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News from April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013

Nearly 3.4 million vehicles, mostly Japanese, recalled for defective air bags

High-pressure gas can launch plastic and metal parts from the air bags into the passenger areas.

April 11, 2013

General Dynamics in Saco to lay off 110 workers

Demand for the heavy weapons made there has fallen as the U.S. scales back forces in two wars.

April 11, 2013

PC outlook darkens as sales slump deepens

PCs are losing because they typically cost more than smartphones and tablets and aren't as convenient to use. Analysts also blame a pivotal makeover of Microsoft's Windows operating system that seems to have done more harm than good.

April 11, 2013

The landscape changes for traditional grocers

Customers are less loyal as more retailers stock food and shoppers make low prices a big priority.

April 11, 2013

Spain, Slovenia urged to fix bank problems

Olli Rehn A European Commission health-check of troubled economies also presses France to rein in its debt.

April 11, 2013

Treasury sells GM stock for $621 million

April 11, 2013

LePage won’t say if he’ll veto minimum wage hike

The governor appears critical of the increase in a chamber speech, but says he’ll review it.

April 11, 2013


April 11, 2013

Tech stocks drive market

Gregory Rowe A sign of more spending on equipment sparks a surge: The Nasdaq gains most, rising by 1.8 percent, and the Dow Jones and S&P 500 reach record highs.

April 11, 2013

Fed likely to keep up bond program

But many policymakers signal they want to reduce the purchases as soon as economic growth allows.

April 11, 2013

Taxman uses Google Maps to find cheats

April 12, 2013

Maine fishing bill seeks access for big boats

The proposal aims to expand Maine's groundfishing quota while easing limits on larger vessels.