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Hamza Mohsin, foreground, uses his hands to paint a flag of one of many nations within the community Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Bartlett and Birch Streets in Lewiston. The unique mural is part of a project called "CITY OF US" spearheaded by Lewiston teacher, Eamon White with a grant from the city of Lewiston's public art projects. Credit: Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

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The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another Mainer has died and 261 more coronavirus cases reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,463 as of Wednesday morning. Check out our COVID-19 tracker for more information.

COVID-19 has edged out unintentional injuries and chronic lower respiratory disease to become the third leading cause of death in Maine. Cancer and chronic heart disease continue to be the top causes of death.

From the White House to local level, officials are warning about new highly transmissible COVID-19 variants. The BA.5 variant now accounts for 65 percent of cases with its cousin BA.4 contributing another 16 percent. But experts said the warnings were too little, too late.

U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved Novavax’s vaccine against COVID-19, giving American adults the choice of four jabs to protect themselves again serious infection.

Great white shark photographed killing seal in Penobscot Bay

A graphic series of photos show how the attack played out.

Paul LePage won’t say if he’s supporting Donald Trump’s potential 2024 bid

The former Republican governor instead said he was focused only on his November race with Gov. Janet Mills.

Inside the hotel lobby as US governors descended on downtown Portland

Some of the most powerful people in the U.S. visited Portland on Wednesday on the first day of a National Governors Association meeting.

Dispensaries brace for 1st Phish show since Maine legalized cannabis sales

While most concerts bring plenty of customers eager to spend money on food, drink and shopping while they’re in town, Phish fans are a little different.

UMaine could get $18M from feds for cutting-edge PFAS lab

If the funding is secured, the university could lead the way to understanding these chemicals and minimizing their negative effects on humans and the environment.

Maine doesn’t know how many birds are dying from avian flu because of lab backlog

Officials are now assuming any sick or dying birds — especially waterfowl — are infected with the deadly H5N1 variant of avian flu.

The latest sign that southern Maine’s housing market is cooling

The rising rate of contracts falling through is another sign that the housing market has quickly cooled in Maine.

Homeless youth will be able to stay in Aroostook with new shelter opening

While many shelters take adults and families, homeless youths who are alone have had to seek housing 150 miles away or more in Bangor, Portland or Lewiston.

Caribou’s oldest resident says she has ‘no special secret’ to living to 105

Anna Roberts was unprepared for the number of family, friends, city employees and even state senators who turned out to celebrate her big day.

Hancock County land trust expands Wildlands preserve and safeguards river

The 355-acre property adds to the trust’s 4,500-acre Wildlands preserve that protects almost all of the Dead River’s shoreline.

State requests more details about financial viability of proposed Moosehead ski resort 

It’s the latest wrinkle in developers’ efforts to meet state requirements to renovate and expand a partially defunct ski resort on Big Moose Mountain.

Homemade strawberry shortcake is the summer dessert you need right now

Just make sure it’s a proper New England-style one.

In other Maine news …

Missing Bangor news anchor was found safe in his home

Regulators want to know if T-Mobile is tying up 207 phone numbers

Maine politicians blast ‘unfair’ court decision targeting lobster gear

Tourists are still flocking to Maine but might be spending less this summer

A Maine entrepreneur is keeping the art of wallpaper alive through unique designs

Woman killed in Piscataquis County crash

Kittery residents blast ‘coward’ neo-Nazis recruiting in their town

Lightning strikes set 2 Maine houses on fire during severe thunderstorms

Mainer accused of invading Capitol on Jan. 6 pleads not guilty

Maine sues Windham moving firm whose owner expressed support for Jan. 6 rioters

Inmate sentenced to 35 years for murder-for-hire plot dies at Maine State Prison