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News from January 9, 2014

January 10

Biddeford Kohl’s department store to be demolished, rebuilt

A smaller store will replace the older building, which had a problem with settling starting in 2006 but was never in danger of collapse.

January 10

Maine awards wholesale liquor contract to Augusta company

Pine State Trading is already doing the warehousing and distribution as a subcontractor. Terms of the lucrative 10-year deal were not disclosed.

January 9

Airlines go on a record jet buying binge Several photos included in this story

Needing to replace aging gas guzzlers, they’ve ordered more than 8,200 new planes from Airbus and Boeing in the past five years. Southwest, JetBlue, American and just about every other U.S. carrier has a large order in place.

January 9

Instead of slowing down, older set bets on startups

People from ages 55 to 64 opened nearly a quarter of all new companies in 2012, often taking a financial risk.

January 9

Stocks fall as investors await signs

Reports on jobs and earnings as the week ends will be closely watched.

January 9

On the Move

January 9

T-Mobile announces offer to pay new customers’ early termination fees

The company seeks to lure subscribers to switch from rivals and ‘force the industry to change.’

January 9


January 9

A Word With the Boss: Developer takes ‘serious games’ to a new level

Ben Sawyer of South Freeport creates software products that apply video game technology to practical challenges.

January 9

Some Mainers buy coverage, still lack insurance cards

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield says it's beefed up its call centers to handle the increasing volume of calls.

January 9

Industry executives say ‘old Yankee mentality’ in Maine slows Web progress

They say one way to boost high-speed Internet service is for more residents to let go of tradition and accept its many benefits.

January 9

Food companies widely exceed their calorie-cutting goals

A study says the calories cut averaged out to 78 calories per day for the entire U.S. population.

January 9

Funding fight ties up bill to extend jobless aid

Democrats balk at several ideas from Republicans for saving $6.4 billion to cover three months of long-term benefits.