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FREEPORT (AP) — L.L. Bean’s renewed focus on the outdoor fun proclaimed in its “Be An Outsider” campaign is being reflected in the retailer’s corporate giving.

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans buoyed by a strong economy pushed holiday sales growth to a six-year high.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 13:00

Cost of ’12 Days of Christmas’ largely stable

Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!

The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.

The index is a whimsical way the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat.

Apple announced the heart features in September, but didn’t make them available until Thursday. The new features have been given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are for U.S. customers only.

The watch can intermittently check the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background and send a notification if it detects irregular heart rhythm. That can point to atrial fibrillation, a condition that can increase the risk of stroke and other complications. Apple says the watch will notify users if it detects an irregular rhythm on five checks over at least 65 minutes.

When symptoms appear, users can also take an EKG, or electrocardiogram, and share that with doctors. This feature is available for the latest, Series 4 version of the watch. The app, called ECG, comes as part of a free software update for the watch.

The irregular heart notification is available for older models, too, starting with the “Series 1” model in 2016. It doesn’t work with the original, 2015 model.

Apple is adding medical features to make the watch feel more useful to people. A fall detection feature launched in September. It claims to be able to tell the difference between a trip and a fall — and when the latter occurs, it will suggest calling 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.). If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts.

TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

ORONO — Thirty teachers from 10 Maine schools will team with the University of Maine to enhance middle school computer science education statewide and develop student computational skills needed for 21st-century jobs.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 14:05

Manziel traded from TiCats to Alouettes

MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel is headed to the Montreal Alouettes in a reunion with the coach who recruited him to Texas A&M.

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:11

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Thousands pay tribute to fallen deputy

BANGOR (AP) — A grief-stricken son, fellow law enforcement officers, musicians from his old band and a flyover paid tribute Monday to a sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty.

ORONO (AP) — The University of Maine says a new assistant coach on the men’s basketball team is believed to be the only woman in the role in Division I basketball.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:31

Maine Technology Institute announces grants

PORTLAND (AP) — A company that makes dehydrated gourmet meals and a manufacturer of outdoor equipment are among the recipients of $24.5 million in grants from the Maine Technology Institute.

The grants were financed by a $45 million bond approved by voters last year. Kittery-based Good-To-Go LLC, the dehydrated meal company, will receive $150,000 to expand its facility. Hyperlite Mountain Gear of Biddeford, the outdoor manufacturer, will receive more than $175,000

The largest grant is a $12.5 million award going to Jackson Laboratory to construct a research mouse production facility in Ellsworth.

Vets Choice First will get $9 million to build a new corporate facility in Portland. C & L Aviation Group of Bangor will get more than $2.6 million to increase technical capabilities.

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