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  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's unemployment rate rose has crept upward to 3.7 percent in June. The state Department of Labor says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up from 3.5 percent in May. Maine's unemployment rate was lower than the New England rate of 4.4 percent.

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates ticked up noticeably in six states in June, even as employers continued to add jobs and the hiring outlook improved. A similar trend played out in five other states: Nevada and Oregon each saw a 0.3 percent increase, while rates went up 0.2 points in California, Maine and South Dakota. South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate in June,...

  • HAMPTON, N.H. _ Unitil Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $2.5 million. The Hampton, New Hampshire- based company said it had profit of 18 cents per share. Unitil shares have increased 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MANCHESTER, N.H.— Police in New Hampshire say a man was robbed at knifepoint while playing the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game. Police say the 24- year-old was walking on a bicycle path when he was approached by two men early Wednesday in Manchester. Twenty-nine-year-old Raymond Lavigne and 26- year-old Michael Drake were later arrested on charges of armed robbery...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan, against the recommendation of its staff and objections from environmentalists, to require utility ratepayers to help pay for expanded natural gas— if other New England states follow suit. Maine would participate only if four other New England states agree to similar plans.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Interstate fishery managers will meet to discuss how to regulate the catch of a key lobster bait fish they say is at risk of heavy fishing. Herring is the most popular bait fish for lobsters, and fishermen aren't catching many far off New England. Members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's herring board will meet Wednesday to...

  • NEWPORT, N.H. _ Lake Sunapee Bank Group on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $2.4 million. Lake Sunapee Bank shares have increased 31 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Lake Sunapee Bank, Earnings Report.

  • DURHAM, N.H.— University of New Hampshire dairy researchers are more relaxed these days about monitoring pregnant cows: A sensor attached to their tails sends text alerts to help detect when they're in labor. Moocall was developed in Ireland and released commercially last year. The company says the University of Kentucky also uses the technology.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire says it's the first state in the country where people can buy Powerball tickets using a smartphone app that is channeled through a convenience chain. The Concord Monitor reports the San Francisco- based startup AutoLotto has been selling the tickets through its app for several weeks. A high-profile launch is planned on Saturday as...

  • SPRINGFIELD, N.H.— Jessie Levine smiles and shakes her head when she hears the outgoing voicemail message on her iPhone. The message was recorded before Levine was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, in early 2015, and before the progressive motor neuron disease caused her speech to become slow and slurred. For example, CereProc, based in Edinburgh,...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A political group in swing-state Ohio is using the game "Pokemon Go" for a purpose beyond catching cute Pikachu: registering voters. The Democrat-backed NextGen is dropping "lures," which draw the cartoon monsters hunted by "Pokemon Go" players, at game locations called Pokestops in parks and on campuses in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo,...

  • Kelly Ayotte is coming under fire from her opponent for accepting donations from Bridgepoint Education, which being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Hassan spokesman Aaron Jacobs, in questioning Ayotte's behavior, referenced fraud allegations against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's failed real estate school,...

  • BATH, N.H.— A historic general store and tourist attraction that closed this year was sold at auction for $235,000 on Wednesday. The Brick Store in Bath was built in the late 1700 s or early 1800 s. Auctioneer Paul McInnis said the property was sold to a local investor.

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  • Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016.

    Bernie Sanders says he will "do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president."

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    Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.), discusses the decision not to charge Hillary Clinton on emails.

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  • Countdown to veepstakes

    Nan Hayworth, former U.S. Congresswoman (R), and Michael Feldman, Glover Park Group founder, discuss Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's platforms and possible running mates.

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  • Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

    Bernie Sanders will join Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in New Hampshire today where he is expected to announce his endorsement. And Donald Trump could name his running mate as early as this week.