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Dutch Finance Minister and chair of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks during a media conference after a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Anxiety over Greece's future swelled on Saturday after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' call to have the people vote on a proposed bailout deal. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

Greece’s future in balance as creditors reject aid extension, referendum scheduled

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BRUSSELS — Greece’s place in the euro currency bloc looked increasingly shaky on Saturday after eurozone nations rejected a monthlong extension to its bailout program and the prime minister called for a risky popular vote on the country’s financial future. Worried Greeks queued outside banks for cash amid the uncertainty, with eurozone finance ministers deciding to hold a meeting without …

Woman temporarily removes Confederate flag in front of SC Statehouse

Saturday, June 27, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and — despite calls by police to get down — removed the banner. Bree Newsome, 30, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was about halfway up the more than 30-foot …

Leahy heads US Senate delegation to Cuba ahead of embassies

Saturday, June 27, 2015

HAVANA — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators was in Cuba on Friday to meet with top government officials and others to discuss rapprochement between the two countries. The United States and Cuba announced on Dec. 17 they would move to restore diplomatic ties that were severed more than 50 years ago, but …

Confederate flag battles familiar to presidential candidates from Florida

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The email came with a simple subject line: Our Flag. “Well, you finally did something that I don’t agree with,” wrote Glenn Langford, a constituent of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in February 2001. “My Southern-Florida heritage is important to me.” Langford’s correspondence was one of many that arrived …

Students seek refuge at US embassy in Burundi

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — About 100 university students in Burundi are in the U.S. embassy’s parking lot seeking refuge amid the country’s political turmoil, an embassy statement confirmed Thursday. The students had been camping at a construction site adjacent …

Christie set to enter 2016 race

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. The Republican …

La. governor Jindal joins Republican field

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KENNER, La. — Pitching himself as a “doer” in a field of talkers, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday and set about trying to distinguish himself from better known rivals. …

Massachusetts launches online voting registration system

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration. Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and change party affiliation. He says the system will make it …

Hadley voters will decide Tuesday on $107,000 debt exclusion override to buy school bus, police cruiser

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HADLEY — Polls opened at noon Tuesday to decide whether voters approve a $107,000 debt exclusion override to buy two vehicles, a school bus and a police cruiser. The polls at Hopkins Academy will be open until 8 p.m. The $65,000 bus would increase the average tax bill …

Jeb Bush launches White House bid

Monday, June 15, 2015

MIAMI — Vowing to win the Republican presidential nomination on his own merits, Jeb Bush launched a White House bid months in the making Monday with a promise to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than …

Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux announces bid for re-election, campaign kick-off event June 25

Friday, June 12, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Karen L. Cadieux announced this week that she is seeking a second term as mayor and will kick off her campaign with a fundraiser on June 25. “I’m extremely honored and proud to be the …

Hillary Clinton schedules fundraiser in Holyoke for July 2

Thursday, June 11, 2015

HOLYOKE — Local supporters of Hillary Clinton prepared to pony up the cash will have a chance to meet the presidential hopeful when she comes to Holyoke on July 2. A “Conversation with Hillary” will be held at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, at a cost of …

DeLeo calls for review of Patrick’s use of ‘trusts’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo says Massachusetts lawmakers should take a look at reports that former Gov. Deval Patrick used funds from quasi-public state agencies to help pay for trade missions he led as governor. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the former Democratic governor funneled …