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Hot Table Panini will open at new mini-mall on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John DeVoie, the restaurant’s president and co-owner. “We were searching in the Northampton and Amherst area for a spot,” DeVoie said. “When this development came …

Carmakers prepare to shift in future to hydrogen fuel cells

Friday, October 31, 2014

Concerned about slow sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, automakers are increasingly betting the future of green cars on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Even Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid, will use hydrogen instead of batteries to power its next generation of green vehicles. “Today, Toyota actually favors fuel cells over other zero-emission vehicles, like pure battery electric …

Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points. Visa, the world’s largest payment-processing company, turned in quarterly earnings late Wednesday that topped …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a  recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay” wasn’t exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple’s immense reach and visibility, his …

Democratic areas win more transit money

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Just two months before next week’s midterm elections, the Obama administration in September awarded the biggest share of almost $600 million in economic stimulus-based transportation grants to projects in districts with a Democratic congressman even though …

Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW YORK — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed …

Microsoft lays off 3,000

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday notified 3,000 more workers that they’re being laid off. This means that virtually all of the planned 18,000 job eliminations the company announced in July are now completed. Wednesday’s layoffs cut across different groups and geographic areas, but most of them were in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $39 to $67; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $77; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $87; 96-105 lbs., $70 to $84; 106 lbs. & up, $70 to $75; farm calves, $100 to $475; start calves, none; feeders, $48 …

Feds may shut down Maine shrimp

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists are recommending a second straight shutdown of the northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine amid concerns of warming ocean temperatures. A technical committee that advises federal regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee’s …

Stocks jump as profits, confidence index climb

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Strong corporate earnings pushed up stocks across industries on Tuesday, with the energy sector and small companies leading the gains. Stocks rose from the opening of trading, then built on the momentum as investors sifted …

FTC: AT&T misled customers over data

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company — slowing their ability to open web …

Home sales decline in state

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WALTHAM (AP) — A slight drop in the number of single-family homes sold in Massachusetts last month compared to the year-ago month and a stabilization of median prices are positives for the housing market , the Massachusetts Association of Realtors said Tuesday. The Waltham-based group reported a 3.3 …

Emissions drop puts EU near 2020 goal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

COPENHAGEN — The European Union’s environment agency says the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020. That goal is to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by 20 percent compared …