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Pro-pot backers send draft of ballot question to state

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would let adults 21 or older grow and buy the drug while taking steps to ban sales to minors, including undercover sting operations at stores that sell pot. Those who provide marijuana to minors — …

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy …

Iraqi officials report Saddam deputy believed killed in Tikrit

Friday, April 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri near Tikrit, where …

Valley Views: Blue Heron Rookery

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Heron Rookery Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Combs Road, Easthampton Marty Espinola, Northampton In mid-April I made my annual trek to the heron rookery on the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. I stayed for over two hours …

Food drive in Williamsburg to benefit Northampton Survival

Friday, April 17, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The First Congregational Church of Williamsburg will hold its annual food drive to benefit the Northampton Survival Center on Saturday. The drive will take place outside of the church at 4 North Main St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We have been doing the food …

One year on, South Koreans’ anger over ferry sinking remains raw

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — With public anger and grief raw one year after a ferry sinking killed 304 people, South Korea’s president promised on Thursday to raise the submerged vessel, even as relatives of the victims snubbed her …

Al-Qaida consolidates hold on Yemen province

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen consolidated control over much of the country’s largest province on Thursday, capturing a major airport, an oil terminal and the area’s main military base, and striking an alliance with local tribal …

Vatican ends active effort to overhaul US nuns group

Thursday, April 16, 2015

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican …

Thousands flee Iraq’s Ramadi as IS advances

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BAGHDAD — More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi with little more than the clothes on their backs, officials said Thursday, as the Islamic State group closed in on the capital of western Anbar …

US House votes to kill estate tax

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to repeal the 99-year-old U.S. estate tax amid a partisan clash over whether the government should break up concentrated wealth or make it easier to pass along assets to the next generation. The House passed the bill 240-179 Thursday. The measure would …

Gyrocopter pilot barred from DC

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace “literally flew under the radar” to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said …

Migrant disaster alarms Europe

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MILAN — The feared drowning of 400 migrants in a shipwreck this week in the Mediterranean Sea — one of the deadliest such tragedies in the last decade — raised alarms Wednesday amid an unprecedented wave of migration …

Man lands gyrocopter on Capitol lawn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — Police arrested a Florida Postal Service worker who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall on Wednesday. The pilot was Douglas Mark …