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This Aug. 29, 2014 photo provided by KLAS-TV 8 News Now, shows Todd Woodruff in Las Vegas. Woodruff, the father of Amanda Miller, whose June rampage with her husband, Jerad Miller, left two Las Vegas police officers and a good Samaritan dead, visited the restaurant and store where the three were gunned down. Woodruff told KLAS-TV that he realizes his daughter caused a lot of hurt and he will never forget the three victims. (AP Photo/KLAS-TV 8 News Now) LAS VEGAS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Atlantic City’s $2.4B Revel starts closing after 2 years

Monday, September 1, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling …

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at record high

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting …

Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on concerns about rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine. Investors were encouraged by economic reports that …

Miss. sues credit-reporting firm Experian, alleging errors

Monday, June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Mississippi has sued Experian, the world’s largest firm that collects detailed information about consumers to evaluate their financial trustworthiness. The lawsuit and a separate investigation of the industry by 32 other states led by Ohio represent …

Occupy returns to stage for May Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities as activists join rallies for workers’ rights, as they do every year on May Day. Occupiers probably won’t show up en …

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work …

Job market at last shows signs of thawing out

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging sign, a survey by a big payroll processing firm suggests that hiring may be picking up after the harsh winter. ADP Inc. estimated last week that private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. Though still a moderate gain, that number is the most …

Calif.’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MILPITAS, Calif. (ap) — The sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. “ ‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” …

UMass hotel program expands as casinos seek employee base

Sunday, March 9, 2014

AMHERST — Judging from those who turned out at a recent jobs fair at the University of Massachusetts, MGM International, seeking to build an $800 million resort casino in Springfield, could be an appealing employer for graduates of …

Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10 failure stat

Monday, March 3, 2014

With the help of the local nonprofit Valley Venture Mentors, potential entrepreneurs can make strides in their quest to achieve their dreams. Jane Janovsky of South Hadley is a good example. A graphic designer and teacher in the …

Survey: Vital household savings still lag in US

Friday, February 28, 2014

Even as the economy slowly gains stronger footing, most Americans don’t have much in the rainy day fund and are feeling woefully unprepared for their long-term financial future, according to a national survey on household savings conducted by the Consumer Federation of America. When asked if they were …

Earnings gap between grads, non-grads widest since 1965

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. …

Coalition aims to increase number of workplaces that pay ‘living wage’

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Kitty Callaghan started working as a Legal Aid attorney serving the needs of the poor in 1980, most of her clients were unemployed. If they had jobs, they likely didn’t qualify for her services based …