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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Neighbors and friends get together during the Age of Arcanum First Annual Neighborhood Block Party at the Arcanum Field in Northampton Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.

Let’s have a block party! Northampton neighbors rekindle old connections

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While a neighborhood block party in an Arcanum Field pavilion was winding down Sunday afternoon, old friends fondly recalled other afternoons spent in the familiar spot when they were children, playing kick the can or having frog-hopping contests. “Remember when a pig got loose and was running around the cul-de-sac?” asked Cindy Cox, who now lives on Bardwell … 0

UN peacekeeping troops escape from outpost under siege in Golan Heights

Monday, September 1, 2014

BEIRUT — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major step forward in a crisis that erupted on Thursday when Syrian … 0

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

Monday, September 1, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at … 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 … 1

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

Gaza attacks trigger Israeli exodus from border

Monday, August 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands … 0

Candidates for governor joust as primary looms

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — Steve Grossman sharpened his attack Monday against fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley over her settlement of a case involving a prominent lobbyist. Grossman said Coakley has shown “a pattern of bad judgment” as attorney general, including her recent decision to agree to a civil settlement … 0