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Farmers drive their tractors on the highway leading to Paris, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015. Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French farmers descend on Paris in tractor protest

Thursday, September 3, 2015

PARIS (ap) — More than 1,000 tractors — and a few cows — descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes. They’re facing increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges, which they say make them unable …

Stocks mixed as ECB signals stimulus action

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region’s economy, if needed. Investors now turn to Friday, when a key jobs report …

Students ask feds for relief from college debt

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. Already, claims totaling about $40 million in loans have been approved. That’s only a fraction of the …

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Antonio Morales tightens down a ride in preparation for the fair Wednesday at the Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Antonio Morales tightens down a ride in preparation for the fair Wednesday at the Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ken Elstein, left, and Karen Chrisman with their garden's new pond feature.

    DAN LITTLE Ken Elstein, left, and Karen Chrisman with their garden's new pond feature. Purchase photo reprints »

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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner. Purchase photo reprints »

’Spy car’ worries raised by new Allstate patent

Friday, August 28, 2015

By Becky Yerak Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — If, while driving, you were also chowing down food, yakking on your phone or getting distracted by Bella the Labrador retriever, would your insurance company know? A patent issued in August to Allstate mentions using sensors and cameras to record …

Stocks rally again after Chinese market surges

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off. The rally came a day after the stock market delivered its …

Ruling could ease way for unions at fast-food chains

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW YORK — It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday. The ruling, which came from a case involving …

Judge blocks White House waterway rule

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $40 to $70; Growers: $100 to $505; Started: $100 to $500; Veal: $80 to $132.50; Feeders: $102 to $160; Heifers: none; Steers: $70 to $107; Bulls: $97 to $116; Canners: $5 to $102; Cutters: $103.50 to $114; Utility: $116 …

Demolition permit for Amherst Carriage Shops waiting on final plan to recreate Amherst History Mural

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — A permit to demolish the three buildings that make up the Amherst Carriage Shops complex, slated to be replaced by the mixed-use One East Pleasant project, could soon be issued by the town’s inspection services department. …

New signs point the way to Northampton Amtrak station

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Signs guiding travelers to the Northampton Amtrak Station were recently installed on city streets and on Interstate 91 — a move that increases the station’s visibility during what officials have said is an already booming period …