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Gov. Paul LePage announced the breakdown on Thursday and pledged to use the “full extent” of his legal authority to safeguard public health, setting the stage for a court showdown.

A nurse who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone defied a state-imposed quarantine Thursday, leaving her house for a short bicycle ride and setting up a legal fight with the state of Maine. The nurse, Kaci Hickox, left her house on the edge of Fort Kent just after 9 a.m., biking with her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, down a quiet paved road, followed closely by two police cars and a caravan of reporters.
Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said he was “proud to be gay” in an essay published early Thursday, becoming by far the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.
The Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium to win their third World Series title in the last five years and became the first team since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win a Series Game 7 on the road.
Hungary’s leadership is under pressure to drop plans to tax Internet use, a move seen as a way to cut off public debate by limiting information not controlled by the rightist government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
For years, private researchers have looked for clues to the mystery of pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance over the Pacific in 1937. Now, one piece of fuselage metal may confirm her last location.
Yellow-billed loons, migratory birds that nest on large lakes dotting Alaska’s North Slope, do not need Endangered Species Act protections, federal regulators said on Wednesday. 
Four of the six states in New England have very tight gubernatorial races, with Republicans leading narrowly in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine and trailing only slightly in Rhode Island.
Hampton Sides blends human drama with suspense and engrossing play-by-play descriptions to tell the tragic and triumphant story of the USS Jeannette.
The explosion of Orbital Science's Antares rocket shouldn't compromise NASA's shift to leasing services for its human spaceflight program, rather than owning its own rockets, specialists say.