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Worker sues over firing for legal marijuana use

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman who says she was fired from work for using marijuana legally obtained to treat Crohn’s Disease has sued her former employer. Cristina Barbuto said in court papers that she told the Irvine, California-based Advantage Sales and Marketing before she was hired that she had obtained written certification from her doctor to purchase marijuana under Massachusetts’ 2012 voter-approved law. Barbuto said the drug helps counter the …

Ky. clerks to license marriages as boss jailed

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail …

Bear suspected of breaking into home on Brookside Circle in Florence remains at large

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police investigating a reported break-in at a Brookside Circle home in Florence were not able to find the culprit, but they are pretty confident they know the perpetrator’s species. Big, muddy paw prints and other clues led police to conclude that a bear broke into the home. Capt. John Cartledge said nothing appeared to be missing, but the bear did make …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Pelham police arrest 2 Fitchburg men on heroin charges following Route 202 traffic stop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PELHAM — Two Fitchburg men who were allegedly in possession of 160 bags of heroin were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202 Monday afternoon, according to Pelham police. The vehicle was traveling north on Route 202 near the lookout when Pelham officers stopped it at …

Anti-Semite guilty in Kan. Jewish center shootings

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Johnson County, Kan., jury took less than two hours Monday to find F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities last year in Overland Park. The 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite had argued that the shootings were justified because …

Murder charge dropped against Irish nanny

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — A lawyer for an Irish nanny who was accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care and served more than two years in prison only to have a murder charge against her dropped on Monday …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …

Amherst police arrest 5 drivers for impaired operation

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Five allegedly impaired drivers — including four accused of operating under the influence of alcohol — were arrested over the weekend by Amherst Police. Though the department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement action, Detective Michael Forcum said Monday that the …

Nations press for EU action on migrants

Monday, August 31, 2015

BERLIN — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …

Author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW YORK — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook …

Thai police say bombing suspect is not cooperating

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least seven days. The …

Police probe ambush of Houston-area deputy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

HOUSTON — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail. Shannon …