Maine and New Hampshire Senators Try to Avoid Shipyard Furloughs 

US Senators from Maine and New Hampshire say pending furloughs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard say they could have been avoided.There are indications the defense department will demand civilian workers at the shipyard in southern Maine take numerous days off without pay. Maine senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined their New Hampshire colleagues to encourage congress and the president to pass a long-term deficit reduction solution to avoid that.