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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013, file photo, a worker levels the coal on a freight train in Taiyuan in northern China's Shanxi province. Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.  (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUT

China, US, India push world carbon emissions up last year

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases. The world pumped an estimated 39.8 billion tons (36.1 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air last year …

Stocks hit record highs on growing economy

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high. The gains came a day after the Fed made clear that it’s in no hurry to raise a key bank lending rate, easing a major concern …

Analyst: Mohegan Sun faces peril

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Mohegan Sun faces financial peril after losing out to Wynn Resorts in its bid to open a casino in the Boston-area, a Moody’s Investor Service analysis warns. In a note to investors Wednesday, analyst Keith Foley said the loss “heightens our concerns” about the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s ability to refinance its debt at an interest rate and terms equal to …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
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Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park

    CAROL LOLLIS Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate,  talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner,  runs the Woodbine fire wood processor  at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate, talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner, runs the Woodbine fire wood processor at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

General Mills to close two plants

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A day after General Mills Inc. said it would begin $100 million in new cost reductions due to flagging sales, it announced the closing of two manufacturing plants in California and Massachusetts. The Golden Valley, Minn.-based company expects to close a cereal factory in Lodi, Calif., near the …

56 million ‘unique’ payment cards said compromised in Home Depot breach

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Home Depot said Thursday that its recent cyber attack put an estimated “56 million unique” credit and debit cards at risk. The company said the security criminals used malware not previously seen in other attacks and that it had been present between April and September of this year. …

Microsoft lays off 2,100

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Microsoft is notifying approximately 2,100 employees Thursday that they’re being laid off in the second round of layoffs since the company announced in July that it would be cutting 18,000 jobs. The cuts are spread across multiple business units and countries, a Microsoft spokeswoman said. The company declined …

Historic figures mural near Emily Dickinson’s Amherst gravesite may get new life when the wall it graces is torn down

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — It appears the mural depicting Amherst’s historical figures facing the West Cemetery will be repainted in its current location by its original artist after the Amherst Carriage Shops building it graces is torn down. With the Amherst Community History Mural in jeopardy because it is painted …

Dow closes at record as Fed keeps rates low

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market got the reassurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The U.S. central bank signaled that it would keep its short-term interest rate near zero for a while yet, and investors pushed …

Wynn, regulators sign casino license

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: …

Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether …

Journalists rap White House on secrecy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists’ work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide. Criticism of President Barack Obama’s administration on the …

Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years in Northampton with weekend events

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bruce MacMillan came to Northampton 40 years ago aiming to start a local bookstore for the community. This weekend, the owners who took over Broadside Bookshop when MacMillan died in 2001 are throwing a party to celebrate the store’s survival through the ups and downs of …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $25 to $43; 61-75 lbs., $40 to $65; 76-95 lbs., $60 to $82; 96-105 lbs., $40 to $70; 106 lbs. & up, $65 to $78; farm calves, $100 to $320; start calves, $68 to $145; …