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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 …

Memorial service Sunday for Kaitlin Ann Mercier of Huntington, victim of car accident in New York

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON — A memorial service will be held Sunday for Kaitlin Ann Mercier, 20, of Huntington, who was killed last week in a single-car accident in Richfield, New York. Mercier and her best friend, Amanda Conley, 22, of …

Human trafficking bill OK’d

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee. The vote was 99-0 …

Italy urges steps to curb migrant crisis

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ROME — Italy pressed the EU on Wednesday to devise robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, including considering military intervention against smugglers and boosting U.N. refugee offices in countries bordering Libya. “We …

Suspect’s misfire foils attack on Paris church

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PARIS — An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday. The 24-year-old computer science student, who was …

Area police news

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ A Greenleaves Drive resident called police at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday after seeing several youths loitering near vehicles in the parking lot and possibly trying to break into them. The youths fled on the nearby Norwottuck Rail Trail and were not found after a brief search. Police …

After 5 months, AG nominee heads for vote

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her …

Belchertown Select Board candidate Nicholas Tirrell reports burning of lawn sign

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Police are investigating an incident in which a lawn sign for Nicholas Tirrell, a candidate for the Select Board, allegedly was burned late last week. According to Tirrell, a small bottle of lighter fluid was found next to it. Tirrell said the sign was on the …

Obama raps Democratic critics of his trade agenda

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. The president’s blunt words came as liberals, labor …

July trial expected for James Ainsworth, accused in deaths of Edward and Brittany McGrath

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The July trial of James W. Ainsworth, who is accused of driving while high on heroin and causing the deaths of a father and daughter, can continue on schedule after Ainsworth on Tuesday withdrew his request …

Pit bull missing for three days after accident found in Williamsburg with help of social media, large group of searchers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A scared, tired and hungry pit bull was rescued Monday afternoon with the help of social media which attracted a large group of searchers. The dog spent three nights roaming in the woods of Williamsburg following …