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  • Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire on Tuesday to talk about the state's changing climate and how it is affecting one of the state's most important industries. "When I purchased the farm in 2000," I was getting 75 gallons of sap, "said Ray LaRoche of LaRoche Farm in Durham." Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont produced 3.78...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S. Small boat fishermen say the conflict has arisen in the northern Gulf of Maine, a critically important fishing area stretching roughly from Boston to the border of Maine and Canada.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine utility regulators are ready to delve into details of the proposed $1.5 billion sale of FairPoint Communications, the country's eighth-largest phone and internet company. Consolidated Communications, based in Illinois, announced in December it was buying FairPoint, assuming its debt and offering dividends to stockholders.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Two Democrats from energy-producing states, Joe...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Two Democrats from energy-producing states, Joe...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominations under Senate consideration:. President Donald Trump's controversial choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a key hurdle in the Republican-led Senate. The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the White House budget office, giving...

  • WASHINGTON— The tea party wing of the GOP gained a voice in President Donald Trump's Cabinet on Thursday when Mick Mulvaney was sworn in as director of the White House budget office. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office hours after the Senate confirmed the South Carolina Republican's nomination on a narrow 51-49 vote in the GOP- controlled...

  • DENVER— At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. Denver officials are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are expected to consider measures to allow either marijuana "tasting rooms" run by marijuana...

  • In Massachusetts, a group that lobbies on behalf of dentists has for the first time signaled a willingness to embrace the concept, though its proposal is viewed as unnecessarily restrictive by sponsors of a competing bill in the Legislature. "We are not a silver bullet for helping access to dental care, but we are a great tool," said Christy Jo Fogarty, a dental...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 15- In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder's decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 15- In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder's decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still...

  • A letter to the Ivies was penned by Brown University senior Viet Nguyen. Nguyen leads the undergraduate student government at Brown and asked student government leaders at the other seven universities to sign on. Nguyen said his letter was signed by student government leaders at Columbia College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard College,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmations:. Mnuchin was confirmed by the Senate late Monday despite strong objections from Democrats who said the former banker made much of his fortune by foreclosing on struggling homeowners during the financial crisis. The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary...

  • SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine _ Wex Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.3 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.25 per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $279.6 million.

  • Do you know what the No. 1 injury is in your state? Vice offers up this handy state-by-state guide.

  • FREEPORT, Maine— L.L. Bean is moving to cut costs by freezing pensions and offering voluntary early retirements, and company officials say they are taking a hard look at its generous shipping and return policies. L.L. Bean currently offers free shipping on everything, and its "satisfaction" guarantee is so liberal that it's led to abuse of the return policy.

  • The storm, which came a day after temperatures had been a spring-like 50 to 60 degrees, had wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and left roads and sidewalks dangerously slick in densely populated cities such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Some coastal roads around Boston were closed as wind-driven waves washed over them. More than half of the flights into or...

  • NEWARK, Del.— B.F. Rich Windows& Doors is shutting down, laying off all of its roughly 130 workers. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Ogletown- based business that manufactures energy-efficient doors and windows told employees and customers this week that it plans to close later this month. Founded in 1957, B.F. Rich serves 15 states along the East Coast...

  • "I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter in which I know that I have a financial interest directly and predictably affected by the matter" without a waiver from government ethics officials, Andrew Puzder wrote in the nine-page filing, dated Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Asked on a separate Senate...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana's energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. That could eventually raise costs and eat away at the business of the big utilities— in Indiana they are Duke Energy, Vectren and Indiana Michigan Power— which have a powerful voice and donate...