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MGM seeks to delay fees

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — With efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law underway, MGM Resorts International has asked state regulators to delay the collection of casino fees from the company even as it prepares to become the state’s first licensed casino operator. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said on Thursday that the Las Vegas-based company risks losing about $200 million in fees, deposits and other payments if a referendum to repeal the state’s … 0

When you should - and shouldn’t - seek a reverse mortgage

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some seniors don’t qualify for a reverse mortgage, either because they are not old enough (you must be at least 62), or because their home equity, the difference between the value of their home and the balance of their existing standard mortgage, is too small. Such seniors won’t waste much time on the effort. Any loan provider they contact will give them the … 0

Three small farms in Amherst and Hadley get boosts from $10,000 state grants

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Customers who come to the first Amherst Farmers Market on Saturday will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of greens harvested from three high tunnels and four greenhouses at Danya Teitelbaum’s North Amherst farm, known as Queen’s Greens. But as the recipient of a $10,000 state matching grant for constructing … 0

Governor unveils plan for economic growth

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled a $100 million proposal he says will spur economic growth by improving job opportunities, expanding the state’s international marketing efforts and ending barriers to high-tech workers who want to change jobs. Patrick’s plan released Thursday would eliminate so-called non-compete agreements designed … 0

Tax scam nets $4B in bogus refunds

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government … 0

Fed report lifts stocks

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEW YORK — Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. Major U.S. indexes rose broadly Wednesday, helped by a report out of the nation’s central bank that showed Fed policymakers want … 0

Computer bug causes major security headache

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. … 0

Toyota recall affects 1.8 million cars, trucks in US

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DETROIT — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it … 0

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $20 to $30; 61-75 lbs., $25 to $72; 76-95 lbs., $63 to $71; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, $60 to $73; farm calves, $100 to $280; start calves, none; feeders, $68 to $89; … 0

Virus kills baby pigs, cuts pork production

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MILWAUKEE — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production … 0

Markets rebound

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Maybe the sell-off was a little overdone. That was the sentiment on Wall Street Tuesday as the stock market broke a three-day losing streak. The gain pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into … 0

Comcast, Time Warner make case for deal

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. told the government that their proposed marriage would “enhance consumer welfare and competition and deliver substantial public interest benefits.” In a 175-page filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the two cable and Internet giants said their combination will “provide unique benefits … 0

Stocks extend decline from last week

Monday, April 7, 2014

NEW YORK — For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday. The market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week. After biotechnology and internet stocks … 0