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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel cracks down on extremists following attacks

Monday, August 3, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have “zero tolerance” for Jewish extremists. The tough talk follows a pair of attacks last week that shocked Israelis. On Friday, suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the West Bank and burned a …

State Police policy change keeps drivers’ names secret

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MILTON — Kelly Young was driving down Route 28 when a sedan traveling in the other direction rear ended another car and veered into Young’s lane, hitting his car head on, police say. Young, 56, a father of two and son of a former state lawmaker, died from his injuries. Two months later, the identity of the driver who hit Young’s car remains …

Thousands threatened as Calif. fire explodes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Calif. — The Rocky Fire exploded overnight, burning 47,000 acres as of Sunday morning and threatening 6,000 structures in California’s Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties. The U.S. Forest Service said “fire activity dramatically progressed” late Saturday, forcing the closure of several state highways in the area. The fire was just 5 …

Holmes’ mother says therapist never told her he spoke of killing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene …

2017 trial set for 2 men accused in plot to kill blogger

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims. Judge William Young set the date Wednesday for Nicholas Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and …

Appeals court upholds ex-FBI agent’s murder conviction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MIAMI — A divided appeals court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction of a former FBI agent in the 1982 slaying of a Florida gambling executive in a case connected to imprisoned New England mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. The full 3rd District Court of Appeal’s decision in …

Casino land deal criminal case keys on investigators

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday over allegations that private investigators working for Wynn Resorts gained unauthorized access to files in a joint state and federal criminal probe that now figures into Massachusetts’s biggest casino project. U.S. District Court Magistrate Marianne Bowler took the arguments under …

French riot police combat migrants around Channel Tunnel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CALAIS, France — The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the …

House OKs money for highways, transit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to …

White House presses Congress on Iran deal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike. Carter, …

Debris on Reunion I. belongs to Boeing 777

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that …

Springfield man denies robbing Cumberland Farms in Northampton in 2013

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man pleaded not guilty to unarmed robbery and larceny charges in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a King Street convenience store in 2013. Monchi Castillo-Cosme was indicted earlier this month on the charges. Police allege he committed numerous …

Area police news: Loose lizard prompts police response in Amherst, and more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hadley ∎ David R. Ortiz Jr., 29, of Chicopee, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Wal-Mart. Ortiz allegedly took more than $100 worth of items. ∎ Police responded to a one-vehicle …