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South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo announces about the Kaesong industrial complex operations at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. South Korea says it will suspend operations at the joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch, the first time in the park's decade of operation that Seoul has halted work there. (Kim Jin-a/Newsis via AP) KOREA OUT

S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with North

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the last major cooperation project between the rival countries, comes after North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket considered by other nations to be a banned missile technology test. By closing the complex, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has done something her conservative …

Embargo is under the rug, so Persian carpets can roll in

Monday, February 8, 2016

By Sarah Parvini Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The call came in to the rug store at 10:30 last Wednesday morning: After five days in U.S. customs, the first batch of carpets imported from Iran were ready for pickup. Years of waiting finally ended for Alex Helmi, owner of Damoka, a Persian rug store in Westwood. He quickly gathered his employees …

Costco delays credit card switch

Friday, February 5, 2016

SEATTLE — Costco’s switch from American Express to Visa is being pushed back to this summer. Costco Wholesale had previously announced that the switch in the only credit card it will accept in its U.S. stores would happen in April. It’s now saying that transition will happen in June or by mid-summer. For years, Amex had been the Seattle-area retail giant’s credit card …

Wicked Owl Cafe Latte, now sold only at Greenfield restaurant, will soon be marketed in area stores

Sunday, December 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — As a child growing up in Greece, John Dimitriou, the owner of Goodie’s Restaurant on Federal Street, loved making his own iced coffee from the milk produced by his family’s sole dairy cow. Dimitriou was responsible …

Warm weather leaves stores in the cold

Friday, December 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping. Rosemarie Nowicki, who lives in Berkeley Heights, N.J., finally spent some of her holiday budget last weekend buying coats online for her …

‘Accidental fur’ source for Petite Mort fashions

Monday, December 14, 2015

BOSTON — Pamela Paquin’s source for fashion is either “tres chic” or will make you shriek. She creates neck muffs, leg warmers, hats, purses and more from roadkill, or “accidental fur,” as she prefers to call it. As …

Head-scratching over gifts? How about part of a human skull?

Monday, December 14, 2015

NEW YORK — What to get the loved one who has everything? Steven Rabinowitz wracked his brain before settling on (spoiler alert, relatives!) a raccoon skull. “We’ll see how it goes,” Rabinowitz, 31, said as he revealed his purchase near a crowded display of animal skulls, antique medical …

Share Coffee Roasters in Hadley uses subscription model for same-day shipment to customers across country

Monday, December 14, 2015

HADLEY — The science and economics behind a good cup of coffee are complicated. But Share Coffee Roasters aims to boil down those complexities so customers can enjoy high-quality coffee delivered fresh to their door and at cafes …

Owners of Riff’s Joint in Easthampton buy former Kali B’s Wings and Things in Turners Falls

Monday, December 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Kali B’s Wings and Things will reopen next month with new owners and a new name. The pub at 166 Avenue A was purchased by the owners of Riff’s Joint in Easthampton, who took over …

VW traces cheat to 2005

Thursday, December 10, 2015

WOLFSBURG, Germany — A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution to U.S. emissions controls as the automaker pushed into the …

Chipotle CEO sorry for sickened customers

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NEW YORK — Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells says he is “deeply sorry” about the customers who were sickened after eating at the chain in recent weeks. “I’m sorry for the people who got sick. They’re having …

Area brief

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hadley NEW BUSINESS: An open house sponsored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at Advance Auto Parts, 346 Russell St., at noon Friday. Kim Alli, marketing and membership director for the chamber, said in a statement that the event serves to welcome the business …

Auto safety ratings to include crash avoidance systems

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — The government on Tuesday announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes, in addition to how well it protects occupants in …