• New CEOs urge Market Basket workers to return Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 PM ET

    TEWKSBURY, Mass.— The Market Basket supermarket chain's new co-CEOs on Tuesday urged protesting employees to go back to work, saying they are committed to continuing the company's "tradition of excellence and dedication."

  • The city of 25,000, known for its scenic lighthouses and sweeping views of the island-speckled waters of Casco Bay, is also the east coast's second largest oil port, located at the southern terminus of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, which currently flows north to Canada.

  • Lawsuit expected after vote to ban tar sands oil Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said Tuesday that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.

  • Gas prices falling in Maine Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.68 a gallon— down 4.8 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. Gas prices in Maine are 10.3 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.

  • Market Basket ex-CEO: Protesters should be rehired Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:16 AM ET

    TEWKSBURY, Mass.— A family feud over control over the Market Basket supermarket chain escalated Monday as thousands of employees and their supporters rallied at the company's headquarters for a second time and called for the reinstatement of their former chief executive. The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

  • South Portland set for final vote on tar sands ban Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the ordinance that was hailed by environmentalists.

  • As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    ROCKLAND, Maine— Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

  • Maine's nursing home funding challenges to remain Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials are relieved they found a way to provide the state's nursing homes with an additional $13 million but warn that a long-term strategy must be developed to aid the facilities in the nation's oldest state.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Maine unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— State officials say that Maine's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. June was the 81st consecutive month that Maine's employment to population ratio was below the national average. Maine's unemployment rate was also lower than the average of New England states, which was 5.7 percent.

  • Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management disclosed its final approval first to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement later Friday. The approval opens the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration by energy companies preparing to apply for drilling leases in 2018, when current congressional limits are set to expire.

  • Maine nursing homes to get an additional $13M Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    Paul LePage announced Thursday that Maine's roughly 100 facilities will get an additional $13.1 million this fiscal year through an arrangement that doesn't require the Legislature's approval.

  • Maine lobster fishing season off to slow start Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    ROCKLAND, Maine— The cold winter is still being felt in the waters off Maine, where the nation's largest lobster fishery is off to a slow start. State lobster biologist Carl Wilson said the cold winter and spring may have held back molting.

  • Senate Republicans block bill on contraception Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. But Democrats hope the issue has enough life to energize female voters in the fall, when Republicans are threatening to take control of the Senate.

  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    SACO, Maine— Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Ry Russell, general manager of Saco Drive-In, launched a social-media campaign to win an $80,000 digital projection system in a contest sponsored by Honda.

  • New Maine database to reveal graduates' wages Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— As many college graduates grapple with poor job prospects and crushing student debt, Maine officials hope a new database will help prospective students make more informed choices about what degree to pursue and how much they can afford to borrow for their education.

  • TORONTO, June 16- The Quebec government said on Monday it was seeking some C $409 million from Montreal, Maine and Atlantic, the insolvent rail operator at the center of the rail disaster in the town of Lac Megantic last year.

  • NEW YORK, June 11- Struggling to get out of credit card debt he accumulated in college, Rion Robinson tried a lot of different approaches to curb his spending, from old-fashioned spreadsheets to money management programs like Mint. Then Robinson, a 27- year-old who works for a medical supplier in Columbus, Ohio, tried the Level Money budgeting app.

  • NEW YORK, June 11- Struggling to get out of credit card debt he accumulated in college, Rion Robinson tried a lot of different approaches to curb his spending, from old-fashioned spreadsheets to money management programs like Mint. Then Robinson, a 27- year-old who works for a medical supplier in Columbus, Ohio, tried the Level budgeting app.

  • U.S. Senate adjusts capital rules for insurers Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 4- The U.S. Senate has approved a bill tweaking the 2010 Dodd-Frank law's treatment of insurers, a rare adjustment to the Wall Street reform law that had been sought by the industry.