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FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Hopes that a deal between Greece and its creditors could be cobbled together in time to avoid a messy Greek exit from the euro sent stock markets across Europe sharply higher on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks gain on Greek readiness to negotiate

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NEW YORK — Hopes that a deal could be reached between Greece and its creditors pushed stocks higher on Wednesday. The U.S. market opened higher, following strong gains for European stocks, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote a letter to the nation’s creditors and appeared to make concessions. Greece failed to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund …

Noah’s ark developer wants Ky. tax incentive

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawyers for a Christian ministry building a Noah’s ark theme park said Wednesday that Kentucky officials violated First Amendment religious protections when they denied the project a tax incentive worth millions. Answers in Genesis, developer of the 510-foot wooden ark in central Kentucky, is suing to get back into the …

US probes possible airline price fixing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Jake Bridgman, recently graduated from Northampton High School, works on his senior capstone film, "The Cards," at the NCTV station in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Jake Bridgman, recently graduated from Northampton High School, works on his senior capstone film, "The Cards," at the NCTV station in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room.

    GREG SAULMON Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. Purchase photo reprints »

US stock rally peters out, but market still ends week higher

Friday, June 19, 2015

A rally that pushed a key index to a record high petered out on Friday. Despite the losses, the market still ended with its best week in nearly two months after getting a boost from the Federal Reserve …

Car sharing thrives despite torrid new vehicle sales

Friday, June 19, 2015

By Greg Gardner Detroit Free Press (TNS) DETROIT - Maybe car sharing won’t threaten the auto industry after all. Despite forecasts from futurists that millennials aren’t that interested in owning cars and trucks, new vehicle sales are running at levels not seen since the housing bubble of a …

US stocks rise sharply; Nasdaq sets record

Friday, June 19, 2015

U.S. stocks notched their biggest gains in a week Thursday, pushing the Nasdaq composite index to an all-time high. The rally came a day after the Federal Reserve suggested that it wasn’t planning to raise interest rates right …

Eurozone leaders to hold emergency summit on Greece

Friday, June 19, 2015

LUXEMBOURG — The eurozone’s 19 leaders have been summoned to an emergency summit next week after talks about Greece’s bailout ended in acrimony on Thursday, intensifying fears that the country was heading for bankruptcy and an exit from …

McDonald’s to shrink in US, 1st time in decades

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is …

Obama, leading Republicans mount rescue effort on trade bill

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration’s trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by …

Stocks rise after Fed holds ground on rates

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stocks edged higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve reassured investors it was in no rush to raise interest rates from historically low levels. The central bank said that the economy is strengthening, but not enough for policymakers to …

Hamilton to be bumped from $10 bill for a woman

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Alexander Hamilton, who has been featured on the $10 bill since 1929, is making way for a woman. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is to officially announce Thursday that a redesign of the $10 will feature the first woman on the nation’s paper money in more than …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $35 to $85; Growers: $100 to $605; Started: none; Veal: $257.50; Feeders: $88 to $322.50; Heifers: $94 to $190; Steers: none; Bulls: $90 to $131; Canners: $42 to $100; Cutters: $103.50 to $107; Utility: $108 to $115.50; Sows: $29 …

FCC hits AT&T with $100M fine for data subterfuge

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers “unlimited” data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount. The company says it will fight the …