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By Tech. Sgt. Brad Fallin, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Updated with VIDEO: F-15C jet that flew out of Barnes Air Force Base in Westfield has crashed in Virginia, reported in-flight emergency

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WESTFIELD — The search for the pilot of an F-15C fighter jet that crashed in Virginia after flying from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield continued into the night Wednesday. State and local law enforcement and military personnel combed the remote, wooded, mountainous area in western Virginia, hoping that the pilot parachuted to safety there. The single-seat aircraft crashed … 0

Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BEIRUT — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff’s plea came as a U.N. … 0

Judge: Male guards can’t video female-inmate searches

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — Allowing male guards to videotape strip searches of female inmates at a western Massachusetts jail is not only humiliating but unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said in the ruling Tuesday that allowing men to videotape nude female inmates at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center is “antithetical to human dignity” and “deeply humiliating.” … 0

Dad of Missouri teen shot by cop wants peace

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I … 0

Four big-money brothers, four paths

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a … 0

Police to phase out handwritten tickets

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOSTON — Traffic stops may be going high tech in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that police departments are planning to phase out those handwritten citations that officers give to motorists with instant electronic tickets. Officials say the … 0

Kinder Morgan to make case for pipeline in Dalton

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DALTON (AP) — Representatives of Kinder Morgan are scheduled to visit western Massachusetts to present their side in a debate over a natural gas pipeline expansion. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Dalton officials intend to organize a panel of residents to argue the other side. Kinder Morgan, parent … 0

Columbia Gas donates $5,000 to NoFIRES nonprofit

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has donated $5,000 to an organization that offers education and intervention to children who set fires. NoFIRES, a nonprofit, was developed in 2012 by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, fire and law enforcement officials, mental health care providers and social service … 0

Hamas kills 18 suspected spies

Friday, August 22, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an … 0

Birth control tweak gives religious groups new option

Friday, August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those … 0

Florida father, girlfriend charged in death of boy mauled by dogs

Friday, August 22, 2014

MIAMI — Four-year-old Javon Dade Jr., was mauled to death by a pack of bull terriers and a pit bull last week while his father and his girlfriend were sleeping off a night of smoking weed laced with cocaine, police said. Javon Dade Sr. stayed up past 5 … 0

Fuel cell cars, facing hurdles, slow to catch on

Friday, August 22, 2014

EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars aren’t really any greener than conventional gas-powered internal combustion cars? — Michelle Adamo, Portland, Oregon A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive … 0

Marathon bombing suspect’s friend pleads guilty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted in … 0