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Farmers drive their tractors on the highway leading to Paris, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015. Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French farmers descend on Paris in tractor protest

Thursday, September 3, 2015

PARIS (ap) — More than 1,000 tractors — and a few cows — descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes. They’re facing increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges, which they say make them unable …

Stocks mixed as ECB signals stimulus action

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region’s economy, if needed. Investors now turn to Friday, when a key jobs report …

Students ask feds for relief from college debt

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. Already, claims totaling about $40 million in loans have been approved. That’s only a fraction of the …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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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 »

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 …

Impact statement cites possible safety risks with pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield has officially made its submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental impact statement scoping process. The 12-page document, approved by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting last week, details the town’s concerns about the impact the pipeline could have on the town’s economy, …

More vehicles get forward-crash prevention systems

Monday, August 31, 2015

More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 52 percent of the 784 new vehicle models come with …

Low gas prices will fuel heavy Labor Day holiday traffic, AAA says

Monday, August 31, 2015

If you’re planning to make this the first Labor Day weekend in a few years that you load up the car and hit the road, you’re not alone, according to AAA. Low gas prices and higher wages mean …

Bountiful harvest Region looks toward abundant apple crop

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BOSTON — As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than …

US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme. The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading …

What’s in a billion? Facebook hits milestone in 1 day

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of …

Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says he plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas …