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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in December, recording its biggest drop in just over a year, amid a steep decline in the construction of single-family housing units following two months of hefty gains. The decline in claims for jobless benefits, however, probably exaggerated the health of the labor market as data for seven states,...

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    First-time claims for benefits were expected to total 250,000 in the most recent week, down from the 261,000 claims reported for the prior week.

  • DAMARISCOTTA, Maine _ The First Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.1 million. The Damariscotta, Maine- based bank said it had earnings of 47 cents per share. The First Bancorp Inc. shares have climbed nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP- drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night. House GOP leaders unveiled the spending...

  • The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

  • WASHINGTON— A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remained distant Tuesday, as House Republicans leaders turned their attention to building support for a backup plan: a stopgap funding bill to stave off the threat of an election-year shutdown. The focus on a budget Plan B— another temporary measure...

  • Jan 16- The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry. The Interior Department this month proposed opening up virtually all U.S. coastline to drillers as part of Republican President Donald Trump's...

  • AUBURN, Maine— People in Maine lined up overnight for a chance at fresh and free doughnuts at the state's newest Krispy Kreme store. Maine's second Krispy Kreme opened in Auburnon Monday, after an enthusiastic response to the state's first store in Saco opening in October. Joshua Fogg, who was first in line and stood waiting outside for 15 hours, tells the Sun...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The company that bought FairPoint Communications is discarding the old name and making plans to upgrade the service of tens of thousands of customers in northern New England. Consolidated Communications, which has operations in 24 states, is going to begin rebranding with its own logo for trucks and buildings early in the new year, providing...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50- year-old health insurance program for the poor. The Kentucky program also imposes a premium on most Medicaid recipients based on income. "They want the dignity...

  • LUBEC, Maine— A historic Maine fishing industry shed that was dislodged from its pilings and set adrift by a blizzard and wound up in Canada is being saved. The Bangor Daily News reports a Canadian contractor and an American contractor will remove the shed's remains from New Brunswick's Campobello Island in the coming week and return it to its original site off...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50- year-old health insurance program for the poor. "Kentucky will now lead on this issue," Governor Matt Bevin said at a news conference on Friday. "They want the dignity...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine will soon let new people into its valuable baby eel fishery for the first time in several years, and fishermen are hopeful they could soon be allowed to catch more of the wriggling critters. Maine limits the number of elver fishing licenses to 425. Maine fishermen are allowed to harvest a total of about 9,700 pounds of elvers in a short fishing...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor. Medicaid, an important social safety net program created five decades ago and expanded under...

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    Legalized marijuana is emerging as a huge growth sector in the U.S., says former DEA agent Patrick Moen.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor. Medicaid, an important social safety net program created five decades ago and expanded under...

  • SCARBOROUGH, Maine— A pair of Maine suitors is trying to lure Amazon to the Pine Tree State, although one of them is using the bidding process to the make the case for the technology giant to build a smaller project and not the second headquarters itself. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and the town of Scarborough are relying on New England' s charm,...

  • More than 15 states and cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Las Vegas, refused requests from The Associated Press to detail the promises they made to try to lure the company. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said in a radio interview. Amazon's search for a second headquarters city has triggered an unprecedented competition among governments around North...

  • President Donald Trump attends the Women in Healthcare panel hosted by Seema Verma (right), administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2017.

    The U.S. will allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities as a condition of eligibility.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities such as volunteering or jobs training as a condition of eligibility for the government health insurance program for the poor. Seema Verma, the agency's administrator, said the policy...