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Existing home sales in September rise to highest level this year

Friday, October 24, 2014

The national housing market rebounded in September as home sales rose to their highest level of the year. After dipping in August, sales of previously owned homes climbed 2.4 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday. Analysts polled by FactSet expected an annual rate of 5.1 million. Low mortgage rates, coupled with restrained price increases, boosted sales last month, the Realtors group said. “Traditional buyers are entering a less competitive market with fewer investors searching for available homes,” the trade group’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said. They’re also discovering falling interest rates as …

Stocks jump on strong company earnings, jobs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday. Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook …

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the …

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Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
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Members of Boy Scout Pack 701 helped rake leaves last Sunday at the Scout House in Williamsburg. Will Towler, left, with Heath Marney, both 9,  pitched in; Heath is also shown raking solo - and jumping into the pile.

    CAROL LOLLIS Members of Boy Scout Pack 701 helped rake leaves last Sunday at the Scout House in Williamsburg. Will Towler, left, with Heath Marney, both 9, pitched in; Heath is also shown raking solo - and jumping into the pile. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chris Chamberland, a resident at Hathway Farms in Northampton works on his bike Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Chris Chamberland, a resident at Hathway Farms in Northampton works on his bike Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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110 Logtown Rd in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS 110 Logtown Rd in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

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left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming,  Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton,  Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst  and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming, Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton, Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story. Purchase photo reprints »

MAP ‘Live United’ campaign Saturday by 40 businesses in downtown Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chuong Son had no way of knowing how much help the United Way of Hampshire County would be a year ago as he watched a fire destroy a Hadley building that housed his Vietnamese eatery. Had …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to …

Slide in energy sector drags US stocks lower

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the …

Social Security benefits get another tiny raise

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government …

US ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DETROIT — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing …

Chinese firm wins $567M contract to build rail cars in Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the “T,” the nation’s oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China’s human rights …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $43 to $64; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $76; 76-95 lbs., $40 to $81; 96-105 lbs., $64 to $87; 106 lbs. & up, $70; farm calves, $100 to $460; start calves, none; feeders, $70 to $121; …

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has its best day of 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly …