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Area police news

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kimberley M. Mead, 55, of 16 Berkshire Terrace, was arrested at 4:13 p.m. Tuesday at the Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing after she refused to leave the building and then became combative with officers, police said. Northampton ∎ Police arrested two Springfield men in front of City Hall at 210 Main St. at 2 a.m. Wednesday after stopping the vehicle …

Area brief

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Northampton POLICE REACCREDITED: The Northampton Police Department passed a voluntary evaluation process and in January learned it had been reaccredited. The assessors appointed by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission reviewed the department in July 2014 and found it to be in compliance with the standards required to be named an accredited department. The review included training, communications, policy development, emergency response planning, property …

Homeland bill without strings goes to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, before the House voted …

South walloped by wintry weather

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week. Schools, daycares and offices closed ahead of the storm and governors once …

DC defies Congress, legalizes marijuana

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials. “Our government is prepared to implement and enforce Initiative 71 in …

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of …

Militants in Syria take scores of Christians

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BEIRUT — The Islamic State militants struck before dawn, staging house-to-house raids in a cluster of villages nestled along the Khabur River in northeastern Syria. They abducted at least 70 Christians — many of them women and children …

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We …

Obama vetoes Keystone bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication …

Killer of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend found guilty

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and …

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new …

Feds: No charges in Trayvon Martin death

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MIAMI — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The decision, announced in the waning days of Attorney General Eric Holder’s tenure, resolves a case that …

Calif. train hits truck; driver arrested

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OXNARD, Calif. — A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. There …