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Investigators walk at the scene of a shooting at a shopping center in Abingdon, Md., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. A man opened fire inside a shopping center restaurant during lunchtime. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Two deputies, suspect killed in suburban Md. shooting

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ABINGDON, Md. — A gunman fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was killed in the shootout not far from the shopping center where the restaurant was situated, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Remarkably, no bystanders were hurt. Police haven’t …

FBI corners holdouts at Ore. refuge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off. The tense standoff between law enforcement officers and the four occupiers was being livestreamed …

Man freed, gets new trial after 30 years in prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW BEDFORD — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is “reasonably sure” the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial. George Perrot was convicted of …

Netanyahu decries arson of synagogue

Sunday, February 7, 2016

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the world to condemn a suspected arson attack against a makeshift synagogue in the West Bank where Jewish Torah scrolls were burned. The scrolls were stored …

Kansas family offers hope to parents of children with microcephaly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

To many, having a child with a birth defect called microcephaly might seem to be the end of the world. And so it did, initially, for a family near Wichita, Kan., that experienced it - twice. But for Gwen and Scott Hartley, their two daughters. born with abnormally …

Human remains found among plane crash debris

Sunday, February 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Divers searching in the water off Southern California found human remains and debris on Sunday from the wreckage of a midair collision involving two small planes. They made the discovery about 2 miles off the …

Heroin scourge changes role of police in hard-hit areas

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CINCINNATI — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. …

New Year’s a little quieter in Chinese cities this year

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BEIJING — Much of China’s population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey. The rat-a-tat snaps of firecrackers, whistling rockets and mortar-like fireworks with possibly enough gunpowder to down a …

Officials probe cause of deadly crane collapse

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NEW YORK — It make take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city …

Women jailed for drug offenses find telling their stories helps them stay clean, free

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — There has been a growing push both in Massachusetts and in other parts of the country to revise laws that demand mandatory minimum prison sentences for many drug offenses, even for possession of minor amounts of …

Hadley police seek suspect in liquor store theft

Sunday, February 7, 2016

HADLEY — Police are seeking a suspect in a theft last month from Liquors 44 in which someone made off with $550 in alcohol. According to a Feb. 7 post on the police department’s Facebook page, officers received video from the Route 9 store from a Jan. 20 …

Basement fire causes $15,000 damage to Easthampton home

Saturday, February 6, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A fire tore up an Easthampton basement early Friday morning, causing $15,000 in damage, Fire Capt. Dennis Peck said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 1:31 a.m. Friday at 6 Valley Lane. Easthampton sent two engines to the scene, and the …

5 victims found in Chicago home stabbed, 1 was shot

Saturday, February 6, 2016

CHICAGO — Five of the people whose bodies were found in a house on Chicago’s South Side this week were stabbed to death and a sixth victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said Friday, and none of …