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Chinese investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Asian stocks rose Wednesday after a rocky start following Beijing's decision to cut a key interest rate to help stabilize gyrating financial markets and free up more funding to counter short liquidity. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Stocks surge, snapping six-day losing streak

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to many, Wall Street professionals warned that more rough days lie ahead, in part because of weakness in China, where signs of an …

Improving economy spurs worst US traffic ever

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession is in the rearview mirror. Commuters in Washington, D.C., suffer the most, losing an average of 82 hours a year to rush-hour slowdowns, a new study finds. Los Angeles, …

Deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223 — Airline fare wars are making a comeback. Don’t expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours — prices the industry has spent years trying to eliminate. Fliers have been able to fly Chicago …

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

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Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF 3VIDEOSISTERS In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joslyn Thomas at her home in Holyoke.

    CAROL LOLLIS Joslyn Thomas at her home in Holyoke. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jim Weeks at his Northampton studio

    DAN LITTLE Jim Weeks at his Northampton studio

As China’s economy slows, so does Otis Elevator Co.

Monday, August 24, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — As China’s economy has grown and skyscrapers sprouted in cities extending ever westward from the Pacific coast, Otis Elevator Co. went along for the ride. But with China now in a slump and the value of its currency the most recent casualty, Otis and other …

Following NYT story, ACLU reaches out to Amazon workers

Friday, August 21, 2015

SEATTLE — Seizing on the recent New York Times investigation into Amazon’s sometimes bruising work culture, the American Civil Liberties Union took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Seattle Times soliciting employees who think they’ve been illegally singled out. The ACLU ad specifically encourages Amazon employees “who believe …

Lathrop Community eyes expansion of Easthampton, Northampton campuses

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lathrop Community Inc. is in the planning stage of what will likely be a $26 million expansion of its Northampton and Easthampton campuses over the next quarter century. The nonprofit senior living group, now in its …

Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day

Friday, August 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years. The rout started in Asia and quickly spread to …

Yachts getting so big they break the old rules

Friday, August 21, 2015

By Doreen Hemlock Sun Sentinel (TNS) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - No one ever thought pleasure boats would get this big. Today’s yachts can approach the size of a football field - so big that the law puts them in the same category as freighters and cruise ships. That’s …

Stocks plummet, have worst day in 18 months

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market endured its worst performance in 18 months on Thursday, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares and heavy selling by technical traders. The global rout started in China, where sharp …

Local governments far from Gulf Coast get millions in BP settlement money

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic …

Proposed natural gas rate hikes cut by $13M

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Columbia Gas announced Thursday they have reached an agreement that cuts the natural gas company’s proposed rate hike of nearly $50 million by more than $13 million and prevents another distribution rate hike for three years. Without the agreement, Columbia …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Stocks sink on renewed chance of rate increase

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks posted solid losses on Wednesday as investors got mixed signals from the Federal Reserve over the possibility of an interest rate hike in September. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil plummeted. The …