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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW YORK — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed that it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help. At the end of …

Microsoft lays off 3,000

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday notified 3,000 more workers that they’re being laid off. This means that virtually all of the planned 18,000 job eliminations the company announced in July are now completed. Wednesday’s layoffs cut across different groups and geographic areas, but most of them were in finance, human resources, marketing and other support functions. Some of the cuts were also in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $39 to $67; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $77; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $87; 96-105 lbs., $70 to $84; 106 lbs. & up, $70 to $75; farm calves, $100 to $475; start calves, none; feeders, $48 to $95; veal, none; heifers, $89 to $114; steers, none; bulls, $90 to $120; rep. …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a  recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done. Purchase photo reprints »

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with …

MAP ‘Live United’ campaign Saturday by 40 businesses in downtown Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chuong Son had no way of knowing how much help the United Way of Hampshire County would be a year ago as he watched a fire destroy a Hadley building that housed his Vietnamese eatery. Had …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to …

Slide in energy sector drags US stocks lower

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the …

Social Security benefits get another tiny raise

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government …

US ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DETROIT — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing …

Chinese firm wins $567M contract to build rail cars in Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the “T,” the nation’s oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China’s human rights …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $43 to $64; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $76; 76-95 lbs., $40 to $81; 96-105 lbs., $64 to $87; 106 lbs. & up, $70; farm calves, $100 to $460; start calves, none; feeders, $70 to $121; …