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  • Black Friday special: prison handicrafts Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    THOMASTON, Maine— Ken and Judy Carreras got up before sunrise and drove an hour to find their Black Friday treasure— an acorn-shaped birdfeeder crafted by an inmate at Maine State Prison. Friday's sale at the Thomaston showroom, located four miles from Maine State Prison in Warren, resembled a traditional Black Friday sale in many ways. A similar sale took place at...

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Black Friday has become part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving. People arrived at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee early Friday to get a shot at the limited edition Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. The brewery only had 5,000 22- ounce bottles at $15 each.

  • Decline of Maine's paper mills hurts middle class Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

    BUCKSPORT, Maine— The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer. The latest shot to the industry is the expected closure of the Verso Paper Corp. mill in Bucksport, which begins shutting down Monday. Great Northern Paper's idle mill in East Millinocket this year filed for bankruptcy, six years after its Millinocket mill shuttered.

  • US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Daryl Winchester, 17, of Queens, was luckier, snagging a...

  • Bucksport mill closure pushed back to end of year Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The closing of Bucksport paper mill will be delayed until the end of December, when more than 500 people are expected to lose their jobs. Verso Paper Corp.' s Bucksport mill was initially set to shutter on Dec. 1. That's now the day production at the mill will begin to shut down, company spokesman Bill Cohen said.

  • State jobless-pay rules differ in FairPoint strike Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— FairPoint worker Jeff Dorn has already told his kids Christmas is going to be more about family than presents this year. "They realize that the breadwinner isn't earning anything right now and they are helping the best they can," said Dorn, a 51- year-old who has worked for FairPoint in Maine for more than 12 years. Hundreds of other FairPoint strikers...

  • Maine heating prices continue decline Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 3 cents in the past week. The highest price for heating oil was again found in central Maine, where prices reached $3.40. The lowest prices were in southwestern Maine, where the low mark was $2.66.

  • Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City. The CDC said the supplier, Wonton Food Inc. of Brooklyn, has agreed to stop production for now. "The conditions for growing sprouts are perfect for growing bacteria and that's...

  • Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.— A nor'easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. "I would pack your patience," said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. As of Monday, the highest amount of snow was expected to fall in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Catskills of upstate New York and into...

  • Desaulniers named AP's New England media director Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    BOSTON— Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England. "Dwayne brings a great mix of news, technology and entrepreneurial experience to our New England market, as well as an in-depth understanding of AP services and our mission to inform the...

  • Maine's unemployment rate unchanged in October Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say that the state's unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent. New England' s average jobless rate was slightly higher at 5.9 percent. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in New England that had a lower unemployment rate than Maine did in October.

  • Bean heiress donates $3M to LifeFlight program Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    ST. GEORGE, Maine— A champion of the Maine lobster industry and an heiress to the L.L. Bean outdoors retailer has announced a $3 million donation to the state's LifeFlight Foundation. Bean said in a statement that Maine is home to many industries— including fishing, farming and forestry— that are inherently dangerous and are often carried out in remote areas and a...

  • Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    The Republican governor's administration must make it clear to recipients that their decision to not have their photo placed on the card won't affect their benefits, said Kurt Messner, Northeast regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. The USDA is demanding that LePage's administration outline within 45...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • 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...

  • Striking FairPoint workers willing to hold out Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— About 200 striking FairPoint workers and their supporters rallied at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday as many said they're willing to stay on the picket line until they are offered a contract they consider fair. A series of speakers said FairPoint never lived up to the promises it made after it bought the landline telephone system in Vermont,...

  • Maine groups praise smooth health enrollment Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— With fewer glitches plaguing the federally run health exchange website, people helping to enroll Maine residents in insurance plans say the process is going more smoothly this time around, and they're hopeful they will make strides in the next three months in covering the tens of thousands of people in the state who remain uninsured.

  • More restrictions for Gulf of Maine cod fishery Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators voted Wednesday to close several areas to commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine as they seek to rebuild the depleted fishery. Many lobstermen adamantly opposed that idea, which Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association President Bernie Feeney said would "turn fishermen against fishermen." Regulators have said Gulf of...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL's top supporter in the U.S. Senate frantically lobbied colleagues on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to find enough "yes" votes to approve the oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has broad support in Louisiana, an oil-producing state, where Landrieu faces an uphill battle to win a new six-year term in a...