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Traders Richard Scardino, left, and Michael Smyth work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Stock indexes are holding near record levels as traders digest some mixed news on the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks drift higher ahead of holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market eked out another record close on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month. Another report showed U.S. …

US agency threatens to act against air-bag maker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata’s Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file …

Ski areas have extra reason to celebrate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Justin Griswold of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ute Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband, Werner Brandes live. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed.

    REBECCA EVERETT The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed. Purchase photo reprints »

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US moves to tighten smog limits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $44 to $54; 61-75 lbs., $50 to $77; 76-95 lbs., $30 to $81; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, $70 to $82; farm calves, $100 to $500; start calves, none; feeders, $70 to $110; …

Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard …

US stocks dip as falling oil pushes energy sector lower

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW YORK — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group …

Google’s latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow …

BRIEFS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Francisco passes LA as ‘ultra rich’ home San Francisco saw its “ultra-rich” population jump 12 percent this year, pushing it past Los Angeles as the California home to those worth $30 million or more, a survey said. The survey, by the research firm Wealth-X in partnership with …

Long-awaited asbestos cleanup to begin at former Belchertown State School

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Work on removing contaminants from areas of the former Belchertown State School will begin as soon as next week. Bay State Contracting of Springfield has been awarded a $40,800 contract to remove asbestos debris from the administration building of the former state school, according to Mark …

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter …

Storm on Thanksgiving menu

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and …

With auction set, offshore wind turbines one step closer to reality

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29. …