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News from December 31, 2013

January 1, 2014

Target reveals gift card snafu

The problem comes two weeks after the retailer had a massive data security breach that affected about 40 million debit and credit card holders.

December 31, 2013

Seniors liking Facebook

Facebook’s strongest growth this past year has come from users over 65.

December 31, 2013

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $591 million to Fannie Mae

The bank will pay to settle disputes over mortgages it sold to the housing finance giant.

December 31, 2013


December 31, 2013

Bill seeks to avoid conflicts that paralyze Maine PUC Several photos included in this story

A plan to provide for alternate commissioners follows recusals that foiled a Nestle Waters case.

December 31, 2013

Smartphones morphing into virtual clerks

Financial firms work to cut call center customer service staff by using voice-activated apps.

December 31, 2013

Some Maine businesses flourish, others snowed under when harsh weather hits

Indoor shopping at the mall and midstorm pizza deliveries also tend to spike.

December 31, 2013

Census shows no growth in Maine

The stagnant population and graying of Maine have significant business and policy implications.

January 1

On the Move

January 1


December 31, 2013

Bobblehead justices supremely rare

Created by law professor Ross Davies, the figures feature details that reflect Supreme Court justices’ decisions and tastes.

December 31, 2013

Tax breaks for research, the energy conscious and the charitable to expire

Congress, in a nearly annual dance, allows 55 popular tax breaks expire at midnight.