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Specialist Jorge Fernandez, left, and trader James Riley work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after a sharp two-day surge, as the stock market closes out a wild week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme. The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China’s economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided …

What’s in a billion? Facebook hits milestone in 1 day

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth’s population. It was a big symbolic milestone for the world’s biggest online social …

Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas within the next few weeks. Hannoush, who bought Faces from former owner Peter Vogel in …

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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jeffrey Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field. Purchase photo reprints »

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

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Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

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In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

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Joslyn Thomas at her home in Holyoke.

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’Spy car’ worries raised by new Allstate patent

Friday, August 28, 2015

By Becky Yerak Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — If, while driving, you were also chowing down food, yakking on your phone or getting distracted by Bella the Labrador retriever, would your insurance company know? A patent issued in August to Allstate mentions using sensors and cameras to record …

Stocks rally again after Chinese market surges

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off. The rally came a day after the stock market delivered its …

Ruling could ease way for unions at fast-food chains

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW YORK — It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday. The ruling, which came from a case involving …

Judge blocks White House waterway rule

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. …

Stocks surge, snapping six-day losing streak

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to …

Improving economy spurs worst US traffic ever

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession is in the rearview mirror. Commuters in Washington, D.C., suffer the most, losing an …

Deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223 — Airline fare wars are making a comeback. Don’t expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours — prices …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $40 to $70; Growers: $100 to $505; Started: $100 to $500; Veal: $80 to $132.50; Feeders: $102 to $160; Heifers: none; Steers: $70 to $107; Bulls: $97 to $116; Canners: $5 to $102; Cutters: $103.50 to $114; Utility: $116 …

Demolition permit for Amherst Carriage Shops waiting on final plan to recreate Amherst History Mural

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — A permit to demolish the three buildings that make up the Amherst Carriage Shops complex, slated to be replaced by the mixed-use One East Pleasant project, could soon be issued by the town’s inspection services department. …

New signs point the way to Northampton Amtrak station

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Signs guiding travelers to the Northampton Amtrak Station were recently installed on city streets and on Interstate 91 — a move that increases the station’s visibility during what officials have said is an already booming period …