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A woman walks through the remains of a house destroyed by a wildfire, in Valparaiso, Tuesday April 15, 2014. A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this port city, killing more than a dozen people and destroying thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo).

Leader vows rebuilding effort after Chile fires

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VALPARAISO, Chile — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters. The fires that started Saturday and leaped from hilltop to densely populated hilltop have been contained but not extinguished. Every … 0

Security Council views images of Syrian dead

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France’s ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged … 0

Supremacist held on $10M bond in Kansas shootings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance. Wearing a dark, sleeveless anti-suicide smock, Frazier Glenn Cross stood under his … 0

College dreams dashed in Calif. bus crash

Friday, April 11, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus … 0

Mathematicians use app to understand jet lag

Friday, April 11, 2014

Looking for a jet-lag cure? A new mathematical model may help you overcome jet lag faster than anyone thought possible. And scientists need help to test it. A research team from the University of Michigan and Yale University has released a free iPhone app that loads a complex, … 0

Love is where you find it

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alicia DiPietro of Easthampton was walking her dog on March 29 along the section of the Norwottuck Rail Trail that runs parallel to Lovefield Street when she noticed this heart-shaped puddle created by the melting snow. PHOTO COURTESY … 0

Area Briefs

Friday, April 11, 2014

Amherst AUTHOR TALK: Local author Leah Rose will conduct a workshop on “How to Publish an eBook” Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at the Jones Library in Amherst. Rose is the author of the new eBook “A Drink of Green.” There is a $5-$10 donation requested. Contact Leah Rose … 0

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Friday, April 11, 2014

What did a Florence man do after accepting a “triple-dog dare” that landed him in court? “It was at night, and I was trying to avoid them, but the streets were wet and I didn’t see that one.” … 0

Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best … 0

Tech sell-off slams Nasdaq

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW YORK — The high-flyers are laying the stock market low — once again. Investors turned against biotech, Internet and other once-soaring stocks on Thursday, driving the Nasdaq composite index to its worst day since 2011. The sell-off … 0

HHS head Sebelius resigning

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Sebelius’ … 0

NC prosecutor’s dad rescued

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A North Carolina man whose daughter prosecutes violent crimes was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days in what authorities described as an act of retaliation … 0

Shoe thrown as Clinton gives speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took … 0