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Warning of "imminent" attack, Britain raises threat level Video included

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An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young music fans in northern England, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens more.

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ISIS claims responsibility for deadly bombing at Ariana Grande concert in UK

The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England, where 22 people died in an explosion.

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Mainly dry today but rain moves in for the end of the work -week

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Clouds will give way to some bright spots this morning as low pressure tracks off shore. There may be a sprinkle or light shower but the steady rain continues to miss the area, sliding across Connecticut, Rhode Island and SE Mass. Clouds will break this afternoon, allowing temperatures to return to the lower 70s.

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Barnes airbase to hold accident response exercise

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The 104th Fighter Wing at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, is hosting what it believes to be the largest Major Accident Response Exercise, MARE, Wednesday morning. 

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Baby Daddy Boot Camp: Using Massage To Bond With Your Baby

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There is no prouder moment for me than the first time I held my daughter. I wanted to spend every waking moment I could with her over the next few weeks. As the reality began to set in that i had to return to work, I feared I would lose out on bonding with her. I turned to unique approach to make sure I was getting the same quality time. Charlen Benoit is a parent educator for infant massages and owner of Bonding Touch in Westfield. She's been teaching parents for...

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Rain chances increasing for the late week Video included

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Clouds will continue to hang tough tonight and over the next 7 days actually. Our weather pattern remains seasonable and unsettled with multiple weather systems bringing occasional rain chances...

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Holyoke City Council proposes intersection barriers to block panhandlers

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Panhandling has been an issue in Holyoke for quite some time. They set up on islands at a number of locations in the city off of 3-91, the K-Mart plaza, Holyoke Mall, and near a Holyoke crossing. 

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Vigil held for missing Springfield teen at Watershops Pond

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Family and friends held a vigil for Luis Gomez tonight. They await word on the teen's fate after he was swimming with friends in Watershops Pond over the weekend and never resurfaced.

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Homeless man arrested in Greenfield for stabbing a man

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Greenfield police arrested a homeless man today around 5:20 p.m. following being dispatched to the area of 107 Main St. for a fight between two men.

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Change in Amherst liquor laws to affect Sunday brunch

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Having a bloody mary or a mimosa during Sunday brunch before noontime in Amherst is now not an option.

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Diabetic test strips land on the black market

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The FDA is warning consumers about unregistered companies selling previously owned diabetic test strips.  

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Springfield residents to be re-located for Marble Street extension project

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The city of Springfield is moving forward with a major revitalization project in the South End. It involves a new South End Community Center, and improving access in and around the neighborhood.

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MassDOT Dive Team inspects Route 181 Bridge in Belchertown

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MassDOT's underwater dive team was out in full force in Belchertown today, inspecting a bridge to keep drivers safe. 

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More than 100 needles found on popular walking path near Holyoke school

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Now to a story you’ll only see on Western Mass News...

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Victims of attack in United's 'hearts,' Jose Mourinho says

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Jose Mourinho says the victims of a deadly bomb attack were in the "minds and hearts" of the Manchester United squad that flew to Stockholm for the Europa League final. More>>

Chicopee Police seek to identify tailgate thief

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Chicopee Police are investigating a larceny that took black May 22 between the times of 12:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Pittsfield teen missing, police ask for public's help

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The Pittsfield Police Department is asking for your help in finding this missing teenager. Her name is Natesa Beaulieu and she's 16-years-old.

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State Police release results of I-91 Viaduct enhanced patrol effort

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State Police conducted an enhanced traffic enforcement operation along the I-91 Viaduct in April...

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Baby Daddy Boot Camp: Using Technology for More Sleep and Better Security

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We've told you about a product that your little one can wear at bed time to help calm your own fears, but how about items that can help you get some sleep.  It's obvious that having a little one changes things. Man caves turn into toy rooms and homes get outfitted with much different technology.  For many parents, peace of mind comes in form of a baby monitor, like the iBaby, which rotates nearly 360º while tilting up and down. No view is out of reach.   Elnaz Sa...

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State Police respond to accident on I-91 in Springfield

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State Police were called to an accident near Exit 1 in Springfield on I-91 this morning. 

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Police identify victim in fatal Springfield stabbing

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A Springfield man has been charged with murder after a woman was stabbed to death over the weekend in Springfield. 

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Services offered to firefighters to cope with stress following traumatic events

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Departments across Western Mass are working to train their firefighters to deal with the stress that comes with every 911 call. 

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Grief counselors available, community mourns loss of student

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Grief counselors will be available Tuesday at Springfield Public Schools, as students and faculty remember 17-year old Luis Gomez. Gomez was last seen on Saturday with his friends at Watershops pond, where a body was recovered Monday.  It was at the pond Monday, where police found a body after hours and hours of searching. They were assisted by state and environmental police in their search.  The Commerce high school junior loved basketball. His sister... More>>

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