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FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston.  Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. But Tsarnaev’s lawyer said he was a …

Dress-wearing man killed at NSA had lengthy record

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up and checked into a motel, police said Tuesday. The FBI said the driver, Ricky Shawatza …

Pilot told Lufthansa of ‘severe depression’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany — Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of “severe depression” before he finished his flight training with the German airline. The airline said Tuesday that it has found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the …

Area police news

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man repeatedly throwing a pocket knife against a tree near the bus stop at the intersection of College Street and Boltwood Avenue at 6:27 p.m. Sunday was warned to stop because it was alarming passers-by. ∎ Staff at the CVS Pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., …

Prosecution rests case in bombing trial

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an …

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of …

Four people hurt in two-vehicle accident on Route 9 in Hadley

Monday, March 23, 2015

HADLEY — At least four people were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a two-vehicle accident on Route 9 at West Street on Sunday morning, according to Hadley Police. The crash occurred near the Esselon Cafe, 99 Russell St. at 10:04 a.m., said Officer …

Horses saved, two goats perish in barn fire at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center in Leverett

Friday, March 20, 2015

LEVERETT — The lives of several horses were saved thanks to a quick-thinking couple who pulled them from a burning barn March 20. However, two goats perished when one of several barns at the Craig Memorial Equestrian Center, …

Nikolai James arrested for trespassing, resisting arrest at Amherst home where he had been living

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A man who had been issued a trespass notice from the North Amherst home where he has been living — after repeatedly disturbing other residents at the two-family home — was arrested there March 17. Nikolai James, 22, of 110 Sand Hill Road, was arrested at …

Victim of attack at off-campus party contends UMass football player has not been appropriately disciplined

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — A month after a University of Massachusetts Amherst football player was identified as a suspect in attacks that left two students seriously injured at an off-campus house party, police say they have filed aggravated assault and …

Rio Grande drownings spike as US ups patrols

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MISSION, Texas — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives …

Boston officer shot in face on mend after surgery

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer …

Air Canada plane makes hard landing

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing short of the runway at the Halifax airport during a snowstorm, crashing into a bank of antennas and shearing off its main landing gear, nose cone, …