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FILE - In this March 7, 2014 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Perry has spent a record 14 years in office, but with eight months left he is now the focus of a grand jury investigation over a veto last summer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Grand jury probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects

Sunday, April 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the … 0

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About … 1

Shoe thrown as Clinton gives speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort. … 0

Speakers in Amherst caution against forming single view of Islam’s role in politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AMHERST — Since moving to the United States from Pakistan, Ali Durrani said he finds that Americans rarely have a chance to speak with someone from a Muslim country and consequently often form their perceptions of Islam solely … 0

Documentary, discussion of immigration reform at First Churches of Northampton

Monday, February 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The First Churches of Northampton invites the public to attend the screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday of a new documentary, “The Vigil,” by Jenny Alexander, about faith and immigration reform in the U.S. The film reveals the story of two undocumented Latino mothers fighting to stop … 0

200 attend 'J-Street Town Meeting' at Congregation B’nai Israel, Northampton; urge 2-state solution for Mideast peace

Friday, February 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There was a widespread feeling of hope among backers of Mideast peace who walked out of Congregation B’nai Israel Thursday night. A crowd of around 200 filled the synagogue for the “J Street Town Meeting,” an event aimed to support a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian … 0

McCormick launches independent gubernatorial campaign

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BOSTON — Jeff McCormick, a venture capitalist from Boston, officially launched his campaign for governor as an independent on Tuesday, pledging to put problem-solving ahead of politics. McCormick, who founded Saturn Partners in 1993, outlined a plan to … 0

Northampton synagogue to host ‘J Street Town Meeting’ on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel will host an event Thursday aimed at supporting efforts for a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The “J Street Town Meeting” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue on Prospect Street is … 0

Tuesday deadline to file nomination papers in Amherst

Monday, February 3, 2014

AMHERST — Residents interested in seeking townwide office and Town Meeting seats have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to obtain and file nomination forms with the town clerk’s office. To get their names on the ballot for the March 25 town elections, residents who are registered to vote need … 1

Thai elections peaceful, but crisis far from over

Sunday, February 2, 2014

BANGKOK — Thailand held nationwide elections without bloodshed Sunday despite widespread fears of violence. But the country’s bitter political crisis is far from over, and one of the next flash points is likely to be an effort to … 0

Calif. Democrat Waxman to retire

Thursday, January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., whose legislative record has made him one of the country’s most influential liberal lawmakers for four decades, announced Thursday that he will retire from his seat, the latest in a wave … 2

Speaker DeLeo outlines legislative goals for session

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo outlined a legislative agenda Wednesday that included a minimum wage increase, stricter gun controls and a bill to address domestic violence. DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, also said in a speech to … 1

PM resigns, Ukraine voids anti-protest laws

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — In back-to-back moves aimed at defusing Ukraine’s political crisis, the prime minister resigned Tuesday and parliament repealed anti-protest laws that had set off violent clashes between protesters and police. The two developments were significant concessions … 0