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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Northampton POLICE REACCREDITED: The Northampton Police Department passed a voluntary evaluation process and in January learned it had been reaccredited. The assessors appointed by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission reviewed the department in July 2014 and found it to be in compliance with the standards required to be named an accredited department. The review included training, communications, policy development, emergency response planning, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular …

Homeland bill without strings goes to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, before the House voted …

In Congress, Netanyahu blasts ‘bad deal’ with Iran

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The scene was as unprecedented as the topic was grave. A foreign leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stood at the rostrum of the House of Representatives, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, directly challenging the president’s top foreign policy goal as unwise and dangerous. “This is a bad deal. It’s …

Petraeus admits sharing military secrets with writer

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material — including war strategy and the names …

Russian dissenters face grim future as Nemtsov buried

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MOSCOW — After paying their final tributes Tuesday to slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many members of Russia’s beleaguered opposition are looking into the future with gloom. The sadness and loss that drew thousands to Nemtsov’s funeral is …

Thousands flee in Chile as volcano spews lava

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PUCON, Chile — One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano …

Ala. high court halts gay-marriage licenses

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose …

Report: Ferguson police show racial bias

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to …

Clinton faces criticism in private email flap

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account …

Chad forces take Nigerian town from militants

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. The Chadian forces regained control Monday of Dikwa, a town occupied by the militants for weeks, said …

Slain Putin critic’s girlfriend says she didn’t see his killer

Monday, March 2, 2015

MOSCOW — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did …

Israeli PM assails Iran deal

Monday, March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, but the Israeli leader still claimed that President Barack Obama did not — and could not …