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A police vehicle is parked in front of a manhole cover at the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Boston. The manhole cover that weighs more than 200 pounds killed a woman when it flew up in the air and crashed through her windshield as she drove on the Boston highway Friday morning, authorities said.  (Steve Annear/The Boston Globe via AP)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. “Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community …

2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school

Friday, February 12, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at Independence High School, …

Federal judge rules that Verizon may build cell phone tower in Belchertown, overturning Planning Board ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in its lawsuit against the town of Belchertown, granting the telecommunications company permission to build a 140-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street. In his decision filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court judge Michael A. Ponsor granted Verizon the special permit needed to construct the cell tower, subject to a number of conditions. No lights …

Six people to be summoned to court for weekend noise complaints in Amherst

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — Fines totaling up to $3,000 could be imposed on six people responsible for loud parties following police responses to two residences during the weekend. The first incident occurred at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, when police were called to a home at 533 Main St. and found more …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Heroin scourge changes role of police in hard-hit areas

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CINCINNATI — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. …

New Year’s a little quieter in Chinese cities this year

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BEIJING — Much of China’s population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey. The rat-a-tat snaps of firecrackers, whistling rockets and mortar-like fireworks with possibly enough gunpowder to down a …

Officials probe cause of deadly crane collapse

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NEW YORK — It make take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city …

Women jailed for drug offenses find telling their stories helps them stay clean, free

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — There has been a growing push both in Massachusetts and in other parts of the country to revise laws that demand mandatory minimum prison sentences for many drug offenses, even for possession of minor amounts of …

Hadley police seek suspect in liquor store theft

Sunday, February 7, 2016

HADLEY — Police are seeking a suspect in a theft last month from Liquors 44 in which someone made off with $550 in alcohol. According to a Feb. 7 post on the police department’s Facebook page, officers received video from the Route 9 store from a Jan. 20 …

Basement fire causes $15,000 damage to Easthampton home

Saturday, February 6, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A fire tore up an Easthampton basement early Friday morning, causing $15,000 in damage, Fire Capt. Dennis Peck said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 1:31 a.m. Friday at 6 Valley Lane. Easthampton sent two engines to the scene, and the …