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Trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, July 28, 2014. The stock market is opening mixed at the start of a busy week as a batch of merger announcements lift shares in Family Dollar and other companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks pause as traders await key economic news

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW YORK — After dawdling between small gains and losses in a slow day of summer trading, the stock market ended little changed on Monday. Instead of worrying about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine or trouble in the world’s other hot spots, investors appeared to sit tight. The main reason, said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners, … 0

Anti-pipeline walk ends with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to … 0

Market Basket feud hurts farmers

Monday, July 28, 2014

METHUEN — The family feud that has led to empty shelves at the Market Basket stores is having an impact on local farmers who normally supply produce to the regional supermarket chain. Rich Bonanno, whose family operates Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, estimated he was losing $2,000 a day due to the ongoing revolt by store workers and customer boycott. While he’s been … 0

readers of my comment, Youssarian correctly pointed out that a statement I made is absolutely incorrect and a distortion of reality, but...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

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Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

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Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $30 to $48; 61-75 lbs., $40 to $71; 76-95 lbs., $26 to $75; 96-105 lbs., $26 to $75; 106 lbs. & up, $70; farm calves, $100 to $275; start calves, $75 to $195; feeders, $56 … 0

NYC mayor’s plan for rail strike? He’s outta here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NEW YORK — A screaming headline that reads “Good luck on that, I’m off to Italy.” A composite photo depicting his family in a gondola in Venice. Withering criticism from a former mayor. Despite the increasingly bad political … 0

Russia faces escalation of sanctions over Ukraine

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukrainian rebels … 0

US stocks mostly fall as earnings digested

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, speaking before Congress, said the … 0

Boston refuses to take part in arbitration with Wynn

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — State gambling regulators are weighing how to respond to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s refusal to participate in arbitration with Wynn Resorts for a financial compensation deal. The Las Vegas-based casino giant proposes a $1.6 billion resort in neighboring Everett as it competes with Mohegan Sun for … 0

Conn. casinos see revenues drop

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s two American Indian casinos on Tuesday again reported monthly drops in slot machine betting and revenue. Mohegan Sun said total slot machine bets in June totaled $574.9 million, down 10 percent from June 2013. Foxwoods Resort Casino reported total wagering of $479.1 million in … 0

Amherst historic board, ZBA to take up Mill District requests

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AMHERST — As extensive remodeling of one historic North Amherst barn is needed to house a satellite store for Atkins Farms Country Market, a second historic barn that has dominated the landscape for centuries could be demolished. The Historical Commission Tuesday will review plans submitted by W.D. Cowls … 0

Citigroup to pay $7B over toxic mortgages

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to … 0

Stocks move higher on earnings, acquisition

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stocks shook off last week’s doldrums and finished sharply higher Monday, driven by a round of corporate deal news and strong earnings from Citigroup. Investors cheered AECOM Technology’s $4 billion acquisition of engineering and construction services company URS … 0

Trump casino closing in NJ

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Employees of the Trump Plaza casino were told Monday that the casino would close in mid-September, making it the fourth casino to close or threaten to close in Atlantic City by fall. About 1,600 Trump Plaza workers will lose their jobs. Trump Plaza, which … 1