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Specialist Jorge Fernandez, left, and trader James Riley work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after a sharp two-day surge, as the stock market closes out a wild week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week

Saturday, August 29, 2015

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme. The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China’s economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided …

What’s in a billion? Facebook hits milestone in 1 day

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth’s population. It was a big symbolic milestone for the world’s biggest online social …

Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas within the next few weeks. Hannoush, who bought Faces from former owner Peter Vogel in …

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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jeffrey Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field. Purchase photo reprints »

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

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Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

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In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

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Joslyn Thomas at her home in Holyoke.

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National Labor Relations Board forces employers to revise empkloee handbopopks for digital age

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CHICAGO — Audelia Santiago’s photos of co-workers on her Facebook page prompted some snarky comments. No big deal, right? A suburban Chicago hotel and convention center where she worked as a banquet server, thought otherwise. Last year the Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center sacked her for violating …

Cummington Fair executive committee pulls invitation to CRD Metalworks owner

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Williamsburg manufacturing business criticized earlier this summer for displaying a metal Confederate battle flag at its Hyde Hill Road shop and flying another flag outside the owner’s neighboring home has been asked not to participate …

Officials laud local increase in Amtrak Vermonter ridership, paving the way for future rail projects

Friday, August 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local ridership of the Amtrak Vermonter has increased by more than half since it was rerouted to Northampton and Greenfield in January, which officials say helps make the case for increased state and federal investment in …

Yuan and oil stabilize, giving US stocks a lift

Friday, August 14, 2015

NEW YORK — A rocky week for the stock market ended on a bright note as investors bought stocks across industries. Stocks wavered in the morning before climbing steadily during the afternoon amid a mix of earnings results. …

In a slow-growth world, technology stocks are trending again

Friday, August 14, 2015

NEW YORK — Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6 percent as …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …

Greece’s euro partners approve billions in new loans

Friday, August 14, 2015

BRUSSELS — Finance ministers of the 19-nation euro single currency group on Friday approved the first 26 billion euros ($29 billion) of a vast new bailout package to help rebuild Greece’s shattered economy. “Of course there were differences …

How Fiat Chrysler ‘got smart on pricing’

Friday, August 14, 2015

By Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press (TNS) DETROIT — When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently reported second quarter earnings, CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company more than doubled operating profit in North America because “we got smart on pricing.” For years, FCA’s crosstown rivals have had profit margins in …

Stocks mixed as China stabilizes currency

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NEW YORK — The anxiety that rattled markets earlier this week dissipated Thursday as China’s central bank calmed concerns that the country’s currency would continue its slide. Major markets in Europe and Asia made gains, while the U.S. …

PeoplesBank announces retirement of president Douglas Bowen; Thomas Senecal named successor

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Leadership of PeoplesBank will be handed off from one South Hadley resident to another as Thomas W. Senecal steps up next year to succeed Douglas A. Bowen as chief executive officer and president. The board of directors of …