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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, waves a national flag during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in dueling demonstrations on Saturday, with one group calling attention to a crackdown on opponents of the government and another showing support for the embattled socialist administration. At left is Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela restricts US access in response to ‘gringo’ meddling

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach. Speaking before a crowd that rallied to protest imperialism, President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that “gringo” meddling had forced him to adopt the series …

Tens of thousands march in Moscow to mourn slain Putin foe

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MOSCOW — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no …

Fugitive US sect leader arrested

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a “Maidens Group” at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota. A statement posted on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte …

Health officials say Northampton massage businesses shut down due to dangerous living conditions

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city health official said two Northampton body works businesses suspected of offering sex for money were shuttered Friday because people were living in them in situations deemed “unfit for human habitation.” The Health Department closed …

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive …

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in Missouri rampage

Friday, February 27, 2015

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath …

Blogger who criticized Muslim extremists killed in Bangladesh

Friday, February 27, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Assailants hacked to death an American secular writer and blogger of Bangladeshi origin and seriously wounded his wife outside a book fair in Dhaka, the South Asian nation’s capital, officials said Friday. Avijit Roy, 42, a champion of liberalism and outspoken critic of Islamists, was …

Two-car accident on Route 9 in Hadley backs up traffic

Friday, February 27, 2015

HADLEY — Traffic on Route 9 was backed up for about a half hour Friday morning after a two-car accident at the intersection of Russell Street and Mill Valley Road at 9 a.m., according to police. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage and …

UMass football player to be charged with aggravated assault and battery; three injured in fight and hit-and-run accident recovering

Friday, February 27, 2015

HADLEY — Hadley Police have identified a University of Massachusetts football player as a suspect in a fight that left two UMass students injured last weekend and say they plan to charge him with two counts of aggravated assault and battery. Police declined to name the suspect, citing …

400-year-old books stolen in Italy found in Calif.

Friday, February 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say. …

Argentine judge rejects cover-up in 1994 bombing

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover-up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her …

Nigerian kidnappers hold US missionary

Friday, February 27, 2015

JOHANNESBURG — Kidnappers who abducted Seattle missionary Phyllis Sortor this week have demanded a $150,000 ransom, according to Nigerian police, suggesting the kidnapping was probably carried out by a criminal gang rather than militants. Police and security forces were combing the region in search of Sortor. Locals in …

Woman dies in single-car crash in Bernardston

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BERNARDSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old woman died when her car went off the road struck a utility pole in Bernardston. A spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office says Marlerie Kidder was driving north at about 7 a.m. Wednesday when her sedan crossed into the oncoming …