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State approves 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — State regulators have approved a 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which serves about 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts. WMECo has said the rate increase would take effect Jan. 1 and remain in effect for six months. It would raise the average residential customer’s bill by about $26 a month. The increase was approved Friday by the state Department of Public Utilities. WMECo …

Senate probes soaring prices of generic drugs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel met Thursday to scrutinize the recent, unexpected trend among generic medicines, which usually cost 30 …

Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into record territory. It was the second record-high close for the Dow this week and the third for the S&P 500. The modest gains erased losses from the day before, pushing the three major stock indexes …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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(L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

    JASON PICARD Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

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Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy.

    KEVIN GUTTING Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy. Purchase photo reprints »

Fracking accident leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in Colo.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The rupture of a pipe at a Colorado fracking site left one Halliburton employee dead and two seriously injured Thursday morning, law enforcement and company officials said. Workers were trying to warm a frozen pipe at a site near Fort Lupton, Colo., about 30 miles north of Denver, …

Berkshire buys Duracell in $3B deal

Thursday, November 13, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion. P&G, the world’s biggest consumer products maker, had announced last month …

Regulators fine 5 big banks $3.4B for manipulating currency markets

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LONDON — Traders with nicknames like the “Three Musketeers” and the “A-Team” plotted over Internet chat rooms to manipulate currency markets for years, profiting at the expense of clients — and then congratulating themselves for their brilliance — …

Stocks slip on bank troubles

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NEW YORK — Big banks weighed on the stock market Wednesday, tugging major indexes back from record highs. Regulators from the U.S., Switzerland and the U.K. fined five major banks a total of $3.4 billion for conspiring to …

Mohegan Sun executive says third Connecticut casino possible near Massachusetts state line

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The tribal authority that runs the Mohegan Sun and rival Foxwoods Resort Casino could join forces to operate a third Connecticut casino near the Massachusetts state line to compete with new casinos opening in the Bay State, its chief executive said. Mitchell Etess, chief …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $40 to $60; 61-75 lbs., $62 to $85; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $95; 96-105 lbs., $60 to $80; 106 lbs. & up, $83; farm calves, $100 to $465; start calves, $50 to $108; feeders, $64 …

Judge rules Northampton BID ‘null and void,’ says group must cease operations immediately

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A judge ruled Wednesday that the Northampton Business Improvement District should disband immediately, putting people out of jobs, calling a halt to street cleaning and jeopardizing holiday lights and New Year’s Eve fireworks. Some downtown shopkeepers …

Government: Gas to average less than $3 in 2015

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NEW YORK — The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the government predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this …

Stocks eke out small advance

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another all-time high on Tuesday, but the gains were slight as investors awaited more news to give them an indication about the strength of the economy. Homebuilders got a lift …

Judge makes no decision on Partners deal

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOSTON — The latest court hearing involving Partners HealthCare’s proposed takeover of three suburban hospitals led to a testy exchange when Attorney General Martha Coakley took offense to the judge’s suggestion that Coakley was driven by politics. Judge Janet Sanders also said Monday she may wait until Coakley’s …