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In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya,  Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said. The attack, which included a car bombing, struck the hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. (AP Photo/ @AliTweel via AP video)

Gunmen storm Libya hotel, kill 10

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TRIPOLI, Libya — In the latest sign of Libya’s descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia. Two attackers were killed following an hourslong standoff that included a car bomb that exploded in the parking lot …

Twin traffickers get shorter time for cooperation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHICAGO — Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison after a judge agreed to sharply reduce their penalty as a reward for becoming government informants and secretly recording Mexico’s most notorious drug lord. In a rare courtroom display, …

At Auschwitz, speaker warns Jews again targets

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BRZEZINKA, Poland — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe. Ronald Lauder, the …

Japanese in secret talks over hostages

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BEIRUT — Japanese officials were tightlipped Wednesday as secret talks in Jordan sought to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. …

Ga. couple shot in head; suspect denied bond

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ATLANTA — A magistrate judge in Telfair County on Tuesday denied bond for Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, who has been charged with malice murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud and June Runion. The Cobb County couple was shot in the head with a small caliber …

Vignettes: On sleds and skis, braving blizzard

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians are a hardy breed, and many weren’t about to let a mere blizzard cramp their style. Some voices from those who ventured out into the teeth of the storm: Sliding to town On most days, …

Area Health Briefs

Monday, January 26, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HEART SERIES Baystate Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Health free lecture series runs each Sunday next month beginning Feb.1 with “Heart Failure: What Is It, How Do I Know if I Have It, and What Can I Do if I Develop It?” …

Christie launches PAC for 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows …

Kurds, US airstrikes dislodge Islamists

Monday, January 26, 2015

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they …

Leftists win Greek election

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, …

Obama seeks bigger Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials …

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city, leaving hundreds dead

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued …

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Keys

Monday, January 26, 2015

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential …