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In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Julita Cabillana, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her son at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Laude's distraught mother Julita said she lost a child, who had given her money regularly for medicine for her ailments, including diabetes and hypertension. The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

US Marine suspected in Philippine killing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than …

Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were all blinking red at 3:09 p.m. Massachusetts Department of Transportation employees were working on the …

UN: Iraq has executed 60 this year

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice” were taking place in some death penalty cases. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to reconsider its position on the implementation of the death penalty. Mladenov said the high number …

Two cleared in 1985 murder

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Cleared of the murder that had put him behind bars for almost 30 years, David McCallum sobbed and thought of the man who wasn’t there with him. Co-defendant Willie Stuckey’s conviction also had just been …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Sunset Avenue residents reported the theft of two bicycles and a bicycle trailer from their property Tuesday at 12:31 p.m. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Kathleen M. Laptew, 49, of 5 Briggs St. Apt. 2FL, was arrested Tuesday at 2:39 in the building where she lives …

Justices block parts of Texas abortion law

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state. In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an …

After Huntington home break and Northampton chase, two Springfield men — including one who allegedly escaped from the back of a Northampton Police cruiser — held on $10,000 bail

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was an alert neighbor who called police Saturday to report that a car had left a home on Norwich Lake with two televisions in plain view. That call led to a police chase during which …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amherst ■ A Redbox machine outside the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, sustained a broken screen when a customer punched it Monday around 4:49 p.m. The suspect was not located, though a witness to the incident told police the man got angry, hit the screen and fled in …

Court news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Northampton ■ Chester E. Gnatek II, 44, of 80 Damon Road, Apt. 5107, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Tuesday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested Monday at 11:58 a.m. after allegedly pushing his girlfriend. He was …

Cause of Belchertown power failure unclear; power expected back by 1 p.m

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Nearly 500 homes in the area of Stebbins and Batchelor streets lost power Tuesday morning after utility lines were knocked down by trees a contractor was clearing from a building lot, said Police Sgt. William Panto. The wires and trees fell across Stebbins Street around 7:30 …

Maine and most other states do not have strict regulations for hayrides

Monday, October 13, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — Maine, like most states, does not have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more …

Hampden man dies in Springfield shooting

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 19-year-old Hampden man has been killed in a shooting outside a housing project in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. Sgt. John Delaney said a 21-year-old man with the victim also was shot but has non-life-threatening injuries. Police said that after the Monday …

Fatal accident reported on Route 116 in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A fatal accident apparently involving a motorcycle was reported on Route 116 Monday afternoon. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that there was a fatality involving a motorist on Route 116 in Conway, and that Conway Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating. State Police …