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FILE - This Oct. 2, 2015 file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are edging lower in midday trading Thursday, March 26, 2015, extending the market’s losses to a fourth day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks fall for 4th day

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW YORK — A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row. Edgy investors continue to monitor violence in the Middle East and the rapid ascent of the U.S. dollar, which is causing companies to pull back their profit forecasts for the year. After hitting record highs earlier …

Electric rate shock even worse than expected for some

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This has been a hard winter for many, not only because of historically cold temperatures, but also because they’ve seen electric bills shoot through the roof. The heart of the problem is the generation rate, or supply rate, that represents local utilities’ pass-through cost for the power they distribute to customers. That rate, based on six-month contracts for their purchased power, rose effective …

Heinz acquires Kraft, creating $28B food giant

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. The deal would bring together an array of …

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Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school. Purchase photo reprints »

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Emmanuel T. Bile  answers question while on trial for being   accused of taking part in a gang rape of a UMass student in 2012.

    CAROL LOLLIS Emmanuel T. Bile answers question while on trial for being accused of taking part in a gang rape of a UMass student in 2012. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Regional School Committee member Lawrence O'Brien speaks during his last committee meeting Tuesday at the high school. He decided not to seek re-election.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Regional School Committee member Lawrence O'Brien speaks during his last committee meeting Tuesday at the high school. He decided not to seek re-election. Purchase photo reprints »

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Young@Heart chorus member Stephen Martin breaks it down during a rehearsal for Wednesday's "April Fool Show".

    MICKY BEDELL Young@Heart chorus member Stephen Martin breaks it down during a rehearsal for Wednesday's "April Fool Show". Purchase photo reprints »

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Various Massachusetts municipal leaders listen to speakers at the annual Municipal Conference on Saturday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton.

    MICKY BEDELL Various Massachusetts municipal leaders listen to speakers at the annual Municipal Conference on Saturday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Fed seeks further job gains before rate hike

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — After holding interest rates at record lows for more than six years, the Federal Reserve still isn’t ready to start raising them. The Fed signaled Wednesday that it needs the job market to improve further and …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $90; Growers: $120 to $460; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $89 to $190; Heifers: $110; Steers: $163; Bulls: $120 to $146; Canners: $20 to $102; Cutters: $106 to $117; Utility: $121 to $126; sows: $35 to $45; …

GM retreats from Russia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MOSCOW — General Motors will slash production in Russia and pull its mass-market Opel brand completely in the face of plummeting sales in the economically troubled country. Mainstream GM brands have been among the biggest losers as Russia’s …

Stocks drop slightly on interest rate worries

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NEW YORK — The guessing game over higher interest rates is making for a jerky stock market. A day after their biggest gain in six weeks, U.S. stock indexes mostly fell on Tuesday as oil continued to slide …

GOP: Obama pressured FCC on ‘net neutrality’

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its “net neutrality” decision, which has angered the nation’s cable and wireless giants. They said the agency’s inspector general has …

Home construction plunges 17% in February

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders began construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 …

Conn. tribes warn of job losses without new casino

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes made a united pitch Tuesday to open at least one, jointly-owned casino, warning lawmakers the state could lose 18,000 jobs once a casino in neighboring Springfield, Mass., opens in 2½ years. That figure includes both jobs …

G-7 nations look to join Asian regional bank

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Italy followed Britain on Tuesday in announcing that they plan to join a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank, swinging Europe’s biggest economic powers behind a project that is viewed with concern in Washington. Britain last week became the first major Western country …

GOP sets priorities in $3.8T budget plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end …

Once illegal, Gerard Ronan now happy to tell his success story as an immigrant to US from Ireland

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty-seven years ago, Dublin native Gerard “Ger” Ronan was petrified when a Gazette reporter walked into the Dairy Mart on Conz Street — where he worked one of his three jobs — and told him the …