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News from September 5, 2013

September 6, 2013

Bank of Maine sues former grocer cooperative for $2.5 million

The Bank of Maine filed a lawsuit against Associated Grocers of Maine and 17 individuals from across the state, to recoup some of its losses.

September 5, 2013

Report says catch limits boost depleted fish stocks

But the report also says 26 percent of depleted stocks continue to be overfished.

September 5, 2013

Enterprise introduces electric rental cars in Orlando

September 6, 2013

Cruise visits to Portland on course for polluting less

Carnival, whose vessels frequent the city, will use a new exhaust gas cleaning system on 32 of its ships over the next three years.

September 5, 2013

U.S. service firms expand at fastest pace in eight years

It's an encouraging sign for the job market because the service sector employs 90 percent of the U.S. work force.

September 6, 2013

Mold forces Chobani to recall yogurt sold in Maine

Stores remove the product from shelves, but not before some of it is purchased.

September 5, 2013

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

Google says the process is fully automated, 'and no humans read your email ...'

September 5, 2013

Portland Jetport to get security express lane Several photos included in this story

 Certain travelers who pay a fee won't have to take off coats or shoes or pull laptops from their cases.

September 5, 2013

For new-car sales, it's zoom-zoom

The 1.5 million vehicles sold in August were the most in six years, due to pent-up demand and other factors.

September 5, 2013

Auto, tech companies lead stocks higher

September 5, 2013

Smartwatch release timed for the holidays

 Samsung's digital watch lets users check messages secret-agent style.

September 5, 2013

On the Move

September 5, 2013

UAW bid for foothold in South resisted

 Republicans say the lack of unions has lured foreign automakers and jobs, but a VW plant is now in play.

September 5, 2013

Syria, emerging economies may shadow summit

The G-20 leaders will look at tumbling currencies in several nations, trade liberalization and more.

September 5, 2013

Kate's Butter to miss move deadline

 The busy company says it needs four extra months to shift from Old Orchard Beach to its new building.

September 5, 2013


September 5, 2013

Troubled railway says loan on track

Operation of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic has been in jeopardy since the disaster in Quebec.

September 5, 2013

Energy firm to contest federal fines

Competitive Energy Services of Portland faces stiff penalties for alleged market manipulation.