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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW YORK — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed that it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help. At the end of …

Microsoft lays off 3,000

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday notified 3,000 more workers that they’re being laid off. This means that virtually all of the planned 18,000 job eliminations the company announced in July are now completed. Wednesday’s layoffs cut across different groups and geographic areas, but most of them were in finance, human resources, marketing and other support functions. Some of the cuts were also in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $39 to $67; 61-75 lbs., $61 to $77; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $87; 96-105 lbs., $70 to $84; 106 lbs. & up, $70 to $75; farm calves, $100 to $475; start calves, none; feeders, $48 to $95; veal, none; heifers, $89 to $114; steers, none; bulls, $90 to $120; rep. …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a  recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Kenneth Feldman of College Street in South Hadley believes fate played a role in sparing him last week when a neighbor's tree fell, creating what he calls "the yard from hell." He had been working in the yard and stepped into his house for a minute when the damage was done. Purchase photo reprints »

Federal Reserve chairwoman tours Boston-area job center

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CHELSEA — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who has been using her first year in the role to draw attention to employment issues, visited a local career center on Thursday to hear from residents about the challenges of …

Falling oil prices cause global economic shock

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEW YORK — A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest …

Revere, Suffolk Downs workers sue over casino

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Revere and a union representing Suffolk Downs workers have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which awarded a coveted Boston-area casino license to rival Wynn Resorts in nearby Everett. The lawsuit Thursday says the commission gave Wynn an unfair advantage in its decision …

State gets $132M in heating assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is getting almost $132 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. More than $3 billion is being …

Stocks tumble again in wild ride on Wall St.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Fear drove Wall Street to one of its most dramatic, dizzying days in years on Wednesday. Investors fled stocks and poured into bonds as worries about a global economic slowdown intensified. The Dow Jones industrial …

EPA OKs weed killer for engineered crops

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans. The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the …

CNN cuts end ‘Crossfire,’ Mitchell’s show

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s “Crossfire” and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s nightly show on HLN are both being canceled as a result of budget cuts at CNN Worldwide. Velez-Mitchell’s program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on …

Conn. casinos see revenues fall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Indian-run casinos are reporting declines in slot machine betting and revenue in September. Mohegan Sun said Wednesday slot machine bets totaled $569.6 million, down from $621.5 million in September 2013. The share of wagers known as revenue was $46.5 million, down from nearly …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $60; 61-75 lbs., $60 to $75; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $75; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $410; start calves, none; feeders, $110 to $175; veal, $126 to $132; …