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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. holds an example of the defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S. during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to documents posted Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary. But the German automaker, already in hot water with the government for cheating on U.S. pollution tests, eventually agreed to the recall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

Friday, February 12, 2016

DETROIT — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn’t necessary. But the German automaker, already in hot water with the government for cheating on U.S. pollution tests, eventually agreed to the recall, according to documents posted Friday on the National Highway …

Down week ends on up note

Friday, February 12, 2016

U.S. stocks ended a down week on a high note Friday, snapping a five‑day losing streak on the strength of energy and financial companies. A sharp rebound in oil prices and an encouraging report on retail sales helped lift the stock market to its first gain since late last week. Despite the rally, …

Congress bans import of forced labor products

Friday, February 12, 2016

A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products …

  • CAROL LOLLIS
back, Debbie Thouin and Marilyn Neumann at the Valentines day party at the Cliffview Community room in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS back, Debbie Thouin and Marilyn Neumann at the Valentines day party at the Cliffview Community room in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Star and Rain Drooker at the Evolution Cafe in Florence.

    CAROL LOLLIS Star and Rain Drooker at the Evolution Cafe in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Bay Road Bridge in Hadley will be restricted to one-lane traffic beginning next week as it awaits repairs during the summer.

    CAROL LOLLIS Bay Road Bridge in Hadley will be restricted to one-lane traffic beginning next week as it awaits repairs during the summer. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts

    CAROL LOLLIS Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts Purchase photo reprints »

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, January 31, 2016

For the week ending January 22, 2016 Amherst Lillian B. Scott to Rodrigo Afonso Zamith, 71 Spaulding St., Amherst, $163,000. Virginia Lewis to Jennifer K. Mendelsohn, Neil E. Mendelsohn, Gray St Extension, Gray St., Amherst, $100,000. Richard Seymour Bogartz to Richard S. Bogartz Revocable Trust, Richard S. Bogartz, …

New rail link to Maine waterfront could revive port

Sunday, January 31, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — Freight trains are rolling through New England carrying the first-ever shipping containers loaded on the Portland waterfront. The new train service is the product of years of planning and millions in public and private investment, with the goal of connecting this once-thriving port by rail …

Downtown Northampton Subway shop closes because ‘there’s so much competition in that area’

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After opening about 15 months ago, the Subway sandwich shop in downtown Northampton closed this week. The owners of the franchise, Seema and Sanjeev Bhatia of Easthampton, cited slow business and closed after Tuesday. “It is …

Google parent Alphabet may soon top Apple’s market value

Friday, January 29, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world’s most valuable company. If it happens, Alphabet will move to the head of the class just five months after Google reorganized itself under the holding …

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals

Friday, January 29, 2016

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals. All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign …

US economy slowed to scant 0.7 pct. growth rate last quarter

Friday, January 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy’s growth slowed sharply in the final three months of 2015 to a 0.7 percent annual rate. Consumers slowed spending, businesses cut back on investment and global problems trimmed exports. The slowdown could renew …

Inquiry finds sales of concert tickets are a ‘fixed game’

Friday, January 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — Had a hard time getting a ticket to a concert or sporting event? New York’s attorney general says that’s probably because more than half of tickets to many events are held for industry insiders or otherwise unavailable to the general public. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman …

Indian Scout Sixty: American 999-cc a ‘starter bike’

Friday, January 29, 2016

By Charles Fleming Los Angeles Times (TNS) Indian Motorcycle is going down - in size, scale and price. The company has introduced a smaller version of its popular Scout, the 1200cc lightweight retro-styled cruiser that hit the market 18 months ago as a 2015 model. For 2016, Indian …

Stocks rise, tracking oil

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose Thursday as the price of oil climbed for the third day in a row while key oil-producing nations discussed cuts in production. Tech and consumer stocks traded higher, led by Amazon and …

Region gets ‘dozens’ of clean energy bids

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A request for hundreds of megawatts of renewable power to help Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island meet their clean energy goals has yielded plenty of interest. Katie Dykes, deputy energy commissioner in Connecticut, said “dozens” of proposals were submitted by the noon deadline on Thursday. She said proposals …