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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to members of the media during his weekly news Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure onto the Senate, where its prospects have brightened as Democrats have muffled their criticism and President Barack Obama has embraced the …

Co-pilot slammed plane into mountain

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PARIS — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. The account Thursday of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525 prompted some airlines to …

Area police news

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man entering downtown businesses and allegedly yelling at customers and pushing people was reported to police at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday. The man denied bothering any patrons and told police he would spend the night at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter. ∎ A 20-year-old Oak Bluffs woman will be summoned to court on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm …

German town mourns loss of teens, teachers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HALTERN, Germany — Lara Beer waited at the train station, looking forward to seeing her best friend Paula returning from a 10th-grade exchange trip to Spain. The train came but her friend was not on it. “I just …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck …

Five taken to hospital after accident in Hadley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HADLEY — Five people required treatment at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after a Sunday morning crash on Route 9 at West Street, according to police. Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason said Wednesday that a vehicle driven by Anjali Khanna, 28, of Meadow Street, Amherst, was traveling east …

Bertucci’s reopens Wednesday after gas odor forces it to close early Tuesday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — An odor of gas at Bertucci’s, 51 East Pleasant St., forced the restaurant to close early Tuesday night. Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said firefighters responded at 8:34 p.m. when staff reported smelling gas in the building. Customers and staff were evacuated as the building …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of …

Case dismissed for woman who spent 22 years on death row in son’s killing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son’s killing before her conviction was thrown out said Tuesday she doesn’t know why the 4-year-old was murdered and had nothing to do with …

Charge: Pa. officer killed man, 59, lying facedown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. Authorities …

Vt. cops tipped on Durst in student disappearance

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …