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Authorities still not releasing name of driver in fatal Belchertown accident

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — An investigation of the single-car crash Sunday morning that killed an 18-year-old Lancaster woman and seriously injured the 23-year-old driver remains under investigation. No additional details about the fatal accident, including the name of the driver, are available, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Spokeswoman Mary Carey provided a statement issued by First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne. “Until such time as a determination is made as …

Under hackers’ threats, Sony cancels film release

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview.” The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to …

Warren backers set up shop in Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton. MoveOn.org held a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of its …

Reporter Risen told to testify at hearing before spy’s trial

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York Times reporter James Risen was ordered Tuesday to appear at a Jan. 5 hearing to give limited testimony in advance of the trial of a former CIA officer who is charged with revealing classified information, including embarrassing details of CIA operations in Iran that …

Vatican offers olive branch to ‘radical feminist’ US nuns

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY — A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor …

Navajos buy back sacred masks at Paris auction

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PARIS — When diplomacy and a plea to return sacred ceremonial masks to an American Indian tribe in the United States failed, officials from the Navajo Nation traveled to the Paris auction house selling the items and started …

Robin Williams tops 2014 Google search list

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of …

Study published in Psychological Science suggests that slower decisions produce healthier food choices

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Do you lack self-control when it comes to food? If so, maybe you need to slow down a bit. At least that’s the suggestion of researchers who recently exposed a group of 28 hungry college students to a series of computer images of food and asked them to …

Methane spike on Mars? Curiosity rover reignites mystery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Methane is making a comeback on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover quashed the hopes of scientists and dreamers alike in 2013 when it found scant signs of methane on the Red Planet. On Earth, most of this gas is produced by living things, and a healthy dose of this …

Rain could jeopardize Calif. water conservation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s …

Newtown victims’ families sue gun maker

Monday, December 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have …

Police hunt Iraq war vet after 6 shot dead in Pa.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Officials in a Philadelphia suburb have yet to capture an Iraq war veteran they say carried out a shooting rampage early Monday that left six of his estranged family members dead, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece. …

Poll: Majority of Americans say CIA interrogation methods justified

Monday, December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Just over half of Americans say they believe the interrogation methods the CIA used against terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were justified, polling data released Monday showed. About 30 percent said they believed the tactics were unjustified, and the remaining …