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FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Confluence of worries sends stocks tumbling

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NEW YORK — For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday. There were weak corporate results, the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve and tensions between the West and Russia. On top of that, some investors feared that stocks have become too pricey after three years without a significant downturn. The confluence of worries sent the … 0

Argentina defaults on debt, fueling uncertainty

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country entered into economic uncertainty with its second default in 13 years, one forced upon it by New York hedge funds with the backing of U.S. courts. The Merval stock index closed down more than 8 percent a day after … 0

Stocks flatten out as Fed delivers no surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday. The news was nearly all good. The government said that the economy grew at a robust 4 percent annual rate this spring. Later in … 0

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline
  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

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Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

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Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

US stocks rebound on strong earnings

Friday, July 18, 2014

Investors jumped on a wave of strong corporate financial results Friday, propelling stocks higher for the third time in five days. The gains wiped out much of the market’s losses from the day before, when the downing of … 0

Americans more confident about finding better-paying jobs

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Gallup poll found that 35 percent of Americans think now is a good time to find a quality job - one with a higher wage. That may not seem like much, but the July reading is the highest since December 2007, the start of the Great Recession, … 0

UPS further expands early morning delivery service

Friday, July 18, 2014

UPS said it is further expanding early morning deliveries to boost its competitive position. The Atlanta-area-based shipping giant said it is adding hundreds more ZIP codes that can get deliveries by 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. UPS said it has offered “Early A.M.” service since 1994, expanded it … 0

Obama OKs East Coast oil search using sonic cannons

Friday, July 18, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine … 0

Jet downing, lackluster earnings rattle stock market

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The downing of a passenger plane flying over Ukraine rattled U.S. financial markets Thursday, deepening a slide set off by a batch of disappointing company earnings and a weak home construction report. All three major stock indexes ended … 0

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs worldwide

Thursday, July 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to … 0

Fueled by geopolitical turmoil, oil rises past $103 a barrel

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The price of oil rose 2 percent Thursday on lower U.S. inventories and concerns that geopolitical tensions could disrupt global supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery rose $1.99 to close at $103.19 a barrel on the New … 0

Hastings marks century as family business

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AMHERST — Jackey Creedon lives in Hollister, Missouri, but after almost three decades as an employee at A.J. Hastings, she knew she had to return from the Midwest to celebrate the store’s 100th birthday. “I wasn’t going to … 1

Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to … 0

Time Warner fuels major stock rebound

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Major stock indexes rebounded Wednesday, finishing higher for the third time in four days and lifting the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record close this month. Investors had lots of market-moving news to consider, including encouraging … 0