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  • Former President George H.W. Bush, left, talks with former Secretary of State and close friend James Baker III at NRG Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

    the 92-year-old former president was placed under sedation for a procedure to protect and clear his airway.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Sweden isn't giving up on a long-running battle with the U.S. and Canada over lobsters that have turned up in Swedish waters. Officials with Sweden told The Associated Press that their country is working on a new proposal about how to deal with American lobsters that have turned up. Sweden had wanted the European Union to consider a ban of imports...

  • DAMARISCOTTA, Maine _ The First Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.3 million. The bank, based in Damariscotta, Maine, said it had earnings of 40 cents per share. The First Bancorp Inc. shares have decreased 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • A shooter takes aim with a Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint rifle at the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Jan. 28, 2013.

    Several attorneys general are urging a federal judge to reject a proposed class action settlement involving allegedly defective Remington rifles.

  • WASHINGTON— Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday. Spotlighting potential perils for Republicans, the report immediately became a flashing...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's scallops have surged to a record high price at the docks this winter after several years of rising in value, according to fishing regulators in the state. Fishermen harvest Maine scallops with dragging boats or by hand while diving in frigid waters. The scallops are selling for about $13.50 per pound at the dock, the scallop manager for the...

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump's meetings with CEOs seeking federal approval for major mergers are raising red flags for ethics lawyers concerned that about the possible erosion of a firewall between the regulators tasked with approving the billion-dollar deals and the White House. On Thursday, Trump sat down to discuss jobs with the chief...

  • NEW YORK— Moody's Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Moody's— along with the other two major rating agencies, Standard& Poor's and Fitch— were widely criticized for giving low-risk ratings to the risky mortgage...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- A day after President-elect Donald Trump encouraged supporters to "Buy L.L. Bean," a U.S. ethics watchdog on Friday warned federal employees they must not endorse products or companies. Activists had called for a boycott following reports that a member of the family that owns L.L. Bean contributed to Trump's campaign. "Thank you to Linda Bean of...

  • BOSTON, Jan 12- Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his support of Maine catalog retailer L.L. Bean after an activist group opposed to the U.S. president-elect called for a boycott of the company. "Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L. Bean for your great support and courage," Trump said in a tweet early on Thursday. The "Grab Your Wallet" website added L.L. Bean, based in Freeport,...

  • BOSTON, Jan 12- Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his support of Maine catalog retailer L.L. Bean after an activist group opposed to the U.S. president-elect called for a boycott of the company. "Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L. Bean for your great support and courage," Trump said in a tweet early Thursday. L.L. Bean scrambled to distance itself from Linda Bean's donations,...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The Latest on donations from a pro- Trump PAC linked to L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean:. Paul LePage is criticizing a liberal group that is calling for a boycott of L.L. Bean in protest of donations that the founder's granddaughter made to Republican Donald Trump's candidacy for president. Linda Bean donated $30,000 to a pro- Trump PAC whose filings have...

  • Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who is stepping down after nearly eight years. In announcing her appointment Thursday, AAP board chairman YS Chi called her "a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate early has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it with. "We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Republican President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urged people to buy from outdoors retailer L.L. Bean— even though many of its products are made in China— as it faces calls for a boycott because of a company heiress' donations to his candidacy. "He ended by saying," Buy L.L. Bean. The founders of# GrabYourWallet called for a boycott of L.L. Bean but said...

  • WASHINGTON— The Republican-led Senate is poised to take a step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law despite anxiety among GOP lawmakers over the lack of an alternative. Senate approval— expected late Wednesday or early Thursday— and then House passage as early as Friday would trigger committee action to write repeal legislation...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans will work on unraveling and replacing the health care law at the same time, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday as GOP leaders struggled to align their zeal to rapidly erase one of President Barack Obama's proudest achievements with Congress' legislative and political pitfalls. Dennis Ross, R- Fla., Ryan told Republicans Tuesday that "he...

  • LEWISTON, Maine— The holiday season is over but demand for L.L. Bean's famous boot marches on. The company currently has a backlog of 51,000 orders that it intends to fill in the coming weeks. The Maine- based outdoors retailer is taking steps to address ongoing backlogs.

  • Jan 4- Big U.S. banks are set on getting Congress this year to loosen or eliminate the Volcker rule against using depositors' funds for speculative bets on the bank's own account, a test case of whether Wall Street can flex its muscle in Washington again. In interviews over the past several weeks, half a dozen industry lobbyists said they began meeting with...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 3- In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to...