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Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Nigeria declared Ebola-free

Monday, October 20, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. In the end, Nigeria — the …

Weekend alcohol violations in Amherst lead to 17 arrests or summons to court

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Enforcement of alcohol laws during the weekend led to the arrest or summons to court of 17 people. While police broke up several parties as part of their responses to 229 calls for service, no arrests or tickets were issued for violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws. One of the largest parties during the weekend took place on …

Northampton Police break up underage party thanks to extra patrol funded by grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City police out on “party patrol” broke up an underage party Friday night as part of a new grant-funded effort to combat underage drinking. The $5,979 state grant the city received is paying for overtime so officers can work extra shifts when they will target underage drinking through methods including “party patrols,” which involve checking spots where youths often hold parties. …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the …

Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few …

Remains found Saturday may be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Saturday, October 18, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are …

Cause of South Hadley fire that killed nine dogs remains under investigation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Officials continue to investigate a kitchen fire Friday in a house at 5 Grandview Road that killed nine dogs and displaced one woman. No cause of the fire had been determined as of Sunday evening. …

Woman hospitalized after head-on crash on South Maple Street near malls in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on South Maple Street. The two vehicles collided at 12:42 p.m. as one left the Hampshire Mall and the other exited the Mountain Farms Mall, said Officer Jesse Green. One …

Hurricane Gonzalo slams into Bermuda

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda — The leading edge of Hurricane Gonzalo moved onto this British territory Friday night, pounding Bermudans with fierce wind and heavy surf as a powerful Category 2 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as …

Seven dogs die in South Hadley house fire

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A fire killed seven dogs and displaced one resident from a Grandview Road home Friday afternoon. No people were injured. Firefighters from South Hadley Fire District 1 and 2 responded to a fire at 5 Grandview Road after a 911 call was received at 12:29 …

Area police news

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amherst ■ One man suffered a cut to his ear and another was punched in the face during an altercation outside downtown bars following the New England Patriots football game at 12:29 a.m. Friday. Four suspects fled and the two victims who remained told police that they did …

Mauricio Velasquez expected to plead guilty in alleged drunk driving accident that killed 3-year-old daughter, man

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Friday that he plans to plead guilty to at least one charge related to a 2013 accident in Easthampton that resulted in the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and an Easthampton …

Judge denies request to reduce bail for Sajid Dacres, charged with attempted murder of Ware police officer

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The New York man charged with trying to run down a Ware police officer — who then shot him twice — shook his head Friday as a Hampshire Superior Court Judge denied his attorney’s request that he be released or that his bail be lowered. Sajid …