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A specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The U.S. stock market slid to start the week, following European markets lower. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks head lower, after drops overseas

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial center, added to the host of political concerns on investors’ minds. It could have been worse. The Dow Jones industrial average …

Safety agency looks anew at freak Toyota acceleration

Monday, September 29, 2014

DETROIT — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, nurses agree on contract after 10 months of negotiations

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the association that represents its registered nurses reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Monday, canceling a picket planned Tuesday by nurses in front of the hospital. David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said Monday the two sides reached “agreements in principal” after a final negotiating session Friday “on the long-standing issues” of …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
  • 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.

    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 »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

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A large mobile video screen set up just outside the south end of McGuirk Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collapsed early in the second half of the homecoming game against Bowling Green on Saturday. The collapse appeared to be tied to a hydraulic lift failure as there was wet hydraulic fluid all around and under the trailer supporting the screen.

    KEVIN GUTTING A large mobile video screen set up just outside the south end of McGuirk Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collapsed early in the second half of the homecoming game against Bowling Green on Saturday. The collapse appeared to be tied to a hydraulic lift failure as there was wet hydraulic fluid all around and under the trailer supporting the screen.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
University of Massachusetts Minutemen running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) fumbles the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Dernard Turner (18) tackles him during the Saturday afternoon college football action at the McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  University of Massachusetts fell to Bowling Green, 47-42.  The UMass played at the McGuirk Stadium first time since 2011.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA University of Massachusetts Minutemen running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) fumbles the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Dernard Turner (18) tackles him during the Saturday afternoon college football action at the McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. University of Massachusetts fell to Bowling Green, 47-42. The UMass played at the McGuirk Stadium first time since 2011.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Seth Nichols, of Northampton, picks trash up at an island in the Connecticut River near the Mitch's Marina in Hadley Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  Nichols participated to a part of the 18th Annual Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup event.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Seth Nichols, of Northampton, picks trash up at an island in the Connecticut River near the Mitch's Marina in Hadley Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Nichols participated to a part of the 18th Annual Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup event. Purchase photo reprints »

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 …

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 …

56 million ‘unique’ payment cards said compromised in Home Depot breach

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Home Depot said Thursday that its recent cyber attack put an estimated “56 million unique” credit and debit cards at risk. The company said the security criminals used malware not previously seen in other attacks and that it had been present between April and September of this year. …

Microsoft lays off 2,100

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Microsoft is notifying approximately 2,100 employees Thursday that they’re being laid off in the second round of layoffs since the company announced in July that it would be cutting 18,000 jobs. The cuts are spread across multiple business units and countries, a Microsoft spokeswoman said. The company declined …

Historic figures mural near Emily Dickinson’s Amherst gravesite may get new life when the wall it graces is torn down

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — It appears the mural depicting Amherst’s historical figures facing the West Cemetery will be repainted in its current location by its original artist after the Amherst Carriage Shops building it graces is torn down. With the Amherst Community History Mural in jeopardy because it is painted …

Dow closes at record as Fed keeps rates low

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market got the reassurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The U.S. central bank signaled that it would keep its short-term interest rate near zero for a while yet, and investors pushed …

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 …