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By Tech. Sgt. Brad Fallin, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Updated with VIDEO: F-15C jet that flew out of Barnes Air Force Base in Westfield has crashed in Virginia, reported in-flight emergency

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WESTFIELD — The search for the pilot of an F-15C fighter jet that crashed in Virginia after flying from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield continued into the night Wednesday. State and local law enforcement and military personnel combed the remote, wooded, mountainous area in western Virginia, hoping that the pilot parachuted to safety there. The single-seat aircraft crashed … 0

Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BEIRUT — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff’s plea came as a U.N. … 0

Judge: Male guards can’t video female-inmate searches

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — Allowing male guards to videotape strip searches of female inmates at a western Massachusetts jail is not only humiliating but unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said in the ruling Tuesday that allowing men to videotape nude female inmates at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center is “antithetical to human dignity” and “deeply humiliating.” … 0

GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOSTON — While the three Democratic candidates for governor have been spending down their campaign accounts as they battle for their party’s primary nod, Republican candidate Charlie Baker has been busy stockpiling money for the November general election. As of mid-August, Baker had nearly $1.2 million left in … 1

United Way of Hampshire County hits $1.275 million goal, targets economic insecurity in region

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some of the newest programs backed by the United Way of Hampshire County will help people facing hard times today do better tomorrow. The group, which announced Tuesday it reached its $1,257,000 goal, spent the past … 0

Islamic State holds American woman hostage

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently … 0

1 dead, another injured in Holyoke shootings

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — Two people have been shot in Holyoke, one fatally, and police are trying to determine whether the shootings were connected. Officers first responded to an area outside a cafe on South Bridge Street at about 1 a.m. Tuesday where they found a victim who had … 0

Lawyer: Recording captured shots fired at Brown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots. An audio file obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the incident to have surfaced since … 0

Report: 1,400 children exploited in UK town

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LONDON — About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of “collective failures” by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. Report author Alexis Jay cited … 0

Gaza truce open-ended Uneasy deal puts off difficult issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more … 0

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on … 0

Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more … 0

Secret Arab airstrikes inside Libya

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after … 0