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Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks hit record highs on growing economy

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high. The gains came a day after the Fed made clear that it’s in no hurry to raise a key bank lending rate, easing a major concern for the stock market. Eight of 10 …

Analyst: Mohegan Sun faces peril

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Mohegan Sun faces financial peril after losing out to Wynn Resorts in its bid to open a casino in the Boston-area, a Moody’s Investor Service analysis warns. In a note to investors Wednesday, analyst Keith Foley said the loss “heightens our concerns” about the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s ability to refinance its debt at an interest rate and terms equal to …

General Mills to close two plants

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A day after General Mills Inc. said it would begin $100 million in new cost reductions due to flagging sales, it announced the closing of two manufacturing plants in California and Massachusetts. The Golden Valley, Minn.-based company expects to close a cereal factory in Lodi, Calif., near the end of 2015. The plant employs approximately 430 employees and has been in operation since …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate,  talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner,  runs the Woodbine fire wood processor  at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate, talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner, runs the Woodbine fire wood processor at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lia Honda on King Street  in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Lia Honda on King Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

Japan edges back to nuclear power

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TOKYO — Two nuclear reactors in Japan passed new safety standards Wednesday, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $43 to $47; 61-75 lbs., $30 to $78; 76-95 lbs., $40 to $80; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $330; start calves, $95 to $125; feeders, $98 to $170; …

'It takes a village to stop a Retreat' Crowd of 75 celebrate withdrawal of Retreat housing project in Amherst Tuesday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — Philip Mathews warmed his bagpipes up with the tune “When the Battle’s Over” as some 75 jubilant people gathered on the Cushman Common Tuesday night to celebrate the news that a 175-unit student housing project called …

Apple slips, stocks fall

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple’s latest batch of product announcements. Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald’s also weighed on the market. The Dow …

Shareholder votes set for Comcast-Time Warner deal

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shareholders in Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. will vote early next month in separate meetings in Philadelphia and New York on the $45.2 billion proposal that would merge the two companies. The specific dates are Oct. 8 for Comcast shareholders and Oct. 9 for Time Warner …

US recovery drives dollar higher

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood. A strengthening American economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere, is pushing the U.S. …

Apollo Grill to close Dec. 31 after 12 years at Eastworks in Easthampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a dozen years anchoring the Eastworks building, the Apollo Grill will close on Dec. 31. Owner and head chef John Casey Douglass said Monday that he and Eastworks owner William Bundy were unable to agree …

Gambling regulators eye Boston-area plans

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — As they prepare to award the lucrative Boston-area casino license, gambling regulators on Monday released detailed reports suggesting Wynn Resorts is in a stronger financial position to support its $1.6 billion casino in Everett while Mohegan Sun has submitted a stronger overall design for its $1.1 …

Slumping oil prices hit energy stocks

Monday, September 8, 2014

NEW YORK — A retreat in oil and energy stocks pulled the rest of the U.S. stock market mostly lower Monday. Campbell Soup declined after the company said its 2015 profits would miss analysts’ expectations. Yahoo, which owns …

Workers not getting raises despite better jobs outlook

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a robust 2.5 million jobs the past 12 months. Layoffs have …