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FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher Monday, March 30, 2015, led by energy companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks gain on positive housing, spending data

Monday, March 30, 2015

Encouraging U.S. economic data and a batch of corporate deals put investors in a buying mood Monday, sending stocks sharply higher. The broad rally nudged the Dow Jones industrial average back into positive territory for the year after a rough stretch for the market most of last week. Traders welcomed a government report showing that consumer spending and incomes rose …

Lincoln Continental returns

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the Lincoln Continental is coming back after a 13-year hiatus. A concept version of the full-size Continental will be shown at the New York auto show this week. The production car goes on sale next year. Lincoln, Ford’s luxury division, was founded in 1917 by Henry Leland, …

Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments brought together about 100 business leaders from the region. With …

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  • MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25.

    MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night.

    MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium.

    CAROL LOLLIS Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium. Purchase photo reprints »

Fed seeks further job gains before rate hike

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — After holding interest rates at record lows for more than six years, the Federal Reserve still isn’t ready to start raising them. The Fed signaled Wednesday that it needs the job market to improve further and …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $90; Growers: $120 to $460; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $89 to $190; Heifers: $110; Steers: $163; Bulls: $120 to $146; Canners: $20 to $102; Cutters: $106 to $117; Utility: $121 to $126; sows: $35 to $45; …

GM retreats from Russia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MOSCOW — General Motors will slash production in Russia and pull its mass-market Opel brand completely in the face of plummeting sales in the economically troubled country. Mainstream GM brands have been among the biggest losers as Russia’s …

Stocks drop slightly on interest rate worries

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NEW YORK — The guessing game over higher interest rates is making for a jerky stock market. A day after their biggest gain in six weeks, U.S. stock indexes mostly fell on Tuesday as oil continued to slide …

GOP: Obama pressured FCC on ‘net neutrality’

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its “net neutrality” decision, which has angered the nation’s cable and wireless giants. They said the agency’s inspector general has …

Home construction plunges 17% in February

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders began construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 …

Conn. tribes warn of job losses without new casino

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes made a united pitch Tuesday to open at least one, jointly-owned casino, warning lawmakers the state could lose 18,000 jobs once a casino in neighboring Springfield, Mass., opens in 2½ years. That figure includes both jobs …

G-7 nations look to join Asian regional bank

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Italy followed Britain on Tuesday in announcing that they plan to join a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank, swinging Europe’s biggest economic powers behind a project that is viewed with concern in Washington. Britain last week became the first major Western country …

GOP sets priorities in $3.8T budget plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end …

Once illegal, Gerard Ronan now happy to tell his success story as an immigrant to US from Ireland

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty-seven years ago, Dublin native Gerard “Ger” Ronan was petrified when a Gazette reporter walked into the Dairy Mart on Conz Street — where he worked one of his three jobs — and told him the …