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By HOPE YENThe Associated PressWASHINGTON — Booming online retail sales are good news for the U.S. Postal Service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites.Dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the … more
PITTSFIELDPittsfield selected for College Savings ProgramPittsfield is one of five of the state's Gateway Cities that have been selected to be part of a new pilot program that will provide seeded college savings accounts to low-income middle school … more
SHEFFIELDEntry to Entrepreneurship holding showcase eventStudents from this winter's Entry to Entrepreneurship program will present their business plans to the public on Wednesday, April 12 at Dewey Hall, 91 Main St. The public is invited to this … more
By TOM KRISHERThe Associated PressDETROIT — Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end.Sales for the month … more
BERKSHIRESEmployer confidence rises again in MarchThe Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 0.3 points to 62.4 last month, 5.9 points higher than its level 12 months ago and the highest reading since August 2004. It … more
PITTSFIELDCompuWorks adds four employeesMel King, Roger Burr, Aaron Bresnoff and Cullen Tierney have joined CompuWorks, a provider of professional IT solutions and consulting services throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont. King … more
By JOSEPH PISANIThe Associated PressNEW YORK — Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.The fast food giant said Thursday that it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its … more
BERKSHIRESState to pay AP STEM exams for low-income studentsThe Baker-Polito Administration announced Thursday that it will cover the costs of upcoming advanced placement exams in STEM subjects for low-income students, after the federal government … more
DETROIT — Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states, including Massachusetts, to settle environmental lawsuits over the company's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.The company says the money will go to Connecticut, Delaware, … more
By RAF CASERTThe Associated PressBRUSSELS — The European Union on Friday raised the possibility of starting general talks on Britain's future relationship with the bloc as early as the fall if decisive progress is made on key parts of the … more
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