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At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place since 2007, will remain in effect as the Western Massachusetts Correctional …

Anonymous threats disrupt several commercial flights

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on the jets as a precaution. In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted …

Ex-Israeli PM gets 8 months

Monday, May 25, 2015

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. Olmert was convicted …

Malaysia, Indonesia to offer migrants temporary shelter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — In a major breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying …

Big banks to pay $5B, admit market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at Exscape Smoke Shop, 96 North Pleasant St., reported at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday that one of its exterior windows was smashed overnight by a thrown object. Entry was not gained to the store. Police said repairs are estimated at up to $500. Northampton ∎ Eileen …

One motorcyclist hurt in Leverett accident succumbs to injuries

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LEVERETT — One of two motorcyclists injured in a three-vehicle accident in Leverett Sunday night has died, according to Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Carey said Wednesday that she did not expect the identity of the person killed to be made public until …

Northampton police seek man seen in surveillance video about the time of reported downtown attacks on women

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police detectives say they hope the public can help identify a man seen in surveillance video footage from downtown Northampton Sunday night, when two women were allegedly attacked. Detective Corey Robinson said the man was seen …

Cruise ship freed after running aground off Bermuda

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Norwegian Cruise Line ship heading to Boston with nearly 3,500 passengers and crew was freed late Tuesday about 6½ hours after it ran aground while leaving Bermuda, officials said. Small boats, divers …

Iraqis left US tanks, artillery in Ramadi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, …

Unions call for 2nd crew member in locomotives

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WACO, Texas — A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, police said Tuesday. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group …

Scotland Yard arrests 9 in major London jewel heist

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LONDON — With meticulous planning and remarkable good fortune, the thieves who broke into a safe deposit in London’s diamond district seemed to have pulled off the perfect jewel heist. But their luck ran out Tuesday when more …