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In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga is towed under the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on her final voyage, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from Naval Station Newport in Newport, R.I., to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship arrived in Newport on Aug. 7, 1998, after spending four years in storage following her decommissioning in 1994. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Lindsay Church)

Marathon bombing suspect’s friend pleads guilty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted in federal court that he removed Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder from … 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 weeks ago. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that … 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 leaders in two days. The pinpoint pre-dawn attack on Hamas’ inner sanctum was launched minutes … 0

area meeting list

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Amherst TODAY: Regional Agreement Working Group, 8:30 a.m., Amherst Regional Middle School; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Regional Agreement Working Group, 6 p.m., Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Public Art Commission, noon, Discipline and Development Subcommittee, Equity Task Force, 5:30 p.m., both at Town Hall THURSDAY: Human Rights … 0

Business grad creates cupcake bakery on Cape

Friday, August 15, 2014

HYANNIS — In a brightly colored kingdom on Main Street, where larger-than-life cupcakes loom over bright tables while Chuck Barry sings “Twist and Shout,” a freshly minted business-school grad sets out each morning to bake just the right number of no-preservative cupcakes to feed people coming to visit … 0

STATE BRIEFS

Friday, August 15, 2014

Prosecutor: inmate killing followed fight CLINTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a 72-year-old state prison inmate was fatally beaten almost beyond recognition after an argument among inmates at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility. Twenty-seven-year-old Allan Erazo pleaded not guilty to murder Friday in the killing of William Sires. Sires was … 0

Friday, August 15, 2014

The following question and answers were devised by Monte Belmonte, program manager at 93.9 The River. It’s a “full family hobby” of Hatfield’s Lamprons and their 18-year-old son, Dean Lampron, who is now a national champion in what? (a) Flying radio-controlled model airplanes. (b) Gooing dogs (dying their … 0

SeaWorld responds to animal rights critics with plan to expand killer whale habitat at its parks

Friday, August 15, 2014

SeaWorld will expand the killer-whale habitats at its theme parks, starting in San Diego, the company announced Friday. SeaWorld said it will create “new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments” that “will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come.” The Orlando-based company made the … 0

G rand jury indicts Gov. Perry over veto threat

Friday, August 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the … 1

Florida high court sides with lesbian as child’s legitimate adoptive mother stand ruling to reinstate lesbian as boy’s adoptive mother

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Florida lesbian can remain the adoptive mother of her 6-year-old son, despite efforts by her ex-partner to have the Florida adoption revoked. “After the couple split up, the birth mother — the biological mother — asked the court to vacate the adoption,” said Miami attorney Cristina Alonso, … 0

Amish abduction victims located; suspects sought

Friday, August 15, 2014

Two young Amish girls who were abducted near their family home in upstate New York were found unharmed Thursday night, and police are trying to determine who kidnapped them and why. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said Fannie Miller, 12, and Delia Miller, 6, were dropped … 0

Al Gore sues Al-Jazeera America over $65M

Friday, August 15, 2014

Former Vice President Al Gore has sued Al-Jazeera America, claiming the satellite TV service owned by the Qatari royal family has withheld $65 million of the proceeds from the sale of cable channel Current TV. Gore and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, founded Current Media a decade ago … 0

Space station supply ship exits, packing trash

Friday, August 15, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A commercial cargo ship has ended its monthlong space station visit. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station released the Cygnus supply ship, now full of trash for disposal early Friday. They parted company 260 … 0