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

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MAINE:

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - The Coast Guard says cleanup is underway following the discovery of an oil spill near the community of Cape Porpoise, Maine. The Coast Guard says it received the initial report of an oil sheen and oil on the coast of Bickford Island last night. Clean Harbors, an environmental cleanup company, was on the scene Monday morning. The Coast Guard says it's trying to determine the source of the spill. Cape Porpoise is part of Kennebunkport.

YORK, Maine (AP) - Drivers on the Maine Turnpike may come across something other than traffic this Labor Day. Maine Turnpike Authority officials will be handing out 25,000 special editions copies of this year's Farmers' Almanac to drivers at the York Toll Plaza starting at 10 a.m. today. Officials expect more that more than 980,000 cars and trucks will take the Maine Turnpike throughout Labor Day weekend. They're anticipating a nearly 2 percent boost in traffic over last year. Editors of the 198-year-old publication in Maine are predicting colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for the three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.

BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) - Several British dignitaries will attend a discussion about climate change at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine. Topics for the September 4 meeting will include ocean acidification, carbon capture and storage, and hydraulic fracturing. British Council General to New England Susie Kitchens and British Embassy Counsellor for Global Issues Rosalind Campion will attend. U.S. Deputy Director for UK Science and Innovation Sarah Hokanson also will be there.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine prosecutors are more likely to bring stiffer charges for choking someone after lawmakers updated the definition for aggravated assault. A Portland Press Herald analysis found that the number of aggravated assaults charged by prosecutors increased 61 percent from 2011 to 2013. The number of times prosecutors charged defendants with showing extreme indifference to the value of human life jumped from 29 to 170 in 2013. The choking language was added to the statute in 2012.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - None of the top Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire wants to increase the federal minimum wage, and one of them wants to get rid of it altogether. President Barack Obama wants Congress to increase federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10. But many Republicans oppose the increase, including former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens. The winner of the GOP primary will face U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Department of Corrections has been recognized by the state for its energy efficiency efforts. The department received a certificate recognizing its recent computer upgrade project, which integrated energy efficiency options that are projected to save an average of $12,500 annually in energy costs. The department says the computer upgrade project replaced and consolidated machines that were 10 or more years old.

HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will be celebrating the start of apple harvest season by visiting a Hopkinton orchard. The sixth annual New England Apple Day will be celebrated across the region this week. Officials in each of the six states will visit orchards to hold a ceremonial "first apple picking" of the year event.

ALTON, N.H. (AP) - Walt Havenstein (HA'-vehn-styne) uses "we" a lot: when he's talking about the partnership with his wife, Judy; when he recalls the "gang of 16" leaders at defense contractor BAE Systems, where he was CEO; and when he talks about his 28-year Marine Corps career. At his Lake Winnipesaukee (wihn-ah-pah-SAH'-kee) home recently, he said if he's successful in September's Republican primary and is elected governor in November, the word "we" will be heard a lot around the halls of the statehouse. The 65-year-old Havenstein faces entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway in the September 9 primary.

VERMONT:

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont labor unions are planning to rally for workers and their rights at two locations on Labor Day. And the state's left-leaning independent U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders will be joining them. Events are set for noon at Burlington's Battery Park - the rain site is Memorial Auditorium on Main Street. At 5 p.m., a similar rally is scheduled for the Town Green in Middlebury.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Officials at Norwich University say a museum on its Northfield campus has been designated the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Vermont. The school is planning an event tomorrow to celebrate the designation that will include guided tours of the Sullivan Museum and History Center.

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - After a string of arson fires, some residents of Barre, Vermont, say they have become more vigilant while others say they do not feel unsafe. Police have increased their presence in the city after four arson fires in August. All the buildings were either vacant or used for storage, and no injuries have been reported.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A group working to build a museum and history center in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury has a home. On Friday, the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center purchased a Victorian house on Summer Street for $185,000. The Caledonian Record reports the property's carriage barn will be updated and a handicap ramp constructed leading to the house. It's expected the museum's opening will be phased in. The first is planned for December.

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