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Japan to hunt whales off northern coast

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TOKYO — Japan will hunt whales off the northern island of Hokkaido this week with plans to catch up to 51 minks despite international criticism, the government said Wednesday. The Fisheries Agency said the coastal whaling is aimed at contributing to resource management by looking into whale’s ecology through analysis of such things as stomach contents and organs. In March 2014, the International Court of Justice in the Hague ordered …

Advocates hail California agreement to end indefinite solitary confinement

Thursday, September 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Reform groups are hoping a landmark settlement to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California state prisons will soon spread. “There is still much work to be done to end solitary confinement both in California and around the nation,” Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the …

Migrants barred from trains for 2nd day

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from traveling deeper into Europe. The migrants, who have swamped every nook and cranny of public …

Ill. police seek 3 after officer slain

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake …

FBI names Boston division head

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Harold Shaw, a counterintelligence expert who has investigated international and domestic terrorism cases, has been named the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, the FBI announced Tuesday. Shaw, 49, began working for the FBI in 1999 and most recently worked as …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Northampton ∎ Darcy R. Flynn, 31, of 27 Elizabeth St., was arrested at 10:17 p.m. Monday on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise. Police allege she shoplifted clothing and other items with a total value of $112.27. ∎ A resident of Northampton Lodging at 129 …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Pelham police arrest 2 Fitchburg men on heroin charges following Route 202 traffic stop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PELHAM — Two Fitchburg men who were allegedly in possession of 160 bags of heroin were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202 Monday afternoon, according to Pelham police. The vehicle was traveling north on Route 202 near the lookout when Pelham officers stopped it at …

Anti-Semite guilty in Kan. Jewish center shootings

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Johnson County, Kan., jury took less than two hours Monday to find F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities last year in Overland Park. The 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite had argued that the shootings were justified because …

Murder charge dropped against Irish nanny

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — A lawyer for an Irish nanny who was accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care and served more than two years in prison only to have a murder charge against her dropped on Monday …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …

Amherst police arrest 5 drivers for impaired operation

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Five allegedly impaired drivers — including four accused of operating under the influence of alcohol — were arrested over the weekend by Amherst Police. Though the department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement action, Detective Michael Forcum said Monday that the …

Nations press for EU action on migrants

Monday, August 31, 2015

BERLIN — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …