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4 family members plead guilty in $25 million IRS wages scam

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOWELL — Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges that they schemed to hide $25 million in wages from the Internal Revenue Service, federal prosecutors say. The family ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the IRS that their employees made about $2.2 million in wages, when in fact they had made $30 million, the U.S. attorney’s office … 0

Bombing suspect wants trial delay to 2015

Friday, August 29, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015. “We recognize that the government and many members of the public, especially in the Boston area, may want the trial to begin quickly,” the lawyers said in a court filing, but it is critically important that both sides have time “to uncover … 0

US judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Friday, August 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick … 0

United Way of Hampshire County hits $1.275 million goal, targets economic insecurity in region

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some of the newest programs backed by the United Way of Hampshire County will help people facing hard times today do better tomorrow. The group, which announced Tuesday it reached its $1,257,000 goal, spent the past … 0

Islamic State holds American woman hostage

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently … 0

1 dead, another injured in Holyoke shootings

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — Two people have been shot in Holyoke, one fatally, and police are trying to determine whether the shootings were connected. Officers first responded to an area outside a cafe on South Bridge Street at about 1 a.m. Tuesday where they found a victim who had … 0

Lawyer: Recording captured shots fired at Brown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots. An audio file obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the incident to have surfaced since … 0

Report: 1,400 children exploited in UK town

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LONDON — About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of “collective failures” by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. Report author Alexis Jay cited … 0

Gaza truce open-ended Uneasy deal puts off difficult issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more … 0

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on … 0

Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more … 0

Secret Arab airstrikes inside Libya

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after … 0

New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into … 0