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Trader Timothy Nick, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, April 20, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening higher as more big companies turn in healthy financial results for the first quarter of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks regain ground on earnings reports

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market bounced back on Monday after getting a boost from some good first-quarter earnings reports. Toy maker Hasbro reported an unexpected gain in sales on the back of strong demand for its Transformer, Nerf and Marvel toys. Oil and gas services company Halliburton and investment bank Morgan Stanley also reported results that we’re better than …

SC paper wins Pulitzer for domestic violence reports

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic violence, while The New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two. The Seattle Times staff took the breaking news award for …

Volcker pushes overhaul of bank oversight in US

Monday, April 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is calling for a reshaping of the U.S. financial oversight regime, which he says is splintered and ineffective. A public policy group led by Volcker issued a report Monday on the regulation of banks and Wall Street. It says the array of government agencies that …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS

Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living  as a way to raise money to donate  Heifer International.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living as a way to raise money to donate Heifer International. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the  basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn,  Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall.

    MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn, Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class.

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Partners in Paper co-owners Peter Luke, front, and Rich West work on setting out an estimated 20,000 books for sale over the weekend at Eastworks in Easthampton. The books originated from the private collection of Clarendon Van Norman in Neversink, New York.

    DAN LITTLE Partners in Paper co-owners Peter Luke, front, and Rich West work on setting out an estimated 20,000 books for sale over the weekend at Eastworks in Easthampton. The books originated from the private collection of Clarendon Van Norman in Neversink, New York. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
right, Keira Durrett, waits for, Johanna Korpita, the second grade teacher at the Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and Nicholas Por to pass down cups with Trout Fry in them to be released into the Mill River.

    CAROL LOLLIS right, Keira Durrett, waits for, Johanna Korpita, the second grade teacher at the Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and Nicholas Por to pass down cups with Trout Fry in them to be released into the Mill River. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Kevin Pardee at his dangerousness hearing Thursday with his attorney  Susan Miles.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kevin Pardee at his dangerousness hearing Thursday with his attorney Susan Miles. Purchase photo reprints »

Florence Bank breaks new ground by electing Ruth Constantine as first woman to chair board

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence Bank President John F. Heaps Jr. says there is one salient point about the election of Ruth Constantine as head of the bank’s board: She’s the right person for the seat, plain and simple. The …

Stocks gain on oil rise

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NEW YORK — Rising oil prices helped push the stock market mostly higher on Tuesday, but the gains were tiny as investors weighed mixed results from companies reporting earnings. Stocks fell shortly after the open, then headed mostly …

Baggage handler who fell asleep in cargo hold a warning to airlines

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said Tuesday. The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff on Monday from Seattle. …

Stocks slip in light trading

Monday, April 13, 2015

NEW YORK — Investors sent stocks slightly lower Monday ahead of a busy week for company earnings. With little news to move the market either way, major indexes spent the day wavering between slim gains and losses. Stocks …

Online excitement but no long lines for Apple Watch debut

Friday, April 10, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. — An online rush replaced the traditional overnight queues outside Apple stores Friday as the iconic tech company began taking orders and letting shoppers get their hands on its much-vaunted smartwatch for the first time. …

US stocks close higher for 2nd week; GE soars on deal news

Friday, April 10, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks advanced Friday, capping off a second straight weekly advance for the market. Investors were encouraged by the latest corporate deal news, that General Electric would be selling its long-struggling lending business. Investors are …

United offers fixes to concerns from FAA

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHICAGO — United Airlines has outlined a plan for aviation regulators on how it will deal with concerns involving pilot training and scheduling, and is implementing those changes. The Chicago-based airline in a March 25 letter responded to Federal Aviation Administration concerns by outlining its corrective actions, according …

Major auto industry disruption will lead to robotic taxis, Morgan Stanley says

Friday, April 10, 2015

By Jerry Hirsch Los Angeles Times (TNS) The automotive industry is entering a period of deep disruption that will make it unrecognizable, according to a new analysis this week from Morgan Stanley. “The auto industry is a century-old ecosystem being ogled by outside players hungry for a slice …

Berkshire East will add mountain bike park and white-water rafting

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Goodbye ski season. Hello Thunder Mountain Bike Park. This summer, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort will add two new seasonal attractions — a downhill mountain bike park, and white-water rafting along the Fife Brook section of …

Stocks edge higher on energy gains

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged higher Thursday, led by gains for energy companies as the price of oil stabilized following a big drop the day before. Oil rose as negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program hit …