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Farmers drive their tractors on the highway leading to Paris, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015. Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French farmers descend on Paris in tractor protest

Thursday, September 3, 2015

PARIS (ap) — More than 1,000 tractors — and a few cows — descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes. They’re facing increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges, which they say make them unable …

Stocks mixed as ECB signals stimulus action

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved slightly higher Thursday as markets calmed after a recent bout of turmoil. Investors were encouraged by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region’s economy, if needed. Investors now turn to Friday, when a key jobs report …

Students ask feds for relief from college debt

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. Already, claims totaling about $40 million in loans have been approved. That’s only a fraction of the …

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Antonio Morales tightens down a ride in preparation for the fair Wednesday at the Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Antonio Morales tightens down a ride in preparation for the fair Wednesday at the Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ken Elstein, left, and Karen Chrisman with their garden's new pond feature.

    DAN LITTLE Ken Elstein, left, and Karen Chrisman with their garden's new pond feature. Purchase photo reprints »

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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks extend losses as early rally fades

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 …

Report sees US deficits shrinking

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — An unforeseen flood of revenue is shrinking federal deficits to the lowest level of President Barack Obama’s tenure, Congress’ nonpartisan budget adviser said Tuesday. But in a report that will fuel both parties in their autumn …

Markets plummet in global sell-off

Monday, August 24, 2015

U.S. stocks slid again Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average briefly plunging more than 1,000 points in a sell-off that sent a shiver of fear from Wall Street to Main Street. Stocks regained some of that ground …

Thornes Marketplace welcomes new tenants, expansion of longtime anchors

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Changes are in the works at Thornes Marketplace as the popular downtown shopping spot welcomes a new juice bar, an expansion at Cedar Chest, and the opening of a second location for an Amherst-based gift shop …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Business briefs: Safe Home to provide house checks, local lawyers make ‘Best Lawyers in America’ list, and more

Monday, August 24, 2015

Safe Home to provide house checks WESTFIELD — A new business will provide house checks for residents of Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties while they are away. Kevin Brown, security director of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, …

Work on Hudson River tunnel goes on, despite hurdles

Monday, August 24, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Buried deep under Manhattan is a $185 million hole in the ground, evidence that while politicians bicker over how to pay for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, work on the project has …

As China’s economy slows, so does Otis Elevator Co.

Monday, August 24, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — As China’s economy has grown and skyscrapers sprouted in cities extending ever westward from the Pacific coast, Otis Elevator Co. went along for the ride. But with China now in a slump and the value of its currency the most recent casualty, Otis and other …

Following NYT story, ACLU reaches out to Amazon workers

Friday, August 21, 2015

SEATTLE — Seizing on the recent New York Times investigation into Amazon’s sometimes bruising work culture, the American Civil Liberties Union took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Seattle Times soliciting employees who think they’ve been illegally singled out. The ACLU ad specifically encourages Amazon employees “who believe …

Lathrop Community eyes expansion of Easthampton, Northampton campuses

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lathrop Community Inc. is in the planning stage of what will likely be a $26 million expansion of its Northampton and Easthampton campuses over the next quarter century. The nonprofit senior living group, now in its …