1. Nearly two-thirds of Maine was without power Monday night in the aftermath of a quick but ferocious storm that caused widespread damage throughout the state. Roughly 484,000 customers were without electricity at the height of the outages around midday Monday. That number exceeds the peak number of outages during the historic Ice Storm of 1998. A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power Co., the utility that covers most of southern Maine, said it could not even predict how many days it might take to restore power to everyone. Gov. Paul LePage issued a state of emergency Monday to help utility companies restore electricity as quickly as possible by permitting crews to work longer hours than normally allowed by law. School Closings: Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s College, Wells-Ogunquit, Yarmouth – Full List Here – http://www.wcsh6.com/closings (PH)
2. Trump aides charged in Russia probe. Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russians — the first criminal case in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of interactions between Trump’s campaign and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 election. Other former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates also faced charges, as Mueller’s investigation seemed poise to enter a new stage. (WGME)
3. The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly acquired their quarterback of the future by trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo. ESPN reported Monday that the Niners dealt a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots for Garoppolo. (PH)
4. Trick-or-treating will be postponed for children in Topsham, due to damage from the storm early Monday morning, officials said. Topsham announced plans to postpone trick-or-treating until Friday, Nov. 3. Richmond and Brunswick are also postponing their town Halloween events to Friday. Portland city leaders issued guidance for trick-or-treating on Tuesday. “City officials would like to warn residents to be extremely cautious tomorrow when taking children trick-or-treating,” city leaders said in a news release. “It is recommended that you not trick-or-treat on streets with no power, to carry flashlights and wear illumination devices, and to be careful and aware of streets that have debris and power lines on the ground.” (WMTW)
5. Halloween. Also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, this holiday is celebrated on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.
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