The spotlight is on Western Mass in the state Probation Department scandal. Friday, the acting head of probation at Hampshire Superior Court was found guilty of federal witness tampering. Christopher Hoffman of Hatfield intimidated a courthouse employee being questioned by the FBI about alleged patronage hiring at the state agency. Three top probation officials have yet to go on trial, including former deputy commissioner William Burke, also of Hatfield.
U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2007.
The surveillance flights could pave the way for airstrikes against ISIS militants in Syria.
An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, claiming the board violated the state's open meeting law.
Two people were shot overnight in Holyoke, and one of them has died.