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Papers for elected office in Easthampton due soon; two contested races possible at Nov. 3 election

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With less than two weeks left before nomination papers for elected office are due, the possibility is shaping up for voters to see at least two contested races on the ballot in November. Seventeen people have taken out papers for to run for seats on the city council or school committee, and Mayor Karen L. Cadieux has taken out papers to run for reelection. So far only Cadieux …

Hungarian government bars migrants from trains

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU’s passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of cross-border smugglers. Hungary’s right-wing nationalist government defended its U-turn — just days after it started …

Ill. police seek 3 after officer slain

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit described the slain officer, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewitz, as a personal friend, …

Colo. theater gunman begins 12 life sentences

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud …

Man in Afghan uniform kills 2 US troops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — A man wearing an Afghan security force uniform opened fire Wednesday inside a base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers in what appeared to be the latest so-called “insider attack” to target foreign troops or contractors in the country. NATO said two men in …

Train gunman charged with terrorism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PARIS — The Moroccan suspect in a foiled attack on a high-speed train in France is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers — but his family defended …

Fire crews battle smoky conditions

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes that had been fighting …

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for …

One of twin newborn pandas in DC dies

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — One of two pandas whose weekend births captured world attention died Wednesday, a reminder that the bears who grow into giant puffy icons enter the world as fragile creatures, hairless and weighing about as much as a bar of soap. The birth of the twins at …

Man arrested after firing fake gun outside Tombstone saloon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. — A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges. Tombstone Marshal John Houston says the man was in the Dragoon Saloon early Tuesday when he got into a …

Prosecutor: Train suspect planned attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PARIS — Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a jihadi video on his cellphone, the French prosecutor said in formally …

Islamic State releases images showing destroyed Syrian temple

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra. The images, posted on …

Hezbollah throws weight behind Lebanon’s protests

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BEIRUT — The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has …