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Ex-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 5 Blackberry Lane, said he is interested in bringing new viewpoints to the committee and serving the community, where he bought a …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose to national prominence after criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care law at the 2013 National …

Clinton faces criticism in private email flap

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account while serving as secretary of state, comes on the cusp of her likely second bid …

Oft-scrutinized Canadian bank to host Clinton talks

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will give a pair of speeches Wednesday in Canada hosted by a major bank that has been the subject of several investigations into wrongdoing over the past dozen years. Clinton and the bank refused to say …

GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional …

Pope’s climate-change stand irks conservatives

Monday, January 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through …

Irish politician says he’s gay

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DUBLIN — A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he’s gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Sunday’s announcement on state radio by Health Minister Leo Varadkar received …

Obama to pitch tax shift

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over …

Rally against Keystone XL pipeline draws 60 protesters in downtown Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Climate-minded protesters from throughout the Valley gathered in front of the old Hampshire County Courthouse Tuesday evening in solidarity with demonstrators across the country demanding that President Barack Obama reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Some …

Va. lawmaker wins election from jail

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenager has won it back in a special election. Joe Morrissey defeated two opponents in the Richmond-area House of Delegates race …

Bid to draft Warren heads to NH

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Progressive activists hoping to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race will hold their first meeting in the key early-voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday. Members of MoveOn.org and Democracy for …

Area briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuesday rally targets Keystone pipeline NORTHAMPTON — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline will rally in downtown Northampton Tuesday afternoon. Organizers say they will join a national day of action against the project and call on President Barack Obama to veto the pipeline bill that passed in …

UPDATED: Douglas Slaughter announces run for Amherst Select Board seat; Hayden won’t seek reelection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — A Finance Committee member announced Monday that he is running for the lone seat on the Select Board that comes up for grabs in the March 31 town election. Douglas W. Slaughter, of 5 Dwight Circle, has taken out nomination papers to run for the three-year …