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Members of the Baltimore Police Department watch a news conference from the entrance to the department's Western District police station, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Protestors have gathered in front of the station this week in reaction to Freddie Gray's death from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Protesters promise big rally over Freddie Gray

Friday, April 24, 2015

BALTIMORE — After a week of protests, people angry over the unexplained police-custody death of Freddie Gray promised their biggest march Saturday, when they would try to “shut down” the city. The mayor thanked protesters for being peaceful so far and said the police commissioner assured her the investigation into Gray’s death is moving as quickly as possible. She expects …

Police: 14 migrants killed by train in Macedonia

Friday, April 24, 2015

VELES, Macedonia — Fourteen suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark along train tracks toward the European Union, were killed by a nighttime express train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, police said Friday. The migrants, part of a larger group, had been walking north of the central Macedonian …

Amherst Police will join national initiative to enforce law prohibiting texting while driving

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police will crack down on texting while driving during an initiative conducted through Friday. The Amherst Police Department is joining 191 other law enforcement agencies in the state in the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” mobilization, which is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. Amherst Police …

DEA chief to step down over agents’ sex parties

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday that she plans to retire after three decades with the agency, an announcement that came amid mounting pressure for her resignation from members of Congress who …

State sues attorney Hyman Darling and his law firm, Bacon Wilson PC, over handling of late woman’s estate

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield law firm and one of its attorneys are in hot water over the handling of an elderly woman’s estate and what health care regulators allege were fraudulent transfers of real estate, according to court complaints filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The state Executive Office …

Zachary Bryant faces charges of giving false name to police after arrest in Amherst

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — A West Springfield man arrested early Monday morning now faces additional charges after Amherst Police said they determined he provided false information to the arresting officer, including using the name of another man who lives at …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police questioned a man wearing only a bathrobe running in the middle of West Street near the Atkins Corner roundabouts at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The man told police he was out on a “punishing run” after breaking up with his boyfriend at Hampshire College. College officers …

Convict offered sale of art stolen in 1990

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed mobster told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the long-sought paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and could negotiate a sale of each for …

Motorcycle riders injured in collision with deer in Williamsburg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured Sunday evening after colliding with a deer while traveling on Ashfield Road in Williamsburg, emergency responders reported. The accident occurred around 8 p.m., with the Williamsburg police and …

Sunny weekend, big events keep Amherst police busy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people converged on Amherst over a three-day weekend to take advantage of warm, sunny weather and two popular events — Extravaganja on the Town Common and the spring concert at the University of Massachusetts. Even though no arrests were linked to either event, police …

Utah woman gets life for six newborn deaths

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A mother who killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison Monday at an emotional hearing in which a prosecutor depicted …

Capsized migrant boat captain arrested

Monday, April 20, 2015

CATANIA, Sicily — Prosecutors said Tuesday that they arrested the captain and a crew member of the boat in which as many as 900 people are feared to have drowned in the unremitting waves of migrants seeking to …

Empty chairs honor victims of Oklahoma City bombing

Sunday, April 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the …