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Aaron Caldwell arrested at Cooley Dickinson Hospital after alleged attack on nurse

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested an Amherst man on Tuesday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on charges related to his alleged attack on a nurse there during the weekend. Aaron K. Caldwell, 24, of 33 Rolling Green Road, Amherst, was arrested at 9:43 a.m. on charges of assault and battery, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon (mop handle), two counts of threatening to commit a crime, and assault and battery on a …

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BEIJING — The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China’s National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks. The symbols of peace were released at sunrise in Beijing’s symbolic heart of Tiananmen Square in …

Israel, Palestinian leaders part ways in dueling speeches

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JERUSALEM — In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent on pressing forward with separate diplomatic initiatives that all but ignore each other. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an alliance …

Security breaches probed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency’s critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring …

Afghan-US pact signed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued …

Kurdish fighters advance in Iraq

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SALHIYAH, Iraq — Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq captured a border crossing with Syria on Tuesday, expelling Islamic State militants in heavy fighting that ground down to vicious house-to-house combat and close quarters sniping. In neighboring Syria, Kurdish …

Hong Kong leader marks National Day; protesters vent

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China’s National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to …

Toll at Japanese volcano up to 36

Monday, September 29, 2014

KISO, Japan — Toxic gases and ash from still-erupting Mount Ontake forced Japanese rescue workers to call off the search for more victims Monday as dozens of relatives awaited news of their family members. Rescuers found five more …

White House intruder got far past front door

Monday, September 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing …

Militants’ advance continues

Monday, September 29, 2014

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Militants of the Islamic State group were closing in Monday on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey — an advance unhindered so far by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, including one that struck …

Battle against Islamic State creates strange bedfellows

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMMAN, Jordan — On a recent evening, two of Jordan’s top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other …

Afghan president sworn in; US pact next

Monday, September 29, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with …

Obama: US misjudged militants, Iraqi army

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq’s army to fight. Questioning Obama’s strategy to destroy the group, House Speaker John …