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This combination made from file photos shows U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Ed Markey, D-Mass. In a letter delivered Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Blumenthal and Markey are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, Stephan Savoia)

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the demand in a letter to Transportation Secretary …

US urges car owners to get air bags fixed

Monday, October 20, 2014

DETROIT — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. …

'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A visit to a funeral home early Wednesday to pay respects to a friend got Claudia E. Hodges thinking hard about what kind of funeral she wants after she dies — and how she might pay for it. It’s not a pleasant topic, but it is an essential one that the …

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of …

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open …

Premier FBI cybersquad office with global reach will add agents

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH — The FBI’s premier cybersquad has focused attention on computer-based crime in recent months by helping prosecutors charge five Chinese army intelligence officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring that pilfered $100 million from bank accounts worldwide. Because of …

J.C. Penney’s next hurdles big ones too

Friday, August 15, 2014

Analysts are weighing in on J.C. Penney’s improved second quarter results, and while liquidity concerns through 2015 have subsided and the company has achieved stability, concerns have shifted to the next phase for Penney. Standard & Poor’s analyst Tobias Crabtree said this morning that performance trends are positive, …

Merchants offer advice to customers taking advantage of Massachusetts tax-free weekend

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As merchants brace themselves for crowds this tax-free weekend, some advise their customers to decide on their purchases the day before to avoid some of the hassle. “Try to picture 32 bodies” in this store, remarked Ken Adams, …

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith …

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of …

Smith College selling off furniture and fixtures from former infirmary Saturday

Thursday, August 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re looking for a new bed, desk, filing cabinet, want some raw material for an art project or two or just trying to keep stuff out of a landfill, Smith College may be able to help. On Saturday from 9 to 3, the college will …

Grocery workers rally for fired boss

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TEWKSBURY — Thousands of workers and customers at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain shouted “Bring him back!” Tuesday at a boisterous rally designed to pressure management to reinstate the company’s fired chief executive or accept his offer …

Market Basket CEOs say workers fear for safety

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON — Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts Monday to fight back against a workers’ revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their …