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Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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 it’s in no hurry to raise a key bank lending rate, easing a major concern for the stock market. Eight of 10 …

Analyst: Mohegan Sun faces peril

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Mohegan Sun faces financial peril after losing out to Wynn Resorts in its bid to open a casino in the Boston-area, a Moody’s Investor Service analysis warns. In a note to investors Wednesday, analyst Keith Foley said the loss “heightens our concerns” about the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s ability to refinance its debt at an interest rate and terms equal to …

General Mills to close two plants

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A day after General Mills Inc. said it would begin $100 million in new cost reductions due to flagging sales, it announced the closing of two manufacturing plants in California and Massachusetts. The Golden Valley, Minn.-based company expects to close a cereal factory in Lodi, Calif., near the end of 2015. The plant employs approximately 430 employees and has been in operation since …

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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!
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Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate,  talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner,  runs the Woodbine fire wood processor  at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate, talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner, runs the Woodbine fire wood processor at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lia Honda on King Street  in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Lia Honda on King Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which …

Kinder Morgan files plans for gas pipeline running through Franklin County with federal regulators

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch-diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 …

Markey to ask Congress to halt coal sales on federal lands

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too slowly on …

Walgreen holding company to be incorporated in Delaware

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Walgreens is not headed to Europe. But it is going to Delaware. The nation’s largest drugstore chain, following in the footsteps of more than half of the nation’s publicly traded companies, plans to incorporate in The First State following the completion of its acquisition of its European counterpart. …

Congress raps safety agency over GM recall

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Both houses of Congress scolded the nation’s highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. …

Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton will host 11th annual bread festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of Hungry Ghost Bread bakery know a tried and true recipe when they see one. That’s probably why the are gearing up this weekend to host the 11th Annual Wonder Not! Bread Festival. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hungry Ghost …

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policy makers start a two-day meeting on …

GM expert: 19 deaths tied to faulty ignition

Monday, September 15, 2014

DETROIT — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher. Kenneth Feinberg said …

Wynn, Mohegan Sun respond to casino regulators

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts appears to have a strong advantage over Mohegan Sun in the fierce competition for the Boston-area casino license, even as the Las Vegas gambling giant pushes back against some requirements state regulators are seeking to impose if it is to win the license. The …

Supermarkets campaign against expanded bottle bill

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts’ bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages. The 60-second ad argues that the change would mean higher prices on juice, …