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A fire at two-unit apartment building on Spruce Street in Waterville yesterday left 2 families homeless. reports no one was injured and at this point they are not sure what started the fire but the smoke detectors were not working.

From the Associated Press:

Maine's Republican and independent senators say President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord is shortsighted. Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an independent, spoke out against Trump's move on Thursday. The senators' statements came moments after the president appeared in the White House Rose Garden to announce the country's withdrawal from the pact.

President Donald Trump's mysterious tweeted typo covfefe is coming soon to a license plate near you. The Maine Department of Motor Vehicles confirms someone claimed COVFEFE for a personalized license plate just hours after the Republican president's now-infamous tweet at 12:06 a.m. Wednesday. Local media report it's also happening in other states, including Nebraska and North Carolina.

Maine hunters might get a shot at more deer-hunting permits next season because much of the state's herd apparently survived the mostly mild winter. The state has about 200,000 white-tailed deer and uses "antlerless deer" hunting permits to manage the population. Officials said Thursday the state is planning to offer more than 65,000 permits this year, an increase from last year's total of more than 45,000.

A proposal designed to make hearing aids more affordable has generated resistance from some gun owners. A gun rights group is organizing opposition, because it believes the measure would change the way certain hunting products are regulated. It would allow hearing aids intended to compensate for mild to moderate hearing impairment to be sold over the counter, rather than by prescription. But Gun Owners of America says the legislation could negatively impact hunters who buy hearing enhancement devices as a way to better track game. Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is one of the senators behind the bill. He says the proposal wouldn’t affect hunting tools in any way.

The Metropolitan Manila police chief says thick smoke trapped people in the gambling area where a gunman set fires, causing the 36 deaths tallied in the attack. Police chief Oscar Albayalde said Friday the gunman carried a 2 liter bottle of gasoline, the gambling area was carpeted and the tables were also made of combustible materials. He said investigators would check whether the sprinklers in the hotel worked.

Fiji's prime minister, who will chair an annual climate summit in Germany in November, says he's deeply disappointed by President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The prime minister (Voreqe Bainimarama) says he tried to persuade Trump to stick with the agreement, as nations tackle "the greatest challenge our planet has ever faced."

Top European leaders have pledge to keep fighting against global warming as President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, but rejected his suggestions the deal could be renegotiated. The leaders of France, Germany and Italy in a joint statement regretted the U.S. decision to withdraw from the accord but affirmed "our strongest commitment" to implement it. Fiji's prime minister says he did what he could to try to persuade Trump to stick with the agreement.

The ACLU is decrying the Trump administration's late-night request that the Supreme Court immediately reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. The Justice Department says in court filings that lower courts blocking the ban made several mistakes. One error it cites is relying on statements President Donald Trump made during the 2016 campaign.

New shops are sprouting up across Syria's capital Damascus. Business is brisk and some people who fled the country's civil war years ago are contemplating a return. The war is likely to drag on for years, sustained largely by the intervention and rivalries of foreign powers. But in the seat of President Bashar Assad's government, there is a general feeling that the six-year conflict is winding down.

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