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  • PORTLAND, Maine— After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat— and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood. In an era when many...

  • Rumford mill to lay off about 50 workers Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:27 PM ET

    RUMFORD, Maine— Catalyst Paper is laying off about 50 workers at the Rumford mill. WCSH-TV reports that the company announced that a temporary shutdown of a paper machine has been extended to August. Rumford mill spokesman Tony Lyons says the layoffs are "directly market related."

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • MOUNT DESERT, Maine— David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine. The retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr. told a group of family and friends Friday that he's happy to see the land preserved for...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly on Friday approved one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways. Manufacturers already have pledged to phase out the materials, including L'Oreal, Unilever and Johnson& Johnson, and use natural alternatives such as apricot shells and cocoa beans.

  • LEWISTON, Maine— Police leaders in southern Maine are talking with members of the city's large Somali population about future openings in law enforcement. Chief Michael Bussiere of the Lewiston Police Department visited schools in the area and discovered many Somali boys listed law enforcement as their dream job, the Sun-Journal reported.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The oldest member of the Rockefeller family is giving a gift as part of his 100th birthday celebration: 1,000 acres of land including streams, trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. David Rockefeller, the retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr., is transferring family property at...

  • Meeting on northern Maine national park plan turns heated Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine— A discussion about a proposed national park east of Baxter State Park turned heated during a public meeting in northern Maine. Maine Woods Coalition organized the meeting and opposes the park plan, WCSH-TV reported. Others have said they don't want to turn land over to the National Park Service.

  • BATH, Maine— The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Bath Iron Works an $11.3 million contract modification to work on maintenance systems for the entire littoral combat ship program. The contract modification was awarded Tuesday to General Dynamics, the parent company of BIW, by the Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego.

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • Utility regulators keep wind power negotiations alive Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Utility regulators moved one step closer Wednesday to entering into a long-term contract with developers hoping to sell power generated by a wind project in Somerset County. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 to modify and approve the terms of an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources LLC to ensure that the state is getting the...

  • 3 Vermont towns vote to back project to replace broken dam Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    Residents from Thetford, Fairlee and West Fairlee voted Tuesday to replace the dam at Lake Fairlee and formed an "interlocal agreement" for the towns to share ownership of it, The Valley News reported. Bryan Gregory, a Maine resident who owns the dam, has to sign it over to the towns for construction to start this summer. The cost will be split among the three towns, with...

  • Stockton head passes on Maine job to unravel Showboat mess Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The acting president of Stockton University is giving up a university presidency in Maine to help unravel the New Jersey school's stalled deal to convert a former Atlantic City casino into a satellite campus. Harvey Kesselman was named acting president on April 28, with the understanding he would leave Stockton to become president of the...

  • Agreement in place for hotel across from Oxford Casino Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    OXFORD, Maine— A developer and a contractor have come to terms to build a hotel across from the Oxford Casino. The Sun Journal reports that Quincy, Massachusetts- based developers GIRI Group on Tuesday signed the agreement with New York- based Calamar to construct the 92- room Hampton Inn. Officials say completion of the hotel is tied to the town's $24 million sewer...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- After 20 years in the oil business, Craig Reed, 62, is thinking about winding down his career just as a second downturn in six years rocks the industry. For him, it is maybe two more projects and then retirement beckons, with a holiday home in Maine that needs work. Industry data show energy firms have cut at least 125,000 jobs worldwide since crude...

  • WASHINGTON, May 8- Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/ Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it. One of the most divisive U.S. laws in decades, Obamacare helped launch the conservative Tea Party movement that has reshaped...

  • BOSTON, May 6- Puerto Rico's troubled electric utility on Wednesday asked a U.S. appeals court for an alternative to restructure some $9 billion in debt, saying it would otherwise be at the mercy of U.S. bond funds. The legal battle moved on Wednesday to Boston where lawyers for both sides argued for more than an hour before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 21- Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday proposed amending the state's constitution to eliminate the income tax, telling lawmakers the strategy was the best way to make the tax cut he desires permanent. The proposal, opposed by Democrats who control the state House of Representatives, would insert language in the state's 195- year old...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Democrats' support is softening for Hillary Clinton, their party's presumed 2016 presidential front-runner, with many favoring an independent review of her personal email use when she was secretary of state. Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid-February among Democrats, with as few as 45...