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FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev’s life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s defense team is set to begin presenting witnesses on Monday, April 27, 2015, in the penalty phase of his trial, the stage that will determine whether he is executed or spends the rest of his life behind bars. Tsarnaev, 21, already has been convicted of 30 federal charges in the twin bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others near the marathon’s finish line on April 15, 2013. Seventeen of those charges carry the possibility of the death penalty. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Lawyer pleads for bomber’s life

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck delivered the defense’s opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial, saying there is no punishment Tsarnaev can get that would be equal to the suffering of the bombing victims. “There is no evening the scales,” Bruck said. “There is no point in trying to hurt him as he hurt because it can’t be done.” Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted earlier this month in the twin …

Coast Guard suspends search for 4 missing

Monday, April 27, 2015

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — As torrential rain and heavy winds battered Alabama’s coast Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for four people missing after a deadly weekend storm killed two people and played havoc with a yearly sailboat race in Mobile Bay. The agency said the search — in which …

Colo. theater shooter’s trial begins

Monday, April 27, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a “Batman” premiere. The lead prosecutor displayed an …

Greenfield man sentenced to three years in state prison on heroin charges

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man caught dealing heroin on camera was sentenced this week to three years in state prison. Dwight Belisle, 47, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Tuesday to three years in state prison on a charge of possession of heroin with intent …

EU leaders pledge aid, ships to migrant crisis

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BRUSSELS — Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants …

Lynch wins Senate confirmation as attorney general

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 …

After delay in reporting alleged assault on patient, VA chief taking disciplinary action, reminding all staff about responsibility to report

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The head of the medical center that treats veterans in Leeds said he is disciplining staff members who reportedly misled police and delayed reporting the alleged assault of a psychiatric patient by one of their co-workers …

Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems …

Man who shot Reagan seeks to move out of mental hospital

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan is “clinically ready” to live full-time outside a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday. John Hinckley Jr. has been in “full and stable remission” for …

Dancer describes losing leg in Boston bombing

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — After the first bomb went off down the street at the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis somehow knew there was another one coming. “I wrapped my arms around my husband and said, ‘The next one’s gonna hit, …

Girl wrongly sent to US returns to Mexican home

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GUANAJUATO, Mexico — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman …

Hatfield fire sends one person to hospital Wednesday night

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HATFIELD — One person was taken to a hospital due to smoke inhalation resulting from a fire at 150 Linseed Road on Wednesday evening. The call was received at 5:55 p.m., according to Trooper Matthew Guarino with the Massachusetts State Police. Troopers from the state fire marshal’s office …

Stray bullet hits university cafeteria twice in 3 weeks

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Police say a building located on the campus of a western Massachusetts college was struck by a stray bullet for the second time in about three weeks. The Republican of Springfield reports the “Hive,” American International College’s student cafeteria located in the Schwartz Campus Center, was …