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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 December 17, 2013

December 18, 2013

Tech firms, president discuss NSA snooping

The meeting comes as the White House considers changes in surveillance programs.

December 17, 2013

Deal ends final suit against airlines in 9/11 attacks

Airport security questions will go unanswered after a firm that lost 658 workers settles for $135 million.

December 17, 2013

As food labels get closer look, ingredients vanish

Food and beverage companies understand that ingredients can become a liability once they fall out of favor with the public. Case in point: high-fructose corn syrup.

December 17, 2013

Survey: Income gap holding back U.S. economy

Gains are flowing mostly to the rich, who spend less of their money than do low- and middle-income consumers, whose pay is barely rising.

December 17, 2013

Facebook testing video advertisements

Videos automatically start playing without sound when they appear. Users can click on a video to view it with sound, or scroll past it if they’re not interested.

December 17, 2013

Datebook



December 17, 2013

Survey: Many plan to cut holiday spending

While 14 percent of Americans surveyed said they plan to spend more this year, 38 percent said they will spend less.

December 17, 2013

Briefcase



December 17, 2013

Cumberland County delays appointments of civic center trustees

Some had sought to fill the slots with newcomers soon in a bid to revive lease negotiations with the Portland Pirates.

December 17, 2013

Fate of bankrupt Maine railway hinges on buyer

The sole bidder so far may see more value in ending service in Maine and selling the assets in pieces, experts say.

December 17, 2013

Judge orders paint companies to pay $1.1 billion

The ruling, which could be changed, comes as part of a California lawsuit over lead paint in homes.

December 17, 2013

Stocks rise along with confidence in economy

Investors shift their focus from the central bank’s actions to indicators of economic growth.

December 17, 2013

GM announces $1.2 billion in factory upgrades

The automaker plans to produce the industry’s first 10-speed automatic transmission in Michigan.

December 17, 2013

Panel: Wynn Resorts suitable to run casino in Massachusetts

The recommendation moves the company a step closer to winning the sole eastern Mass. casino license.

December 17, 2013

Investment adviser apologizes for fraud

Craig L. Berkman told investors he could buy high-tech shares before they went public.

December 17, 2013

Soaring food prices push India’s inflation higher

The grim inflation numbers increase the likelihood that India’s central bank will raise interest rates.

December 17, 2013

Judge gives R.I. lawyer 6 years for fraud case

Joseph Caramadre was using dying people as part of a $46 million investment scheme.

December 17, 2013

Federal Reserve marks 100 years with tales of bold actions

The central bank has been in scary situations and acted to protect the public, say current and ex-chairmen.

December 17, 2013

On the Move



December 18, 2013

Thousands of Mainers face loss of jobless aid

Extended benefits have been a lifeline for those looking for work during the slow recovery from recession, but Congress is about to let them expire.