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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice." (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

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 significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” “Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process,” the panel wrote. Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that intense media coverage of the case and the large number of people personally affected by the deadly attack made it impossible for him to find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts. …

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 of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the …

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 repeatedly stabbed Thursday night by at least two attackers at the Dhaka University campus. His …

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 …

Alleged shoplifter arrested in Hadley with birdseed, dog treats, coffee products and cellphone

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Police arrested a 42-year-old man Thursday night for allegedly stealing $84 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart on Route 9, according to Hadley Police. Police said Jason Fortin, who gave his address as the streets of Amherst, was charged with shoplifting after he was caught by security …

District attorney, judge battle over dismissal of larceny charges against Nancy Whitley in failed Easthampton condominium project

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge criticized the prosecution for its presentation to a grand jury in an embezzlement case, the Northwestern district attorney fired back Thursday by filing a motion in which he accused …

Former president Evan Dobelle drops federal suit against Westfield State University

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle dropped his federal lawsuit against university and state officials on Thursday, just days after his attorneys requested to withdraw from the case, citing his failure to pay them. …

Area police news

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Workers at CVS, 118 Northampton St., reported at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday that they observed a man and a woman shoplifting two bottles of laundry detergent from the store. Police recognized the man after reviewing security footage at the store. They went to his house and persuaded …