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FILE - This is a  Nov. 26, 2008 file photo of  Dr Oliver Sacks, receiving his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE ), by  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82 .Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. (Lewis Whyld/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW YORK — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the distant ranges of human experience, came from …

Thai police say bombing suspect is not cooperating

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least seven days. The unnamed foreigner was arrested Saturday at an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok where police …

Police probe ambush of Houston-area deputy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

HOUSTON — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail. Shannon J. Miles, whose criminal record includes convictions for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a …

Police probe bear cub death

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A deceased black bear cub was located on Reservoir Road Monday night, possibly struck by a passing vehicle, according to police. Officer Steven Digiammo said police were contacted at around 8:30 p.m. about the bear and an officer responded to assist in moving it to the …

Family of woman who died of complications from pregnancy in 2013 sues Cooley Dickinson Hospital for missing signs of pre-eclampsia, misleading family

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The family of a 32-year-old Hadley woman who died from complications during pregnancy while being treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 2013 is suing the hospital for negligence. The suit also alleges that hospital staff misled …

With a jury selected, opening statements in third UMass rape trial to begin Tuesday

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the third of four expected trials connected with an alleged rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey and attorneys selected the jury Monday that will decide the …

Area police news

Monday, August 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ Scott M. Glick, 27, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was arrested at 9:28 p.m. Sunday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and making a right turn on red where prohibited, police said. ∎ Police took a report at …

Amherst Police investigating two more break-ins to downtown businesses as summer crime spree continues

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — A spate of break-ins to businesses throughout downtown Amherst this summer is continuing, with two more reported late last week that are being investigated by police. The latest incidents occurred at M&M Links Jewelry and Accessories, 236 North Pleasant St., where management reported at 10:45 a.m. …

Seth Isman looking at months of recovery after Cummington accident, wife says

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Erika Hollister of Hadley said her husband’s breathing tube prevented him from speaking when he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center after his Aug. 5 car accident on Route 9. He …

Casey Anthony prosecutor caught up in cheating dragnet

Monday, August 24, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ap) — The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he committed no crime and never followed through with an affair on the …

Pokemon convention threatened; 2 men held on gun charges

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men suspected of making violent social media threats to people attending the Pokemon World Championships in Boston have been arrested on gun charges. Boston police said Sunday that convention security reported the threats on Thursday and the suspects were stopped as they were …

Worcester woman killed driving wrong way on highway

Monday, August 24, 2015

STERLING (AP) — State police say a 39-year-old Worcester woman has died after hitting two other cars, one head-on, while driving the wrong way on Interstate 190 southbound on Saturday night. Police on Sunday identified her as Jeanette D. Adams. Police said people in the two other cars …

Appeal for convicted killer of social worker challenges jury instruction

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Not guilty by reason of insanity: It’s a difficult verdict to get from juries in Massachusetts. Defense lawyers have complained for years that a standard instruction given by judges in such cases gives jurors the false impression that defendants will be released after a brief period …