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Two youths ride bicycles past a mural on a school wall and election posters supporting President Goodluck Jonathan, on a street in Kano, Nigeria Sunday, March 29, 2015. Voting in Nigeria's elections continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical problems prevented some people from casting their ballots on Saturday and despite extremist violence in the northeast and protests in the south. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Violence mars Nigerian vote

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call. Two electoral workers were killed Saturday in Boko Haram’s campaign to disrupt the elections, chairman Attahiru Jega of the Independent National Electoral Commission …

Institute honoring Teddy Kennedy to open Monday in Boston

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned …

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for …

Netanyahu claims edge in tight race

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country’s opposition leader in parliamentary elections Tuesday, emerging from an acrimonious campaign in a slightly better position to form Israel’s next government. …

League of Women Voters candidates night Thursday in Amherst

Monday, March 16, 2015

AMHERST — Candidates competing for contested seats on the School Committee and Amherst Housing Authority will be among those participating in a forum Thursday night. The League of Women Voters candidates night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Town Room at Town Hall. Candidates …

Annual Walk for a New Spring leaves from Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LEVERETT — Like the first snowdrops emerging after a long winter, a dozen or so Buddhist monks, nuns and friends are expected to begin their 14th annual Walk for a New Spring on Friday morning, on their first leg of a 45-day pilgrimage to New York, Washington, D.C., …

Whately residents have until April 2 to take out nomination papers for town offices

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WHATELY — Residents who want to run for the 11 town positions that are up for election this year have until April 2 to take out nomination papers. There are three-year terms available for the Select Board, held by Joyce Palmer Fortune; Board of Assessors, held by Frederick …

Thursday deadline to file nomination papers for Deerfield town election

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Residents who want to run in this year’s town election have through Thursday to file nomination papers. Select Board Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness, a 12-year veteran, will seek re-election to her seat. Barbara Hancock, the town’s treasurer, collector and clerk, said no one has filed papers …

Clinton admits mistake on emails

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — Confronting a growing political furor, Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday it was a mistake to exclusively use private email as secretary of state, but she defiantly rejected accusations that she created a security risk or …

Feinstein urges Clinton to explain email actions

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should fully explain her actions involving the use of a private, nongovernment email account when she was the country’s top diplomat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday, becoming the first major Democrat to urge Clinton to share more …

Sunderland caucus to determine candidates for 12 seats

Friday, March 6, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The annual town caucus will be held Monday to decide who will run for each of the 12 seats that are up for election this year. The caucus will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the town offices, with the following seats available: Select Board member, three …

Charges coming in Menendez case

Friday, March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, is expected to face criminal charges in the coming weeks, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The disclosure …

Former Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of …