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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 November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

New tax law has expatriates giving up citizenship

Foreign households with a non-American spouse balk at a financial reporting rule aimed at those avoiding taxes overseas.

November 27, 2013

On busy day, traffic runs smoothly at Portland jetport Several photos included in this story

Officials say security lines were faster because of a TSA fast-track program.

November 28, 2013

Bricks-and-mortar stores take fight to Amazon

Price, proximity and customer service shape the battle for shoppers’ dollars.

November 27, 2013

Westbrook credit union CEO fired, accused of misusing funds

But an attorney denies Kenneth Williams spent thousands on personal expenses and says Infinity Federal Credit Union is retaliating for an age discrimination complaint.

November 27, 2013

Fairchild Semiconductor lays off 62 in 2013

The technology manufacturer cited less demand from customers.

November 27, 2013

Judge moves airline deal one step closer to takeoff

Consumer group’s objection to merger is rejected, clearing the way to creation of the world’s largest airline next month.

January 23

Map: compare gas prices across Maine, Jan. 2013 through Nov. 2013

Explore how prices have changed over the course of the year, and where you'll find the highest and lowest gas prices in Maine.

November 27, 2013

Christmas creep held at bay in Maine, other New England states

Several New England states, including Maine, prohibit stores from opening until Friday.

November 27, 2013

Upgraded bus service draws new fans

Younger riders are drawn by the low prices, comfy rides and Internet connections aboard.

November 27, 2013

Tesla faces uphill fight against dealers, laws

Car sellers are opposed to the electric vehicle company’s model of direct sales and marketing.

November 27, 2013

Global free-trade deal negotiations fall apart

Members of the World Trade Organization came close to a free-trade deal that could have boosted the world economy.

November 27, 2013

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November 27, 2013

Home price growth slows on shutdown, interest rate hikes

The government shutdown and higher interest rates are hampering national home prices.

November 27, 2013

Toy company sues Beastie Boys

The toymaker is fighting for the right to use its parody of a song by the popular group.

November 27, 2013

Staying closed for the holiday to stave off 'Black Friday creep'

Some retailers are taking a stand even if it costs them Thanksgiving sales.

January 23

High taxes, little competition, put Maine gas prices among nation’s highest

The sudden jump in price coincides with Thanksgiving travel.