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AUGUSTA, Maine — The state's new concealed carry law will not take effect until Oct. 15, but hundreds of Mainers are already preparing for the day by purchasing handguns and holsters and enrolling in firearms safety courses.

BOSTON — Amtrak says it will now allow passengers on some Northeast routes to bring along their pets.

Under the program announced Thursday, passengers can take a cat or small dog on trips up to seven hours long.

The service is available on the Boston to Lynchburg, Newport News, and Norfolk, Virginia, on the Northeast Regional service lines, as well from Boston to Brunswick, Maine, on the Downeaster route.

Pet owners will have to pay an extra $25 to make a reservation. The service begins Oct. 12.

PORTLAND, Maine — Unitil has opened a larger natural gas operations center in Maine as it continues to experience business growth.

The utility has grown its customer base in the state by 2 to 3 percent annually since purchasing Northern Utilities in 2008. Since then, Unitil has increased staff at its Unitil Portland location by about 35 percent.

The increased square footage and modern facilities are an integral part of Unitil's efforts to improve underground gas line infrastructure in the Portland area.

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PORTLAND, Maine — City officials are proposing a measure that would grant some municipal oversight of independent transportation companies such as the ride-share service Uber.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says more than 12,000 Maine residents who use T-Mobile wireless may have had personal data exposed in a recent breach.

Mills says an unauthorized party was able to gain access to an Experian server that contained the personal information of more than 15 million T-Mobile users. She says her office plans to work with attorneys general across the country about the breach.