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Carnival aims to start ‘cultural’ Cuba cruises

By David Adams, Reuters on July 07, 2015, at 7:51 p.m.
MIAMI — Carnival Corp. has won U.S. approval to operate culturally themed cruises to Cuba and plans to start taking travelers there next May, joining a growing list of maritime companies hoping to profit from a thaw in relations between Washington and Havana. The United States and Cuba have been …

Checking work emails at home? It’s part of the job for most Americans

By Patricia Reaney, Reuters on July 07, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — Checking emails at home is just part of the job for most Americans, who also would prefer to receive money rather than more paid vacation or sick days, according to a poll. More than half the adults questioned in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey said monitoring emails …
Cars traverse on Congress Street on Tuesday in Portland, where the City Council on Monday voted to increase the minimum wage for Portland workers to $10.10 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Portland’s new minimum wage law could make waves in other cities

By Darren Fishell and Mario Moretto on July 07, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
Portland’s decision to raise the minimum wage within its city limits is already having ripple effects in other municipalities as more city councils weigh whether to boost salaries for the lowest-paid workers in their own communities. In a 6-3 vote Monday, the City Council enacted a new …
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Maine gets ranked 42nd in fiscal health

on July 07, 2015, at 6:04 p.m.
Analysis by a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has placed Maine 42nd in the state for fiscal health, due largely to its poor ranking for short-term insolvency. The overall ranking is based on 2013 audited financial reports for the states, assessing their ability to pay short-term and long-term obligations. Maine …

Bethel energy drink maker sues California company in trademark spat

By Darren Fishell on July 07, 2015, at 5:49 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Bethel-based producer of all-natural energy drinks has asked a judge to assess a California company’s trademark violation allegations. Black Bear LLC, which makes energy drinks and oral sprays, in its complaint states that it received a cease-and-desist letter in mid-June from WIT Beverage Co. According to …
Mother and daughter co-owners of Blue Heron, Janet St. John and Heather Bass (right), are closing their State Street store after nearly 5 years because the building has a new owner.

Presque Isle bridal boutique expands to Bangor, displaces Blue Heron

By Evan Belanger on July 07, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
The owner of a Presque Isle bridal boutique is expanding operations to Bangor and plans to bring to the city at least a dozen new jobs. Courtney Wetzel, owner of Pancsofar’s Bridal Boutique in Presque Isle, confirmed Tuesday she is opening a prom shop and bridal boutique …

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust announces promotion of Scott Shields

By BHBTCathy on July 07, 2015, at 12:56 p.m.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Cathy Planchart, VP Corporate Communications & Community Relations Bar Harbor Bank & Trust P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME 04605 207-667-0660 x4655 / cplanchart@bhbt.com DATE: July 7, 2015 TITLE: BAR HARBOR BANK & TRUST ANNOUNCES THE PROMOTION OF SCOTT SHIELDS Bar Harbor, Maine- Curtis C. …
Cars traverse on Tuesday on Congress Street in Portland, where the City Council on Monday voted to increase the minimum wage for Portland workers to $10.10 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Portland’s minimum hourly wage to rise to $10.10

By William Hall on July 07, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
Despite a more modest recommendation from its Finance Committee, the City Council on Monday voted 6-3 to create a minimum wage for Portland workers of $10.10 per hour. The minimum will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016, will increase to $10.68 in 2017, and will be pegged …

Rockland holds off vote on regulating vacation rentals

By Stephen Betts on July 07, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
City councilors agreed Monday night to hold off on a vote to regulate short-term vacation rentals until a forum next month to hear from those interested in the controversial issue. Councilor Valli Geiger questioned why the proposed regulations were needed. She said the city’s code office has …

Charles Thomas joins Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

By BHBTCathy on July 07, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Cathy Planchart, VP Corporate Communications & Community Relations Bar Harbor Bank & Trust P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME 04605 207-667-0660 x4655 / cplanchart@bhbt.com DATE: July 7, 2015 TITLE: CHARLES THOMAS JOINS BAR HARBOR BANK & TRUST Bar Harbor, Maine- Curtis C. Simard, President and …

Harpswell lobster restaurant sold out of bankruptcy for $1.25 million

By Darren Fishell on July 07, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
The iconic Harpswell restaurant Cook’s Lobster House has been sold out of bankruptcy to a couple with roots in Lewiston for $1.25 million. The restaurant originally went on the market in January for $1.79 million. Its owner, Norman C. Parent, sought bankruptcy protection for Cook’s Lobster House in early May …

Becoming a Savvy Investor with David Clemens

By Marianne Pinkham on July 07, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 563-1363; spectrumgenerations.org Surprises are not as much fun as they used to be, but the stock markets are full of surprises and “buy & hold” doesn’t seem …
USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel tastes water during the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference in December at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The water there was free.

This bar has a 46-page water menu and charges as much as $20 a bottle

By Moneytips.com, on July 07, 2015, at 10:12 a.m.
“Never mind the wine list; could I please see the water list?” It sounds like a comedy skit, but the water menu is actually available at Ray’s and Stark Bar in Los Angeles. The restaurant features a Mediterranean-inspired menu with a focus on farm-to-table fare — and a 46-page water …
"The Mallow" at 486 Paris Hill Road, Paris, Maine.

Paris sees market flooded with historic homes at low prices

By Seth Koenig on July 06, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.
The town of Paris is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s Civil War vice president, Hannibal Hamlin. And if buyers are looking for homes there built in Hamlin’s time, now’s the time to shop, according to the Sun Journal. The Lewiston newspaper reported Sunday that of the 10 homes listed there for sale …
Jacqui Deveneau of Portland hangs portraits of those killed in the 2013 Lac Megantic oil train derailment fire in Monument Square on Monday. Activists with the international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held a vigil marking the two-year anniversary of the disaster.

Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

By Darren Fishell on July 06, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of …
Airline passengers look at a flight status board at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, April 22, 2013.

How to cancel or re-book your flight without losing your money

By Moneytips.com, on July 06, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
Have you ever booked an airline ticket only to see that the fare dropped soon after you made your purchase? Unfortunately, the cheapest airline tickets tend to be non-refundable, so price-sensitive travelers usually end up not profiting from that price drop. Have you ever had unexpected news pop up right …
Manufacturing supervisor Alan Comeau of Saunders Electronics in South Portland demonstrates the component manufacturing process he helped create for a device invented by Lincoln podiatrist Todd O'Brien that helps diagnose diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a key precursor leading to foot ulcers, infections and amputations.

Lincoln podiatrist invents tool that measures nerve sensitivity

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 06, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine ― Dr. Todd O’Brien likes the idea of patients everywhere getting consistent quality care, and he loves solving problems. From those two qualities arise the Lincoln podiatrist’s latest invention. The ninth medical device created by the 50-year-old Orono resident in the last 10 years, the ETF128 is a …

Protect Your Phone During Summer Fun

By Kelly Cioe on July 06, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: U.S. Cellular, 33 Mid Mall Boulevard, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-5218; uscellular.com As summer heats up, people are planning vacations and cooling off with water-related destinations. Whether headed to the beach for a week, the lake for a weekend …

Protect Your Phone During Summer Fun

By Kelly Cioe on July 06, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: U.S. Cellular, 403 Wilson Street, Brewer, Maine For more information: 207-989-3291; uscellular.com As summer heats up, people are planning vacations and cooling off with water-related destinations. Whether headed to the beach for a week, the lake for a weekend or …
A striking taxi drives past burning tyres during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber in Nice, France, June 25, 2015.

Uber suspends service in France after arrests, protests

By Mark John, Reuters on July 06, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
PARIS — Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced often-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. After fierce protests last week by licensed French taxi drivers who argue it threatens their livelihood with …
 
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