AUGUSTA, Maine

Official: State feels punished

The Republican leader of the Maine House says national media coverage of Gov. Paul LePage’s controversial remarks is a “punishment in and of itself.” About 55 House Republicans gathered Tuesday night in Augusta to figure out potential punishments for the GOP governor over the crisis involving his racially charged comments about drug dealers. The lawmakers met while approximately 1,000 people rallied nearby calling for LePage’s resignation. Rep. Ken Fredette says no one agrees with the governor’s behavior, but Republicans don’t support holding a $43,000-a-day special session to censure him.

PENNINGTON BOROUGH, N.J.

Christie vetoes bill on wages

Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday shot down an attempt to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in the next year and to at least $15 over the next five. Christie announced his veto at an event at a market in Pennington, saying it would burden small businesses and describing the proposal as the “heavy hand of government.” Christie said raising wages is the job of business owners. Democratic leaders say they will pursue a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage without the need for Christie’s approval.

TEMECULA, Calif.

Suspicious fire kills five

The bodies of five people were found after a fire gutted a board-and-care home for developmentally disabled people, authorities said Tuesday. Remains of the five adults were discovered Monday morning after firefighters put out a fire at the home, said a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The cause of the fire had not been determined but it was labeled suspicious, authorities said.

GRAHAM, Wash.

Man with chain saw is shot

Officers in Washington state shot and killed a man they say charged at them with a running chain saw. A woman called 911 Tuesday morning to report that her 36-year-old son was armed with a chain saw at their home. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Gary Sanders says the son previously assaulted the woman and her husband. Sanders says that when deputies arrived, they confronted the man, but he refused to put down the tool. They used a stun gun on him and he fell to the ground, but he got back up and charged at the deputies with the running chain saw. Deputies opened fire, and the man died at the scene. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Compiled from wire reports