened to the public for the season already, with Paul Reds now ripening and customers already arriving to pick them.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A 66-year-old man who allegedly passed a Hallowell bank teller a note claiming he had a grenade and a gun has pleaded not guilty in the June 23 robbery. The Kennebec Journal reports John Slater was arrested in New Hampshire after multiple people recognized him in bank surveillance photos that media outlets picked up.


LONDON (AP) -- Experts in London say police are using voice recognition software and other technology as they try to identify the militant recorded on the video of the killing of New Hampshire journalist James Foley. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the masked jihadi is likely British with linguists suggesting the man's accent would have him from the London area.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The slaying of journalist James Foley does not appear to be changing lawmakers' stands involving military intervention against the Islamic State extremists. The initial report from members of Congress has been mixed, with some hawks still assailing the Obama administration's refusal to target terror bases in neighboring Syria.

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) -- A Hampton woman accused of giving the drug fentanyl to a 19-year-old woman hours before she then drove into several cyclists -- killing two -- has pleaded guilty. Cindy Sheppard received a 3-to-6 year sentence. The crash involving Darriean Hess last year killed Pamela Wells and Elise Bouchard of Massachusetts.

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) -- A judge has rejected a request that he set aside a conviction for the owner of the Colebrook BlackMag gunpowder plant in the 2010 explosion that killed two workers. The Caledonian-Record reports Craig Sanborn's lawyer questioned the testimony of a witness who may have embellished his own military record.


RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- A balky fire at a plywood plant in Rutland kept firefighters busy overnight. Firefighters say they brought the five-alarm blaze under control, only to have to return to the scene as the fire ended up destroying the building. The Rutland Herald reports firefighters suspect a mechanical failure in the blaze at the Rutland Plywood plant.

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne this evening plans to hold a giant conference call, with the Pomfret businessman taking questions. Milne has the backing of most state party leaders and is considered the frontrunner in the GOP race to challenge Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- State health officials are pressing young adults in Vermont to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. The head of state immunization efforts uses the flu as an example, saying people of any age can come down with the flue but less than one-third of young adults typically receive the flu vaccine each year.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Hunters have until September 15 to get in their applications for controlled waterfowl permits. State fish and wildlife officials will hold a public drawing four days later to award the permits. The hunting under controlled conditions at Alburgh's Mud Creek and Addison's Dead Creek has been popular since the early 1970s.

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