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  • Residents alarmed as Coast Guard changes foghorns Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    That's why Bradbury, of Kennebunkport, and hundreds of New Englanders are sounding the alarm over a Coast Guard plan to convert old-style foghorns to newer technology. The Coast Guard is converting Maine and New Hampshire foghorns that are automated to activate in the presence of fog. The move has proved unpopular in some Maine communities, and the Coast Guard...

  • Fight looming over New England fishing territory Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Scientists awaiting a long-anticipated fishery management plan in New England waters are concerned federal regulators won't take aggressive enough steps to protect the habitat. The New England Fishery Management Council has been working for several years on a habitat management plan for federal waters from Maine to Rhode Island and is...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in midnight screenings in a smattering of U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day, drawing moviegoers who said they supported the studio's decision to stand up to efforts to censor the low-budget comedy. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the film...

  • Cards Against Humanity buys 6-acre Maine island Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Cards Against Humanity has purchased a 6- acre private island in Maine and is doling out 1- square-foot parcels to participants in its holiday fundraising campaign. The Chicago- based game-maker bought Birch Island in St. George Lake for about $200,000 in October and renamed it Hawaii 2, the Portland Press Herald reported.

  • Oil train disaster settlement growing Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is nearly halfway to a goal of $500 million in funding commitments ahead of its filing next month, the defunct railroad's bankruptcy trustee said. More than a dozen corporations that face potential liability in the 2013 Quebec oil train disaster...

  • Trashing electronics becomes illegal in New York Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    Starting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York's 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called "e-waste" in the garbage. "Now you have to recycle it," said John Shegerian, CEO of Fresno, Calif.- based Electronic Recyclers International, which provides e-waste recycling services for New York City, Los Angeles and 150 other...

  • New Hampshire delays vote on $13M FairPoint bid Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    "I have big concerns that the poor service levels we've been seeing from FairPoint right now wouldn't live up to the terms in the contract," Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern said. Under the contract, FairPoint would provide all services through 2020. The contract is likely to come before the council again in January, said Linda Hodgdon,...

  • Maine home sales decline 9.85 percent in November Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine home sales dipped 9.85 percent in November while the median sales price dropped 1.43 percent. The Maine Association of Realtors reports the median sales price for November was $172,500. Maine's numbers also lagged behind trends in the Northeast, where sales were up 4.6 percent and the median sales price rose 1.3 percent to $246,100.

  • KITTERY, Maine— Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. "It's a revolutionary program," said Gregory Sancoff, founder and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems. "Nothing like this has ever been built by anybody, not even the Navy."

  • Vermont regulator, FairPoint agree to repair plans Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Department of Public Service said Friday that FairPoint Communications has agreed to take steps to ensure timely repairs for those without phone service while a workers' strike continues in northern New England. The department said it has received more than 700 complaints about FairPoint's service since more than 1,700 workers...

  • US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013 Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    DETROIT— Driving is getting safer. A total of 32,719 people died in U.S. crashes in 2013, down from 33,782 in 2012, according to figures compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said the drop came because of safer vehicles, stronger laws and enforcement, and consumer education campaigns.

  • 'Lumberjack chic': Demand for L.L.Bean boot soars Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 PM ET
    Women's Bean Boots by LL Bean

    L.L.Bean has seen such a surge in demand for its iconic "Bean" boot, that it's had to double its manufacturing capacity.

  • Striking FairPoint workers rally in New Hampshire Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Two hundred FairPoint Communications workers promised on Friday to remain on strike until company officials return to the bargaining table, even as the 10- week-old strike begins to take a personal and financial toll on the workers and their families. FairPoint's 1,700 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont began striking in October...

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials say. The Navy is also hiring at its three other public shipyards, with about 1,520 workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, about 850 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and...

  • INTERVIEW- Barney Frank on practically everything Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    Dec 16- Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. In Congress, he was the controversial Democratic leader on the House Financial Services Committee and was a co-sponsor of the eponymous 2010 Dodd-Frank act, which brought sweeping reform to the financial industry. REUTERS: What do you make of Congress last weekend...

  • Union sues to block sale of Bucksport paper mill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    BUCKSPORT, Maine— A union representing some workers at the 84- year-old Verso Paper mill has filed a federal lawsuit to halt the sale of the facility. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing 59 employees, is asking the court to block the sale to a scrap metal company and open the way for a buyer that would keep the mill...

  • Maine approves $25K fine for natural gas company Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday signed off on a $25,000 fine for a natural gas company for safety violations. Summit Natural Gas, which is expanding its reach in southern and central Maine, reached a consent decree that reduced the fine from $100,000 following violations that included using contractors without proper...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • COLUMN-Keystone is dragging down the Democrats: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- "Keystone" would be a fitting epitaph for Democratic lawmakers, who will lose their majority in the United States Senate in January 2015. Polls show majority support for the pipeline, especially among the white working class and union voters that used to be the bedrock of the Democratic Party but which it has increasingly lost to the Republicans in...