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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a Wall Street address is carved in the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are drifting in early trading Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. A strong gain for Visa pulled the Dow Jones industrial average higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points. Visa, the world’s largest payment-processing company, turned in quarterly earnings late Wednesday that topped Wall Street’s forecasts and announced plans to …

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay” wasn’t exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple’s immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America. The 53-year-old successor to Steve Jobs …

Democratic areas win more transit money

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Just two months before next week’s midterm elections, the Obama administration in September awarded the biggest share of almost $600 million in economic stimulus-based transportation grants to projects in districts with a Democratic congressman even though Republicans represent 34 more House districts across the country, an Associated Press analysis has found. …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open. Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

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

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

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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.

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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.

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N.E. raking in millions from the leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. …

Stocks rise sharply, ending dramatic week

Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market had another turbulent session Friday, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 250 points following strong earnings from …

After early slide, stocks finish mostly higher

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After several days surfing Wall Street’s gut-wrenching swells and troughs, investors got a smoother ride on Thursday. Well, mostly. The stock market took an early plunge but recovered nearly all of the ground it lost as the day …

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 …