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Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Stocks are mostly higher in early trading as investors focus on the latest earnings and deal news. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks dip as earnings disappoint

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks fell for a third straight day Tuesday as investors assessed some disappointing earnings reports. Allstate slumped to its biggest loss in more than five years after reporting a drop in profits that was worse than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. NRG Energy was another company that disappointed investors, reporting a loss, when analysts had …

CEO pay gap to be public soon

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — CEOs make a lot more than the average working Joe or Jane. And in the near future, Americans will find out how big the disparity actually is within publicly traded companies. Federal regulators, under mandate from a 2010 law that reshaped regulation after the financial crisis, will require companies to reveal the extent of their own pay gaps. The Securities and …

MGM sues Conn. over casino law

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Casino developer MGM Resorts International filed a lawsuit Tuesday against several top state officials, including Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying a law he signed that could lead to a third tribal casino in the state is unconstitutional because it gives two tribes preferential treatment. MGM, which plans to open its own $800 million facility in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, asked …

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Workers from T Ford Company, in Georgetown, Mass., set up a pump Monday, part of their effort to repair footings at the base of the Mill River dam at Smith College. They estimate the work will be finished in two or three months.

    JERREY ROBERTS Workers from T Ford Company, in Georgetown, Mass., set up a pump Monday, part of their effort to repair footings at the base of the Mill River dam at Smith College. They estimate the work will be finished in two or three months. Purchase photo reprints »

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Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

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Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

Transportation chief: 5 airlines probed for price-gouging

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service. The …

Pioneer Valley business briefs: Big Y donates to Bethlehem House, new leaders at Freedom Credit Union, and more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Big Y Foods donates to Bethlehem House EASTHAMPTON — Bethlehem House was presented with a check for $3,000 raised through the Big Y Foods – 34th Annual Paul and Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing. Bethlehem House, Inc. …

Stocks fall as earnings disappoint

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Investors have been second-guessing the strength of company results this week and they found more reasons to do so on Thursday. Disappointing earnings and outlooks from several big companies, including American Express, Caterpillar and 3M helped drag U.S. …

EU opens antitrust case vs. US movie studios

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Thursday launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe. …

Nikkei buys Financial Times for $1.3B

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LONDON — Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. is buying the Financial Times as part of an 844 million-pound ($1.3 billion) deal with Britain’s Pearson PLC. The deal announced Thursday is part of Nikkei’s strategy to boost its global …

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Garden Club among honorees at Amherst Area Chamber dinner

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — A community organization that has promoted political responsibility for more than 75 years and another group that has spent a century helping to beautify the town’s landscape are among recipients of this year’s A+ awards from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Tuesday announced …

Chinese journalists scope out rural broadband

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LEVERETT — Now that LeverettNet has been online for nearly four months — with 82 percent of the town’s 800 or so households reportedly connected — the town’s first-in-western-Massachusetts municipal broadband service caught the attention Wednesday of a …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $85; Growers: $100 to $530; Started: $127.50 to $235; Veal: $160; Feeders: $110 to $165; Heifers: $103 to $110; Steers: none; Bulls: none; Canners: $10 to $100; Cutters: $103 to $110; Utility: $115 to $122; Sows: $20 …

Minimum-wage raises gain ground

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University …