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In this 2014 photo provided by Homeland Security Investigations, two books that federal officials say are stolen Italian books from the 17th century are shown in San Francisco. The books were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be returned to their country of origin. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the books, "Stirpium Historiae" and "Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601," were taken from Italy's Historical National Library of Agriculture and sold to an antiquities dealer in Italy. (AP Photo/Homeland Security Investigations, Misty D. Miller)

400-year-old books stolen in Italy found in Calif.

Friday, February 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say. The books, “Stirpium Historiae” and “Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601,” were taken from Italy’s Historical National Library of Agriculture and sold to …

Argentine judge rejects cover-up in 1994 bombing

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover-up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the prosecutor who brought the case. Judge Daniel Rafecas …

Nigerian kidnappers hold US missionary

Friday, February 27, 2015

JOHANNESBURG — Kidnappers who abducted Seattle missionary Phyllis Sortor this week have demanded a $150,000 ransom, according to Nigerian police, suggesting the kidnapping was probably carried out by a criminal gang rather than militants. Police and security forces were combing the region in search of Sortor. Locals in Kogi state, where Sortor was abducted, have been complaining about the high rate of crime …

Two years added to Springfield man’s jail sentence for persuading girlfriend to smuggle heroin

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Anthony Tangredi of Springfield now has another two years added to a sentence he is already serving in the Hampden County House of Correction after a Hampshire Superior Court judge found him guilty Friday of persuading his girlfriend to smuggle drugs into jail for him. In …

Area police news

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst ■ Andrew J. Caccavaro, 18, of Needham, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. Thursday on North Pleasant Street on charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol, making a right turn on red where prohibited and failure to stop/yield. Ross A. Goldberg, 19, of East Brunswick, New …

Amherst fire that displaced six college students ruled accidental

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — A fire that displaced six college students from 11 South Pleasant St. early Tuesday morning has been ruled accidental, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim “ Nelson. Nelson said Friday that the department’s investigators, after sifting through physical evidence at the scene and interviewing the …

Three new Amherst Police officers begin 12-week field training

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — Three new police officers have begun their 12-week field training for the Amherst Police Department. Michael R. Boyle and Brandon C. Fullam, both of West Brookfield, and Daniel J. Welch, of Northampton, were appointed following a …

Gun shown in police response to man threatening to commit suicide in downtown Northampton (with VIDEO)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six Northampton police officers swarmed the bus shelter near the Hampshire County Courthouse Thursday afternoon after a man called 911 saying he had a gun and wanted to commit suicide, according to Northampton Police Sgt. Brian …

Area police news

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Todd R. Matthews, 54, who listed his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday on East Pleasant Street near the Amherst Carriage Shops on a charge of disorderly conduct after he was reported creating a disturbance and then attempted to fight …

Judge dismisses embezzlement charges against Nancy Whitley, former partner in failed Easthampton condo project; suggests prosecution may have misled grand jury

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a seven-year ordeal, a judge this week dismissed charges against Northampton resident Nancy B. Whitley in connection with embezzled funds in a failed Easthampton condominium project, saying the prosecution may have misled the grand jury. …

Muslims find voice in wake of NC slayings

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The circumstances were horrific, but Zahra Billoo was greatly encouraged by the vigil marking the slayings of three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina. More than 150 people — Muslims and non-Muslims — attended the candlelit …

More police departments choosing restraint over reaction

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DENVER — Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene but to stand by and watch as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality. The stand-down order upset …

Olympic boosters to seek public input

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The group behind Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics is reaching beyond the city for input on their proposal. Boston 2024 announced Wednesday that it would hold a series of 20 community meetings in the coming months around Massachusetts — venturing as far west as …