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  • A budget measure approved by the Republican-controlled Senate late Thursday allows Congress to pursue legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the remote refuge on a majority vote. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska said Congress can create jobs and enhance energy security by opening a small section of the 19.6 million-acre site to drilling.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 19- U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth. Established by Congress in 1980, it is home to tribes and a habitat for sensitive wildlife including caribou, polar bears and...

  • BAR HARBOR, Maine _ Bar Harbor Bankshares Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $8.6 million. The bank, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, said it had earnings of 56 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK— Michele Marsh, one of the women who achieved success in the male-dominated television news industry in the late 1970 s and early 1980 s, has died. The popular, five-time local Emmy Award winner was an anchor and correspondent on the CBS and NBC flagship stations in New York City for more than two decades. Marsh, who was born in suburban Detroit and graduated...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform." Divisions within the GOP indicate the process won't be easy despite the political imperative. The upcoming tax measure, always a top item on the GOP agenda, has taken on even...

  • DAMARISCOTTA, Maine _ The First Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $5 million. The Damariscotta, Maine- based bank said it had earnings of 46 cents per share. The First Bancorp Inc. shares have decreased almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Most of the top cities in America for economic opportunity are in the South, according to Yelp's recent study.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. Once the budget plan passes through the GOP- controlled Congress, the House and Senate can then advance a follow-up tax overhaul measure without fear of a filibuster by...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. Once the budget plan passes through the GOP- controlled Congress, the House and Senate can then advance a follow-up tax overhaul measure without fear of a filibuster by...

  • WASHINGTON— A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments, calling his move to halt the subsidies an immediate threat to millions of Americans who could now face rising premiums and lost health care coverage. Susan Collins of Maine, who has cast pivotal votes on health care in the...

  • WASHINGTON— A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. Susan Collins of Maine, who has cast pivotal votes on health care in the narrowly divided Senate. Her comments reflected an increasing focus...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13- Eighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump's administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. The subsidies cost $7 billion this year and were...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13- Eighteen U.S. states vowed to sue President Donald Trump's administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. The subsidies cost $7 billion this year...

  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said she's staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more good for Maine by staying in Washington.

  • SCARBOROUGH, Maine— Maine mussels are losing their muscle. Meanwhile, some harvesters have stopped bringing mussels ashore altogether because there simply aren't as many to be had, said Carter Newell, a marine biologist and founder of Pemaquid Mussel Farms along the Maine coast. One of the factors influencing the decline is shellfish poison events that...

  • LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.— The owner of the nation's last Howard Johnson restaurant has been charged with sexually abusing or harassing more than a dozen employees of his upstate New York business. The Warren County sheriff's office announced Wednesday night that 65- year-old Jonathan LaRock was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and...

  • MADISON, Maine— Maine's largest solar array is now fully operational as the final 25 percent of the 26,000- panel array was brought online this week. The final part of the farm in Madison was brought online Wednesday, and the array will generate enough electricity to power 700 homes. The Madison array is one of several planned or in-development solar arrays...

  • Anthem won't sell new Obamacare plans in most of Maine

    Current customers will be able to re-enroll in their existing Anthem plans for next year.

  • Joseph Swedish, chief executive officer of Anthem Inc.

    Anthem, as it has done in announcing departures from other states, cited continued volatility in the Obamacare markets.

  • Sept 27- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Wednesday it will not offer individual Obamacare plans in Maine in 2018, citing uncertainty over government operations, including whether it will provide subsidies to reduce costs under the Affordable Care Act. As of last week, two other carriers besides Anthem were selling insurance in Maine, according to...