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Members of the Baltimore Police Department watch a news conference from the entrance to the department's Western District police station, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Protestors have gathered in front of the station this week in reaction to Freddie Gray's death from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Protesters promise big rally over Freddie Gray

Friday, April 24, 2015

BALTIMORE — After a week of protests, people angry over the unexplained police-custody death of Freddie Gray promised their biggest march Saturday, when they would try to “shut down” the city. The mayor thanked protesters for being peaceful so far and said the police commissioner assured her the investigation into Gray’s death is moving as quickly as possible. She expects …

Police: 14 migrants killed by train in Macedonia

Friday, April 24, 2015

VELES, Macedonia — Fourteen suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark along train tracks toward the European Union, were killed by a nighttime express train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, police said Friday. The migrants, part of a larger group, had been walking north of the central Macedonian …

Amherst Police will join national initiative to enforce law prohibiting texting while driving

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police will crack down on texting while driving during an initiative conducted through Friday. The Amherst Police Department is joining 191 other law enforcement agencies in the state in the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” mobilization, which is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. Amherst Police …

Area police news

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ A Greenleaves Drive resident called police at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday after seeing several youths loitering near vehicles in the parking lot and possibly trying to break into them. The youths fled on the nearby Norwottuck Rail Trail and were not found after a brief search. Police …

After 5 months, AG nominee heads for vote

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her …

Belchertown Select Board candidate Nicholas Tirrell reports burning of lawn sign

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Police are investigating an incident in which a lawn sign for Nicholas Tirrell, a candidate for the Select Board, allegedly was burned late last week. According to Tirrell, a small bottle of lighter fluid was found next to it. Tirrell said the sign was on the …

Obama raps Democratic critics of his trade agenda

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. The president’s blunt words came as liberals, labor …

July trial expected for James Ainsworth, accused in deaths of Edward and Brittany McGrath

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The July trial of James W. Ainsworth, who is accused of driving while high on heroin and causing the deaths of a father and daughter, can continue on schedule after Ainsworth on Tuesday withdrew his request …

Pit bull missing for three days after accident found in Williamsburg with help of social media, large group of searchers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A scared, tired and hungry pit bull was rescued Monday afternoon with the help of social media which attracted a large group of searchers. The dog spent three nights roaming in the woods of Williamsburg following …

Defiant Tsarnaev shown flipping off jail camera

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger …

No criminal charges in blaze that killed Boston firefighters

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Employees and the owner of a welding company found responsible for a fire in a brownstone last year that killed two firefighters won’t face criminal charges, investigators said Tuesday. Criminal charges would have required proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the workers acted with conscious …

Death penalty protest resumes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase. More than a dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the federal …

Man’s death protested as feds open Baltimore police probe

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put …