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Area police news

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amherst • An Amherst woman called police at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to report returning home and finding fresh spackle on the ceiling. Police said there was no evidence that anyone entered the residence, and it was not clear if the spackle was recently applied. • Police are investigating a break-in to a residence at the Amherst Motel apartments, 408 Northampton Road, reported at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday. No information about whether …

NATO warships to aid in migrant crisis

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BRUSSELS — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. “This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with …

Mexican prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MONTERREY, Mexico — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years. No escapes were reported in the clash at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, said Nuevo Leo …

Object falls from sky, kills man

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NEW DELHI — Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite. The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending …

US Army: Iraq’s Mosul Dam at high risk of failure

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amherst • A 20-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and Triangle streets at 6:40 p.m. Monday. The crash was one of seven police responded to during the …

Commuter trains collide in Germany, killing 10

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAD AIBLING, Germany — Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …

David Streeter of Whately denies drunken driving and other charges after traffic stop

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A Whately man faces drunken driving and other charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle …

Iraqi woman charged with role in US aid worker’s death

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s …

Merkel voices horror at bombings in Syria

Monday, February 8, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on …