White House cancels Obama visit to Portland

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PORTLAND — Just hours after announcing Friday that President Obama would visit Portland this week, White House officials called off those plans in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Obama was to speak at the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday about the so-called “fiscal cliff,” an official said Friday morning. But the visit was canceled late that afternoon.

No further information was immediately available, and it was not clear if the president’s speech at USM will be rescheduled.