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Stocks fall on Ukraine tensions

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months. A flare-up in tensions between Ukraine and Russia also weighed on the market after a Russian convoy entered the country, purportedly to bring aid supplies. It was a quiet day overall. Stocks moved between small gains and losses, then settled modestly lower in the last couple of hours. Trading was slow, as it has been all week, as the summer winds down and … 0

Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant to raise interest rates

Friday, August 22, 2014

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: The picture is still hazy. Though the unemployment rate has steadily dropped, Yellen suggested that other gauges of the job market have become … 0

NE governors say deal may come this weekend in supermarket feud

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement to sell it to its ousted CEO. In a statement issued late Friday, Massachusetts Gov. … 0

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I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25. Purchase photo reprints »

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Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke.

    JERREY ROBERTS Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke. Purchase photo reprints »

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The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

    KEVIN GUTTING Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school. Purchase photo reprints »

Women small business owners still face struggle to get needed loans

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank. Carrie Charlick and Marcia Cubitt have $4 million in … 0

Lawmakers to re-examine inversion issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are expected to return from their August recess with proposals to close a loophole that allows companies like Pennsylvania’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals to avoid paying Uncle Sam by acquiring foreign competitors and reincorporating in countries with low or no corporate tax obligations. But some analysts, … 0

GE Life Sciences HQ planned for Marlborough

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MARLBOROUGH (AP) — GE Healthcare Life Sciences has announced that it plans to develop a new $21 million U.S. headquarters in Marlborough. The 160,000-square-foot facility announced Wednesday will bring 500 professional jobs to the state, including 220 new jobs. This facility will include state-of-the-art labs, customer application facilities, … 0

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits … 0

Honda’s safe strategy paying off in record sales

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Honda is on track to hit record sales this year and makes no apologies for the conservative, retail sales-focused strategy that has kept mainstream vehicles like the Accord and CR-V popular. John Mendel, head of the American Honda Auto Division, said today he will protect Honda customers and … 0

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock … 0

Housing starts soar in July; construction boosts Home Depot profit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BC-REAL-HOUSINGSTARTS:LA - business (300 words),0350 Housing starts soar in July; construction boosts Home Depot profit By Andrew Khouri Los Angeles Times (MCT) New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a … 0

Consumer price growth slows as energy costs decline

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BC-ECONOMY-CONSUMERPRICES:LA - business (300 words),0364 Consumer price growth slows as energy costs decline By Jim Puzzanghera Los Angeles Times (MCT) Consumer prices grew last month at their slowest pace since February, as lower energy costs offset higher price tags for food and shelter, the Labor Department said Tuesday. … 0

McDonald’s to sell packaged McCafe coffee in grocery stores

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Housing starts soar in July New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate of … 0