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News from December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

Year-end signups pose major test for improved health care website

The risk is that some people could end up with a break in their coverage.

December 2, 2013

Americans turn to mobile devices for Cyber Monday

Mobile devices see a bump this year, accounting for 30 percent of all online traffic, including 50 percent at

December 3, 2013

Portland to honor businesses for boosting economic development

Awards will go to Charlie Poole, Putney Inc. and Public Market House for efforts to improve the local economy.

December 3, 2013


December 2, 2013

U.S. manufacturing grows at fastest rate since 2011

The encouraging figures in one trade report conflict with weaker recent data on factory activity, making it difficult to discern a clear trend..

December 3, 2013

Ruling lets all states try to tax Web sales

The Supreme Court allows New York’s levy to stand. Under Maine laws, the state is losing millions.

December 3, 2013

Prices for Maine scallops skyrocket

Officials cite low supply as the reason for the strong prices, as the state's scallop season kicks off.

December 3, 2013 sees delivery drones as the future Video clip included

CEO Jeff Bezos says the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds, and could deliver orders to customers within 30 minutes.

December 2, 2013

In Maine and beyond, furry ambassadors are businesses’ best friends Several photos included in this story

Marketing experts see the value of mascots as a means for savvy companies to stay ahead of the pack.

December 2, 2013

Bottling water could bring cash flow to Passamaquoddies

Tribe leaders want to build a bottling plant to provide jobs and bolster services.