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Amanda Knox talks on a phone in the backyard of her mother's house Friday, March 27, 2015, in Seattle. Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. “Finished!” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out late Friday. “It couldn’t be better …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David Hernandez, 20, of Hyde Park; John Christopher Neil, 20, of Longmeadow; and Andrew Michael Pettengill, …

Plymouth motorist arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly nearly striking pedestrians, crashing vehicle

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians crossing a downtown street were nearly struck by a vehicle that crashed about two miles away near a South Amherst apartment complex early Friday morning, police said. Marissa L. Gallagher, 21, of Plymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger …

Vt. cops tipped on Durst in student disappearance

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …

’Tis the season for ... manhole explosions?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers. Scientific literature traces manhole explosions back nearly a century, but a series of such incidents in Indianapolis, host of the NCAA basketball …

Big trials spur calls for cameras in federal court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber …

Tsarnaev talked of losing loved ones in Chechnya

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Three months before he bombed the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college officials he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had “lost too many” loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year, a school administrator testified Tuesday. The jury in Tsarnaev’s federal …

Plane crash in French Alps kills 150

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a budget airliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight …

Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases involving prominent Democrats, including a company run by the youngest brother of likely …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 2004 Polaris snowmobile valued at $3,000 parked on the front lawn of the Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity, 118 Sunset Ave., was reported stolen at 10:42 a.m. Monday. The residents told police the snowmobile was likely taken sometime during spring break. Easthampton ∎ Police were called …

Medical exam focus of third day of testimony in trial of Emmanuel Bile Jr., accused in alleged gang-rape at UMass

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A nurse who examined the former University of Massachusetts student who alleges four men raped her in her dorm room testified Tuesday that the 18-year-old woman said she may have been unconscious for one to three …

Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn’t have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation lawsuit dismissed. “Cosby claims a privilege to defame where none …

Witness explores jihadi themes in bomber’s note

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — A note written by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he hid inside a boat contained themes of global jihad similar to those found in extremist materials on his computer, a terrorism expert testified Monday at his federal death penalty trial. In the note, scrawled in …