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  • Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who moderated bipartisan negotiations in her office to break the government shutdown stalemate, describes the power of the centrists and her efforts to keep the talks civil, during a TV news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Collins holds a ceremonial "talking stick," a gift from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., which was passed from senator to senator; only the senator in possession of the "talking stick" could speak as others were listened.

    Collins borrowed from the kindergarten classroom playbook and came up with the strategy of using a "talking stick," Vox reports.

  • Legislation to renew government funding easily won enough support in a vote in the Senate and was expected to pass the House of Representatives, allowing government to reopen through Feb 8. Most Democratic lawmakers had initially opposed the funding bill, demanding that the Senate also approve protections for young undocumented immigrants known as "...

  • Health scientist Tom Chapel was among the many who spent the day at home after being furloughed from his job at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Senators on Monday reached a deal to keep the government funded through Feb. 8, lifting worries of lost business in cities from Atlanta to Kittery, Maine, home to a large U.S. Navy facility that...

  • Legislation to renew government funding easily cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected to pass both the Senate and House of Representatives, allowing government to reopen through Feb 8. Most Democratic lawmakers had initially opposed the funding bill, demanding that the Senate also approved protections for young undocumented...

  • Jan 22- Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. Neighboring Massachusetts, nearby Maine and six other states have legalized marijuana use as a result of voter initiatives.

  • Health scientist Tom Chapel, was among the large numbers of workers who spent the day at home, after being furloughed briefly from his job at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The federal government shutdown at midnight Friday amid a fight over immigration and border security between Democrats and President Donald Trump's...

  • The White House says President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the government, ending a 69- hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured— one of America's lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is calling on voters to decide how to pay for its ballooning Medicaid costs.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Officials with Maine's largest city say Portland International Jetport is the first airport in the country to use 100 percent recycled de-icing fluid for aircraft. Airport Director Paul Bradbury says the facility has spent six years capturing aircraft de-icing fluid sprayed at the airport to make sure it doesn't mix with storm water.

  • 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,...

  • Job seekers job fair

    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...