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Specialist Jay Woods, right, works with trader John Bishop on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. U.S. and global stock markets were recovering in early morning trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Still, investors remain on edge after a plunge in stocks Tuesday that was triggered by reports showing slowing growth in China. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US markets rebound, day after big plunge

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China. The market still has a lot of ground to make up following last week’s major declines. The Dow Jones industrial average added …

Some Big Y customers overcharged after processing error

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Some Big Y customers Friday were erroneously overcharged due to a glitch in the supermarket chain’s credit and debit processing system. Transactions completed between 3 and 10 p.m. Aug. 28 may have been affected by a technical problem from payment processer NCR. In some cases, customers’ cards were charged double the amount of their purchase, according to NCR spokesman Jeff Dudash. …

Feds boost oversight of Pilgrim nuke plant

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Federal inspectors said Wednesday they’re increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say the decision to ramp up inspections at the Entergy-owned plant in Plymouth follows the shutdown in January and involves the facility’s safety relief valves. The agency said the inspections will …

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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher W. Conley, center, is led out of the courtroom Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He is accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner. Purchase photo reprints »

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A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts.

    KEVIN GUTTING A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts. Purchase photo reprints »

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Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen.

    DAN LITTLE Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen. Purchase photo reprints »

Local governments far from Gulf Coast get millions in BP settlement money

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic …

Proposed natural gas rate hikes cut by $13M

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Columbia Gas announced Thursday they have reached an agreement that cuts the natural gas company’s proposed rate hike of nearly $50 million by more than $13 million and prevents another distribution rate hike for three years. Without the agreement, Columbia …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Stocks sink on renewed chance of rate increase

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks posted solid losses on Wednesday as investors got mixed signals from the Federal Reserve over the possibility of an interest rate hike in September. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil plummeted. The …

Ocean warming blamed for lobster population’s northward shift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic …

Northern Pass 2: More buried lines, fewer poles, less power

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PITTSFIELD, N.H. — A revised proposal to carry hydropower from Canada through New Hampshire calls for more buried transmission lines, fewer power poles and less juice flowing to consumers. Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire, said Tuesday that the 192-mile Northern Pass would be buried …

Arctic drilling OK comes just before Obama’s visit

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say. …

Stocks fizzle as China slumps, Wal-Mart falls

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market shuffled to a slight loss in a lazy day of summer trading Tuesday. Wal-Mart’s shares slid after the retailer cut its profit forecast for the year, while renewed concerns over the …

Obama proposes methane cuts from oil, gas operators

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed rules to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production, the second major climate initiative by President Barack Obama this month. The proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency target for the first time oil wells, compressors and other equipment as part …

FDA approves female sex pill, but with stringent safety warnings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs …