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Holiday shoppers line up outside an Office Depot store in Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The store was set to open at 6:00 Thanksgiving evening. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving in new holiday tradition

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time …

Eiffel Tower protest turns woolly

Thursday, November 27, 2014

PARIS (ap) — Disgruntled farmers have brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest wolf attacks, and what they call the government’s anti-farmer environmental policies. The woolly protesters munched grass near the Paris monument while their owners urged tougher measures against wolf attacks. The government says its existing plan on preventing attacks …

Casino seeks exemption to serve booze longer

Thursday, November 27, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — At Connecticut’s casinos, you can gamble around the clock, but state law cuts off cocktail service soon after midnight. The CEO of the Foxwoods Resort Casino says that puts them at a disadvantage in the region — and he wants the state to revisit the policy. Atlantic City casinos serve alcohol at all hours, liquor is served until 4 a.m. …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark. Purchase photo reprints »

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Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

    CAROL LOLLIS Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal. Purchase photo reprints »

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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Justin Griswold of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

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Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

MGM pays $85M license fee for Springfield casino

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — MGM Resorts International has paid Massachusetts a required $85 million gambling licensing fee for its $800 million Springfield resort casino on Monday, state gambling regulators announced. The Las Vegas-based company, through the limited liability company Blue Tarp reDevelopment, submitted the payment for its 15-year license electronically. …

Plaintiffs contest effort by Northampton Business Improvement District for more time to disband

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a somber meeting of the Northampton Business Improvement District’s board Friday, members spent most of the time trying to interpret last week’s decision by a judge to disband the BID immediately. Charles Bowles, chairman of …

Health system awarded $30M in hospital breakup

Monday, November 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the health system Lifespan is owed nearly $30 million from its insurance companies related to its breakup with a Boston hospital. U.S. District Judge John McConnell ruled in a decision issued Monday that National Union Fire Insurance Co. …

Franklin Hampshire Career Center job fair in Northampton celebrates ‘Hire a Veteran’ month

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host a job fair at its site at 178 Industrial Drive in Northampton to celebrate national “Hire a Veteran” month. The job fair will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and is for veterans only from 9 to …

Obscure Neb. panel may decide on pipeline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that …

NE rail trouble spot due for upgrade

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — For tens of thousands of rail travelers in the Northeast each day, making a curtain time or simply getting to work can hinge on a bridge built two years before the Titanic sank. A regular …

Vitamin company eyes new facility in Hadley University Park

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HADLEY — A company that manufactures vitamins is planning to construct a 24,000-square-foot facility in the Hadley University Park off North Maple Street. American River Nutrition, which has its headquarters at 31 Campus Plaza Road, is bringing the project before the Planning Board Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The …

Bird flu confirmed at Dutch, UK farms

Sunday, November 16, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Sunday banned the transport of poultry and eggs throughout the country after confirming an outbreak of bird flu at a chicken farm. The Ministry for Economic Affairs said the outbreak is deadly to poultry and can also be transmitted …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For the week ending November 7, 2014 Amherst Antoinette Jensen Living Trust, Berkshire Bank Tr, to Margaret Ann Kahn, 10 Greenleaves Drive, Amherst, $270,000. Claudette Boudreau to 220 North East Street LLC, Kellogg Ave., 24 Tyler Pl, Amherst, $868,000. Susan A. Nicholson, Walter E. Nicholson, to Greene-Barton Trust, …

B2B ID: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, owner Sweet Birch Herbals, Haydenville

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NAME: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy TITLE: Owner, Sweet Birch Herbals, 7 Solar Circle, Haydenville WEBSITE: www.sweetbirchherbals.com AGE: 27 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 2013 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One, me. WHAT YOU DO: I offer two services as a holistic …