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Trader John O'Hara wears an Ironman mask as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. Actors Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. rang the NYSE opening bell Monday with representatives from Marvel Entertainment. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Stocks drop at start of busy week for earnings

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks slumped on Monday as investors looked ahead to a flood of earnings reports this week. Stocks appeared headed for new highs in the morning, but drifted lower in afternoon as health care companies dropped sharply. Mylan, a maker of generic drugs, slumped nearly 6 percent. It was a downbeat note after strong gains last week, …

Startup soap-making business Upward Ventures aims to empower women in Dominican Republic

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Soap bars drying on a rack in a kitchen emit a variety of fragrances and are made with products as diverse as aloe, pine needles, sea salt and oatmeal. Created on top of a stove a few feet away, the bars are labeled with names such as “coffee cake” and “lavender,” …

Protection of Internet video killed Comcast bid

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under …

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University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Andrew Sousa explains his team project, "Otto", to Tracy Whelen during the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Design Project Day held in Marcus Hall on Friday. Otto is designed as a "personal cameraman" by using an autonomous quadcopter (drone) that will follow and videotape via the GPS signal from the user's smart phone.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Andrew Sousa explains his team project, "Otto", to Tracy Whelen during the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Design Project Day held in Marcus Hall on Friday. Otto is designed as a "personal cameraman" by using an autonomous quadcopter (drone) that will follow and videotape via the GPS signal from the user's smart phone. Purchase photo reprints »

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Annalyse Arnold, left, 16, leads four-year-old Kaleigh Fallon, dressed as Belle, down the runway during the "When I Grow Up" fashion show by Little Bear Learn and Care daycare center at Blue Guitar Space, Thursday in Easthampton.The fashion show encouraged anti-bullying efforts and developing social emotional skills at a young age, as well as celebrating diversity and individuality.

    DAN LITTLE Annalyse Arnold, left, 16, leads four-year-old Kaleigh Fallon, dressed as Belle, down the runway during the "When I Grow Up" fashion show by Little Bear Learn and Care daycare center at Blue Guitar Space, Thursday in Easthampton.The fashion show encouraged anti-bullying efforts and developing social emotional skills at a young age, as well as celebrating diversity and individuality. Purchase photo reprints »

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Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass.

    JERREY ROBERTS Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass. Purchase photo reprints »

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Gus Mason and David Sullivan at a speak out at Umass against student debt.

    CAROL LOLLIS Gus Mason and David Sullivan at a speak out at Umass against student debt. Purchase photo reprints »

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Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Vanessa Kerby and Frank Jackson talk to their cast during a rehearsal of "The Pajama Game" at Hatfield Elementary School. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks up on earnings of technology giants

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three …

Biogen results miss forecasts for first quarter

Friday, April 24, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Biogen Idec Inc. reported lower-than-expected profit and revenue for the first quarter on slower sales growth of its multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Its shares fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading Friday. The biotechnology company reported its first-quarter profit climbed 71 percent to $822.5 million, …

Diet Pepsi to switch sweetener in soda to Splenda

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — PepsiCo says it’s dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning …

New auto trend picks up speed: Small but mighty engines

Friday, April 24, 2015

By Alisa Priddle Detroit Free Press (TNS) DETROIT — A high-end luxury sedan without a V8 engine; a Jeep Wrangler made of aluminum clambering over boulders; a Corvette that gets 30 m.p.g. The unthinkable is becoming reality with the transition to smaller engines, better transmissions, electronic wizardry and …

Comcast to abandon $45B Time Warner bid

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Comcast is abandoning its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, according to media reports. Bloomberg News and The New York Times both said Thursday that the cable company is planning to drop the bid …

Nasdaq sets new high

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days. That’s how long it took the Nasdaq composite index to close above the record it set at the apex of the dot-com bubble. The Nasdaq rose 20.89 points, …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state …

Stocks rise on Google, credit-card moves

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google helped set off a surge in technology stocks after it unveiled a low-cost wireless phone …

House OKs bill aimed to thwart cyberattacks

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday passed long-awaited legislation designed to thwart cyberattacks by encouraging private companies to share information about the attackers’ methods with each other and the government. The measure, which passed 307 to 116, grants …

IRS phone system hangs up on millions of taxpayers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law. …