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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2007, file photo, the flags on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange provide a backdrop for a Wall Street street sign. Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and the referendum on Scotland's independence on Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks rise as investors await news from Fed

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of morning, then turned broadly higher in the afternoon on an increase in health care and utility stocks. “The economy continues to improve in the U.S., and there’s still an …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in Everett into …

Kinder Morgan files plans for gas pipeline running through Franklin County with federal regulators

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch-diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 miles between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, north of Lowell, would cross nine Franklin County towns …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lia Honda on King Street  in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Lia Honda on King Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift.

    JERREY ROBERTS Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift. Purchase photo reprints »

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Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze Saturday afternoon at 87 Depot Road in Hatfield.

    JERREY ROBERTS Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze Saturday afternoon at 87 Depot Road in Hatfield. Purchase photo reprints »

Markey to ask Congress to halt coal sales on federal lands

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too slowly on …

Walgreen holding company to be incorporated in Delaware

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Walgreens is not headed to Europe. But it is going to Delaware. The nation’s largest drugstore chain, following in the footsteps of more than half of the nation’s publicly traded companies, plans to incorporate in The First State following the completion of its acquisition of its European counterpart. …

Congress raps safety agency over GM recall

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Both houses of Congress scolded the nation’s highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. …

Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton will host 11th annual bread festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of Hungry Ghost Bread bakery know a tried and true recipe when they see one. That’s probably why the are gearing up this weekend to host the 11th Annual Wonder Not! Bread Festival. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hungry Ghost …

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policy makers start a two-day meeting on …

GM expert: 19 deaths tied to faulty ignition

Monday, September 15, 2014

DETROIT — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher. Kenneth Feinberg said …

Wynn, Mohegan Sun respond to casino regulators

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts appears to have a strong advantage over Mohegan Sun in the fierce competition for the Boston-area casino license, even as the Las Vegas gambling giant pushes back against some requirements state regulators are seeking to impose if it is to win the license. The …

Supermarkets campaign against expanded bottle bill

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts’ bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages. The 60-second ad argues that the change would mean higher prices on juice, …

Court: Tesla can sell direct

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s highest court has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its upscale electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from …

Vt. utility goes to 100% renewable power sources

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, …