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  • PORTLAND, Maine— The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head on the July Fourth holiday and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives. Devon Staples, 22, and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a backyard in Staples' eastern Maine...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. The business partnership ended after Quimby moved the company to North Carolina in 1994. The company continued to expand, but Shavitz moved back to Maine. I am deeply saddened, "Quimby told The Associated...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The $6.7 billion state budget may be in place, but Maine lawmakers don't get to clear off their desks just yet. While they plowed through nearly all of the remaining bills on their to-do list last week, lawmakers will be hauled back to Augusta later this month thanks to Gov. Roger Katz that's designed to force LePage to release more than $11 million in...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest on the state's popular, meaty scallops. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them. Maine scallops are beloved in...

  • Northern New England states fight, track invasive bugs Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 9:52 AM ET

    Dangling this year from tree branches all over New Hampshire and Vermont are horizontal chains of bright green funnels designed to attract and catch the emerald ash borer. It has destroyed millions of trees since being discovered in Michigan in 2002 and is now known to be in 25 states, including New Hampshire. Out-of-state firewood has been banned in New...

  • Construction begins on 185-megawatt wind farm in Maine Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:39 PM ET

    SunEdison announced Wednesday it had secured $360 million in financing for the wind farm that is expected to produce 185 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 65,000 homes. When it's finished in late 2016, the 56- turbine farm will bring SunEdison's total wind-generation capacity in Maine to 552 megawatts. Missouri- based SunEdison says it will...

  • BOSTON— One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. "Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket" is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire- based film maker who's been working on the project for two years. The documentary is about the...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL to gain presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York as part of an expansion plan in...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL, a company with presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York, to expand in the United...

  • The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying that Spain's Iberdrola has not provided "any measurable or quantifiable commitments" that assure regulators that ratepayers will not be harmed by its plan to buy UIL Holdings Corp.. The agency said it cannot conclude that Iberdrola and UIL Holdings "will continue to possess the...

  • CENTER LOVELL, Maine— A Maine innkeeper didn't violate state law in an essay contest in which her 210- year-old country inn was the prize, state police and the attorney general's office said Tuesday. Maine has no laws overseeing essay contests, Johnston said. The Center Lovell Contest Fair Practices Commission said inn owner Janice Sage marketed the contest as...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine lawmakers overturned Republican Gov. The Legislature's rejection of LePage's budget veto means that the two-year spending plan that cuts taxes for many residents, funds additional drug enforcement agents and maintains state aid for cities and towns will go into effect Wednesday, the start of the fiscal year. The Legislature's...

  • Paul LePage vetoed the $6.7 billion state budget on Monday, scolding lawmakers for rejecting his efforts to overhaul the state's tax code and welfare programs and accusing them of passing a status-quo spending plan just so they can return home for the summer. The Legislature will return Tuesday to try to overturn LePage's budget veto, along with dozens of...

  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine— The Sugarloaf ski area is spending $800,000 to replace a chairlift that moved backward last winter, injuring seven skiers, resort officials announced Thursday. Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said that the existing towers and chairs from the old lift will be utilized "but King Pine will, in essence, be a completely new lift."

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Even Maine lawmakers accustomed to Gov. Paul LePage's aggressive style of politics said Thursday they were troubled by accusations that the Republican had the top Democrat in the House of Representatives removed from his new job at a school for at-risk youth by threatening to cut off funds to the institution. But the governor said in a statement...

  • NEW YORK— On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks. "It would have been a nightmare for all of us to evenly split every transaction," says Culbertson, 26, a Boston advertising executive. For Dan Callahan, 22, a digital marketing manager in Philadelphia, using Venmo means avoiding the awkward...

  • OTTAWA/ MONTREAL, June 22- The Canadian government on Monday charged the Montreal Maine& Atlantic Canada Railway Ltd, its affiliate and eight people with violating federal railway safety and environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic. Canada's transport...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Anthem, which runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, disclosed on Saturday that it had offered to buy...

  • OTTAWA, June 22- Charges were brought on Monday in connection with the 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic, the Canadian government said. The disaster occurred in July 2013 after a single engineer parked his train for the night on a main line uphill from the small town of Lac-Megantic.