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Traders Anthony Riccio, left, and Michael Urkonis work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Led by fall in energy sector, US stocks sink

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks on Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end of June on evidence that a global supply glut is building at the same time demand appears to be slowing. The …

Greek exchange suffers bloodbath on reopening

Monday, August 3, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece suffered its worst stock market bloodbath in decades on Monday, when it opened after a forced five-week closure, and new data showed a dismal outlook for the bailout-dependent country’s shrinking economy. The main stock index shed over 22 percent just minutes into the opening, as investors got their first …

Delta won’t ship hunting ‘trophies’

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Delta Air Lines had a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies, announcing Monday afternoon that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies. As recently as May, the Atlanta-based airline had said that it would continue to allow such shipments — as long as …

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Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

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Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

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Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

Nikkei buys Financial Times for $1.3B

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LONDON — Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. is buying the Financial Times as part of an 844 million-pound ($1.3 billion) deal with Britain’s Pearson PLC. The deal announced Thursday is part of Nikkei’s strategy to boost its global …

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Garden Club among honorees at Amherst Area Chamber dinner

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — A community organization that has promoted political responsibility for more than 75 years and another group that has spent a century helping to beautify the town’s landscape are among recipients of this year’s A+ awards from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Tuesday announced …

Chinese journalists scope out rural broadband

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LEVERETT — Now that LeverettNet has been online for nearly four months — with 82 percent of the town’s 800 or so households reportedly connected — the town’s first-in-western-Massachusetts municipal broadband service caught the attention Wednesday of a …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $85; Growers: $100 to $530; Started: $127.50 to $235; Veal: $160; Feeders: $110 to $165; Heifers: $103 to $110; Steers: none; Bulls: none; Canners: $10 to $100; Cutters: $103 to $110; Utility: $115 to $122; Sows: $20 …

Minimum-wage raises gain ground

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University …

Microsoft pledges stand against ‘revenge porn’

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Microsoft wants to help victims of revenge porn regain control of their images and privacy. Revenge porn — when someone, usually a spurned ex, shares private and sexual images of another person online without that person’s consent — is on the rise, and Internet companies including Google and …

Tech slump pulls stocks downward

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

U.S. stocks notched their second decline in as many days Wednesday, pulled down by a technology stock slump headlined by Apple and Microsoft. Both companies delivered disappointing quarterly results or outlooks the night before, setting the stage for …

New Bedford casino drops out of running

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Developers of a planned Foxwoods casino for the New Bedford waterfront abruptly backed out of the competition for Massachusetts’ final resort casino license on Wednesday, citing an inability to secure financing for the projected $650 million project. KG Urban Enterprises partner Barry Gosin said in …

Big firms’ weak reports send stock market lower

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Disappointing earnings from several big U.S. companies put investors in a selling mood Tuesday, giving the stock market its first broad decline in four days. IBM and United Technologies were among the companies whose latest quarterly report cards …