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Retailers Association of Massachusettts predicts strong holiday sales

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An organization representing Bay State merchants is optimistic about the holiday season. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is forecasting a 6.5 percent increase in store sales during the months of November and December. The holiday sales period unofficially begins in earnest on “Black Friday.” The prediction was based on a survey of 3,500 members of the trade group. Massachusetts retailers posted a 3.4 percent increase in holiday …

E. coli in Costco chicken salad sickens 19

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By JoNel Aleccia The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday. Most cases have been reported in Western states, including six in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington. …

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working …

The Mercantile in Northampton likely to close unless buyer comes forward

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After more than three years of putting their time, energy and a whole lot of love into The Mercantile of Amherst and Northampton, owners Dan and Elizabeth Neville are looking to sell the eclectic gift shops. And unless a buyer comes forward before the new year, …

FDA: Genetically engineered salmon good to eat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SEATTLE — Chinook. Sockeye. Coho. AquAdvantage. Perhaps that last breed does not evoke images of ancient and frigid headwaters in Alaska or Arctic Canada, where wild salmon spawn every year, or even the humble hatcheries that produce less expensive species consumed by millions of people. But on Thursday, …

Group cites dinosaur claws among year’s dangerous toys

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BOSTON — Dinosaur claws inspired by the movie “Jurassic World” and a quick-folding trampoline are among the items on a consumer watchdog group’s annual list of hazardous toys released Wednesday. The Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm says …

STEEM Caffeinated Peanut Butter gets boost from US Sen. Charles Schumer’s call for investigation

Monday, November 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s latest salvo in a campaign to address safety surrounding caffeinated foods does not appear to be having the effect he intended for his latest target, Greenfield-based STEEM Caffeinated Peanut Butter. Earlier this …

Police stop Google self-driving car for going too slowly

Saturday, November 14, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A car built by Google that drives itself around city streets had a brush with the law for driving too slowly. A police officer in the tech giant’s Silicon Valley hometown pulled over the …

VW diesel owners to get $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers

Monday, November 9, 2015

DETROIT — Owners of 482,000 diesel Volkswagens and Audis in the U.S. are eligible for $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as the automaker strives to placate customers dismayed by an emissions-rigging scandal. VW announced the offer Monday. …

Futuristic development squeezes venerable NYC caning shop

Monday, November 9, 2015

NEW YORK — In a dusty, cluttered workshop that seems oddly out of place in modern New York City, a group of artisans is among the last still practicing a dying trade: chair caning. The painstaking art of …

Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst seeks license for restaurant in downtown Greenfield

Friday, November 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — It appears the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst now wants to open a similar restaurant in the former Famous Bill’s space on Federal Street. Originally, it appeared Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo wanted to move into the former Artisans restaurant building on the …

Automakers struggle to bring affordable ‘clean diesel’ cars to US market

Friday, November 6, 2015

In hindsight, it’s clear how Volkswagen, in the 2009 model year, seemed to have nailed the elusive formula for affordable, sporty diesel cars — when none of its competitors could crack the code. At the time, U.S. regulators had been tightening pollution controls on diesels and diesel fuel …

Pressure grows on VW as bad news piles up

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany — The fallout from Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal intensified Wednesday, as investors bailed out and European regulators pressured VW to quickly disclose the findings of an internal investigation. In the U.S., the company halted sales of seven …