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US stocks dip as falling oil pushes energy sector lower

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW YORK — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting in Vienna on Thursday. Oil has now dropped almost a third from a peak in June. While lower oil prices are a long-term boon to consumers and industrial companies, they are a drag on stocks in the near term because energy companies account for about 10 percent of the overall market’s profits. Despite the losses, …

Google’s latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how …

BRIEFS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Francisco passes LA as ‘ultra rich’ home San Francisco saw its “ultra-rich” population jump 12 percent this year, pushing it past Los Angeles as the California home to those worth $30 million or more, a survey said. The survey, by the research firm Wealth-X in partnership with Swiss banking giant UBS, says San Francisco has 5,460 ultra-rich residents in 2014, up from …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed.

    REBECCA EVERETT The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton DPW workers Duane Meehan, left, and Tim Crowningshield examine a plow Tuesday in preparation a snowstorm forecast for Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton DPW workers Duane Meehan, left, and Tim Crowningshield examine a plow Tuesday in preparation a snowstorm forecast for Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Vanessa Lynch, who is a member of the advisory board for Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, speaks Tuesday on the steps of Northampton City Hall during a protest in response to a grand jury decision not indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson on any charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The event was co-sponsored by the Real Cost of Prisons Project and American Friends Service Committee.

    JERREY ROBERTS Vanessa Lynch, who is a member of the advisory board for Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, speaks Tuesday on the steps of Northampton City Hall during a protest in response to a grand jury decision not indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson on any charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The event was co-sponsored by the Real Cost of Prisons Project and American Friends Service Committee. Purchase photo reprints »

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Written on paper made available at the Umass Ferguson discussion Tuesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Written on paper made available at the Umass Ferguson discussion Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Second graders Travis Emerson, left, and Luke Pesce have fun using an iPad during iPad Play Day Monday at Ryan Road School. The play day gave parents and their children a chance to explore how iPads and its apps can impact social skills, play and learning. It was coordinated by Josh Dickson, who is a special education teacher at Ryan Road School. The iPads were borrowed from the New England Assistive Technology Center in Hartford.

    JERREY ROBERTS Second graders Travis Emerson, left, and Luke Pesce have fun using an iPad during iPad Play Day Monday at Ryan Road School. The play day gave parents and their children a chance to explore how iPads and its apps can impact social skills, play and learning. It was coordinated by Josh Dickson, who is a special education teacher at Ryan Road School. The iPads were borrowed from the New England Assistive Technology Center in Hartford. Purchase photo reprints »

MGM pays $85M license fee for Springfield casino

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — MGM Resorts International has paid Massachusetts a required $85 million gambling licensing fee for its $800 million Springfield resort casino on Monday, state gambling regulators announced. The Las Vegas-based company, through the limited liability company Blue Tarp reDevelopment, submitted the payment for its 15-year license electronically. …

Plaintiffs contest effort by Northampton Business Improvement District for more time to disband

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a somber meeting of the Northampton Business Improvement District’s board Friday, members spent most of the time trying to interpret last week’s decision by a judge to disband the BID immediately. Charles Bowles, chairman of …

Health system awarded $30M in hospital breakup

Monday, November 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the health system Lifespan is owed nearly $30 million from its insurance companies related to its breakup with a Boston hospital. U.S. District Judge John McConnell ruled in a decision issued Monday that National Union Fire Insurance Co. …

Franklin Hampshire Career Center job fair in Northampton celebrates ‘Hire a Veteran’ month

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host a job fair at its site at 178 Industrial Drive in Northampton to celebrate national “Hire a Veteran” month. The job fair will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and is for veterans only from 9 to …

Obscure Neb. panel may decide on pipeline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that …

NE rail trouble spot due for upgrade

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — For tens of thousands of rail travelers in the Northeast each day, making a curtain time or simply getting to work can hinge on a bridge built two years before the Titanic sank. A regular …

Vitamin company eyes new facility in Hadley University Park

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HADLEY — A company that manufactures vitamins is planning to construct a 24,000-square-foot facility in the Hadley University Park off North Maple Street. American River Nutrition, which has its headquarters at 31 Campus Plaza Road, is bringing the project before the Planning Board Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The …

Bird flu confirmed at Dutch, UK farms

Sunday, November 16, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Sunday banned the transport of poultry and eggs throughout the country after confirming an outbreak of bird flu at a chicken farm. The Ministry for Economic Affairs said the outbreak is deadly to poultry and can also be transmitted …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For the week ending November 7, 2014 Amherst Antoinette Jensen Living Trust, Berkshire Bank Tr, to Margaret Ann Kahn, 10 Greenleaves Drive, Amherst, $270,000. Claudette Boudreau to 220 North East Street LLC, Kellogg Ave., 24 Tyler Pl, Amherst, $868,000. Susan A. Nicholson, Walter E. Nicholson, to Greene-Barton Trust, …

B2B ID: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, owner Sweet Birch Herbals, Haydenville

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NAME: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy TITLE: Owner, Sweet Birch Herbals, 7 Solar Circle, Haydenville WEBSITE: www.sweetbirchherbals.com AGE: 27 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 2013 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One, me. WHAT YOU DO: I offer two services as a holistic …