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March 2013


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News from November 2, 2013

November 2, 2013

BART unions ratify contract that ended strike

The new deal will increase pay and improve safety conditions.

November 2, 2013

Boom in crossover SUVs accelerates

The compact utility vehicles built on small-car frames have broad consumer appeal across age groups.

November 2, 2013

Debut of iPad Air greeted by little fanfare

November 2, 2013


Facebook set to join S&P / Container Store doubles its share price ... and other business news.

November 2, 2013

Canadian utility hints at deals with U.S.

Talks are underway about a new transmission line across Maine.

November 2, 2013

Walmart, launch Christmas deals early

And in one of the shortest retail seasons in years, JCPenney and Macy’s will open on Thanksgiving.

November 2, 2013

Lawyers parse South Portland ‘tar sands’ law word by word

If it passes Tuesday, competing interpretations of the Waterfront Protection Ordinance will likely be put to the test in court.

November 2, 2013

Regis founder Myron Kunin dies at 85

He had a passion for both art and business.

November 3, 2013

Factory output keeps on growing

Activity rises for the fifth straight month, boosted by overseas demand, and despite the shutdown.

November 3, 2013

Economic recovery brings jump in sales of small businesses

Buyers find it easier to get financing and retiring baby boomers are ready to sell their enterprises.

November 3, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway’s profit up 29%

Warren Buffett’s company gains $1.2 billion from crisis-era investments in GE and Goldman Sachs.