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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 January 2, 2014

January 3

In wake of data theft, Snapchat finally talks

It says it will enhance security after hackers stole millions of user names and phone numbers, but is criticized for a cavalier attitude toward protecting information.

January 2

Reports indicate economy to get stronger in 2014

Two key sectors, factory activity and construction spending, are showing signs of sustained growth.

January 2

New CEO aims to keep Wex growing

Melissa Smith plans to lead the company into more credit card services in more places.

January 2

Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living settle dispute

But the settlement doesn’t affect Macy’s lawsuit against J.C. Penney Co. alleging breach of contract.

January 3

N.H. gunpowder plant owner will fight fraud charge in Maine

The man plans to appeal his conviction in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed two workers.

January 2

IBM stock ends the year down

The technology giant joins the shift to cloud services, but total sales have declined for six quarters.

January 2

Architect of Bigelow lab meets oceanic challenges Several photos included in this story

Gary Shaw faced many special requirements in designing the East Boothbay research facility.

January 2

On the Move

New faces, promotions, awards and board appointments

January 2

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January 2

Asset-sharing services gaining economic ground

But a downside to sharing cars and handbags and bedrooms is the decline of the ownership economy.

January 2

The forecast for tech enthusiasts for 2014 calls for a refining

Analysts say 2014 could be when the rough sketches about the future of technology get fleshed out.

January 2

Fiat OKs deal to buy Chrysler

Chrysler’s profits have helped prop up Fiat as the Italian automaker struggles in a weak European market.

January 2

Lack of key details holds up new ferry service marketing

With tour operators booking for 2014, the company scrambles to provide data to help sell the new Portland-Yarmouth route.

January 2

A Word with the Boss: New downtown chief envisions resurgent Congress Street

Steve Hewins hopes to attract more year-round visitors to the Portland area.