Things You Need to Know: Crash Caused Power Loss Monday Night
Here are the things you need to know today......
Thousands of people in Central Maine were without power last night. CentralMaine.com posted is was caused by a truck hitting a pole in Readfield last night.
The Augusta Food Bank had a new leaks in the new building. Centralmaine.com reports is was likely caused by the snow and ice on the roof. It was addressed and they should be back in today.
From the Associated Press:
Gas prices are on creeping back up in northern New England. GasBuddy's daily survey of gas outlets says the price has risen 2 cents per gallon in New Hampshire in the last week, averaging $2.46.. The price in Maine went up 1.7 cents to an average of $2.51 a gallon. Vermont's price also increased 1.7 cents, to $2.54 a gallon.
The weeks-long deep freeze is keeping Coast Guard ice breakers busy on the New England coast. The Coast Guard says ice-breaking tugs have been at work on the Penobscot River since last month, and that ice is now forming elsewhere in rivers and harbors.
A Maine marine biologist says footage of her swimming with a humpback whale shows the large mammal protecting her from a tiger shark. Nan Hauser, president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and a Brunswick resident, says she uploaded footage of her encounter Monday and it quickly spread across the internet. Hauser tells the Portland Press Herald she was in the Cook Islands when she came face to face with a 25-ton humpback whale, which approached her and began nudging her around the water. She says the whale also shielded her with a fin. She says after the encounter, she noticed a tiger shark was swimming nearby. Hauser says whales are "altruistic" and often hide seals from predators, but she has never experienced or read about anything like this before. (video)
Maine's top election official isn't giving up on his court battle for documents from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on which he served. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, a Democrat, said Monday that his legal team will go back to court to ask a judge to order the release of the documents. President Donald Trump disbanded the panel last week.
South Korea says North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in the South. South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung says the North made such a statement during talks Tuesday. He cites the North Korean officials there as saying its delegation would include officials, athletes, cheerleaders and journalists.
Washington's announcement that nearly 200,000 Salvadorans will lose the temporary protected status that has allowed them to live in the U.S. is raising worries in El Salvador that a major source of income for the poor nation will be cut off. There is also concern that families could be separated. Yet there is also a hint of optimism that Salvadorans with many years of experience in the U.S. could bring expertise and investment to spur the economy.
President Donald Trump might one day receive a request to speak with the special counsel in the Russia election meddling investigation. A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press that special counsel Robert Muller's team has been discussing an interview with Trump's lawyers. It would not be surprising that investigators would ultimately seek to interview the president given his role in several episodes under scrutiny by Mueller.
Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been named offensive player of the College Football Playoff championship game after leading the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind 26-23 overtime win over Georgia. Tagovailoa replaced an ineffective Jalen Hurts to start the second half and led the Tide back from deficits of 13-0 at half and 20-7 in the middle of the third quarter.
Israel's hard-charging prosecution of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers has trained a spotlight on her activist family and its role in what Palestinians call "popular resistance," the near-weekly protests against Israeli occupation in several West Bank villages. Ahed Tamimi has come to embody rival, grievance-filled Palestinian and Israeli narratives, at a time of overwhelming skepticism on both sides about chances of ending their long-running conflict.