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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2007 file photo, a 2007 Toyota Corolla sedan, left, sits on the lot at a Toyota dealership in the southeast Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo. U.S. safety regulators are looking into a consumer's petition alleging that Toyota Corollas from the 2006 to 2010 model years can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Safety agency looks anew at freak Toyota acceleration

Monday, September 29, 2014

DETROIT — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the 2006 to 2010 model years. …

Teen crash victims’ families drop GM suit, seek settlement

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DETROIT — The families of two Wisconsin teenagers killed in a car crash involving a faulty General Motors ignition switch have dropped their lawsuit against the company and are seeking a settlement with the automaker. The Oct. 24, 2006, crash that killed Natasha Weigel, who was 18, and Amy Rademaker, who was 15, …

Cadillac moves to NY

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps. General Motors’ 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city’s founder, is moving its headquarters to New York. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its German rivals, wants to get closer to its ideal …

State woos electric car buyers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts drivers buying or leasing new electric cars can begin applying for rebates from the state worth up to $2,500, according to Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration. Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia said the $2 million Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles program will let …

GM recalls 3.4M more cars

Monday, June 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they’re carrying too much weight. GM said in a statement Monday that the switches can rotate …

Wildwood Barbecue in Hadley expands with 25-seat covered patio

Saturday, June 14, 2014

HADLEY — Less than a year after Wildwood Barbecue opened — specializing in smoking meats on site and serving beer from regional microbreweries — it is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double the size of its seating …

Pittsfield company gets Tappan Zee contract

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PITSFIELD (AP) — A plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York is turning into a boon for a Pittsfield company that plans on creating 100 jobs. Unistress Corp. said Wednesday it has been awarded a $70 million contract to provide precast concrete deck panels for …

It's On Me, Greenfield startup offers one-stop shopping for e-gift cards

Friday, June 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone and happen to know where they shop, but not what they like, e-gifting may be the way to go. Father-daughter team Andrey Agapov and Marina Banar …

Grow Food Northampton increases food access to low-income community members

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Grow Food Northampton works with Crimson & Clover Farm in Florence to provide fresh, local produce to low-income community members, and this year, Grow Food Northampton has increased the number of farmshares it offers. Grow Food Northampton is offering what it calls a Double SNAPshare to … 1

Ignorance, dithering cited in GM ignition-switch debacle

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WARREN, Mich. — General Motors said Thursday that it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the …

Supporters lament passing of Food For Thought Book Collective in Amherst

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AMHERST — Food for Thought Books Collective on North Pleasant Street was a place of support for groups feeling marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender, race or ethnicity. The collective’s closing, announced this week, is sad not …

Automakers report strong sales during May

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DETROIT — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May. Nissan’s U.S. sales jumped 19 percent over last …

Backstory: Food for Thought Books Collective closes in Amherst

Monday, June 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Food For Thought Books Collective on North Pleasant Street is closing after nearly four decades in business, despite fundraisers last summer and winter and reducing the size of its quarters. Members sent an email to …