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  • Maine mill joins complaint against Canadian paper maker Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    MADISON, Maine— Madison Paper Industries has joined a Minnesota paper mill seeking higher import duties on a special publishing paper made by a Canadian mill. The Morning Sentinel reports they filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce against Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia.

  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:19 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. Workers said during a four-month strike in northern New England that the company was positioning itself for potential sale, and a Wall Street analyst said shareholders are pressing for one.

  • WASHINGTON— It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. "It's been a comedy of errors from the start," said K.C. Crafts, a freelance financial writer from South Berwick, Maine.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • "Introducing that new generation, that younger generation to the flower show is something that we want to do," said Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which sponsors the show. Children and adults alike will surely recognize the large orange clownfish in the exhibit by J. Downend Landscaping of Ridley Park, in the Philadelphia...

  • On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil trains to use stronger tank cars and make other safety improvements. The most serious killed 47 people and destroyed the town center of Lac Megantic in Quebec, Canada, just across the border from Maine, in 2013.. But among them are a stronger tank car design that includes...

  • Feb 26- Bank of America Corp said on Thursday that two members of its board of directors and its chief accounting officer will be leaving the company in coming weeks. Directors Charles "Chad" Holliday, who chaired the bank's board until chief executive Brian Moynihan took on that role in October, and Clayton Rose will not stand for re-election at the company's...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Every year in Maine is the year of the lobster, but 2014 was especially good, according to catch data released Thursday. Maine lobstermen set a record last year in posting a catch with a total value of $456.9 million, said state fishery regulators, who released the 2014 data. "Last year, mother nature delivered us a good product," said David Cousens, a...

  • Forestry company J.D. Irving filed a notice with Canadian regulators this week, saying it was "vitally concerned" about how TransCanada Corp's proposed Alberta- to- New Brunswick pipeline would affect its operations. In a filing with the National Energy Board on Monday, J.D. Irving said about 170 km of the proposed pipeline route would cross its forest holdings in...

  • Forestry company J.D. Irving filed a notice with Canadian regulators this week, saying it was "vitally concerned" about how TransCanada Corp's proposed Alberta- to- New Brunswick pipeline would affect its operations. In a filing with the National Energy Board on Monday, J.D. Irving said about 170 km of the proposed pipeline route would cross its forest holdings in...

  • WASHINGTON— Attempts to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa were a mistake, the president's bioethics advisers said Thursday. The panel examined the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that devastated Liberia, Sierra Leona and Guinea over the past year. "Make sure we learn from history," said University of Pennsylvania...

  • MADRID— Spain's leading electricity and natural gas company, Iberdrola, will buy the northeastern U.S. utility UIL Holdings Corp. in a deal valued at about $3 billion, the companies said Thursday. The combined company will serve 3.1 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New York. Iberdrola USA's utilities will be...

  • HALLOWELL, Maine— State utility regulators decided Wednesday to reconsider agreements with two companies planning to develop wind power projects in Maine, despite widespread criticism from industry officials who said doing so would be inappropriate and set a dangerous precedent. The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of reopening...

  • Heating prices surge in Maine amid cold February Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:11 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil climbed 19 cents in the past two weeks. Heating oil averaged $3.87 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene was $4.32 and propane was $3.53. Southwestern Maine had the highest average price for kerosene at $3.33 while the average propane price topped out at...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint's unionized workers fear they'll find a mess when they return Wednesday from a four-month strike in which replacement workers handled call center duties and maintained the telecommunications network in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. "We have to win back the confidence of our customers," said Adam Frederickson, a FairPoint worker...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:. BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA? A 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected residents with small amounts of pot in their homes from prosecution.

  • The commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Richard Rosen, told the Legislature's Appropriations Committee that the governor's tax overhaul proposal would shift more of the burden onto tourists and provide better stability to state revenues. But Peter Hirsch, director of Camp Androscoggin, a summer camp for boys in Wayne,...

  • Feb 22- Union members ratified an agreement on Sunday that ends a four-month-long strike by some 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a major land-line telecommunications provider in northern New England, union officials announced. Union and FairPoint negotiators reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 19, followed by three days of union member voting...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications workers ratified a new contract during three days of voting, ending a four-month strike by more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, two unions announced Sunday. Todd Bedard, a FairPoint worker in Concord, New Hampshire, said he's satisfied with the outcome. FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu said the contract...