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Protesters and supporters of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline gather outside the Greenfield Middle School before a state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday.

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER argued that the company’s contract with TGP was consistent with its portfolio standards, that it compares favorably with a range of alternatives, …

LaGuardia Airport set for big makeover

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — A year after comparing New York’s LaGuardia Airport to “some Third World Country,” Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. “I wish everything …

Plunge in China drags global markets lower

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more than 2 percent as a number of big companies reported disappointing earnings. Faced with …

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Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

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Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series.

    JERREY ROBERTS Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series. Purchase photo reprints »

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Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit."

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit." Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of  the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy. Purchase photo reprints »

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Diane Godek, of Southampton, right, and Mary Lou Casson, of Granby, take an opportunity for a photograph Thursday by a roadside sunflower field in Hadley.

    DAN LITTLE Diane Godek, of Southampton, right, and Mary Lou Casson, of Granby, take an opportunity for a photograph Thursday by a roadside sunflower field in Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

Big firms’ weak reports send stock market lower

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Disappointing earnings from several big U.S. companies put investors in a selling mood Tuesday, giving the stock market its first broad decline in four days. IBM and United Technologies were among the companies whose latest quarterly report cards …

New line for Canadian power to NE wins support in Vermont

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A plan to run a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had …

Citi to refund $700M for deceptive practices

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Citigroup will refund $700 million to consumers and will pay $70 million in fines for illegal and deceptive credit card practices, the bank and federal regulators said Tuesday. The order, coming from the Consumer Financial …

Stocks notch small gains on solid earnings reports

Monday, July 20, 2015

U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Monday after a mostly listless day of trading. The Nasdaq composite managed to eke out its second straight record high. Investors had their eye on company earnings news after weeks of fretting …

Lockheed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from UTC for $9B

Monday, July 20, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Lockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. defense contractor, has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion, UTC announced Monday, in a deal that would extract the helicopter-maker from an aerospace conglomerate it helped form 86 years ago. The agreement culminates a …

Boston Olympics organizers step up outreach

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in a sprint to the finish, scrambling to improve lackluster poll numbers ahead of a September deadline to formally throw the city’s name into the mix …

Surge in Medicaid sign-ups may stress state budgets

Sunday, July 19, 2015

ATLANTA — More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is …

Hulu ponders commercial-free service

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hulu, the video streaming service where you can binge on “Seinfeld” and (unwittingly) commercials, is considering a premium service tier that would cut the ads. The subscription video-on-demand service now offers a paid subscription option at a cost of $7.99 a month that gives subscribers access to a …

Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BOSTON — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has …

Nasdaq logs best week in nearly nine months as Google jumps

Saturday, July 18, 2015

NEW YORK — A strong week fizzled to a close on Friday as the stock market eked out a small gain. But a few companies made big moves. Google surged after reporting strong results, pushing the Nasdaq to …