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  • —In 2014, 1.6 percent of the electricity purchased in the U.S. came from Canada, and 60 percent of that went to New England and New York, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Canadian imports made up 12 to 16 percent of retail electricity sales in New England and New York. —In 2014, Hydro- Quebec, the biggest Canadian player in New England, exported...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. The six New England governors say reining in the costs is a...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The owner of a farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween- themed hayride last fall said he never would have allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to haul people on the attraction. Peter Bolduc, owner of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine, denied knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon and...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said. Sheriff Todd Brackett said after several attempts to retrieve the records, his agency paid a ransom of about $300 and the FBI helped track the...

  • Maine House speaker sues governor over loss of school job Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves on Thursday filed a civil rights lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage for threatening to withhold funds from a school for at-risk youth to get Eves removed from a job, saying it was time for someone to stand up to governor's abuse of power. Motivated by "personal rage, vindictiveness and partisan malice,"...

  • Newspaper: LePage staff involved in budget discussions Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    The Portland Press Herald obtained documents under the Freedom of Access Act that indicate LePage's senior staff was aware of details of what was being negotiated by legislative leadership. Michael Allen, who advises the governor on tax policy, updated senior staff on the details on June 15, a day before LePage told Boston radio talk-show host Howie Carr that "I...

  • Idexx tops 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 8:57 AM ET

    WESTBROOK, Maine _ Idexx Laboratories Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $56.9 million. Idexx expects full-year earnings to be $2.07 to $2.12 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.6 billion to $1.62 billion. Idexx shares have declined 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The driver, 55- year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38- year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court to enter their pleas to reckless conduct. A Portland attorney represented Harvest Hill Farm of Mechanic Falls, which is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct.

  • Bar Harbor posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    BAR HARBOR, Maine _ Bar Harbor Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $3.9 million. The bank, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, said it had earnings of 64 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Mary Hudetz, a former Associated Press journalist and current editor of Native Peoples Magazine in Phoenix, will return to the AP in August to become the news cooperative's law enforcement reporter in Albuquerque. "We are excited to have her join our team in Albuquerque." Her nearly two-year stint as editor of the bimonthly Native Peoples...

  • Wex meets 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine _ Wex Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $26.5 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.25 per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $218.5 million.

  • Northeast Bancorp posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:21 PM ET

    LEWISTON, Maine _ Northeast Bancorp on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $2.2 million. Northeast Bancorp shares have risen almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Northeast Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Camden National posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:39 PM ET

    CAMDEN, Maine _ Camden National Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $7.2 million. Camden National shares have climbed 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Camden National, Earnings Report.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in Aroostook County that would be the largest of its kind in New England. EDP Renewables, which recently submitted its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, needs to get the green light from the state before it can begin building the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— When Tyler Richardson's son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. He wandered outside one day after his aides left his grandmother's home, where he was living. After a long, nationwide search and...

  • House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. Maine and Connecticut have also passed laws requiring the labeling, but those measures don't take effect unless neighboring states...

  • WASHINGTON— States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. "The reality is, biotechnology has time and time again proved safe," the bill's sponsor, Kansas Republican Rep.

  • U.S. House committee approves anti-GMO labeling law Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    July 14- U.S. food companies and other opponents of genetically modified food labeling notched a key victory on Tuesday as the House Agriculture Committee approved a measure banning mandatory labeling as well as local efforts to regulate genetically engineered crops. "This... legislation will ensure that Americans have accurate, consistent information...

  • July 14- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of...

  • July 14- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down...