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Traders Richard Scardino, left, and Michael Smyth work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Stock indexes are holding near record levels as traders digest some mixed news on the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks drift higher ahead of holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market eked out another record close on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month. Another report showed U.S. …

US agency threatens to act against air-bag maker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata’s Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file …

Ski areas have extra reason to celebrate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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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.

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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.

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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed.

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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

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YouTube joins crowded competition in music industry’s move to paid subscription services

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The music industry’s move toward paid subscription services, and away from discs and downloads, has been underway for several years. Last week, YouTube joined the party - bringing with it the world’s largest audience for popular music and …

Surviving a week without cash and credit cards to test mobile-payment services

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world. Apple Pay has gotten …

Future of Hilltown farms topic for Monday meeting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Farmers, residents, and businesses in the Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on the future of farming in the Hilltowns. The “community kick-off” event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cummington Community House. The Hilltown Community …

Stocks end mostly up as gains extend

Friday, November 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks ended mostly higher on Friday as major indexes extended gains for a fourth week in a row, a rare stretch for this year. After flitting between tiny gains and losses for most of the …