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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW YORK — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed that it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help. At the end of …

Microsoft lays off 3,000

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday notified 3,000 more workers that they’re being laid off. This means that virtually all of the planned 18,000 job eliminations the company announced in July are now completed. Wednesday’s layoffs cut across different groups and geographic areas, but most of them were in finance, human resources, marketing and other support functions. Some of the cuts were also in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $39 to $67; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $77; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $87; 96-105 lbs., $70 to $84; 106 lbs. & up, $70 to $75; farm calves, $100 to $475; start calves, none; feeders, $48 to $95; veal, none; heifers, $89 to $114; steers, none; bulls, $90 to $120; rep. …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a  recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done. Purchase photo reprints »

Feds may shut down Maine shrimp

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists are recommending a second straight shutdown of the northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine amid concerns of warming ocean temperatures. A technical committee that advises federal regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee’s …

Stocks jump as profits, confidence index climb

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW YORK — Strong corporate earnings pushed up stocks across industries on Tuesday, with the energy sector and small companies leading the gains. Stocks rose from the opening of trading, then built on the momentum as investors sifted …

FTC: AT&T misled customers over data

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company — slowing their ability to open web …

Home sales decline in state

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WALTHAM (AP) — A slight drop in the number of single-family homes sold in Massachusetts last month compared to the year-ago month and a stabilization of median prices are positives for the housing market , the Massachusetts Association of Realtors said Tuesday. The Waltham-based group reported a 3.3 …

Emissions drop puts EU near 2020 goal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

COPENHAGEN — The European Union’s environment agency says the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020. That goal is to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by 20 percent compared …

Stocks little changed, like European gloom

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Lower oil prices and more gloomy economic news from Europe tugged the U.S. stock market to a slight loss on Monday. Companies whose fortunes tend to follow global economic growth fared the worst, as …

Amtrak routes set ridership records in NE

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak’s two busiest routes have set new ridership records. Amtrak says the Acela Express and the Northeast Regional lines saw 11.6 million riders in fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30. That’s a 3.3 percent increase from last fiscal year’s ridership of 11.2 million. It …

Dunkin’ to launch ‘Croissant Donut’ — not a ‘Cronut’

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Dunkin’ Donuts plans to roll out a croissant-doughnut hybrid in the U.S. next week, but the company says please don’t call it a “Cronut.” The chain tells The Associated Press it will launch its “Croissant …

Brazilian firms to buy Chiquita

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Chiquita has sealed a deal to be acquired by two Brazilian companies for about $681 million, with the U.S.-based banana producer expected to go private by the end of this year or early next. The …

Business briefs

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chamber hosts security forum for merchants Easthampton — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, with Florence Savings Bank and Easthampton Savings Bank, will hold a “Small Business Information Security Forum” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at …