Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been found in the Pioneer Valley. The West Nile infected mosquitoes were found in Northampton and those with Triple-E were found in Amherst. People are asked to drain any standing water on their property and are urged to take precautions like wearing long pants and sleeves and putting on insect-repellent to avoid being bitten. So far there have been no human cases of either West Nile or Triple-E in Western Mass this year.
The drop in ownership underscores the damage inflicted on housing by the recession and the economy's subsequent slow recovery from the downturn.
The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian rebels they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border.
Wildlife officials accused an American hunter of killing one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.
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