Jays’ Donaldson signs 2-year contract extension

Third baseman Josh Donaldson, the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 2015, has signed a two-year, $28.65 million contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Major League Baseball team said on Wednesday. Donaldson, 30, will earn $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017, the Blue Jays said …

IRS grants nonprofit status to ‘dark money’ group founded by Karl Rove

Past, present and future donors to the Rove group can now feel assured that they will remain anonymous.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend winter edition offers slate of Bangor area activities

Despite relatively balmy temperatures and, until this past week, no significant snow accumulation since early January, it’s still winter, darn it, and there’s plenty of cold-centric events to get out and enjoy. That’s why there are two editions each year of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend — one in the …

Bangor Symphony Pops concert to feature the music of love, sung by Noel Paul Stookey

When Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey takes the stage with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night for the BSO’s annual pops concert, it will be just the first in a number of collaborations the folk music icon has embarked on with the orchestra. But Stookey — formerly one third of Peter, …

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: MMA women give Dagan 250th coaching win

CASTINE — Mackenzie Vosburgh scored a career-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers, on Saturday afternoon as Maine Maritime Academy rolled to a 90-56 North Atlantic Conference victory over Lyndon State at Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium. The decision provided veteran Mariners head coach Craig Dagan with his 250th career coaching victory. …

NFL says CBS to share Thursday Night Football games with NBC

The NFL will split the broadcast rights for its Thursday Night Football games between NBC and CBS Corp., a move that reportedly earns the league higher fees and underlines the increasing cost of content for TV networks. The NFL also said that it was in “active discussions” with potential partners …

Everything you need to know about the Planned Parenthood videos and the criminal charges

On Monday, a grand jury indicted David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra Merritt, a center employee, on felony charges of tampering with government documents and a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The charges stem from the investigation surrounding the controversial Planned Parenthood videos …