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A specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The U.S. stock market slid to start the week, following European markets lower. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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 been worse. The Dow Jones industrial average …

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 inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars …

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 reached “agreements in principal” after a final negotiating session Friday “on the long-standing issues” of …

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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!
  • 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.

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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.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
University of Massachusetts Minutemen running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) fumbles the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Dernard Turner (18) tackles him during the Saturday afternoon college football action at the McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  University of Massachusetts fell to Bowling Green, 47-42.  The UMass played at the McGuirk Stadium first time since 2011.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA University of Massachusetts Minutemen running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) fumbles the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Dernard Turner (18) tackles him during the Saturday afternoon college football action at the McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. University of Massachusetts fell to Bowling Green, 47-42. The UMass played at the McGuirk Stadium first time since 2011.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Seth Nichols, of Northampton, picks trash up at an island in the Connecticut River near the Mitch's Marina in Hadley Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  Nichols participated to a part of the 18th Annual Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup event.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Seth Nichols, of Northampton, picks trash up at an island in the Connecticut River near the Mitch's Marina in Hadley Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Nichols participated to a part of the 18th Annual Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup event. Purchase photo reprints »

Europe, Syria drag on global stocks

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Grim economic news from Europe and airstrikes in Syria rattled global stocks Tuesday. Most of the damage was felt in European markets, which fell sharply after a closely watched gauge of business activity for the …

Cadillac moves to NY

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps. General Motors’ 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city’s founder, is moving its headquarters to New York. Cadillac, which has …

Pro-casino group airs newest ad

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — The first television advertisement in the campaign to preserve the state’s developing casino industry was unveiled Tuesday by MGM Resorts and its supporters in Springfield, the economically struggling western Massachusetts city where it is planning an $800 million resort. The 30-second spot features comments from Jeffrey …

Stocks drop as China, oil weigh on markets

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday. Investors are nervous about China following …

Casino backers ramp up spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — A casino-financed group seeking to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state’s expanded gambling law is ramping up its campaign spending. The Coalition to Protect Massachusetts Jobs spent $702,000 from Sept. 1-15, according to the group’s most recent campaign finance filing. That’s up from …

Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay …

Dealership’s luxury vehicles burn

Monday, September 22, 2014

SUDBURY — Fifteen luxury vehicles were destroyed and five others were damaged in a massive fire Monday at a Sudbury auto dealership. There were no reports of injuries. The fire at a lot at Herb Chambers Land Rover and Jaguar on Route 20 was reported by a passer-by …

NY casino plans aired

Monday, September 22, 2014

COLONIE, N.Y. — Supporters and critics of proposals for an Albany-area casino weighed in Monday at the first of three days of public hearings on casinos planned for upstate New York. A state board reviewing 16 casino applications …

China, US, India push world carbon emissions up last year

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce …

Stocks hit record highs on growing economy

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high. The gains came a day after the Fed made clear that …