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Single-Family Housing Permits Authorized in Maine

February 2014

141

February 2013

129

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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News from April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013

El Rodeo restaurant to open in S. Portland

It will be the Mexican-themed chain's first foray into Maine.

April 2, 2013

As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?

That's something many users are asking themselves as they wade through endless posts, photos "liked" by people they barely know and spur-of-the moment friend requests.

April 2, 2013

US factory orders rise sharply

Factory orders rose 3 percent in February, up from a 1 percent decline in January. It was the best showing in five months.

April 2, 2013

Eurozone unemployment at record 12%

Spain and Greece have mass unemployment and many other countries are seeing their numbers swell to uncomfortably high levels.

April 2, 2013

Cyprus gets break on one bailout demand

 But the lender concession is made because this year's economic contraction is expected to be far worse.

April 2, 2013

Landmark India ruling protects access to generic drugs

Anand Grover The patent ruling against Novartis is hailed by health activists.

April 2, 2013

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April 2, 2013

J.C. Penney pursuing that mini-mall feel

 The latest step is a fresher home product section with boutiques and new brands.

April 2, 2013

Markets dip on lagging growth

A strategist says earnings would have to be outstanding to drive the market higher.