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News from January 31, 2014

January 31

U.S. cattle herd shrinking, pushing up price of beef

Extreme drought leads to scarce food for the animals, so farmers are selling them.

February 1

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears major hurdle

A State Department report gives Obama political cover if he chooses to endorse the pipeline in spite of opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups.

January 31

Maine one of most affordable states for home, auto insurance

The state has the third-lowest average auto insurance premium, according to a new report.

February 1

Maine’s Oakhurst Dairy sold to farmer cooperative Several photos included in this story

The 93-year-old company says it plans no layoffs of its 200 employees.

February 2

10 Super Bowl ads to watch for

Advertisers are in the game to win. The Super Bowl is advertising’s biggest showcase, with more than 108 million people expected to watch.

January 31

Conn. company to open design lab in Brunswick

RollEase makes operating systems and accessories for window coverings, such as blinds.

January 31


January 31

Panel votes to seek study of protections for Maine franchisees

A bill calls for remedies on the grounds that some franchisors’ contracts are unfair, but others disagree.

January 31

At Yahoo, email data breached by hackers

Stolen account user names and passwords could be used by spammers, scammers or for accessing banking sites.

January 31

Google earnings up 17 percent

But a slump in its online ad prices deepens.

January 31

Japan’s consumer price index rises 0.4 percent

January 31

Time Warner, civic center dispute could black out Maine state title games Several photos included in this story

A fee dispute over reinstalling cable in the Portland arena threatens to knock part of the annual basketball tournament off MPBN.

January 31

Google’s stock split, delayed for years, now set for April 2

The move will keep the co-founders in control of the company and create a class of non-voting shares.