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Updated with VIDEO: Search continues for pilot of F-15C fighter jet from Barnes that crashed in Virginia

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 personnel combed the remote, wooded, mountainous area in western Virginia, hoping that the pilot parachuted to safety there. The single-seat aircraft crashed … 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 capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff’s plea came as a U.N. … 0

Judge: Male guards can’t video female-inmate searches

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — Allowing male guards to videotape strip searches of female inmates at a western Massachusetts jail is not only humiliating but unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said in the ruling Tuesday that allowing men to videotape nude female inmates at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center is “antithetical to human dignity” and “deeply humiliating.” … 0

Governor taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two … 0

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza Hamas leader admits group behind kidnapping, killing of 3 teens

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza’s ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top … 0

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized … 0

Beheading spurs attacks on Islamic militants

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that … 0

44 overdoses in New Hampshire, prompts local officials to step up monitoring of synthetic marijuana 'smacked'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. … 0

States’ leading lethal injection expert ends role

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods, creating another hurdle for corrections departments scrambling to find workable execution systems. Mark Dershwitz, a University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center of Worcester anesthesiologist and pharmacologist, … 0

Study: Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs once ruled skies

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ancient winged reptiles called pterosaurs were so successful that they ruled Earth’s skies for tens of millions of years, according to a study published in the journal ZooKeys. The fearsome fliers, part of a family of pterosaurs named Azhdarchidae, get their name from azdarha, the Persian word for … 0

Court tosses conviction in Massachusetts killing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts on Tuesday overturned a first-degree murder conviction against a Boston man who stabbed his girlfriend to death, finding that jurors were given faulty instructions on how they could consider his use of alcohol the night of the killing. The Supreme Judicial … 0

Interim schools chief seeks to keep steady course, foster communication

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Continuity will be a goal for the upcoming school year as the district adjusts to an interim educational leader while the School Committee resumes its search for a permanent superintendent. Robert Gazda, who is taking a … 0

New leadership, college-credit classes in the mix at Smith Voke

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — New administrators, new classes and new animals are just some of the changes that will greet Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students in September. “Next year is going to be a very, very exciting year … 0