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1:36 PM

Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in the statement that the deal represents the next phase in the “expansion on a global scale of the Jeep brand.”

Yesterday at 11:00 PM

Maine’s unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent

The state’s number of unemployed people has declined 6,700 over the year to 41,800.

1:00 AM

Passion for beer pales in Belgium

In a country known for its world-class suds – and for exporting them in vast quantities – homeland consumption has plummeted.

1:00 AM

Small condiment-making business gets help; now it’s dressed for success

With its salad dressing a big hit at Whole Foods, family-owned Tessemae’s finds help navigating the grocery business.

1:00 AM

An Amazon smartphone?

The company hasn’t confirmed this week’s reports, but there’s plenty of speculation about what such a device might feature.

1:00 AM

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted with toxic metals

Health advocates have identified several villages near factories where they say cancer rates are above the national average.

1:00 AM


Yesterday at 5:50 PM

Review delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Federal agencies will get more time to consider the project following a recent ruling by a Nebraska judge.

Yesterday at 12:34 AM

WMTW moving to Westbrook studio occupied by WPME, WPXT

The space is already broadcast-ready and will require few changes.

Yesterday at 6:50 PM

Conflict emerges in study used by foes of Brunswick rail project

The engineer who concluded that noise levels would be excessive at the site in Brunswick has plans for a residential subdivision nearby.

Yesterday at 12:01 AM

Muscle cars still going strong as gas prices in U.S. stabilize

Buyers also expect that fuel economy will continue to improve no matter what they drive.

Yesterday at 12:01 AM

Report estimates 4.5 million smartphones lost or stolen

Yesterday at 12:01 AM

IRS audits few large business partnerships

Less than 1 percent get audited, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

Yesterday at 1:09 AM

Wal-Mart unveils money-transfer service

Wal-Mart-2-Wal-Mart lets customers transfer funds between any of the retailer’s U.S. stores.

Yesterday at 12:01 AM


April 17

Hackers behind Target breach could take years to find

The Secret Service investigation is complicated by the international nature of digital heists.