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Making headlines this week

A look at some of the week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.


House Speaker John Boehner to quit Congress

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who struggled with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican, will step down from the speakership and leave the House at the end of October.


Pope attacks ‘boundless thirst’ for wealth and power

Pope Francis condemned the craving for material gains and power, telling an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty.


House GOP may opt against shutdown over Planned Parenthood

House GOP leaders have summoned their divided conference for a make-or-break discussion on how to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week.


Obama to host China’s President Xi amid simmering tensions

President Barack Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping for his first U.S. state visit on Friday, but the pomp and pageantry will not be enough to mask tensions over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing’s economic policies and territorial disputes with its neighbors.


EPA to change diesel tests to thwart VW-like cheating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will make sweeping changes in the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.


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Pope: U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants

Pope Francis told Congress that the U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants and treat them humanely, directly addressing a thorny subject that is dividing the country and stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.


Democrats poised to filibuster stopgap funding measure

Legislation that would keep the government open only if President Barack Obama agrees to strip taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood is getting a vote in the Senate.


Volkswagen emissions rigging raises health concerns

Volkswagen's admission that it rigged car emission tests has prompted environmental and health experts to ask whether that could have hampered progress in reducing death and disease from air pollution.

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin May 21, 2013.

Millions more government fingerprints deemed stolen

The Obama administration says the fingerprints of 5.6 million people who applied for or received a federal security clearance were stolen — not 1.1 million as first believed.


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At White House, Pope focuses on environment, poverty and migrants

Pope Francis urged the U.S. to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world's richest nation.


The latest corporate perk? Student loan help

Almost 7 in 10 college grads owe money, with an average debt of $28,400.


As clock ticks, Senate seeks way to avert shutdown

With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10 weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.


Volkswagen ‘totally screwed up’

A scandal over falsified vehicle emission tests could affect 11 million cars and cost the automaker billions of dollars.


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Pope’s visit to focus on use of power, needs of the poor

Pope Francis comes to America bearing a message that the power and wealth that Washington symbolizes should be made to serve humanity, and not the other way around.


An apple a day…

Kids’ fruit consumption has increased but the CDC says most still don’t get the daily recommended amount of fruit or vegetables.


Pentagon wants more women in military leadership

In recent years, the Pentagon has stepped up its recruitment of women and minorities, and is moving to open more - if not all - combat jobs to women, a continuing source of debate among military and civilian leaders.

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Here's a look at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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Deerfield Apple Thief Facing Charges

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Deerfield Police pulled over the woman in the Mercedes after receiving a report that someone was illegally harvesting apples from trees at Clarkdale Fruit Farm.

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Easthampton’s Route Ten Closes Again, This Time For A Water Main Break

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It happened around one Thursday morning between Florence Road and Highland Avenue. The road did not reopen until around two that afternoon. It was the second time in 24 hours that the road was forced to close.

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Westfield Road Rage Incident Nets Arrests

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On an altercation on Route 20, a female motorist told police that four men in a car waved a gun at her. When police pulled the car over, there were only three men inside and no gun.

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Western Mass Opioid Awareness Effort Wins Federal Grant


Congressmen Jim McGovern and Richard Neal have announced that Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant is being awarded to ongoing opioid awareness programs in Berkshire and Franklin counties and the North Quabbin region.