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High-speed ferry ends service
PORTLAND, Maine — A high-speed ferry that has run between Maine and Nova Scotia for more than a decade is discontinuing service because the operation is no longer financially viable.
Bay Ferries Ltd. announced Friday that it is ending the seasonal service after being told by Nova Scotia officials this week that government support would not be available for the 2010 season.
CEO Mark MacDonald says the company has been hurting from the weak economy, a strong Canadian dollar and new U.S. passport rules. Passenger counts this year were down 10 percent from 2008.
The 320-foot catamaran can travel at speeds up to 40 knots.
CHP: No alcohol in teen crash
SONOMA, Calif. — Authorities say a 19-year-old driver who plowed into a minivan, killing a family of four, did not have alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.
California Highway Patrol officials also said Thursday they had found no evidence that Steven Culbertson had been at a bar prior to the Nov. 29 crash, despite initial reports he had been seen at one.
They say there was no indication Mr. Culbertson had tried to brake. He later died at the hospital.
Teacher sentenced for lewd conduct
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An Idaho middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to two felony counts of lewd conduct with a 14-year-old student has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Kari Jo Atkinson, 28, was sentenced Thursday in 7th District Court and must spend at least two years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
The Post Register reported that the former Sandcreek Middle School teacher asked for probation so she could continue counseling and remain with her family and two daughters, ages 4 and 6.
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