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  • PORTLAND, Maine— President Barack Obama on Wednesday created a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt's Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Katahdin Woods and Waters monument includes the East Branch of the Penobscot...

  • BANGOR, Maine— The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction. The slice of roadside Americana will no longer be served up in Bangor after Sept. 6.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The Burt's Bees founder pushing for a new national park in Maine has given 87,500 acres of land to the U.S. government. On Aug. 12, land conservationist Roxanne Quimby signed deeds transferring her nonprofit foundation's land in Maine's Katahdin region to the U.S. Department of the Interior. This spring, Maine's legislature passed a symbolic bill...

  • WASHINGTON— Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress. Employers have added jobs in the past 12 months at a faster pace than the national average in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina, the Labor Department said...

  • J.D. Irving mining subsidiary Aroostook Resources says that Maine's mining regulations are so mismatched they've effectively shut down an industry that could employ thousands of people. DEP Deputy Commissioner Melanie Loyzim says the department will ask legislators to consider new rules that will replace Maine's mining rules while addressing...

  • BOSTON— A Massachusetts man who already served time in prison for defrauding Home Depot has admitted doing it again. The U.S. attorney's office says 56- year-old Robert Dooley, of Salem, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boston federal court to 10 counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors say Dooley conducted the scheme at least 40 times in January and February at stores in New...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A man who targeted watches during a string of outlet store break-ins from Florida to Maine will have to serve time in prison. Perez, who most recently lived in New Jersey, led a group that in 2013 broke into Fossil and other outlet stores, getting away with more than $1.8 million in watches from burglaries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland,...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Environmental regulators studying the harvesting of horseshoe crabs that are drained of some of their blood for biomedical use say they need to get a firmer handle on how many die as part of the process. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate authority, voted this month to propose taking into account the death toll...

  • HONOLULU— As a Native Hawaiian living in modern Hawaii, one of the times Shad Kane truly felt connected to his ancestors was when he traveled to a remote, 140,000- square-mile area of the Pacific where islands, atolls, islets and coral reefs make up a federally protected marine monument. "Going to Midway and being a part of gathering traditional birds in the manner...

  • The leading U.S. Senate proponent of taking action on global warming was Republican John McCain. But Republicans and Tea Party activists became more convinced that it was— to quote the repeated tweets of presidential nominee Donald Trump— a "hoax." A Republican senator tossed a snowball on the Senate floor for his proof.

  • BANGOR, Maine— Maine is again suing the federal government to finish recovering the millions of dollars it'll take to clean up hazardous waste at oil storage facilities. In a lawsuit filed Aug. 9 in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills estimates it could cost Maine more than $10 million to clean up decades-old pollution at former...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, has settled a lawsuit by six men who said church leaders concealed sex abuse allegations against a former priest. Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian said Monday that the men were childhood victims of the Rev. The lawsuits were filed in November by men from Maine, New Hampshire and New York.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Sweden is digging in on a proposal to ban imports of live lobsters into the European Union after a rebuke from American scientists, and the issue could go all the way to the World Trade Organization. Sweden asked the European Union to bar imports of live American lobsters into the bloc earlier this year after 32 American lobsters were found in...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 4- A pact that 15 U.S. states signed to jointly investigate Exxon Mobil Corp for allegedly misleading the public about climate change sought to keep prosecutors' deliberations confidential and was broadly written so they could probe other fossil fuel companies. After numerous filings under sunshine laws, a copy of the agreement was obtained by the...

  • NEW YORK, July 13- Wealthy U.S. investors are holding record cash balances out of fear that the U.S. presidential election will wreak havoc on their retirement accounts, a senior UBS Group AG executive said. Bob McCann, who chairs the Swiss bank's Americas division, said in an interview this week that clients are confident about the economy but hesitant to invest...

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  • WASHINGTON, June 29- Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's scathing criticism of his stance on trade, highlighting divisions within the Republican Party that threaten unity ahead of the Nov. 8 election. But on Tuesday it took issue with Trump's vocal opposition to trade deals, calling his proposals "...