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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 20, 2014

January 21

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

The data does not include Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where 1.5 million gallons spilled and a train exploded in July, killing 47 people. The cargo originated in North Dakota.

January 20

Stolen Target data being sold by region, Texas police say

Two Mexican citizens are accused of using fraudulent credit cards to obtain tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise in Texas.

January 20

Mothers in ‘survival mode’ as U.S. trails world on paid leave

Papua New Guinea is the only other nation that doesn’t provide or require a paid maternity leave, according to information on 185 countries.

January 20

Shortage of charging stations causes friction in Silicon Valley

Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating animosity among employees.

January 20

Maine wedding shows attract more grooms-to-be

At the Augusta show, a general store in Windsor gets to show off its stock of wedding dresses.

January 20

Wedding insurance expands as ‘I do’ gets pricier

With thousands of dollars on the line, nobody wants to swallow the price of a wedding hall bankruptcy, no-show photographers or, heaven forbid, a change of heart.

January 20

Unions angered by Postal Service's Staples outlets

The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces well-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.

January 20

Natural gas bonanza has a downside Several photos included in this story

The two companies installing lines in central Maine have forced water utilities to divert resources.