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Emmanuel Bile of Pittsfield stands beside his defense attorney, David Pixley, during his trial in Hampshire Superior Court on Friday. Bile is one of four men accused of gang raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room in October 2012.

Defendant accused in UMass gang rape case says alleged victim was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Pittsfield man accused of taking part in the gang rape of a UMass Amherst student in 2012 told jurors Thursday that the woman was conscious and willing when they had sex. “I looked in her eyes, she saw it was me,” Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, testified. “She was consenting to what I was doing. Everything seemed fine.” That’s …

Report: Black box recording from Alps jet crash shows pilot locked out of cockpit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route. Minutes later, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Airbus …

Yemen’s president flees country amid rebel advance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea Wednesday as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on his last refuge in the south, captured its airport and put a bounty on his head, officials said. The departure of the close U.S. ally and the imminent fall of the southern …

Japan probes death threats to US envoy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TOKYO — Japanese police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another American envoy, authorities said Wednesday. The calls to the U.S. Embassy targeted Kennedy and Alfred Magleby, the U.S. consul general on …

White House sets record for withholding government files

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The …

Air Force vet denies terrorism charges

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK — A U.S. Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic charged with attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terrorism charges. A bearded Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, wearing prison-issued khaki pants and a blue short-sleeved shirt, repeated his full …

Affidavit: LAPD error delayed link to Durst

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HOUSTON — A Los Angeles Police Department document examiner’s erroneous handwriting analysis in 2001 delayed authorities linking millionaire Robert Durst to a friend’s killing by as much as 16 months, a search warrant released Wednesday reveals. Durst, a …

Fraternities under fire for abusive, boorish, racist behavior

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of “Animal House.” Despite a …

Source: Secret Service knows suspect in cyanide investigation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The person suspected of sending an envelope to the White House that may have contained cyanide is known to the Secret Service and has sent multiple suspicious items over the last two decades, a federal …

Bill to update chemical regulations draws fire

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a …

Is there recourse for victims of online photo memes?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Those pilfered, captioned and shared photos that make us either cringe, rage or laugh out loud are as old as the Internet itself, but in these wild online times, is there any recourse for their …

Netanyahu claims edge in tight race

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country’s opposition leader in parliamentary elections Tuesday, emerging from an acrimonious campaign in a slightly better position to form Israel’s next government. …

Secret Service chief takes heat over drunk agents

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The new head of the Secret Service admitted to Congress Tuesday that he didn’t learn until days later that two senior agents were supposedly drunk when they drove into a barrier at the White House — …