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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on Sunday,  Feb. 7, 2016. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

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 inside a tent that was used as a synagogue near a West Bank outpost that overlooked the site where the bodies of …

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 small heads and brains, are a source of joy. Microcephaly recently has been linked with …

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 Port of Los Angeles on the third day of the search, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s …

Amherst Monkey Bar faces possible fines after inspection finds overcrowding

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — A downtown bar and nightclub is facing possible fines and other sanctions after state and local inspectors found overcrowding inside the establishment Friday night. The response to The Monkey Bar, 63 North Pleasant St., led by officials with the state fire marshal’s office and the Alcoholic …

Congresswoman’s home target of ‘swatting’ call

Monday, February 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congresswoman said she and her family were the victims of a so-called “swatting” attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation to combat. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Melrose, said she was home Sunday night with …

Rescuers intercept cargo ship

Monday, February 1, 2016

PARIS (AP) — Rescuers successfully diverted a cargo ship threatening to run aground in southwestern France after five days adrift, and started towing it Monday toward the Spanish port of Bilbao. Broadcast images showed the 538-foot Modern Express …

Virginia college teens held in death of girl, 13

Monday, February 1, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Two Virginia Tech students who had bright futures appeared before a judge Monday in the death of a seventh-grade girl who was active on social media and apparently climbed out her bedroom window. Nicole Madison …

No cause found for deadly Amtrak crash

Monday, February 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May’s fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed and then braking when he felt the train going too fast into …

Easthampton Housing Authority employee allegedly admits stealing quarters from laundry machines to support heroin addiction

Monday, February 1, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — An employee of the Easthampton Housing Authority was arraigned Monday after admitting to police that he has been stealing quarters for months from its laundry machines to support his heroin addiction, according to court documents. Ashton J. Lawrence, 36, of 250 Main St., Apt. 2, was …

WHO calls Zika global emergency

Monday, February 1, 2016

GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an “extraordinary event” that poses a public health …

Pennsylvania man to be summoned to court for noise violation at Rolling Green Apartments in Amherst

Monday, February 1, 2016

AMHERST — Despite continued mild weather and police response to several loud parties, only one person is facing a criminal charge related to disturbances that occurred in Amherst during the weekend. Police went to Rolling Green Apartments, 422 Belchertown Road, at 8:58 p.m. Friday after receiving a noise …

Area police news: Easthampton mother gets involved in high school dispute; tip jar stolen from Amherst Subway

Monday, February 1, 2016

Amherst • Youths playing soccer at Southpoint Apartments, 266 East Hadley Road, at 5:38 p.m. Monday reported a possibly intoxicated man watching them and repeatedly yelling “goal” whenever a score was made. The man, who police said might be homeless, was no longer there when officers arrived. • …

Granby schools lift ‘shelter in place’ after missing teen found in Ware

Monday, February 1, 2016

GRANBY — As several agencies searched for a missing teenage girl Monday morning, schools in Granby kept students and staff indoors through the morning. At 7:15 a.m. Monday, police took a report from the family of Lindsay Layne that the 16-year-old was missing. She was last seen in …