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  • PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators and scallop fishermen are meeting to discuss how to regulate the industry in the northern Gulf of Maine. Scallop fishing rules have caused tension in recent months as fishing boats have moved into the waters off the northern Massachusetts coast to seek scallops. The New England Fishery Management Council will hold a public...

  • WHITEFIELD, Maine— Peter Froehlich lives at the end of a mile-long dirt road in a part of Maine where pickup trucks share the right of way with wandering dairy cows. Now Froehlich, 70, worries a new Maine law will eventually allow the telephone company to unplug him from the plain old telephone service he depends on. Maine is the first to end basic phone service...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy, New Mexico officials say. Mothers Against Drunk Driving got a two-year, $800,000 contract to attend hearings in at least five New Mexico counties hit hard by drunken driving arrests and deaths. The number of people killed in drunken driving crashes last year...

  • MERIDEN, Conn.— The parent company of Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob's Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to shutter several New England bricks-and-mortar locations. Eastern Mountain Sports sells outdoors gear, while Bob's is a discount footwear and clothing store. The New England EMS stores slated to close are in Foxborough,...

  • The concern over scallop fishing centers on the northern Gulf of Maine, a management area that stretches roughly from the waters off of Boston to the Canadian border. Alex Todd, a Maine- based fisherman who fishes off of Gloucester, Massachusetts, said he and others feel the rules are not equal. Some of the fishermen who recently started harvesting the northern...

  • The filing deadline on Monday was delayed three days beyond the traditional April 15 deadline because Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. The traditional April 15 filing deadline was extended because of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the nation's capital. In Massachusetts and Maine, taxpayers get one more day to file.

  • SKOWHEGAN, Maine— A bill in Congress would require the Department of Defense to provide U.S.-made footwear to personnel. The proposal comes after one manufacturer, New Balance Athletic Shoe Co., criticized the Obama administration for encouraging it to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership in exchange for military purchases of sneakers that never came to...

  • There was a three-day delay beyond the traditional April 15 deadline because Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. The traditional April 15 filing deadline was extended because of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the nation's capital. In Massachusetts and Maine, taxpayers get one more day to file.

  • NEW YORK, March 29- The phone started ringing early on Monday morning at tax preparer Alan Pinck's office in San Jose, California, with panicked callers begging for appointments. "Two weeks ago, I'd have just gone ahead and scheduled it, but now it's not something I will put on the calendar," Pinck said. First, the good news: This year, the federal filing deadline is not...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 24- Even as General Mills Inc and other companies vow to keep fighting mandatory labeling of genetically modified food ingredients, they have begun rolling out these disclosures across the United States to comply a new Vermont law. The moves come as U.S. lawmakers are unlikely to derail Vermont's law requiring labels on foods made with...

  • NEW YORK, March 16- Viacom Inc's new lead independent director pledged on Wednesday to represent all of the media company's shareholders and improve board and management coordination, including on potential mergers and acquisitions. On Wednesday, Viacom, which owns MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, named Frederic Salerno, former vice chairman of Verizon...

  • Tax experts can say that with confidence, without knowing any of the details, because the IRS does not solicit payments by phone. In one scam still operating, 896,000 people have been called by would-be swindlers, and more than 5,000 victims have handed over $26.5 million, the IRS says. Jeffrey Schneider, an enrolled agent for SFS Tax& Accounting Services in Port St....

  • CHICAGO, March 10- Seniors living in Manhattan spend an average of nearly 25 days a year at doctor visits or at a hospital. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice recently issued a report card on how the United States provides healthcare to seniors by region. Using Medicare enrollment and claims data from 2012, the report compares...

  • FAIRFAX, Va., March 8- The U.S. gun industry is trying to shake off the Hollywood hitman image of the gun silencer and rebrand it as a hearing-protection device in a campaign to roll back regulations that date to the 1930 s. Now gun advocates are pressing Congress to repeal a Depression-era law that requires a months-long screening process for silencer buyers- far...

  • But neighboring Nevada scrapped the policy- prompting solar companies to flee the state. More than 25 of the 40 U.S. states with net metering policies are reconsidering them, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University. For most customers, net metering and other incentives are essential to make solar power...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- U.S. oil demand rose modestly in December from a year earlier, the first rise since August, as warm weather and low prices at the pump boosted driving rates, offsetting lackluster demand for heating oil, government data showed on Monday. Wallace E. Tyner, an energy economist at Purdue University, said the warm weather and low gas prices propelled more...

  • Feb 20- The captain of the doomed El Faro warned that the "clock was ticking" as his cargo ship took on water in an Atlantic hurricane that would eventually sink the vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard panel heard on Saturday. Captain Michael Davidson pleaded for help as his ship, operated by Tote Services, sailed into the path of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas, according to a...

  • Rochelle Hamm's husband, 49- year-old Frank Hamm of Baltimore, died on Oct. 1 when the El Faro went down off the Bahamas in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades. At a press conference outside the hearing site in Jacksonville, Florida, Rochelle Hamm said U.S. lawmakers should establish third-party oversight...

  • Waterville, ME, Feb 16- The Federal Reserve should be "unhurried" as it considers when to again raise interest rates given problems overseas and financial market volatility that will likely dampen already low U.S. inflation, a top Fed policymaker said on Tuesday. Going a step further than cautious comments he made last month, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren...

  • Feb 16- The captain of the U.S. cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall, killing all 33 people on board, was responsible for decisions that put the vessel in the path of the storm, a shipping company executive testified on Tuesday. Captain Michael Davidson, a veteran mariner from Maine, was at the helm of the 790- foot El Faro for its doomed cargo run...