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EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff before he was beheaded. Sotloff had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online by the Islamic State group on Aug. 19, 2014, that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. The Arabic text at the bottom of the frame translates to "Now is the time for my message." (AP Photo)

Beheading of 2nd US journalist shown on Islamist video

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The footage — depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality … 0

Ukrainian troops take heavy blow

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NOVOKATERYNIVKA, Ukraine — The ferocity of the attack on the fleeing Ukrainian troops was clear, days after the ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces. More than 30 military vehicles lay in charred piles Tuesday. Villagers said dozens were killed, and some remained unburied. One soldier was blown out of his armored vehicle — apparently … 0

US strike targets Somali extremist group’s leader

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir apparent. If he has been killed, it … 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 … 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 … 0

Okla. transgender candidate misses history by 22 votes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s 88th legislative district is a bright blue dot in a deep red state, a district that has sent liberal and openly gay lawmakers to the state Capitol. And last week, it came within 22 votes of electing the state’s first openly transgender candidate. Paula Sophia, 48 — … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 29, 2014

TUFTED TITMOUSE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “Peter, Peter, Peter” would have been what I would have heard from this tufted titmouse, should it have decided to sing while perched … 0

Obama tamps down prospect of Syria strikes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the … 0

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the … 0

State to offer tax amnesty

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has announced a two-month amnesty program designed to encourage the payment of delinquent taxes by individuals and businesses. The amnesty program will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. It applies to unpaid taxes billed on or before July 1. … 0

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing … 0

Search continues for pilot of F-15C fighter jet from Barnes that crashed in Virginia Wednesday

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 … 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 … 0