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FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, a Wall Street sign is mounted near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are heading lower in early trading Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, putting the market on course for its third loss in a row. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks tumble on Ebola fears, economic news

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Financial markets got off to a rough start in October as disappointing economic news and Ebola fears drove stocks lower. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped more than 200 points Wednesday, the first day of trading in a month known for big market swings. Nervous investors shifted their money to havens like bonds and gold. At first …

Audit says feds overpaid state $106M for Medicaid

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — A federal audit released Wednesday said the U.S. government overpaid Massachusetts nearly $106 million for Medicaid reimbursements, and recommends that the state be ordered to refund the money. The report, from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, determined the state incorrectly calculated reimbursement rates for adjusted claims submitted between October 2008 and December 2010. …

New York Post settles lawsuit over ‘Bag Men’ cover

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — The New York Post has settled a defamation lawsuit over a cover three days after the Boston Marathon bombing that featured a photo of two Massachusetts residents with the headline “Bag Men.” Neither side would disclose terms of the settlement. A document filed in Suffolk Superior Court late last week said only that the two sides have stipulated to dismissal 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!
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jacob Laprade, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, left, Nancy Dunn, an Easthampton High School faculty member and S.A.D.D. advisor, center, and Bryan Delaney, 17, an Easthampton High School senior, right, say the concert will go on rain or shine. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Smith College trustee Sanford Belden, right, and WGBY general manager Russell Peotter chat during a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants. Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $40; 61-75 lbs., $49 to $76; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $81; 96-105 lbs., $70; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $360; start calves, $70; feeders, $110 to $175; veal, none; heifers, $108 …

Pump prices heading below $3

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a “2” across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling …

Amherst businesses welcome UMass football back to McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts football plays its first game on campus in more than three years Saturday. For a business community that appreciated the presence of these games each fall, that’s plenty of reason to cheer. “We’re …

Stocks rise, buoyed by home sales

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday and had their best performance in more than a month, led by gains in health care and consumer staples companies. Once again, investors were willing to step in to buy any …

Teen crash victims’ families drop GM suit, seek settlement

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DETROIT — The families of two Wisconsin teenagers killed in a car crash involving a faulty General Motors ignition switch have dropped their lawsuit against the company and are seeking a settlement with the automaker. The Oct. 24, …

BP loses bid to get spill payouts back

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — BP wanted its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stick by its agreement with the companies it compensated for …

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 …