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Two men kiss as first results start to filter through in the referendum, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin Castle, watching the results announcement in the …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress …

Edward Lesko Jr. unseated from Select Board, Board of Health in Hatfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HATFIELD — Patrick J. Gaughan unseated incumbent Select Board Chairman Edward W. Lesko Jr. who finished last in a three-way race for the seat in Tuesday’s town election. Lesko also lost his seat on the Board of Health. Gaughan received 315 votes to 273 for Jan Joseph Adamski, a former Select Board member, and 195 for Lesko. A total of 806 votes were …

Clinton to State: ‘I want those emails out’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use …

Graham: I’m running

Monday, May 18, 2015

ATLANTA — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed Monday he will run for president in 2016, saying he believes he would be the best choice to serve as commander in chief amid continued unrest in the …

Stephanopoulos won’t moderate GOP debate

Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW YORK — ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican presidential debate next winter, part of the fallout after revelations that the network’s top political anchor contributed $75,000 over a three-year period to the Clinton …

Trade issue deepens rift between Warren, Obama

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a “politician like everybody else” he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade. …

Forbes Library advocates aim to drum up interest in trustee seats after two members opt not to seek reelection

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two members of the Forbes Library’s board of trustees who have served for more than a decade each are not seeking reelection, which has library supporters trying to drum up interest in serving on the board. Peter Rowe 69 Fox Farms Road, who is vice president …

Hatfield voters to decide seven contests in Tuesday’s election

Thursday, May 14, 2015

HATFIELD — Voters on Tuesday will decide seven contested races in one of the liveliest town elections in years. Three candidates are vying for a Select Board seat and two for a School Committee seat, but it is the town collector’s position that is garnering the heaviest interest …

Goshen Town Meeting to consider $2.5 million budget which is up by 2.5 percent

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GOSHEN — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday will be asked approve a $2.5 million budget that is up by 2.5 percent from this year’s spending. The Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the basement auditorium of the John James Memorial Town Hall …

House OKs late-term abortion ban

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat. The near party-line 242-184 vote was …

Cummington voters approve $1.4 million debt exclusion override for broadband Internet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters in Cummington on Monday approved a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override for $1.4 million to bring broadband Internet service to town. Select Board member Monica Vandoloski said 178 voters went to the polls in the annual election Monday. The override was approved 110-66, she said. …

Hatfield Town Meeting approves continued demolition of Center School, defeats effort to buy former Holy Trinity Church

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HATFIELD — After spirited debate, voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday authorized an additional $92,000 for demolishing the Center School, while a citizen petition to spare the abandoned building from the wrecking ball failed to get a two-thirds …