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FILE - This March 4, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets sank Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policy makers start a two-day meeting on Tuesday and many investors expect the central bank to indicate that it is moving closer to raising its key interest rate as …

GM expert: 19 deaths tied to faulty ignition

Monday, September 15, 2014

DETROIT — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher. Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from …

Wynn, Mohegan Sun respond to casino regulators

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts appears to have a strong advantage over Mohegan Sun in the fierce competition for the Boston-area casino license, even as the Las Vegas gambling giant pushes back against some requirements state regulators are seeking to impose if it is to win the license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which resumed deliberations Monday, has rated Wynn’s $1.6 billion resort casino plan …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
  • KEVIN GUTTING
There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift.

    JERREY ROBERTS Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift. Purchase photo reprints »

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Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze Saturday afternoon at 87 Depot Road in Hatfield.

    JERREY ROBERTS Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze Saturday afternoon at 87 Depot Road in Hatfield. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mayor David Narkewicz, left, speaks during the Eva Trager memorial ceremony Friday on Main Street in Northampton.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Mayor David Narkewicz, left, speaks during the Eva Trager memorial ceremony Friday on Main Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court on opening day in his trial on a single count of murder in connection with the slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein in 2012 in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court on opening day in his trial on a single count of murder in connection with the slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein in 2012 in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Workers not getting raises despite better jobs outlook

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a robust 2.5 million jobs the past 12 months. Layoffs have …

Environmentalists accused of hypocrisy in NE natural gas dispute

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

S&P 500 hits record on dividend stocks, cease-fire deal on Ukraine

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW YORK — A surge in dividend-rich utility stocks helped push the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record Friday. Investors bought up the stocks after the government reported that U.S. employers added fewer jobs than forecast …

China’s Alibaba seeks to raise up to $24.3B, setting an IPO record

Friday, September 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — China’s Alibaba Group is seeking to raise up to $24.3 billion in its upcoming IPO, an amount that would be the most ever raised by a company heading into its stock market debut. The e-commerce company is hoping to sell up to 368 million shares …

Job growth is weakest in eight months for US

Friday, September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — A surprising drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to temporary slowdowns. Employers added just 142,000 jobs last month, …

Starbucks to try new store sizes

Friday, September 5, 2014

Starbucks plans to roll out several new store formats, including bite-sized “express” stores plus more than 100 boutiques dedicated to the highbrow Reserve brand of small-pot coffees. The coffee giant also said a Reserve roastery and tasting room in Seattle, where it will shift all roasting for small-batch …

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. schedules flyovers to check vegetation on transmission lines

Friday, September 5, 2014

Residents in more than two dozen communities served by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. may see aircraft flying above their homes Monday and Tuesday as the utility checks transmission lines for vegetation issues. The aerial survey, likely to be done by helicopters, is a routine and necessary part of …

UMass unions rally on campus, claim existing benefits at risk during contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and claims that University of Massachusetts administrators want to take back union benefits prompted an hour-long campus rally led by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by …

Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NEW YORK — Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay …