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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

Taiwan plane crashes kills 48

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1

Beware E-ZPass email scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery, and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court … 0

Hernandez lawyer: Pats records dispute over

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A dispute over team records that lawyers for Aaron Hernandez had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, the defense said Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether the documents were turned over. Hernandez … 0

Plane crash bodies taken from war zone

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded … 0

Courts split on health law clash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings … 0

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0