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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel cracks down on extremists following attacks

Monday, August 3, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have “zero tolerance” for Jewish extremists. The tough talk follows a pair of attacks last week that shocked Israelis. On Friday, suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the West Bank and burned a …

State Police policy change keeps drivers’ names secret

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MILTON — Kelly Young was driving down Route 28 when a sedan traveling in the other direction rear ended another car and veered into Young’s lane, hitting his car head on, police say. Young, 56, a father of two and son of a former state lawmaker, died from his injuries. Two months later, the identity of the driver who hit Young’s car remains …

Thousands threatened as Calif. fire explodes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Calif. — The Rocky Fire exploded overnight, burning 47,000 acres as of Sunday morning and threatening 6,000 structures in California’s Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties. The U.S. Forest Service said “fire activity dramatically progressed” late Saturday, forcing the closure of several state highways in the area. The fire was just 5 …

Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures affecting police

Sunday, August 2, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state …

Suspect in Memphis officer’s killing sought

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee police officials on Sunday identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer, and an intense search for the man is underway. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, faces a first-degree murder charge in …

Kerry, Arab officials meet in Qatar

Sunday, August 2, 2015

DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran. Kerry arrived in the Qatari capital on Sunday after visiting Egypt, where he also spoke in favor of …

Mexican officials rapped for reaction to slain journalist

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because …

Truck fire briefly delays I-91 traffic

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A small truck that caught fire Sunday night near the Northampton-Hatfield line delayed southbound traffic on Interstate 91 for around half an hour. According to state police, the incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lane of I-91, just south of where Elm Street …

Disgust, some caution: Shelburne residents, experts assess state of Cosby allegations

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Until recently, Bill Cosby was Shelburne’s most famous resident for reasons that he could be proud of. Now, the television star’s name is prominent again for another reason: a growing number of women have come forward since last year to accuse him of rape and sexual assault. On …

Two backpacks with chef knives and other items stolen from a vehicle overnight — and other area police news

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hadley ∎ A 33-year-old Pittsfield man was arrested Sunday at 4:36 p.m. in a domestic violence case on charges of assault and battery on a family member, assault with a dangerous weapon, and threatening to commit a crime, police said. According to police, the man, who was not …

One rescued from Connecticut River swimming area in Northampton after leg injury Saturday

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A person with a leg injury was rescued from the Connecticut River swimming area off Hockanum Road Saturday afternoon. The Northampton Fire Department responded to a 911 call Saturday around 3 p.m. The injured person was found near a rope swing on the riverbank and is …

U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police

Saturday, August 1, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should …

Zimbabwe: American lion killer’s extradition being sought

Saturday, August 1, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already …