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Flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak in the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.  A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed several people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo)  TAIWAN OUT

Gas blasts kill dozens in Taiwan

Thursday, July 31, 2014

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday. The series of explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday struck a district where several petrochemical companies operate pipelines alongside the … 0

Appeal to be filed Aug. 14 for Whitey Bulger

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for former crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger say they’ll file their appeal of his 2013 convictions with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 14. Eighty-four-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison. He was convicted in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s. The notice Thursday didn’t give … 0

New justice joins Massachusetts high court

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has administered the oath of office to the newest member of the state’s highest court. Geraldine Hines is the first black woman to serve on the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court. She was sworn-in as an associate justice during a ceremony Thursday. Patrick praised what he called Hines’ “extraordinary combination of intelligence and compassion.” Hines was appointed to … 0

Probation officials found guilty in rigged hiring case; local man Burke convicted of racketeering conspiracy, acquitted of mail fraud

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted Thursday of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and mail fraud … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she … 0

Teen pilot, father in around-the-world bid die in ocean crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — His pilot’s license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to … 0

Young Dutch victim had eerie premonition of plane crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with … 0

Westfield man dies while scuba diving

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MARBLEHEAD (AP) — Authorities say a 58-year-old Westfield man has died while scuba diving off the coast of Marblehead. The Essex district attorney’s office says Gregory Cole was scallop diving off a moored boat with two other people on Tuesday. The operator of the boat notified the harbormaster … 0

Agawam volleyball coach facing rape charges

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former junior varsity volleyball coach at a Massachusetts high school has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Michael Rash was arraigned Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court on four counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by … 0

Man charged in long-unsolved 1995 slaying of mother, daughter

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York mother and daughter whose bodies were found in different states and remained unidentified for 19 years were killed by a close relative who is now in custody and will face murder charges, authorities said Wednesday. Seventy-year-old Robert Honsch, of Dalton, Ohio, faces … 0

Ariz. inmate gasps for 2 hours before dying

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in … 0

Dutch reclaim 40 bodies from downed jetliner

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. … 0