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Chrysler gives in to government, expands air bag recall

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DETROIT — After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver’s side air bag inflators across the nation. The automaker said Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks in the U.S., as demanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles have driver’s air bags equipped with inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp. that …

US stocks close big two-day rally

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 index notch its second-best week this year. With little news to give them direction, traders continued to push indexes higher. That extended a rally from Wednesday when the Federal Reserve said it was in …

Obama faults Sony decision to cancel ‘Interview’ release

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama criticized Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday for retreating on a film that seemingly instigated a devastating cyberattack now blamed on the North Korean government. Amid escalating concerns over porous U.S. electronic security, the FBI said it had amassed evidence linking North Korea to the massive hack. Obama denounced the cross-border assault even as he said Sony “made a …

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Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built.

    JERREY ROBERTS Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built. Purchase photo reprints »

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the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue. Purchase photo reprints »

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Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Retail sales lift stocks

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW YORK — Good news on U.S. retail sales lifted the stock market Thursday, although worries about the latest plunge in oil prices kept the gains in check. Investors are caught between two conflicting thoughts: the improving U.S. …

Wynn casino project faces new hurdles

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON — New hurdles are emerging for Wynn Resorts as it prepares to build a $1.6 billion resort casino on the Everett waterfront after winning the lucrative casino license for the Boston area. Somerville filed a lawsuit last week against the state Gaming Commission asking a state court …

MGM offers update on Springfield casino project

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM Resorts International hosted what it called a construction information session as it prepares to move forward with an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield. Company officials promised an update on design and a projected construction timeline for the casino at Thursday’s event. They have …

Tufts, Boston Medical Center discuss merger

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Two major Boston teaching hospitals are discussing the possibility of a merger. Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center confirmed that merger talks are underway, but provided few details. BMC, located in the city’s South End, has 482 beds and runs the region’s busiest trauma …

Mohawk Fine Papers pursues tax deal for new envelope manufacturing plant in South Hadley

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. is moving ahead with a plan to bring an envelope manufacturing plant to 28 Gaylord St. in the South Hadley Falls neighborhood rather than a site in Chicopee it had also considered. Both communities offered the company a deal under which …

Amherst woman has made 80 dolls for vulnerable children

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — Spread out in the living room of Shirley Whittemore’s Cushman home are more than a dozen dolls she has made in recent years, each one meticulously hand-crafted, each with its own story. In one corner is …

Glass artist Josh Simpson buys former Singley’s Furniture building in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS ­­— The former Singley’s Furniture building now belongs to renowned glass artist Josh Simpson of Shelburne. Simpson, who also owns the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom across the Deerfield River, outbid two competitors for the building, buying it for $140,000. “You want some statement from me saying …

Beloved Hadley Korean Restaurant Gohyang to close its doors this week; owner Hyunjeong Kim to head back to Korea for family issues

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HADLEY — Its name means “hometown,” but the restaurant that has been a home away from home for its owner could not keep her from a family crisis in her native land. Hyunjeong Kim, owner of the Gohyang …

Stocks take a dive on falling oil prices

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Oil resumed its slide on Wednesday and took the stock market down with it. The catalyst for the latest sell-off in oil was an OPEC report that projected demand for its crude would sink next …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $35 to $48; 61-75 lbs., $47 to $60; 76-95 lbs., $70 to $80; 96-105 lbs., $60 to $80; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $450; start calves, $75 to $127; feeders, $60 …