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  • PORTLAND, Maine-- Gas prices in Maine have fallen by a nickel a gallon in the past week. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that gas dropped to an average of $3.88 per gallon in Maine in the past week. Prices are now about 14 cents a gallon lower than a month ago, but 35 cents higher than a year ago.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine's Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is offering a new publication covering all aspects of financing a college education. The 60- page "Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Student Loans" outlines different ways to pay for higher education, including scholarships, grants, loans and other financing methods.

  • SKOWHEGAN, Maine-- A Maine ice cream company has taken home the top ice cream prize at a national dairy product contest for the third straight year. Gifford's Ice Cream was named the Ice Cream Grand Champion at the 2012 World Dairy Expo, held earlier this month in Madison, Wis..

  • LEWISTON, Maine-- A Maine brewery is planning an expansion that will quadruple its capacity over time. Baxter Brewing Co. said Monday its brewery in Lewiston will grow from 8,000 barrels to more than 33,000 barrels by the time the expansion is complete.

  • CHERRY HILL, N.J.-- TD Bank has begun notifying about 260,000 customers from Maine to Florida that the company says may have been affected by a data breach. Still, TD Bank has not ruled out the possibility and is monitoring the situation. TD Bank has eight million customers.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • KENNEBUNK, Maine-- Townspeople were waiting with curiosity for the names of people who have been issued summons for allegedly giving business to a local fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba fitness studio and a small office in this southern Maine town.

  • WASHINGTON-- An old feud and the race for women voters took center stage in a tight Arizona Senate race Thursday, with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake citing the grudge in a new ad alleging that Democrat Richard Carmona lacks the temperament for the job. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate. "

  • PORTLAND, Maine-- Amtrak as well as its Downeaster passenger service between Maine and Boston have set new ridership records. Records were also set in other regions of the country, including New England.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine-- Representatives from 35 airports and a dozen airlines are in Maine discussing the future of airline services. The two-day Eastern Airports Conference is being held Wednesday and Thursday at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- The cost of home heating oil in Maine has inched up two cents in the past week to an average of $3.70 per gallon. Prices are highest in the northern reaches of Maine, where prices are at an average of $3.86 per gallon. The statewide kerosene price average is $4.14 per gallon, up four cents from last week.

  • KENNEBUNK, Maine-- This upscale southern Maine town is known for its ocean beaches, old sea captains' mansions and the neighboring town of Kennebunkport, home to the Bush family summer compound. "There's still some of that puritanical New England left around," said Will Bradford, who owns a copy shop in town. "

  • CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-- Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, declines to take a stand on the 2009 bailout of the auto industry and reserves judgment on vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- The state of Maine is accepting letters of Intent for the possible use of state-owned Interstate 95 and I-295 as corridors for transmitting electricity. State energy Director Ken Fletcher says Maine's Energy Infrastructure Interagency Review Panel is accepting the proposals.

  • SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "

  • PORTLAND, Maine-- Maine has always been proud of the commodities it claims as homegrown, among them Stephen King, L.L. Bean, lobster, and a host of political icons including Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe. Independent Angus King hails from Alexandria, Va., attended Dartmouth College and moved to Maine, where he has settled in Brunswick.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- There's a little good news at the pump for Maine motorists as the average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the state has fallen more than two cents. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that gas dropped to $3.93 per gallon in Maine in the past week.

  • MADAWASKA, Maine-- Communities in the St. John Valley region of far northern Maine are getting $250,000 in grant funding to expand development and tourism opportunities. The Northern Border Regional Commission grant will be used to expand recreational facilities in Madawaska, St. Agatha and Frenchville.