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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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 could approve or reject, but not change. …

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 a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign. “I want those emails out,” …

Unexpected triumph means Cameron can govern UK on his own

Friday, May 8, 2015

LONDON — After years of sharing power, David Cameron pulled off an unexpected election triumph that gave the Conservative prime minister a second term with an outright majority Friday and dealt a stinging defeat to his three main …

Granby Town meeting to consider ‘housekeeping items’ Monday, with budget delayed to June

Friday, May 8, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday will take up what Select Board chairman Mark Bail said are mainly “housekeeping items that have to be acted upon to make the town run.” Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Granby Junior-Senior High School …

Hadley Town Meeting overwhelmingly defeats proposed purchase of former Montgomery Rose property

Thursday, May 7, 2015

HADLEY — Voters at annual Town Meeting Thursday night rejected a motion introduced by a citizens’ petition that called for borrowing $3 million to purchase land and renovate buildings at the former Montgomery Rose facility on River Road. The proposal was put forward as a solution to the …

UK exit poll gives edge to ruling Conservatives

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LONDON — The Conservative Party fared much better than expected in British parliamentary elections Thursday, an exit poll projected, suggesting that Prime Minister David Cameron is within touching distance of forming a new government. The opposition Labour Party …

Scottish National Party’s rise alters UK elections

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

EDINBURGH, Scotland — When Britain’s national elections are held Thursday, there’s a solid chance John Alexander will opt for the Scottish National Party, the group that led September’s failed separatist campaign, even though he favors unity. Alexander, an …

State Dept.: Clinton email practices ‘not acceptable’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it’s “not acceptable” for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did. Joyce Barr, the agency’s …

South Hadley to consider nearly 3 percent budget increase, fines for exessively high grass and unshoveled snow

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Town Meeting members Saturday will be asked to approve a $43.5 million operating budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1, which would be almost 3 percent higher than this year’s spending. The school budget would increase by 1.75 percent and account for $20,520,819 …

Westhampton Town Meeting voters to consider $5.49 million budget Saturday; override on June 6 ballot

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Town Meeting voters on Saturday will consider a $5.49 million budget that requires approval of a Proposition 2½ override in order to be balanced. The annual Town Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Town Hall. The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 …

Fate of Center School, acquisition of vacant church for a new senior center highlight Hatfield Town Meeting

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HATFIELD — The fate of historic Center School and the potential acquisition of a vacant church for a new senior center are the hot-button topics facing voters at the annual Town Meeting next Tuesday. Voters also will be …

Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HOPE, Ark. — Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn’t build …