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Specialist Jay Woods, right, works with trader John Bishop on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. U.S. and global stock markets were recovering in early morning trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Still, investors remain on edge after a plunge in stocks Tuesday that was triggered by reports showing slowing growth in China. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US markets rebound, day after big plunge

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China. The market still has a lot of ground to make up following last week’s major declines. The Dow Jones industrial average added …

Some Big Y customers overcharged after processing error

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Some Big Y customers Friday were erroneously overcharged due to a glitch in the supermarket chain’s credit and debit processing system. Transactions completed between 3 and 10 p.m. Aug. 28 may have been affected by a technical problem from payment processer NCR. In some cases, customers’ cards were charged double the amount of their purchase, according to NCR spokesman Jeff Dudash. …

Feds boost oversight of Pilgrim nuke plant

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Federal inspectors said Wednesday they’re increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say the decision to ramp up inspections at the Entergy-owned plant in Plymouth follows the shutdown in January and involves the facility’s safety relief valves. The agency said the inspections will …

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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner. Purchase photo reprints »

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A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts.

    KEVIN GUTTING A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts. Purchase photo reprints »

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Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen.

    DAN LITTLE Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen. Purchase photo reprints »

Health care costs in state surged almost 5% last year

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — The cost of health care soared nearly 5 percent in Massachusetts last year despite efforts to hold down expenditures, according to a state report released Wednesday. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, an independent agency, said health care expenditures grew in 2014 at double the …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $40 to $90; Growers: $100 to $565; Started: $97.50 to $115; Veal: none; Feeders: $75 to $170; Heifers: none; Steers: $95 to $148; Bulls: none; Canners: $30 to $100; Cutters: $101.50 to $106; Utility: $107 to $110; Sows: none; …

Hotel Northampton workers seek to unionize, dozens demonstrate support at rally Tuesday night

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than two-thirds of the workers at Hotel Northampton want to unionize — and on Tuesday night they marched through downtown to deliver that message to hotel management. The hotel workers, including servers, cooks, housekeepers and …

Stocks plunge on bleak report out of China

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. The sell-off adds to …

Tubman, Susan B. Anthony win support for $10 bill

Monday, August 31, 2015

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were the names most mentioned Monday as women who should be considered for a redesigned $10 bill during a town hall meeting with U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios. Eleanor …

Stocks drop to close out worst month in 3 years

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — August was a brutal month for investors. Fears about a slowdown in China’s economy and concerns about when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates pushed stocks sharply lower this month. While the market recovered …

Best Buy to close location at Hampshire Mall in Hadley Oct. 31

Monday, August 31, 2015

HADLEY — Electronics chain Best Buy will close its Hampshire Mall store on Oct. 31. The store employs a total of 64 employees, 26 of whom work full-time. All employees will be given the chance to apply at a nearby store, and those who don’t will be eligible …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Monday, August 31, 2015

For Week Ending August 21, 2015 Amherst Ann E. W. Woodbridge, Edward C. Woodbridge, to Daniel L. Wright, Kie J. Kuwabara, 15 Alyssum Drive, Amherst, $485,000. Deborah E. Kruger to Sarah J. Morton, Sarah Morton, 5 Eames Place, Amherst, $425,000. AMHAD Development Corp to Laurence B. Michie, Virginia …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in …

Business briefs: Amherst Copy acquires Ferguson Signs, and more

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst Copy acquires Ferguson Signs AMHERST — Amherst Copy and Designworks has acquired Ferguson Signs of Hadley effective Aug. 10. Ferguson Signs will now be known as Ferguson Signworks, a division of Amherst Copy & Designworks. AC&DW can …