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  • 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...

  • New England farm receipts up; Vermont, Maine lead Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 9:45 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— New England farm cash receipts for 2013 were up 4 percent over the previous year, led by top producers in Vermont and Maine, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Vermont ranked highest in cash receipts at $836 million— 10 percent higher than the previous year. Milk is the top money maker in Vermont.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago, a move critics say would damage the integrity of the regulatory process and scare off future renewable-energy investors. "We can't just undo it because someone doesn't like it for some reason," said Jeremy Payne, executive...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Cyclists who want to grab a quick taco or hamburger while cruising through Salt Lake City may soon find that the state has restricted their two-wheeled meals. Since September, Salt Lake City has required restaurants to open drive-thru lanes to cyclists if the restaurant lobby is closed. A spokesman for the Salt Lake City police department said...

  • Unions begin 3 days of voting on FairPoint contract Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:57 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Just a day after the announcement of a tentative agreement, more than 1,700 striking FairPoint Communications workers begin three days of briefings and ratification votes in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The company, northern New England' s primary landline provider, and unions declined to discuss details of the tentative agreement until...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Ten U.S. states have sent a letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week. "The delay in notifying those impacted is unreasonable and is causing unnecessary added worry to an already concerned population of Anthem customers," said the...

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Attorneys general from 10 U.S. states sent a letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week. "Anthem must communicate detailed information without any further unnecessary delay," said the letter, which was written by Connecticut...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding, but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are resisting. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A U.S. blizzard swept past New York City and struck hardest at some 4.5 million people around Boston, dropping nearly three feet of snow in areas and triggering high tides that breached a seawall and forced residents to flee their coastal homes. The snow was forecast to continue into early Wednesday morning in eastern New England, which...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are putting up resistance. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system was set to...