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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW YORK — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed that it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help. At the end of …

Microsoft lays off 3,000

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday notified 3,000 more workers that they’re being laid off. This means that virtually all of the planned 18,000 job eliminations the company announced in July are now completed. Wednesday’s layoffs cut across different groups and geographic areas, but most of them were in finance, human resources, marketing and other support functions. Some of the cuts were also in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $39 to $67; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $77; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $87; 96-105 lbs., $70 to $84; 106 lbs. & up, $70 to $75; farm calves, $100 to $475; start calves, none; feeders, $48 to $95; veal, none; heifers, $89 to $114; steers, none; bulls, $90 to $120; rep. …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a  recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has its best day of 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly …

Mortgage firm accused of abuses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged. An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services …

Feds hope new rules spur home borrowing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market. Both banks and borrowers stand …

Advocates push to ban child labor on tobacco farms

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts …

Stocks move up mostly, but IBM holds Dow back

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market moved quietly higher Monday as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week. It was a rare move upward for a market that, …

GM ignition compensation approved for 29 deaths

Monday, October 20, 2014

The leader of the GM Ignition Compensation Fund has approved settlements for surviving families in 29 fatal accidents involving defective ignition switches. As of Friday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is directing the assessment of all claims, had received 184 death claims. Another 27 people have received compensation payments for …

US urges car owners to get air bags fixed

Monday, October 20, 2014

DETROIT — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags …

N.E. raking in millions from the leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. …

Stocks rise sharply, ending dramatic week

Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market had another turbulent session Friday, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 250 points following strong earnings from …

After early slide, stocks finish mostly higher

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After several days surfing Wall Street’s gut-wrenching swells and troughs, investors got a smoother ride on Thursday. Well, mostly. The stock market took an early plunge but recovered nearly all of the ground it lost as the day …