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Costco delays credit card switch

Friday, February 5, 2016

SEATTLE — Costco’s switch from American Express to Visa is being pushed back to this summer. Costco Wholesale had previously announced that the switch in the only credit card it will accept in its U.S. stores would happen in April. It’s now saying that transition will happen in June or by mid-summer. For years, Amex had been the Seattle-area retail giant’s credit card network and the issuer of its co-branded …

Congress unites in scorn for Shkreli, but gridlock remains

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed. But the gridlocked state of Congress virtually assures federal efforts to lower drug prices will remain in limbo …

Lawsuit challenges tribal reservation decision

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAUNTON, Mass. — A group of Massachusetts residents is challenging the federal government’s decision to grant the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe reservation lands to build a casino. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Boston federal court argues the U.S. Department of the Interior is not authorized to take lands into trust for tribes recognized after 1934 because of a 2009 Supreme Court ruling. The Mashpee …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother, Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise.

    KEVIN GUTTING Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jamie Smith,11, chooses glass pieces during an art class taught by Leslie di Curcio Marra with Cynthia Fisher as part of an arts in residency program on mosaic's at Norris Elementary School in Southampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jamie Smith,11, chooses glass pieces during an art class taught by Leslie di Curcio Marra with Cynthia Fisher as part of an arts in residency program on mosaic's at Norris Elementary School in Southampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
UMass Physical Plant, Thursday.

    JERREY ROBERTS UMass Physical Plant, Thursday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Michael Marcotrigiano, who is the director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, points to a geological timeline that corresponds to a series of eight murals that line the wall behind him that depict plant life through the ages, Monday, Jan. 11, at Lyman Plant House.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Marcotrigiano, who is the director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, points to a geological timeline that corresponds to a series of eight murals that line the wall behind him that depict plant life through the ages, Monday, Jan. 11, at Lyman Plant House.

Downtown Northampton Subway shop closes because ‘there’s so much competition in that area’

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After opening about 15 months ago, the Subway sandwich shop in downtown Northampton closed this week. The owners of the franchise, Seema and Sanjeev Bhatia of Easthampton, cited slow business and closed after Tuesday. “It is …

Google parent Alphabet may soon top Apple’s market value

Friday, January 29, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world’s most valuable company. If it happens, Alphabet will move to the head of the class just five months after Google reorganized itself under the holding …

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals

Friday, January 29, 2016

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals. All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign …

US economy slowed to scant 0.7 pct. growth rate last quarter

Friday, January 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy’s growth slowed sharply in the final three months of 2015 to a 0.7 percent annual rate. Consumers slowed spending, businesses cut back on investment and global problems trimmed exports. The slowdown could renew …

Inquiry finds sales of concert tickets are a ‘fixed game’

Friday, January 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — Had a hard time getting a ticket to a concert or sporting event? New York’s attorney general says that’s probably because more than half of tickets to many events are held for industry insiders or otherwise unavailable to the general public. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman …

Indian Scout Sixty: American 999-cc a ‘starter bike’

Friday, January 29, 2016

By Charles Fleming Los Angeles Times (TNS) Indian Motorcycle is going down - in size, scale and price. The company has introduced a smaller version of its popular Scout, the 1200cc lightweight retro-styled cruiser that hit the market 18 months ago as a 2015 model. For 2016, Indian …

Stocks rise, tracking oil

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose Thursday as the price of oil climbed for the third day in a row while key oil-producing nations discussed cuts in production. Tech and consumer stocks traded higher, led by Amazon and …

Region gets ‘dozens’ of clean energy bids

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A request for hundreds of megawatts of renewable power to help Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island meet their clean energy goals has yielded plenty of interest. Katie Dykes, deputy energy commissioner in Connecticut, said “dozens” of proposals were submitted by the noon deadline on Thursday. She said proposals …

Barbie gets a makeover

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK — Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don’t like her. Barbie’s manufacturer, Mattel, announced Thursday that the doll has three new body types — …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $40 to $90; Growers: $100 to $255; Started: none; Veal: $135; Feeders: $63 to $96; Heifers: $54 to $103; Steers: $86 to $112; Bulls: $90 to $117; Canners: $10 to $75; Cutters: $77 to $84; Utility: $85 to $94; …