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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
Kimberly Ann Schildbach sits with her two children left, Jericho Poet Schildbach,8, and Anelia Ann Prayer Schildbach,7, at their home in Leverett.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kimberly Ann Schildbach sits with her two children left, Jericho Poet Schildbach,8, and Anelia Ann Prayer Schildbach,7, at their home in Leverett. Purchase photo reprints »

  • 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 »

Judge rejects $50M proposed settlement in dairy farming case

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between Northeastern U.S. farmers and the Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss opposed the $50 million settlement after objections by some farmers who …

Costs of elder care keep climbing

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK — The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday. The …

Utility won’t appeal $1.6B penalty for deadly 2010 blast

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco. The punishment comes …

Route 9 diner site up for sale

Thursday, April 9, 2015

HADLEY — The owner of the building that housed Route 9 Diner is looking to sell the structure adorned with stainless steel and neon “as soon as possible.” Robby Kullman, who lives near Newark, New Jersey, said 15 groups have contacted him in the last four days about …

Image of Moscow-based photographer Yulia Mayorova shows up on Florence Bank ATMs

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Aside from Ellen DeGeneres with her star-studded self-portrait at the 2014 Academy Awards, Moscow-based photographer Yulia Mayorova might just be one of the world’s most famous selfie takers. While the 22-year-old’s work has appeared in magazines …

Merger news sends stocks higher

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW YORK — Deal news gave the stock market a lift Wednesday. Health care stocks rose after generic drugmaker Mylan bid $29 billion for rival Perrigo. That offset a slump in energy stocks prompted by a big drop …

Obama in Jamaica looks to rekindle goodwill

Thursday, April 9, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean region collectively cheered when President Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008. Calypso and reggae songs were written in his honor, the French Caribbean island of Martinique named a road after him, …

Shell takes over rival in $70B deal

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LONDON — Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($69.7 billion), in a deal that may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to …

Report cites MBTA’s ‘structural failure’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker called Wednesday for a financial control board to oversee the Boston-area transit system following release of a scathing report that said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was in severe financial distress, with ineffective management and no viable maintenance plan for vehicles and equipment. …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $25 to $80; Growers: $100 to $510; Started: $50 to $240; Veal: $275; Feeders: $80 to $162.50; Heifers: $106 to $142; Steers: $162.50; Bulls: $50 to $110; Canners: $20 to $101; Cutters: $102 to $111; Utility: $112 to $120; …