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News from January 30, 2014

January 30

Worker smuggling ring linked to Maine Chinese restaurants Several photos included in this story

Texas employment agencies were allegedly recruiting illegal Hispanic immigrants to work in Maine and at least six other states.

January 30

When the cold is biting, restaurant customers are not

Deep-freeze hibernation also slows business at hair salons and coffee shops and reduces workers’ incomes.

January 31

Longtime Mexican restaurant in Portland closes after repeated citations Several photos included in this story

Mesa Verde failed two of its last three inspections but was not told to shut down, city records show.

January 30

Toyota halts some sales because of possible flammable seats

No fires or injuries have been reported, but the company stops sales while it swaps out the fabric on some models.

January 31

Maine's Mitchell may negotiate for some Quebec rail disaster victims

Court documents show former Sen. George Mitchell would serve as the group’s fiduciary during the railroad’s bankruptcy proceedings.

January 30

U.S. economic growth solid in fourth quarter

The economy gets a boost from the biggest increase in consumer spending in three years.

January 30

Facebook boosts revenue from mobile advertising

The social network’s quarterly earnings exceed Wall Street expectations.

January 30

A Word With the Boss: Marine trades chief ensures Maine’s waterfront is covered

Susan Swanton will be at the White House Friday talking jobs for boat builders and the like.

January 30

U.S. attorney general: We will find Target hackers

Even as Eric Holder confirms Justice’s probe of the holiday breach, there are rumblings of more breaches to come.

January 30


January 30

On the Move

January 30

Super Bowl ads grow up

Companies are taking a more mature approach to get the most out of $4 million 30-second spots.

January 30

Verso Paper warns it may not complete NewPage merger

A weak response to a debt exchange offer could kill the deal affecting three Maine paper mills.

January 30

What does buyer see in small, bankrupt Maine railway?

The MM&A railroad’s customers are few and far between, but it’s the only line connecting Montreal and Saint John, Canada.