Things You Need to Know: LL Beans is Facing Lawsuit over Return Policy Change
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LL Bean is facing a class-action lawsuit after announcing a change to its longtime tradition of unlimited returns. According to Newscenter the suit claims L.L. Bean’s deceptive and unfair breaking of its promises and customers are getting what the bargained for.
Bath Iron Works has notified nearly 60 electricians that they'll be laid off this month because of a shortage of work. WABI reports union says some of the workers could take jobs elsewhere. It's part of the ebb and flow at the Navy shipbuilder.
From the Associated Press:
HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a man who crashed his car into an unoccupied house went unnoticed for nearly half a day before a passer-by saw the vehicle. Thirty-five-year-old Kevin O'Connor, of Harpswell, was driving in the town when he crashed around midnight Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald reports the car crashed into an unoccupied house down a slope. A passer-by discovered the wreck around 10 a.m. Wednesday — 10 hours after the crash — and called police. O'Connor is being treated at an area hospital for serious injuries, including multiple broken bones and a head injury. Police say speed was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. Property records show the vacant house is owned by an Arizona-based company.
PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine county has sworn in a new sheriff whose predecessor faced sexual misconduct allegations. The Sun Journal reports that Oxford County sheriff James Theriault was sworn in Tuesday and vowed to restore the faith of the community and rebuild morale in the department. Former Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant resigned after county commissioners said Gallant sent a photograph to a female employee of another law enforcement agency that showed his exposed genitals.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration has agreed to halt the further removal of equipment from a minimum-security state prison that's emptied of inmates. Attorneys representing the state Department of Corrections and the Washington County Commission told a judge Wednesday that they've begun negotiations. Lawmakers have funded the facility through June, and the commission has filed an injunction to prevent LePage from taking steps that would make it impossible to keep the prison open.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A critic of public funding for gubernatorial candidates has become the first candidate seeking the governor's office to qualify for state clean elections funds. Garrett Mason last May voted in favor of a bill to save $6 million in clean elections funds by removing gubernatorial candidates from eligibility. The Sun Journal reports that Mason on Wednesday submitted the names of more than 3,200 Mainers who donated $5 to his campaign.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say daycare workers suspect a parent brought them cookies tainted with marijuana. Bangor Sgt. Brent Beaulieu said no children ate the cookies that were dropped off at the Watch Me Shine daycare. But some of the staff reported "a feeling of marijuana intoxication." The daycare was closed Wednesday while police investigated. The cookies are being tested.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the former student suspected of killing at least 17 people at a Florida high school posted "very, very disturbing" material on social media before the deadly shooting rampage. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Israel says investigators were dissecting the suspect's social media posts.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Just before the shooting broke out, some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School thought they were having another fire drill. Authorities say a gunman pulled the alarm Wednesday afternoon to flush the students out into the hallways. They say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz then opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, killing 17 and sending hundreds of others fleeing into the streets.
UNDATED (AP) — Authorities say a former student opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing "numerous" people. The Broward County sheriff said 14 people were taken to hospitals.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, dedicated civil-rights activist, historian and clearly one of the greatest basketball players ever. One thing he concedes with a smile that he's never been, however, is a "blabbermouth." The reticent superstar has preferred to communicate with audiences through books and essays over the years, but that's about to change. He's putting together "Becoming Kareem," a stage show in which he'll talk to audiences across the country about his life.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American standout Mikaela Shiffrin has won the giant slalom to earn her second career Olympic gold medal. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway earned silver. Federica Brignone of Italy won the bronze. Coming into the Pyeongchang Olympics, there was talk about Shiffrin possibly chasing after quite a few medals. At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom title at age 18. She will defend that title Friday.