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  • SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine— These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one. The owner, Charlotte Gill, put a test lobster in a box with a few inches of water before marijuana smoke was blown into the box, WMTW-TV reported. But Win Watson, a zoologist with University of New Hampshire, said the possibility is worth studying.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's scallop fishermen are looking at another year of conservative management, and members of the industry say that could be the best way to make sure the fishery continues rebuilding. Maine is known for producing scallops that are somewhat bigger than other East Coast states, and some are plucked from the icy waters by hand during winter.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The head of a small Kansas City pharmaceutical company is defending himself after a financial publication reported that he said he had a "moral requirement" to raise the price of a 65- year-old antibiotic by 400 percent. Nostrum Laboratories founder Nirmal Mulye said his comments to the London- based Financial Times were taken out of context, The...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The American lobster industry is starting to feel the pinch of China's tariff on U.S. seafood as exporters and dealers cope with sagging prices, new financial pressures and difficulty sending lobsters overseas. China is a major buyer of lobsters, and the country imposed a heavy tariff on exports from the U.S. in early July amid trade hostilities...

  • TORONTO, Sept 5- Canada's retaliatory tariffs sent imports of some U.S. goods sharply lower in July after a June surge, Statistics Canada data showed on Wednesday, offering a first look at the impact of the Canadian duties. On July 1, Canada imposed tariffs on a wide variety of U.S. steel, aluminum and other goods, from soy sauce to sleeping bags, in retaliation against...

  • Sept 4- Thirty more people have reported sick after eating Kellogg Co's Honey Smacks cereal contaminated with Salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, bringing the total to 130 cases in 36 states. So far 34 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, CDC said on Tuesday, adding that three more states- Delaware, Maine and...

  • Sept 4- A total of 30 more cases of illnesses linked to Salmonella contamination of Kellogg Co's Honey Smacks cereal have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, bringing the total to 130 cases across 36 states. So far 34 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, CDC said on Tuesday, adding that three more states-...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 23- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market was holding firm despite tensions between the United States and its trading partners that have led to tit-for-tat tariffs. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 210,000 for the week ended Aug. 18,...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 2- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, pointing to sustained strength in the labor market despite trade tensions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 218,000 for the week ended July 28, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Bales of hay, ID

    Idaho tops the list of states with the highest bilateral trade exposure to the U.S.-China trade war, according to a Fitch Ratings report.  

  • *Weekly jobless claims fall 8,000 to 207,000. WASHINGTON, July 19- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting its lowest level in more than 48-1/ 2 years, as the labor market continues to strengthen. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 207,000 for the week ended...

  • Job seekers register before interviews during an Amazon jobs fair at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week.

  • CHICAGO, July 19- Thinking of adding a Medigap supplemental policy to your Medicare coverage? Medigap policies fill gaps in coverage for people enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare, such as copays, deductibles and limits on hospitalization benefits. But these protections vary widely from state to state, according to a new study by the Kaiser...

  • Operations at the Pleasant River lumber company

    With demand for lumber on the rise and Canadian imports falling, U.S. producers are trying to expand their businesses. 

  • A prison guard opens a locked door with keys inside Angola prison.
The Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, and nicknamed the 'Alcatraz of the South' and 'The Farm' is a maximum-security prison farm in Louisiana operated by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. It is named Angola after the former plantation that occupied this territory, which was named for the African country that was the origin of many enslaved Africans brought to Louisiana in slavery times. 

    We think of the 50 states as being divided by red or blue political leanings, but each state has a more deeply rooted psychology, with centuries of history that controls whether it rises or falls.

  • Signs direct traffic at a construction site along Interstate 294 (I-294) near Chicago, Illinois

    CNBC uses government data to evaluate each state’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, rail networks and utilities. Here is a list of the 10 U.S. states with the worst infrastructure.

  • Lobsters in the crosshairs of tariff fight

    NBC News' Vaughn Hillyard reports on how Maine's lobster industry will be impacted by the Trump administration's tariffs.

  • *Private payrolls increase 177,000 in June. *Weekly jobless claims rise 3,000. WASHINGTON, July 5- U.S. private payrolls rose less than expected in June while the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that did little to change perceptions that labor market conditions continued to tighten.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, June 27- Equifax Inc on Wednesday avoided fines in a deal with eight states' banking regulators over a data breach that compromised sensitive data of more than 145 million people, as the credit reporting agency agreed to tighten up security. The consent decree was approved by regulators in Alabama, California, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts,...

  • *Weekly jobless claims drop 3,000. WASHINGTON, June 21- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a further tightening in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 218,000 for the week ended June 16, the Labor Department said.