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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 …

EU leaders pledge aid, ships to migrant crisis

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BRUSSELS — Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants …

Italy urges steps to curb migrant crisis

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ROME — Italy pressed the EU on Wednesday to devise robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, including considering military intervention against smugglers and boosting U.N. refugee offices in countries bordering Libya. “We …

Suspect’s misfire foils attack on Paris church

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PARIS — An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday. The 24-year-old computer science student, who was …

Airstrikes resume in Yemen

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Hours after Saudi Arabia declared an end to its coalition’s nearly monthlong air campaign in Yemen, new airstrikes Wednesday hit Iran-backed militants and their allies in two cities, and the rebels said they would welcome …

Human trafficking bill OK’d

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee. The vote was 99-0 …

Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems …

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. But …

Man who shot Reagan seeks to move out of mental hospital

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan is “clinically ready” to live full-time outside a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday. John Hinckley Jr. has been in “full and stable remission” for …

Girl wrongly sent to US returns to Mexican home

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GUANAJUATO, Mexico — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman …

Clean-water advocate swims at Superfund site

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A clean-water advocate took an Earth Day swim in the polluted Gowanus Canal, a federal Superfund site. “I’m going in!” yelled Christopher Swain, wearing a yellow-and-black protective suit and a green swim cap as …