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Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — One person was transported to Baystate Medial Center in Springfield following a head-on, two-car crash on South Pleasant Street near Jeffrey Lane Thursday night, said Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. Amherst Police responded to the accident at 8:30 p.m. and cleared the scene about an hour later, closing the road to through traffic for about 45 minutes. Nelson said firefighters used hydraulic tools to free an occupant of …

Earth Matters: American chestnut: The king is poised for a comeback

Friday, February 12, 2016

Whatever you’re doing, stop for a moment. Look out the window at the nearest patch of woods. What do you see? Perhaps a pair of squirrels racing up an oak tree? Some chickadees perched in a white pine? Maybe a stand of beeches or hemlocks? Now, consider what you don’t see — not …

Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood and your skin

Friday, February 12, 2016

By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health. If you are of Asian or European descent, about 2 percent of your genome came from your Neanderthal ancestors, scientists say. Now, new evidence suggests this inheritance affects a broad range of health disorders including skin disease, your …

NH finish in sight as hopefuls eye long campaign

Monday, February 8, 2016

SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP …

Iraqi woman charged with role in US aid worker’s death

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s …

Survivors pulled from building in Taiwan

Monday, February 8, 2016

TAINAN, Taiwan — At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach …

Merkel voices horror at bombings in Syria

Monday, February 8, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on …

Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation’s first primary

Monday, February 8, 2016

BC-NH--Campaign 2016-New Hampshire Primary, 2nd Ld-Writethru,822 Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation’s first primary AP Photo WX104 Eds: Updates turnout section with secretary of state’s predictions, updated voter registration figures. With AP Photos. By HOLLY …

Judge rules that autistic Belchertown man be held until trial

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup ruled Monday that Zachary Holmes — a 21-year-old autistic, developmentally disabled man accused of trying to kill his mother in their Belchertown home in September — is a danger to himself and others and will remain in jail pending his …

UN vows action over N. Korea rocket launch

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s …

Rescuers dig for quake survivors in Taiwan

Sunday, February 7, 2016

TAINAN, Taiwan — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan rose to at least 34, according to government figures Monday, with rescuers digging through rubble for survivors more than 48 …

Turkey nears its limits but will keep taking in refugees

Sunday, February 7, 2016

KILIS, Turkey — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens …