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Yankee Candle President Harlan Kent to depart

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Harlan Kent, the president and CEO of Yankee Candle Co., is leaving after 13 years. Rachel Wilson, a spokeswoman with Jarden Corp., confirmed that Kent will “eventually move on. He has exciting opportunities ahead of him.” The move is a personal decision by Kent and is not related to Jarden’s purchase of Yankee Candle in November, said … 0

Earnings again lift stocks

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Allergan surged after Valeant Pharmaceuticals said it had teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman to make a bid for the Botox maker. Netflix and Harley-Davidson rose sharply after reporting earnings that beat … 0

Feds: Texas fertilizer blast preventable

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday. Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical disaster in West, Texas, include: ■ The firefighters should have been trained to deal with the stockpile of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co. ■ State … 0

Stocks fall on jitters over earnings, tech rout

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering. Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase dragged bank stocks lower. And big drops in once-soaring … 0

More Amherst Carriage Shops tenants finding new locations

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Wines & Spirits, an anchor tenant at the Amherst Carriage Shops for the past 20 years, is likely to move to 320 College St. later this year. The business, owned by Stephen Freedman, is expected … 0

Wheatberry Cafe to close April 18 as owners focus on Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — The owners of Wheatberry Cafe at 421 Main St. are closing the restaurant as they shift their focus to the Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain Community Supported Agriculture. Adrie and Ben Lester of Shutesbury, who opened Wheatberry … 0

Tech sell-off slams Nasdaq

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW YORK — The high-flyers are laying the stock market low — once again. Investors turned against biotech, Internet and other once-soaring stocks on Thursday, driving the Nasdaq composite index to its worst day since 2011. The sell-off … 0

Governor unveils plan for economic growth

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled a $100 million proposal he says will spur economic growth by improving job opportunities, expanding the state’s international marketing efforts and ending barriers to high-tech workers who want to change jobs. Patrick’s plan released Thursday would eliminate so-called non-compete agreements designed … 0

Tax scam nets $4B in bogus refunds

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government … 0

Fed report lifts stocks

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEW YORK — Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. Major U.S. indexes rose broadly Wednesday, helped by a report out of the nation’s central bank that showed Fed policymakers want … 0

Computer bug causes major security headache

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. … 0

Toyota recall affects 1.8 million cars, trucks in US

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DETROIT — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it … 0

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $20 to $30; 61-75 lbs., $25 to $72; 76-95 lbs., $63 to $71; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, $60 to $73; farm calves, $100 to $280; start calves, none; feeders, $68 to $89; … 0