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Membership in Maine Credit Unions

2013

637,370

2012

625,370

Source: Maine Credit Union League

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News from December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

Stores open for 100 hours to attract shoppers

Stores employ the strategy as they try to recoup lost sales during a season that’s been hobbled by a number of factors.

December 20, 2013

Fury and frustration over Target data breach

It’s the second-largest such theft in U.S. history and some cardholders have difficulty contacting the company.

December 20, 2013

Time Warner will keep NECN after protests

Subscribers and politicians convince the company to reverse its plan to drop New England Cable News.

December 21, 2013

Maine unemployment rate dips again

The drop in Maine’s unemployment rate follows a national trend: Only five states had no change.

December 20, 2013

Maine mill: Foreign competition reason behind layoffs

Lincoln Pulp and Paper has filed a petition for federal trade assistance to mitigate financial damage caused by imports.

December 20, 2013

Applications for jobless benefits rise to highest level since March

If the trend continues, it would be a troubling sign that layoffs may increase.

December 20, 2013

Servicer to refund billions to mortgagors

Regulators say Ocwen Financial Corp. pushed borrowers into foreclosure through illegal actions.

December 20, 2013

Flotation Technologies will close, lay off 40 in Biddeford

The company cites ‘overcapacity in the marketplace’ and price reductions by competitors in Europe.

December 20, 2013

Corporate parent looking to toss back Red Lobster

Darden Restaurants also won’t open new Olive Gardens as it tries to raise value for shareholders.

December 20, 2013

Honda, Acura land six of top spots in highway safety ratings

The forward collision warning is reducing vehicle-to-vehicle crashes by about 7 percent.

December 20, 2013

Plan would end mail delivery on Saturday if volume drops

Postal unions are resisting the idea, which comes as Congress tries to reduce the service’s losses.

December 20, 2013

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December 20, 2013

Gritty’s got the Maine beer scene brewin’ Several photos included in this story

Two men who started with an idea 25 years ago paved the way for Maine’s explosion of craft beer makers.

December 20, 2013

Senate vote on more jobless aid pledged

The Senate leader will push for action by Jan. 7 as millions face a benefits cutoff, including thousands of Mainers.