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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 February 19, 2014

February 19

Facebook to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp

The purchase would be the biggest Internet deal since Time Warner’s $124 billion merger with AOL in 2001.

February 19

Google aims to offer high-speed Internet in 34 more cities

With Google Fiber, people can surf the Internet at a speed of one gigabit per second, up to 100 times faster than existing broadband services.

February 19

Trade bills divide Obama, fellow Democrats

The president seeks fast-track authority to approve trade deals, powers that Democrats have historically opposed.

February 19

Obama arrives in Mexico to talk commerce at summit

He’s meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, but on many issues his hands are tied by Congress.

February 19

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February 19

Consumers show confidence with increased debt

Americans took on $241 billion more debt in the fourth quarter.

February 19

Startups customize Ikea’s offerings

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February 19

Sen. Schumer will skip Time Warner-Comcast votes

He learns that his brother helped put together the cable merger.

February 19

Dairy recognizes Norridgewock farm as producer of the year

The Chartrand family’s operation is singled out by Oakhurst for the second year in a row.

February 20

Maine's TIF law lets businesses avoid paying for local services, schools Several photos included in this story

Under Tax Increment Financing, taxes paid by some businesses may be returned to help the bottom line or used for roads or sewer lines to the business.

February 24

Maine-Nova Scotia ferry ticket sales still sitting in dry dock Several photos included in this story

The company running the new service isn’t allowed to sell tickets yet.