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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, a specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The market's flux over the past week has given investors pause for thought. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stock market jolt is reality check for investors during rocky times

Friday, October 24, 2014

NEW YORK — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the S&P 500 …

Stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

Friday, October 24, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe’s economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get …

Existing home sales in September rise to highest level this year

Friday, October 24, 2014

The national housing market rebounded in September as home sales rose to their highest level of the year. After dipping in August, sales of previously owned homes climbed 2.4 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday. Analysts polled by FactSet expected …

I don't know anything about Scheinman, but Suher appears to care about nothing but his bottom line. Not much of a rallying...(full comment)

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
  • CAROL LOLLIS

Members of Boy Scout Pack 701 helped rake leaves last Sunday at the Scout House in Williamsburg. Will Towler, left, with Heath Marney, both 9,  pitched in; Heath is also shown raking solo - and jumping into the pile.

    CAROL LOLLIS Members of Boy Scout Pack 701 helped rake leaves last Sunday at the Scout House in Williamsburg. Will Towler, left, with Heath Marney, both 9, pitched in; Heath is also shown raking solo - and jumping into the pile. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chris Chamberland, a resident at Hathway Farms in Northampton works on his bike Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Chris Chamberland, a resident at Hathway Farms in Northampton works on his bike Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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110 Logtown Rd in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS 110 Logtown Rd in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming,  Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton,  Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst  and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming, Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton, Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story. Purchase photo reprints »

Fed may delay rate hike

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that’s spooked investors across the world. The economic slump could spill into the United …

Converse sues over knockoffs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Nike’s Converse brand is suing 31 companies, saying they are selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes. Converse is suing Skechers USA, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., FILA, Ed Hardy, K-Mart Corp. and Ralph Lauren Corp., …

Drop in energy stocks foils market rebound

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years. The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, …

LA Times sues Orange County Register for breach of contract

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees. The Times said the Register has consistently been late on payments for …

Stocks slide on gloomy global economic picture

Monday, October 13, 2014

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices. Airlines, energy and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. Stocks are coming off their worst week in …

French economist wins Nobel for work on industry regulation

Monday, October 13, 2014

STOCKHOLM — Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies. Tirole’s work is credited with helping shape the deregulation …

Fire-hit Chicago-area air traffic center gets back to full operation

Monday, October 13, 2014

AURORA, Ill. — A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said. A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En …

Franklin County one of few places in Northeast where rice grows successfully

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rice, a crop that’s believed to have little historical precedent in Massachusetts, has been alive and well in Franklin County for decades, joining many other local crops from hops to barramundi. Sue Bridge, who created an edible permaculture …

Making News: Awards and new hires in the Valley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theresa Hoang joins Florence Dental NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Theresa Hoang has joined the Florence Dental Care practice, 41 Main St., Florence. Hoang received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New …