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Members of the animal rights activist organization Direct Action Everywhere, Zachary Groff, Julia Carpenter, and Ana Wolf stand blindfolded in front of the egg and dairy cooler at Whole Foods in Hadley Saturday February 28. The group also protested at Applebee's and Chili's.

Activists stage ‘disruption’ at Whole Foods, Hadley restaurants to protest alleged inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens and other animals

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HADLEY — A group of activists claiming to be part of an international movement staged animal cruelty protests at Whole Foods, Applebee’s and Chili’s before being told by police to stop Saturday afternoon. If they disrupted any other establishments, they would face the possibility of arrest, Hadley Patrolman David Isakson told the protesters in the Chili’s parking lot. After the …

Hearing on CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg postponed after owner requests more time to prepare documents

Friday, February 27, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A public hearing held by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board was adjourned immediately after it started Friday night because the owner of CRD Metalworks needs more time to prepare documents related to his request for a new special permit. About 60 people had gathered in the auditorium of the Town Offices for the hearing about the business …

Baker wanted his own team on the health connector board

Friday, February 27, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he asked for and received the resignations of four members of the state’s health connector board because the agency had “underperformed” and he wanted to replace them with members of his own team. Among the four who agreed to step down was MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who came under fire for saying it was “the …

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of …

Militants in Syria take scores of Christians

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BEIRUT — The Islamic State militants struck before dawn, staging house-to-house raids in a cluster of villages nestled along the Khabur River in northeastern Syria. They abducted at least 70 Christians — many of them women and children …

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We …

Obama vetoes Keystone bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication …

Killer of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend found guilty

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and …

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new …

Feds: No charges in Trayvon Martin death

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MIAMI — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The decision, announced in the waning days of Attorney General Eric Holder’s tenure, resolves a case that …

Calif. train hits truck; driver arrested

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OXNARD, Calif. — A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. There …

VA secretary apologizes for misstating military service

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized anew Tuesday for erroneously claiming he served in the military’s special forces, and veterans groups and lawmakers appeared ready to accept his expression of regret. At a news conference outside …

More use IUDs, implants for birth control

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IUDs and implants are safe, reliable, long-acting and reversible forms of birth control. Now there’s a new attribute to add to this list: increasingly popular. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that American women are embracing these contraceptive devices. In the …