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LARRY PARNASS
Janet Moulding, director of the Forbes Library, holds a French poster from the library's collection that was appraised Saturday to be worth about $1,500.

Different sort of roadshow puts spotlight on antiques in Northampton, while aiding Forbes Library

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Laura Bellusci’s mother was born in 1916, she received a gift of a doll larger than she was — a bisque beauty with parted lips, eyes that closed and long tresses. But now, nearing 100 years old, that little lady isn’t her old self. Bellusci figures the toddler-sized doll made by Louis Wolf & Co. in Germany …

Neighbor helps at Florence fire scene; heavy damage to home owned by Peter C. Zygmont

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man kicked down the door of a neighbor’s home that was ablaze Saturday night, fearing people were trapped inside. Though homeowner Peter C. Zygmont was not home at the time the fire broke out, next-door neighbor and former South Deerfield volunteer firefighter Chris Powers was the first responder to …

Gov. Charlie Baker calls for new regulations on ride-hailing services

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BOSTON — Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The proposal would develop a regulatory framework for the industry and “strikes the right balance between innovation …

Massachusetts OUI cases under review over breath tests

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON — Defense attorneys across Massachusetts are reviewing their drunken driving cases and many prosecutors are suspending use of alcohol breath-test evidence while the state reviews possibly miscalibrated breath-analysis machines used by police. The Massachusetts Bar Association is also calling for an independent review into the reliability of …

Protesters promise big rally over Freddie Gray

Friday, April 24, 2015

BALTIMORE — After a week of protests, people angry over the unexplained police-custody death of Freddie Gray promised their biggest march Saturday, when they would try to “shut down” the city. The mayor thanked protesters for being peaceful …

Italy: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Friday, April 24, 2015

MILAN — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said …

Police: 14 migrants killed by train in Macedonia

Friday, April 24, 2015

VELES, Macedonia — Fourteen suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark along train tracks toward the European Union, were killed by a nighttime express train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, police said Friday. …

After drone killings, calls for updated hostage plan

Friday, April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on …

Armenians worldwide commemorate 1915 genocide

Friday, April 24, 2015

BEIRUT — Around the world on Friday, tens of thousands of people of Armenian descent commemorated the genocide 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. The annual April 24 commemorations mark the day when the …

US drone strike kills 2 Western hostages

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had …

Lynch wins Senate confirmation as attorney general

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 …

Petraeus gets 2 years’ probation for leak

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working …

Scientists unveil complete mammoth genome

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Scientists are getting their best look yet at the DNA code for the woolly mammoth, thanks to work that could be a step toward bringing back the extinct beast. Researchers deciphered the complete DNA code, …