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  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort. It represented the culmination of seven years of unsuccessful GOP attempts to craft a replacement bill the party could rally behind— a unity...

  • ROCKPORT, Maine— The cod isn't so sacred in New England anymore. In Maine, which is home to the country's second-largest Atlantic cod fishery, the dwindling catch has many wondering if cod fishing is a thing of the past. "It's going to be more and more difficult for people to make this work," said Maggie Raymond, executive director of the Associated Fisheries of Maine.

  • WASHINGTON— A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair"— suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases. The new paper by two Princeton University economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, concludes that the...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The federal government is shutting down scallop fishing in a key New England fishing area amid an ongoing conflict over the harvest of the valuable shellfish. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will close the northern Gulf of Maine area at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Angus King and Democratic U.S.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The Latest on a Maine lawmaker's bill protecting climate change beliefs:. A Republican lawmaker in Maine who has introduced a bill that would protect people from discrimination based on their beliefs about climate change says he thinks it's an open question whether human activity is the primary cause of it. A Republican lawmaker in Maine says...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person's beliefs about climate change to that list. Lockman, an independent business consultant from Amherst, told The Associated Press that he believes it's an open question whether human...

  • NEW YORK, March 21- A New York energy investor was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to engaging in a years-long scheme to avoid more than $45 million in income and other taxes. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan federal court, according to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors said Zukerman schemed to evade...

  • Venezuela's economic turmoil has placed in limbo that country's participation in a free heating oil program run by a Massachusetts- based nonprofit that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, signaling that the program may be kaput. This marks the second consecutive winter that Venezuela's Citgo Petroleum Corp. has not contributed to the "Joe-4-Oil"...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Amazon said it will begin collecting sales tax on purchases shipped to Maine addresses next month. The agreement in Maine, first reported by WMTW-TV, was confirmed by an Amazon spokeswoman on Monday. The decision will help level the playing field for Maine retailers that collect sales taxes and will increase revenue available to Republican Gov.

  • NEW YORK— The Latest on the death of billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller:. Bill and Hillary Clinton say David Rockefeller was a "kind, good man" who used his fame and fortune to do good in the United States and abroad. He was the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller and the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. He is the last...

  • David Rockefeller in 2006

    Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller has died at the age of 101 in his Pocantico Hills, N.Y., home.

  • NEW YORK— David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Unlike his brothers Nelson, the governor of New York who hungered for the White House and was briefly vice president, and Winthrop, a governor of Arkansas, David Rockefeller wielded power and influence without...

  • WESTBROOK, Maine— Maine- based Idexx Laboratories Inc. is being added to the NASDAQ-100 Index, months after being added to the Standard and Poor's 500.. Idexx has more than 7,000 workers and is a major producer of pet diagnostic tests and other products for veterinarians. CEO Jonathan Ayers said Monday that he's pleased Idexx is on the NASDAQ list alongside...

  • Mining is technically legal in Maine, and officials approved a law in 2012 calling for an overhaul of mining rules. But J.D. Irving and other companies claim it's impossible to mine in Maine because lawmakers have twice failed to approve rules proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Opponents referenced the 2014 environmental disaster...

  • WEST CHAZY, N.Y.— Only 17 snowy miles from the Canadian border, Katie Bushey's most basic needs are met by traveling health aides who come into her home to change her diapers, track her seizures, spoon-feed her fettuccine Alfredo and load her wheelchair into the shower. Bushey, 32, who lost her vocal and motor skills shortly after birth, is one of more than 180,000...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. Ryan also said Republicans were working on changes that would allow federal block grants to states...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. Ryan said Republican leaders still planned to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and to add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and to add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to...

  • ROCKPORT, Maine— The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. American lobster was almost unheard of in most of China until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250 percent to about $7.4 million. Last year, China imported more than $108...