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University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded $5 million grant to run aviation research center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHICOPEE — Westover Air Reserve Base, and its accompanying civilian airport, might see new life after military cutbacks are shrinking the size of its air fleet. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $5 million state grant to run a major air traffic control research and training center there while plans are being considered to make the base the site of low-cost flights to Washington D.C. and Disney World, …

5 ways to make your personal email safer in case of a hack attack

Friday, December 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are …

Earth Matters: Awesome auroras: Watch for them in a sky near you

Friday, December 19, 2014

By all accounts, I am a space junkie (I suppose that beats being space junk). Gazing skyward gives me a proper perspective on my worldly concerns. My childhood was enlivened by hours spent watching the first moon landings on a grainy television screen, and I am still stirred by Neil Armstrong’s first words …

Poll: Most oppose charges against Ferguson officer

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite massive protests, Americans say by 2-1 that the federal government shouldn’t charge the white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. Voters say by 61 percent to 31 percent that the Justice Department, which is …

Activists seek to sustain protests about policing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? Established civil rights organizations — the National Action Network, the NAACP, …

UN climate talks in Peru seem headed for overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

LIMA, Peru — U.N. global warming talks seemed set to spill over into the weekend as negotiators bickered Friday over the content of climate action plans that countries should unveil in the run-up to a key summit in …

Medical pot cultivation site dropped in South Hadley over lease dispute

Friday, December 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility that had won town approval and seemed on track to occupy space in South Hadley will not be built. Instead, Patriot Care Corp., which had signed a lease with Lakestar Properties, is nearing a deal to grow its product …

Friday, December 12, 2014

House approves $1.1T bill financing government

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed …

Feds say Indian tribes can grow, sell cannabis

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. …

Interrogations saved lives, CIA chief says

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan threaded a rhetorical needle in an unprecedented televised news conference at CIA headquarters Thursday, acknowledging that agency officers did “abhorrent” things to detainees but defending the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping …

Storm drenches California coast, blankets Sierra Nevada, cuts power

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada. The brunt of the storm …

Man lost at sea 12 days renews contact with son

Thursday, December 11, 2014

HONOLULU — A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and survived on raw fish while lost at sea for 12 days said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he’d lost …