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Future uncertain for solar tax break

Friday, April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Solar energy is booming in the United States and the industry wants everyone to know it. But winning an extension of a key solar tax break in a Republican Congress suspicious of green energy won’t be easy, especially as regulatory and market forces continue to batter fossil fuels and nuclear power. The industry’s lobbying arm, the Solar Energy Industries Association, is working overtime to keep the incentive — …

IRS hotline wait times double from 2014, IG reports

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wait times for taxpayers who called the Internal Revenue Service’s toll-free hotline more than doubled to nearly 25 minutes over the past year, according to a federal report. “This filing season it has become increasingly difficult for taxpayers contacting the IRS by telephone” to get help, J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, said in a statement. The report said the …

Greece’s ‘day of reckoning’ shakes US stock markets

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW YORK — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply on Friday, and the selling spread across the Atlantic. By the close of U.S. trading, stocks across …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS

Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living  as a way to raise money to donate  Heifer International.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living as a way to raise money to donate Heifer International. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the  basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn,  Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall.

    MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn, Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class.

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Partners in Paper co-owners Peter Luke, front, and Rich West work on setting out an estimated 20,000 books for sale over the weekend at Eastworks in Easthampton. The books originated from the private collection of Clarendon Van Norman in Neversink, New York.

    DAN LITTLE Partners in Paper co-owners Peter Luke, front, and Rich West work on setting out an estimated 20,000 books for sale over the weekend at Eastworks in Easthampton. The books originated from the private collection of Clarendon Van Norman in Neversink, New York. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
right, Keira Durrett, waits for, Johanna Korpita, the second grade teacher at the Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and Nicholas Por to pass down cups with Trout Fry in them to be released into the Mill River.

    CAROL LOLLIS right, Keira Durrett, waits for, Johanna Korpita, the second grade teacher at the Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and Nicholas Por to pass down cups with Trout Fry in them to be released into the Mill River. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Kevin Pardee at his dangerousness hearing Thursday with his attorney  Susan Miles.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kevin Pardee at his dangerousness hearing Thursday with his attorney Susan Miles. Purchase photo reprints »

Laid-off workers sue American Apparel for lack of notice

Friday, April 17, 2015

Three former employees of American Apparel have filed a complaint accusing the Los Angeles retailer of failing to give adequate notice before laying off about 200 employees. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the former employees accuse the company …

Dodge Challenger Hellcat is wickedly fun to drive

Friday, April 17, 2015

By Charles Fleming Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES - I hadn’t driven a muscle car in years when I slid somewhat hesitantly behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. But within a few blocks I had cut off a school bus, dusted two old ladies …

Markets tread water despite afternoon surge

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NEW YORK — Netflix soared, big corporations turned in quarterly results, and investors welcomed new companies into the market. There was plenty of news, but major indexes finished the day just short of where they started. Stocks drifted …

Pacific trade pact gets bipartisan boost

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his …

Analyst: Casinos in uphill battle

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Demographic and industry problems are weighing on casinos struggling to draw visitors and increase revenue, an industry analyst said Thursday. Economic growth will slow as the population of older Americans outpaces younger consumers who are “less enthused” about gambling, turning instead to electronic games …

Penn National revises plans for Plainville slots

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is inching closer to the official launch of its casino industry, as Penn National Gaming submitted revised plans Thursday for a slot parlor slated to open in June along the Rhode Island border while regulators highlighted steps the state still needs to complete before it …

Court skeptical of challenge to US climate-change plan

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration’s far-reaching plan to address climate change. The comments came during nearly two hours of …

WikiLeaks creates online archive of Sony documents

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NEW YORK — Sony’s hacking problems aren’t over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It’s the …

Fears grow over risk of Greek debt default

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LONDON — Mounting fears of a Greek debt default sent the country’s borrowing costs surging Thursday and prompted one prominent U.K. bookmaker to stop taking bets on the possibility of Greece leaving the euro. The jitters were triggered …

Stocks trend upward on improved earnings

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW YORK — Rising corporate profits and a jump in oil prices helped push the stock market to a modest gain on Wednesday. Delta and Intel led the way up after turning in results that beat Wall Street’s …