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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks headed higher in early trading, Friday, May 1, 2015, as the market bounces back from a steep decline the day before. Most Asian and European markets are closed for May 1, known as Labour Day in most of the world. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

Stocks bounce back from drop

Saturday, May 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market bounced back Friday as investors picked up companies that had dropped earlier in the week. Major indexes recovered nearly all their losses from a fall the day before. “It’s an odd day in the markets,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. The news out Friday was mostly disappointing, he said. …

Ford expands recall for door latch issues

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DETROIT — Ford on Friday said it is expanding by another 156,000 the number of vehicles being recalled for door latch problems at the directive of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 545,906 vehicles in North America that need to be checked for the problem. The expanded recall includes 2011-14 Ford Fiestas built in Mexico, 2014 Lincoln MKZ’s built …

Stocks plunge on corporate earnings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks logged their biggest drop in two weeks on Thursday as investors assessed some disappointing earnings news. Harman International, which makes audio systems for cars, and Yelp, an online listings company, were among the companies that fell sharply after posting weak earnings. The stock market has sagged this week after …

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Lucia Jacoby, 5, of Amherst, has fun with Henry the Juggler Saturday during the Amherst Sustainability Festival on the Town Common.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucia Jacoby, 5, of Amherst, has fun with Henry the Juggler Saturday during the Amherst Sustainability Festival on the Town Common. Purchase photo reprints »

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Greg Woodard  racks leaves in front of his home on Montague Rd. In Leverett.

    CAROL LOLLIS Greg Woodard racks leaves in front of his home on Montague Rd. In Leverett. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tony Garay prepares a dish of chicken tacos at the Ecuador Andino Store Latino Market in Hadley.

    KEVIN GUTTING Tony Garay prepares a dish of chicken tacos at the Ecuador Andino Store Latino Market in Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

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Carl Whittier and David Wakeley, members of the  senior gay men's group that meets weekly at the Northampton Senior Center, celebrate the news that the Parks and Recreation Department will no move into the senior center.

    CAROL LOLLIS Carl Whittier and David Wakeley, members of the senior gay men's group that meets weekly at the Northampton Senior Center, celebrate the news that the Parks and Recreation Department will no move into the senior center. Purchase photo reprints »

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Immigrant rights marchers make their way to the Whitmore administrative building at the University of Massachusetts Friday in Amherst.

    DAN LITTLE Immigrant rights marchers make their way to the Whitmore administrative building at the University of Massachusetts Friday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Policeman Tom Briotta patrols the bike path near the Round House Lot Wednesday.

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Startup soap-making business Upward Ventures aims to empower women in Dominican Republic

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Soap bars drying on a rack in a kitchen emit a variety of fragrances and are made with products as diverse as aloe, pine needles, sea salt and oatmeal. Created on top of a stove a …

Protection of Internet video killed Comcast bid

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would …

Stocks up on earnings of technology giants

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three …

Biogen results miss forecasts for first quarter

Friday, April 24, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Biogen Idec Inc. reported lower-than-expected profit and revenue for the first quarter on slower sales growth of its multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. Its shares fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading Friday. The biotechnology company reported its first-quarter profit climbed 71 percent to $822.5 million, …

Diet Pepsi to switch sweetener in soda to Splenda

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — PepsiCo says it’s dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning …

New auto trend picks up speed: Small but mighty engines

Friday, April 24, 2015

By Alisa Priddle Detroit Free Press (TNS) DETROIT — A high-end luxury sedan without a V8 engine; a Jeep Wrangler made of aluminum clambering over boulders; a Corvette that gets 30 m.p.g. The unthinkable is becoming reality with the transition to smaller engines, better transmissions, electronic wizardry and …

Comcast to abandon $45B Time Warner bid

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Comcast is abandoning its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, according to media reports. Bloomberg News and The New York Times both said Thursday that the cable company is planning to drop the bid …

Nasdaq sets new high

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days. That’s how long it took the Nasdaq composite index to close above the record it set at the apex of the dot-com bubble. The Nasdaq rose 20.89 points, …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state …

Stocks rise on Google, credit-card moves

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google helped set off a surge in technology stocks after it unveiled a low-cost wireless phone …