- - Wednesday, September 28, 2011


New 75 mph limit puts state in fast lane

AUGUSTA — On one lonesome stretch of Interstate 95 north of Bangor, motorists often put the pedal to the metal. Soon, it will be legal to do so.

An approximately 110-mile stretch of I-95 will be under a 75 mph limit. That’s the fastest in the East.

The new law authorizing the higher limit went on the books Wednesday, though it actually takes effect when new signs replace the old 65 mph ones Tuesday.

Residents had asked for the change, saying no one obeyed the limit anyway.

The state Transportation Department had done studies showing the change was justified.


Feds: Man planned to blow up Pentagon

BOSTON — A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and accused of plotting to destroy the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with large remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives.

Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland was arrested Wednesday in Framingham when undercover federal agents delivered materials he had requested for his alleged plan, including grenades, six machine guns and what Mr. Ferdaus thought was C-4 explosive.

Mr. Ferdaus is a U.S. citizen and graduate of Boston’s Northeastern University.

According to the federal affidavit, Mr. Ferdaus began planning “jihad” against the U.S. in early 2010. He allegedly believed he would have a large psychological impact by killing Americans, whom he described as “enemies of Allah.”


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