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Organic farming conference to return to UMass next month, feature speeches from neurologist, consumer activist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — A regional organic farming conference that drew more than 1,000 visitors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last year is set to return next month, highlighted by keynote speeches from a neurologist and a consumer activist. The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s summer conference, “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves,” will take place from Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16, at the university’s campus center and pond lawn. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who holds a medical degree from Bashkir Medical University in Russia and two post-graduate degrees in neurology and nutrition, will speak about how the digestive system may be responsible for increasingly common epidemics, …

Debris on Reunion I. belongs to Boeing 777

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them …

House OKs money for highways, transit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision. In one of their …

Lion killer stays away from protests at his Minn. dental office

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game …

NY prison worker admits she made ‘horrible mistake’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who got “caught up in the fantasy” of a prison escape planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one man and took naked photos of herself for the …

Ohio cop faces murder charge in motorist’s death

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and …

Holmes’ mother says therapist never told her he spoke of killing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene …

Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, who …

French riot police combat migrants around Channel Tunnel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CALAIS, France — The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the …

Afghanistan: Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. The one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban hosted Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida …

White House presses Congress on Iran deal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike. Carter, …

Pollard, convicted spy for Israel, to be freed

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years. The decision to …

Senate to vote on aid to Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly …