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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 a run of soft economic data that suggests growth in the world’s second-largest economy is slowing. The worries about China helped push down the price of oil. That in turn weighed on energy stocks. The stock market has struggled to gain traction this month as investors have weighed signs of an improving economy in the U.S. against evidence of slowing growth in both Europe and Asia. “We’ve …

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 the $577,000 it spent in the two months from its July formation to the end …

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 for ads aimed at persuading voters to reject the proposal. The question would expand the …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend.

    JERREY ROBERTS Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park

    CAROL LOLLIS Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

Wynn, regulators sign casino license

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: …

Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether …

Journalists rap White House on secrecy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists’ work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide. Criticism of President Barack Obama’s administration on the …

Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years in Northampton with weekend events

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bruce MacMillan came to Northampton 40 years ago aiming to start a local bookstore for the community. This weekend, the owners who took over Broadside Bookshop when MacMillan died in 2001 are throwing a party to celebrate the store’s survival through the ups and downs of …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $25 to $43; 61-75 lbs., $40 to $65; 76-95 lbs., $60 to $82; 96-105 lbs., $40 to $70; 106 lbs. & up, $65 to $78; farm calves, $100 to $320; start calves, $68 to $145; …

Stocks rise as investors await news from Fed

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of morning, then turned broadly higher in the …

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. …