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FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, as investors set aside worries about the protests in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks slip, leave S&P down for September

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly drop this year. The market spent Tuesday wavering between minor gains and losses, but there were big moves beneath the surface. …

Calif. bans plastic bags

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is …

US stocks head lower, after drops overseas

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial center, added to the host of political concerns on investors’ minds. It could have …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

    KEVIN GUTTING Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired,  says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired, says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

  • KEVIN GUTTING
A large mobile video screen set up just outside the south end of McGuirk Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collapsed early in the second half of the homecoming game against Bowling Green on Saturday. The collapse appeared to be tied to a hydraulic lift failure as there was wet hydraulic fluid all around and under the trailer supporting the screen.

    KEVIN GUTTING A large mobile video screen set up just outside the south end of McGuirk Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collapsed early in the second half of the homecoming game against Bowling Green on Saturday. The collapse appeared to be tied to a hydraulic lift failure as there was wet hydraulic fluid all around and under the trailer supporting the screen.

Safety agency looks anew at freak Toyota acceleration

Monday, September 29, 2014

DETROIT — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, nurses agree on contract after 10 months of negotiations

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the association that represents its registered nurses reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Monday, canceling a picket planned Tuesday by nurses in front of the hospital. David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said Monday the two sides …

Stocks end rocky week with surge

Friday, September 26, 2014

NEW YORK — Good economic and corporate news helped the stock market stage a rebound at the end of a turbulent week of trading. Nike jumped after turning in higher profits, leading the Dow Jones industrial average higher. …

EU OKs anytime cellphone use on flights

Friday, September 26, 2014

BERLIN — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety guidance allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday …

Apple keys stock slide

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK — A stumble by Apple set off the worst rout in the stock market since July on Thursday. Apple dropped nearly 4 percent following its announcement late Wednesday that it had pulled a software update which …

Coakley: Hospital firm OKs price cap if deal approved

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley said Partners HealthCare has agreed to cap prices at Hallmark Health Centers for six and a half years if it’s allowed to acquire Hallmark under a revised deal. Coakley’s office renegotiated the agreement after the state’s Health Policy Commission criticized part of …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $40; 61-75 lbs., $49 to $76; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $81; 96-105 lbs., $70; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $360; start calves, $70; feeders, $110 to $175; veal, none; heifers, $108 …

Pump prices heading below $3

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a “2” across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling …

Amherst businesses welcome UMass football back to McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts football plays its first game on campus in more than three years Saturday. For a business community that appreciated the presence of these games each fall, that’s plenty of reason to cheer. “We’re …

Stocks rise, buoyed by home sales

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday and had their best performance in more than a month, led by gains in health care and consumer staples companies. Once again, investors were willing to step in to buy any …