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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, talks with reporters while surrounded by a group of African-American religious leaders in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Trump met with a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

Monday, November 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language. While some left the gathering at Trump’s skyscraper in midtown Manhattan with hopes their message had …

Clinton vows spending for infrastructure, jobs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the first piece of a new jobs agenda on Sunday, promising hundreds of billions of dollars in fresh federal spending in an effort to compete with the liberal economic policies of her primary challengers. Her initial proposal, a $275 billion infrastructure plan, falls short of the …

No consensus among presidential candidates about how to change criminal justice system

Thursday, November 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago. The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that’s long taken a law-and-order …

State, local elections provide warning signs for both parties

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — State and local elections across the country this week produced warning signs for both Democrats and Republicans as they press toward the 2016 presidential contest, now just a year away. Democrats lost more ground in legislatures …

Marijuana faces uncertain future in Ohio

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The future of marijuana in Ohio faced an uncertain future Wednesday after the resounding defeat of an effort to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use in a single vote — though few believe …

Justin Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s new PM

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

TORONTO — Justin Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s new Liberal prime minister, and his new cabinet ministers vowed to honor campaign pledges to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Trudeau, the son …

Two incumbents, two newcomers win Easthampton at-large City Council race

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two incumbents and two newcomers claimed the four at-large City Council seats in Tuesday’s election. Incumbents Joseph P. McCoy, of 11 Clapp St., and Tamara L. Smith, of 103 Strong St., will be joined on the …

Incumbents win Northampton City Council at-large seats, defeating challenger Marc Warner

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Incumbents William H. Dwight and Jesse M. Adams easily defeated challenger Marc G. Warner in Tuesday’s election for two at-large City Council seats. Dwight took 3,454 votes, Adams took 3,381 and Warner took 1,426, according to …

Ky. elects GOP governor

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Kentucky voters on Tuesday elected just the second Republican in four decades to hold the governor’s office, in a race that hinged largely on President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. The results were a potentially …

Houston rejects nondiscrimination ordinance

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

HOUSTON — Houston voters rejected a controversial measure Tuesday that would have barred discrimination against gays and transgender people in the wake of an 18-month battle that pitted advocates of gay rights against those who believed they were defending religious liberty. The vote had been expected to be …

Ohio votes down medical, recreational marijuana

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio voters rejected a ballot proposal Tuesday that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana in a single vote — a vote-getting strategy that was being watched as a test case for the nation. …

Mass. voters decide mayoral, other contests

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BOSTON — Polls closed in 53 cities and towns across Massachusetts on Tuesday with voters deciding several mayoral contests in an otherwise low-key Election Day in Massachusetts. One of the highlights of the day was the spirited race to succeed the late Democratic state Sen. Thomas Kennedy, who …

Joseph Twarog, Elaine Reall and Kathleen Wight elected as Forbes Library trustees

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two newcomers will join the Forbes Library board of trustees, as city voters chose Elaine M. Reall and Kathleen “Katy” Wight along with incumbent Joseph A. Twarog in Tuesday’s election. The race was one of the …