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Sears in Augusta is closing. A story from Business insider KMart in Bangor is closing and report in from WCSH in Bangor Macy's is closing.

The owners of the pit bulls that attacked and killed a dog in Winslow last summer are appealing the judge's order they be put down. According to the two dogs have been staying at the Humane Society Waterville Area, at the owners expense, until the case it settled.

There is a movie in the works about Travis Mills. According it will be directed by Sylvester Stallone. “Tough As They Come” is based on the memoir written by Mills, which became a New York Times best seller. The movie is being shopped around to studios but no deal is in place yet.

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A Fairfield woman charged in the death of her newborn son has been sentenced to nine years in prison after changing her plea to guilty. Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Stewart pleaded guilty to manslaughter under an agreement in which prosecutors dropped a murder charge. Stewart's attorney said Stewart thought the baby was stillborn. A medical examiner said the full-term baby was born alive and died from asphyxiation or neglect.

There's so much snow in Maine that residents are being warned to be wary of roof collapses. The Maine Emergency Management Agency says the snow load on roofs is becoming a concern after several storms with heavy wet snow across northern Maine.

A Bowdoinham man accused of crawling into a 6-year-old boy's tent in Wayne and touching him inappropriately has pleaded guilty. The Kennebec Journal reports 23-year-old Scott Lathan pleaded guilty on Tuesday. He was sentenced to five years in prison with about nine months to be served and the balance suspended with two years of probation. Lathan must register as a sex offender for 25 years.

With L.L. Bean boots in high demand, the Freeport-based retailer is moving into a new 110,000-square-foot warehouse in Lewiston and bringing 100 more jobs with it. The Sun Journal reports the new space is double the size of L.L. Bean's current production facilities in the Androscoggin County city.

Much of Northern California and the Sierra Nevada are bracing for potential flooding into the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for most of the Sierra along the Nevada-California line, and up to 12 inches more of rain could fall. On Wednesday, a winter storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow around Lake Tahoe, made its way toward Utah and the Rockies. Blizzard conditions have closed major highways.

High-level intelligence officials are heading to New York Friday to brief President-elect Donald Trump on their classified findings concerning allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election by hacking Democratic emails. But on Thursday, President Barack Obama will be briefed on the results of the report he ordered last month. Intelligence agencies say that not only did Russia meddle in the election, but did so to help Trump win. Trump strongly rejects that assessment.

Iraqi officials say a car bombing in a mostly Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) neighborhood in Baghdad has killed at least eight people. Police say a car packed with explosives was parked near an outdoor fruit and vegetable market. No one has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack.

Police in Indianapolis are searching for two gunmen they believe killed two restaurant workers during a robbery. Investigators released surveillance video Wednesday showing two men, in hooded sweatshirts and carrying handguns, walking into Jordan's Fish and Chicken on the city's east side, jumping over the counter and running out a couple minutes later. Investigators believe the shootings happened Tuesday night just before the restaurant's 11 p.m. closing time.

Six Mexican veterinarians have filed a federal human trafficking lawsuit, claiming they were recruited to work at an Idaho dairy farm as animal scientists, but instead were forced to work as laborers for about a year. The doctors say they had been promised that they would oversee animal health and reproduction programs at Funk Dairy Inc., and were brought to the U.S. on TN visas for professionals. They say that instead they milked cows and shoveled manure.

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