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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on Sunday,  Feb. 7, 2016. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu decries arson of synagogue

Sunday, February 7, 2016

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the world to condemn a suspected arson attack against a makeshift synagogue in the West Bank where Jewish Torah scrolls were burned. The scrolls were stored inside a tent that was used as a synagogue near a West Bank outpost that overlooked the site where the bodies of …

Kansas family offers hope to parents of children with microcephaly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

To many, having a child with a birth defect called microcephaly might seem to be the end of the world. And so it did, initially, for a family near Wichita, Kan., that experienced it - twice. But for Gwen and Scott Hartley, their two daughters. born with abnormally small heads and brains, are a source of joy. Microcephaly recently has been linked with …

Human remains found among plane crash debris

Sunday, February 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Divers searching in the water off Southern California found human remains and debris on Sunday from the wreckage of a midair collision involving two small planes. They made the discovery about 2 miles off the Port of Los Angeles on the third day of the search, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s …

Mass Alternative Care selects site on University Drive; second medical marijuana dispensary to do so this week

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — Two medical marijuana dispensaries could be located within a few hundred yards of each other if they both receive state and town approvals. Officials with Mass Alternative Care, who earlier this week hand-delivered notification of interest to the Select Board, on Friday provided Town Hall with …

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

Friday, February 5, 2016

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the …

UMass senior James Tilley dies in fall from window at Hasbrouck Laboratory

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts senior fell to his death from a fourth-floor window at the Hasbrouck Laboratory early Friday morning, according to UMass officials. James Tilley, a physics major and math minor from Windham, New Hampshire, was identified as the victim in an email sent to …

Pet rabbit killed by dogs on Station Road in Amherst

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — One rabbit was killed while a second bunny escaped injury after two loose dogs got onto the yard at a Station Road home Thursday morning. Robert Fitz, who also runs the Small Ones Farm on Bay …

‘Hear Our Voices’ against mandatory minimum sentences Sunday in Northampton as state Sen. James Eldridge joins formerly incarcerated women

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The women of Voices from Inside, a writing and leadership training program for incarcerated women, and state Sen. James B. Eldridge will join forces to speak against mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses in Massachusetts at an event in Northampton on Sunday. “It is an extremely …

Second man charged with showing gun on UMass campus released with GPS monitoring

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Jeremy Arbore, one of two Berkshire County teenagers charged with bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts campus, was released from the Hampshire County Jail on Thursday and placed under house arrest at his mother’s home in Sheffield. Judge Jacklyn Connly had ordered his …

Jury begins deliberations after hearing closing arguments in UMass rape trial

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — On the night Patrick Durocher allegedly attacked and raped a young woman outside the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, he did not run away, defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni said during closing arguments Thursday. Durocher even …

UN panel rules for Assange, but it may not be enough

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a surprising ally — a little known United Nations panel that has decided he has been unfairly detained in Britain while seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer allegations …

Area police news

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Amherst • A Gray Street resident reported at 7:55 a.m. Thursday an attempted arson at his home after a Maine state flag displayed from the garage caught on fire. Police officers and firefighters responded and determined a security camera malfunctioned and overheated, charring the flag. • Police found …

Officials defend Eagleton School for autistic boys after charges

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Berkshire County school for boys with autism and behavioral disorders is defending the school after five staff members were charged in an investigation into the abuse of students. The five Eagleton School staffers were arrested last weekend and released on …