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FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, a Wall Street sign is mounted near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are heading lower in early trading Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, putting the market on course for its third loss in a row. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks tumble on Ebola fears, economic news

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Financial markets got off to a rough start in October as disappointing economic news and Ebola fears drove stocks lower. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped more than 200 points Wednesday, the first day of trading in a month known for big market swings. Nervous investors shifted their money to havens like bonds and gold. At first …

Audit says feds overpaid state $106M for Medicaid

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — A federal audit released Wednesday said the U.S. government overpaid Massachusetts nearly $106 million for Medicaid reimbursements, and recommends that the state be ordered to refund the money. The report, from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, determined the state incorrectly calculated reimbursement rates for adjusted claims submitted between October 2008 and December 2010. …

New York Post settles lawsuit over ‘Bag Men’ cover

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — The New York Post has settled a defamation lawsuit over a cover three days after the Boston Marathon bombing that featured a photo of two Massachusetts residents with the headline “Bag Men.” Neither side would disclose terms of the settlement. A document filed in Suffolk Superior Court late last week said only that the two sides have stipulated to dismissal of …

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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!
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants. Purchase photo reprints »

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Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

    KEVIN GUTTING Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired,  says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired, says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit. Purchase photo reprints »

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $34 to $50; 61-75 lbs., $30 to $74; 76-95 lbs., $60 to $80; 96-105 lbs., $70 to $80; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $395; start calves, $50; feeders, $45 to $138; …

Stocks slip, leave S&P down for September

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third …

Calif. bans plastic bags

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag …

US stocks head lower, after drops overseas

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world …

Safety agency looks anew at freak Toyota acceleration

Monday, September 29, 2014

DETROIT — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, nurses agree on contract after 10 months of negotiations

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the association that represents its registered nurses reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Monday, canceling a picket planned Tuesday by nurses in front of the hospital. David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said Monday the two sides …

Stocks end rocky week with surge

Friday, September 26, 2014

NEW YORK — Good economic and corporate news helped the stock market stage a rebound at the end of a turbulent week of trading. Nike jumped after turning in higher profits, leading the Dow Jones industrial average higher. …

EU OKs anytime cellphone use on flights

Friday, September 26, 2014

BERLIN — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety guidance allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday …

Apple keys stock slide

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK — A stumble by Apple set off the worst rout in the stock market since July on Thursday. Apple dropped nearly 4 percent following its announcement late Wednesday that it had pulled a software update which …

Coakley: Hospital firm OKs price cap if deal approved

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley said Partners HealthCare has agreed to cap prices at Hallmark Health Centers for six and a half years if it’s allowed to acquire Hallmark under a revised deal. Coakley’s office renegotiated the agreement after the state’s Health Policy Commission criticized part of …