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A forensic team recovers human remains among the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Bad week: Airline disasters come in cluster

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. Industry analysts and safety experts shake their heads at the seeming randomness of … 0

Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm over Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship … 0

House fires not often sparked by lightning, officials say

Thursday, July 24, 2014

House fires started by lightning strikes like the one that destroyed a Northampton residence Thursday morning are rare, but may happen no matter how many precautions are put in place. “Lightning is going to strike where it wants to strike,” said Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. “It’s one of those things. What are you going to do?” Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the … 0

‘Funnel of fire’ destroys homes in Wash. state

Friday, July 18, 2014

PATEROS, Wash. — A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley. Friday’s dawn … 0

Credible probe sought in jet tragedy

Friday, July 18, 2014

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. At an … 1

Man reports assault near Carriage Shops in Amherst

Friday, July 18, 2014

AMHERST — Police are investigating an incident in which a man was allegedly threatened with a knife at the Amherst Carriage Shops Thursday night. Detective Jamie Reardon said Friday the assault was reported Thursday at 6:57 p.m. by a man who said another man wielding a knife attempted … 0

Motorcyclist collides with car in Hadley, sent to hospital with multiple injuries

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HADLEY — An 18-year-old motorcyclist from Belchertown injured Thursday night in a collision with a motor vehicle on Bay Road was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries. The accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on Bay Road near the intersection with East Hadley Road in front of … 0

Gunmen, hostage die in Calif. bank robbery

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STOCKTON, Calif. — Misty Holt-Singh had just popped into the bank, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car, when the horror began. An hour later, the mother of two lay dead after a bank robbery and planned hostage-taking … 0

Airliner shot down in Ukraine Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard Thursday, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing … 0

Defense presses motion to dismiss in Rintala case

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The judge presiding over the Cara Lee Rintala murder case said she expects to decide on the defense team’s request to dismiss the single count of murder before the next hearing, set for Aug. 21. Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose, urged Judge Mary-Lou Rup to dismiss the … 0

Bicyclist injured crossing street on bike path in Florence center

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton bicyclist was hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on Chestnut Street Wednesday evening. Melina Mirabelli, 21, of 132 West St., was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of cuts, bruises, “dental injuries” and foot pain. Mirabelli was treated and … 0

Area police news

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating the theft of 14 sheets of plywood from Elf Hill Road reported Wednesday at 9:49 a.m. Police said the plywood was placed on the ground by a contractor so an excavator would move over the site without causing damage. Hadley ■ A 55-year-old … 0

Caught on video: Couple swipe $10,000 dinosaur replica from museum

Thursday, July 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Missing: One duck-billed dinosaur. Made of resin. Snatched from the nest. Wanted: Two young troublemakers, possibly lovers, in Raleigh’s felony museum heist. That’s the state of things after a girl in short shorts and a boy in a striped shirt ran amok, according to security … 0