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Feds hope new rules spur home borrowing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market. Both banks and borrowers stand to benefit from the new rules unveiled Tuesday by six federal agencies. While banks will see relaxed guidelines for packaging and selling …

Advocates push to ban child labor on tobacco farms

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of …

Mortgage firm accused of abuses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged. An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services found that Ocwen Financial Corp. inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that rejected mortgage loan …

I don't know anything about Scheinman, but Suher appears to care about nothing but his bottom line. Not much of a rallying...(full comment)

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville,  a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville, a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014.  Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014. Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces. Purchase photo reprints »

State gets $132M in heating assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is getting almost $132 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. More than $3 billion is being …

Stocks tumble again in wild ride on Wall St.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Fear drove Wall Street to one of its most dramatic, dizzying days in years on Wednesday. Investors fled stocks and poured into bonds as worries about a global economic slowdown intensified. The Dow Jones industrial …

EPA OKs weed killer for engineered crops

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans. The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the …

CNN cuts end ‘Crossfire,’ Mitchell’s show

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s “Crossfire” and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s nightly show on HLN are both being canceled as a result of budget cuts at CNN Worldwide. Velez-Mitchell’s program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on …

Conn. casinos see revenues fall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Indian-run casinos are reporting declines in slot machine betting and revenue in September. Mohegan Sun said Wednesday slot machine bets totaled $569.6 million, down from $621.5 million in September 2013. The share of wagers known as revenue was $46.5 million, down from nearly …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $60; 61-75 lbs., $60 to $75; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $75; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $410; start calves, none; feeders, $110 to $175; veal, $126 to $132; …

Fed may delay rate hike

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that’s spooked investors across the world. The economic slump could spill into the United …

Converse sues over knockoffs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Nike’s Converse brand is suing 31 companies, saying they are selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes. Converse is suing Skechers USA, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., FILA, Ed Hardy, K-Mart Corp. and Ralph Lauren Corp., …

Drop in energy stocks foils market rebound

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years. The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, …