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Area police news

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kimberley M. Mead, 55, of 16 Berkshire Terrace, was arrested at 4:13 p.m. Tuesday at the Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing after she refused to leave the building and then became combative with officers, police said. Northampton ∎ Police arrested two Springfield men in front of City Hall at 210 Main St. at 2 a.m. Wednesday after stopping the vehicle …

Area brief

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Northampton POLICE REACCREDITED: The Northampton Police Department passed a voluntary evaluation process and in January learned it had been reaccredited. The assessors appointed by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission reviewed the department in July 2014 and found it to be in compliance with the standards required to be named an accredited department. The review included training, communications, policy development, emergency response planning, property …

Homeland bill without strings goes to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, before the House voted …

Girl’s seizure disorder may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil

Sunday, March 1, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up …

Venezuela restricts US access in response to ‘gringo’ meddling

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach. Speaking before …

Fugitive US sect leader arrested

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a “Maidens Group” at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota. A statement …

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in Missouri rampage

Friday, February 27, 2015

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath …

Blogger who criticized Muslim extremists killed in Bangladesh

Friday, February 27, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Assailants hacked to death an American secular writer and blogger of Bangladeshi origin and seriously wounded his wife outside a book fair in Dhaka, the South Asian nation’s capital, officials said Friday. Avijit Roy, 42, a champion of liberalism and outspoken critic of Islamists, was …

What is ‘coding’ and should you learn it?

Friday, February 27, 2015

It’s time to talk about coding, the building block for all the great (and yes, not-so-great) apps you use every day. But we’ll start with a confession: I don’t know how to code. I’ve wanted to learn, and …

FCC OKs ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating …

Militants abduct more Christians

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. At the same time, …

Knife-wielding ‘Jihadi John’ ID’d as London-raised college graduate

Friday, February 27, 2015

LONDON — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British …

House GOP weighs new Homeland Security tack

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. “The speaker’s pretty …