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A police vehicle is parked in front of a manhole cover at the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Boston. The manhole cover that weighs more than 200 pounds killed a woman when it flew up in the air and crashed through her windshield as she drove on the Boston highway Friday morning, authorities said.  (Steve Annear/The Boston Globe via AP)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. “Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community …

2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school

Friday, February 12, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at Independence High School, …

Federal judge rules that Verizon may build cell phone tower in Belchertown, overturning Planning Board ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in its lawsuit against the town of Belchertown, granting the telecommunications company permission to build a 140-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street. In his decision filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court judge Michael A. Ponsor granted Verizon the special permit needed to construct the cell tower, subject to a number of conditions. No lights …

Man freed, gets new trial after 30 years in prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW BEDFORD — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is “reasonably sure” the man is innocent …

Somerville to pay Marine reservist for violating his employment rights

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SOMERVILLE (AP) — The city of Somerville has agreed to pay more than $15,000 in back pay for allegations it violated a Marine Corps reservist’s employment rights. The Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday. It’s subject to court approval. The suit alleges the city violated firefighter Sean Keane’s …

Ex-LA sheriff admits lying to feds investigating him for corruption

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement. Baca, a …

Calif. again denies parole to Sirhan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAN DIEGO — Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to …

Senate passes sanctions bill for N. Korea

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an …

Feds sue Ferguson over deal revisions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FERGUSON, Mo. — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis …

Body found in Colrain; foul play not suspected

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday night by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Amherst • Police took a report of two teenagers carrying a door while walking along Route 9 near the Hadley town line at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. The youths were not found and police said no one reported a door theft. Easthampton • Jason E. Tingley, 39, of Holyoke, …

Refugees’ mental health needs concern experts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what …

Belchertown mother continues to fight for autistic son’s release from jail after alleged attempt to kill her

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hands raised, with his mother’s blood staining his clothes, arms and feet, Zachary Holmes emerged from his Belchertown home in the dark. That night, Sept. 3, 2015, the 21-year-old man — described by his family as …