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FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” Another prospective juror said he couldn’t even …

Northampton police news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

■ Anthony Demattia, 27, of Westfield, was arrested Sunday at 10:07 a.m. on a warrant. ■ Aaron J. Nelson, 24, of Pittsfield, was arrested Sunday at 3:07 a.m. on N. Main St. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class E drug (Alprazolam) and speeding. ■ David T. Marks, 25 of 23 Dunphy Drive in …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over …

Kenyan kids tear-gassed in protest at playground

Monday, January 19, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist. The students from Langata Road Primary School …

Man slain by police linked to Boston mayor’s girlfriend

Monday, January 19, 2015

WEYMOUTH (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot an agitated man armed with at least one knife early Monday morning before finding his mother stabbed to death on the front steps of their home, authorities said. Local media have reported that the man, identified by the Norfolk district …

US honors King’s legacy

Monday, January 19, 2015

ATLANTA — Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to …

US officials have limited objectives on Cuba trip

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban government, seeking an end to restrictions on the U.S. Interests Section there so that an embassy — and symbol of the two countries’ new relationship — can eventually be …

Argentine prosecutor shot in head

Monday, January 19, 2015

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine special prosecutor who last week accused the nation’s president of being involved in a coverup tied to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center died of a gunshot wound to the head, an official said Monday following an autopsy. Natalio Alberto Nisman, …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …

Ky. teens suspected in crime spree captured in Fla.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, …

Slick roads in region claim several lives

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Rain “flash-freezing” on roads and sidewalks left an icy glaze under feet and tires across much of the northeast on Sunday, causing crashes that claimed at least five lives. A crash involving 30 to 50 …

Northampton police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

■ At 11:34 p.m. Saturday, police received a call of an accident on West Farms Road. The vehicle was traveling between 40 and 45 mph and hit a patch of ice, according to police. Police said the driver, whose name they did not release, lost control of the …

Shots fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at …