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Specialist Jorge Fernandez, left, and trader James Riley work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after a sharp two-day surge, as the stock market closes out a wild week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme. The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China’s economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided …

What’s in a billion? Facebook hits milestone in 1 day

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth’s population. It was a big symbolic milestone for the world’s biggest online social …

Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas within the next few weeks. Hannoush, who bought Faces from former owner Peter Vogel in …

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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

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Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

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In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

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Stocks fizzle as China slumps, Wal-Mart falls

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market shuffled to a slight loss in a lazy day of summer trading Tuesday. Wal-Mart’s shares slid after the retailer cut its profit forecast for the year, while renewed concerns over the …

Obama proposes methane cuts from oil, gas operators

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed rules to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production, the second major climate initiative by President Barack Obama this month. The proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency target for the first time oil wells, compressors and other equipment as part …

FDA approves female sex pill, but with stringent safety warnings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs …

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton to expand space and sweet offerings in Thornes Marketplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s …

Stocks climb on better home-building outlook

Monday, August 17, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market climbed on Monday as China’s currency steadied and optimism among homebuilders rose. Investors pushed the market lower at the open, then began buying after an index of homebuilders showed optimism at …

Feds give Shell OK to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska

Monday, August 17, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. …

Florence Pie Bar will offer comfort food and a comfortable atmosphere

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A longtime music teacher is pursuing her goal of creating a “real pie shop” where people can sit and converse with friends — and eat pie — with the help of a recent college graduate and …

Area business news

Sunday, August 16, 2015

UMassFive names Moore new manager HADLEY — UMassFive has named Cait Moore the new manager of member outreach. Moore will be responsible for member development and maintaining positive relationships with the credit union’s sponsor groups, who make up …

At expanded West Hatfield facility, Alternative Recycling Systems recycles and composts — and they’ll take your trash too

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HATFIELD — When it started in 1996, Alternative Recycling Systems’ operation consisted of a 40-year-old truck that picked up the recyclables from a dozen businesses once a week. After the weekly run, owner Patrick Kennedy would park the …

Construction jobs among occupations projected to grow the most and fastest in next decade

Sunday, August 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn’t get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic …