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By STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New England’s electric grid operator is warning that shutdowns of old power plants in the region are reducing supply and driving up prices. ISO-New England said Wednesday that a… Read more

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Map shows U.S. embassies and consulates that will close WASHINGTON (AP) – The threat of a terrorist attack led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans, the first… Read more

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s congressional delegation says it’s outraged that the U.S. Postal Service will be closing mail processing centers in Wallingford and Stamford a year earlier than expected in a move affecting more than 1,000… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield is joining a growing list of cities and towns that are either closed or closing early. At a press conference Monday morning, it was announced that Springfield City Hall and the city’s public… Read more

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NORTHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts school that teaches boys between the ages of 9 and 16 with learning and attention disabilities has announced that it is closing for good because of financial problems. Trustees say the Linden Hill… Read more

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Mother Nature’s early winter blast has schools organizations in the area cancelling or delaying events. Here is the most recent list: Diocese of Springfield – Relig. Educ. Congress – Program Cancelled… Read more

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REGION (WGGB) — Two longstanding western Mass. co-operative banks have announced that they are joining forces. In a joint statement released Tuesday, Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank announced that they will join… Read more

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by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices because of budget constraints even as the demand for services soars, according to a congressional… Read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees. Thursday’s protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states,… Read more

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(Ross Taylor/Associated Press) MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar says it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. It says it will also cut prices on about… Read more

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Staples will close 225 stores by the end of next year and the office-supply retailer is initiating a plan to save about $500 million annually by 2015, The Framingham, Mass., company says nearly half of its sales are… Read more

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – RadioShack plans to close up to 1,100 of its underperforming stores in the U.S. and reported a wider loss for its fourth quarter as traffic slowed during the critical holiday season. The stock tumbled more than 24 percent… Read more

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(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online) (WGGB/AP) — Department-store operator JCPenney says it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to turn around results. The news comes after JCPenney earlier this month said it was pleased with holiday… Read more

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(AP Photo/Mel Evans) TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he finds it “pretty darn credible” that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn’t know about an apparently politically motivated plan to create traffic jams near the… Read more

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by ANGELA DELLI SANTI and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Christie says he is responsible for the actions of his aides, who engineered traffic jams as political payback to a town mayor. Christie… Read more