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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An apartment building fire in Hartford has displaced about 70 residents.

Reports of the fire came in about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The blaze quickly escalated due to stiff winds and an asphalt roof, drawin in firefighters and equipment from across the city.

City officials say all residents got out and were accounted for by 9:30 p.m. One resident and a firefighter were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Officials estimate that 24 families, including 44 adults and 26 children, were driven out. Many are staying in hotels and churches.

Mayor Pedro Segarra and fire Chief Carlos Huertas credited fire alarms in the building for helping residents exit safely.

One of the three buildings in the complex is uninhabitable, but officials say residents may return to two nearby buildings.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The first defendant in a 2013 kidnapping and robbery of a Connecticut jewelry store is facing sentencing on Friday.

Federal prosecutors are calling for a sentence of at least 17 years in prison for 27-year-old William Davis of Allentown, Pennsylvania at the hearing in Hartford.

Authorities say armed robbers broke into a Meriden apartment in April 2013 and bound and blindfolded four people. Two of the men then drove two victims to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the victims worked. Prosecutors said the robbers made away with $4 million in jewelry and watches.

Davis pleaded guilty in December. His attorney has suggested a 10-year prison sentence.

Two of the four other defendants in the case have pleaded guilty but have not been sentenced and two are still awaiting trial.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The state attorney general's office says Anthem Inc. customers are increasingly reporting fraudulent tax returns being filed using their names and other personal information.

But spokesman Robert Blanchard said that because of the number and variety of recent data breaches, state officials cannot pinpoint the origin of potential identity theft.

The New Haven Register reports that Blanchard says it's easy for an overlap to occur. The state recommends Anthem consumers who believe their identity has been compromised enroll in an identity theft protection program offered by Anthem.

A Department of Revenue Services spokeswoman says the increase in fraudulent state tax returns being filed is ``quite significant.''

Anthem, which is the nation's second-largest health insurance company, said in February as many as 80 million customers had their account information stolen.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty in connection with a New York highway crash that claimed a life.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Wednesday that Jose Ramirez of Norwalk pleaded guilty this week to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.

The wreck happened around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2014. It was on Interstate-95 north at eastbound Interstate 287 in Rye.

Authorities say the defendant was driving about 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

He struck a DOT truck with a lighted construction arrow that was parked in the median.

His front-seat passenger, Kellman Villa-Santos, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His back-seat passenger, Emmanuel Gonzalez, suffered traumatic brain injury, paralysis, loss of memory and other injuries.

The truck flipped over. Its occupant required surgery.

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A Manchester social service agency will close its 40-bed homeless shelter July 1 rather than comply with a state order to admit homeless people who abuse alcohol and drugs.

Beth Stafford, executive director of the Manchester Area Conferences of Churches, said Wednesday that funding of $174,000 from the state Department of Housing of a total $330,000 shelter budget would be tied to admitting people who are actively drinking and using drugs.

Stafford says the organization does not have the staff and money to supervise abusers of alcohol and drugs. She also says staff and officials are concerned about safety of staff members.

Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, said emergency shelters should serve people who need shelter, including those who drink and use drugs.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The lawyer for an Enfield dentist says his client will challenge criminal prosecution related to the death of a patient.

The Journal Inquirer reports that attorney Hubert Santos cited in Hartford Superior Court Tuesday ``a substantial double jeopardy'' claim because his client, Rashmi Patel, had faced proceedings before the state Dental Commission. The panel suspended his license pending a review.

Authorities say Patel's patient, 64-year-old Judith Gan, died last February after her oxygen levels dropped while under sedation when she had 20 teeth pulled and implants installed.

Patel was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminally negligent homicide and a felony count of tampering with evidence.

Santos says court decisions are split on whether a regulatory proceeding can bar criminal prosecution as a violation of protections against double jeopardy.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Sexual assault forensic examinations will be conducted at UConn's Storrs campus under a bill moving through the General Assembly.

The Senate unanimously supported the legislation on Tuesday. It now moves to the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers said the idea for the bill came from UConn students, concerned the closest location for such exams is about 25 minutes away at Windham Hospital. There are currently six acute care hospitals with people trained to use so-called rape kits.

The bill also requires sexual assault forensic examiners receive 40 hours of classroom training and have knowledge of legal issues, such as chain of custody.

Last summer, UConn agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged UConn did not take their claims of campus sexual assaults seriously.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that Hartford may not remove three registrars of voters at the center of Election Day polling place delays last November.

Judge Constance Epstein said Tuesday the City Council does not have the authority to remove Democrat Olga Vazquez and Republican Sheila Hall.

The third registrar, Working Families Party member Urania Petit, also asked the court to halt removal hearings but withdrew her case before the decision. She submitted her resignation Tuesday.

Epstein said Hartford's charter doesn't give city officials authority to remove the registrars, who are elected. The registrars are each paid about $80,000 annually.

Ross Garber, a lawyer for the City Council, said officials are evaluating the ruling and haven't decided whether to appeal.

Voter registration lists that weren't ready delayed voting at some Hartford polling places.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) A Fairfield man has been found dead in mud flats near Long Island Sound.

Westport police say they also found the rowing boat of William Supone beached on an Island in Long Island Sound Tuesday.

Westport police say they were called Tuesday night by Fairfield police about a missing person investigation.

Fairfield and Norwalk police and the Coast Guard searched the Long Island Sound area off Westport.

The chief medical examiner's office has scheduled an autopsy for the 61-year-old Supone.

No other details were immediately available Wednesday morning.

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Police say an infant in a baby stroller was an unwitting accomplice in an attempted robbery of a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Greenwich.

The Greenwich Time reports that police say a shoplifting suspect tried to leave the store Sunday without paying for a pair of jeans. Mary Meerbergen is accused of hiding clothing in the lower compartment of a baby stroller, with the infant inside.

Police Lt. Kraig Gray said ``people will do anything,'' with thefts ``quite meticulously put together sometimes.''

The 31-year-old Meerbergen of Greenwich was charged with sixth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a minor.

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A Lebanon man accused of murder says he fatally stabbed a friend of his father following years of abuse.

Police say Alan Nadeau said he was seated on a couch in the living room of his home Sunday when he had ``flashbacks'' of abuse by his father and the victim, identified by police as Christian E. Beloin. He said he retrieved a ``bayonet'' knife from his basement and stabbed the 38-year-old Beloin in the neck.

State police say Beloin of Coventry was asleep on the couch at the time of the attack.

The 31-year-old Nadeau told police he then turned himself into state police in Colchester.

Police say Beloin's death has been ruled a homicide.

Nadeau was arraigned Monday in Norwich Superior Court and held on $1 million bond.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Preliminary numbers for the first week of central Connecticut's bus-only corridor show an average of 10,344 daily riders.

The Hartford Courant reports that Transportation Commissioner James Redeker says reliable numbers probably won't be available for a month or two. CTfastrak began service March 28.

Backers of the $567 million Hartford-to-New Britain route and its critics are looking for ridership numbers to prove their point that the bus rapid-transit system is a success or a costly failure.

Redeker says the numbers so far are impressive and maybe beyond expectations.

Some buses were packed to their full 112-passenger capacity, while others carried just two or three passengers.

The state says it's looking to average 11,000 daily riders on the busway's routes in the first year and 16,000 by 2030.

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DARIEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut father is accusing the Little League in one of the country's wealthiest towns of demoting his 9-year-old son after the father proposed an affordable housing complex near a former league official's home.

Christopher Stefanoni says in a federal lawsuit that Darien residents are so worried that affordable housing will draw black people to town that they'll do just about anything to stop it. Lawyers for the Darien Little League deny the allegations.

A federal judge in Bridgeport is now mulling whether to approve the league's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in 2013.

The lawsuit has reopened old wounds in Darien, the New York City suburb depicted in the 1947 Oscar-winning movie ``Gentleman's Agreement'' where residents conspired not to sell their homes to Jews.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport store owner has been shot and killed in a robbery at his business and police are looking for two suspects.

Police said 57-year-old Jose Salgado and his wife were working in their store, Sapiao's Grocery, when two armed men came in at about 3 p.m. Saturday and demanded money. Police said Salgado gave them money, but one of the suspects shot him.

Salgado was taken to a hospital, where he died at about 3:45 p.m.

Police said surveillance video shows the suspects walking toward the store along Linen Avenue, then running away in the direction they came from. Witnesses told police the men got into a bright green car with a third person inside and drove away.

Salgado was the second Bridgeport store worker killed in the last month. No one has been arrested.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's inspector general says Metro-North maintenance crews get little or no supervision and fail to document their work.

The New York Post reports the transit agency's inspector general also says maintenance crews sometimes don't even receive assignments.

Many of the problems were brought to the railroad's attention in 2001, but were not properly addressed. That audit found a lack of record-keeping for equipment failures and repair work and reported that Metro-North was not keeping track of the work by crews during their shifts.

However, Inspector General Barry Kluger's office says Metro-North's new management ``clearly recognizes the seriousness of the issue.''

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the agency is working to fix the problems by establishing a computer-based system of record-keeping to track work that's assigned and completed.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A mentally disabled Connecticut man serving a life sentence for a 1987 murder has been released on bail following a court order for a new trial.

Richard Lapointe wore a black shirt with the words ``I didn't do it'' as he stepped out of the Hartford courthouse Friday on a $250,000 bond. He said: ``I feel wonderful.''

The state Supreme Court ruled on March 31 that Lapointe was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose material that may have supported an alibi defense. His advocates have questioned the validity of a confession he made to police in the slaying of his wife's grandmother.

Murder charges have been refiled but prosecutor Gail Hardy said the state has not decided whether it will go ahead with another trial.

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PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) Police have identified a man found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Plainville as a 42-year-old West Hartford man who went missing Wednesday.

Plainville police said Friday that Robert Raymond had blunt trauma injuries that were consistent with a fall. Two hikers on Pinnacle Mountain found his body on Thursday.

Authorities say Raymond left an assisted-living home in West Hartford where he was living Wednesday morning and was reported missing later in the day. Police say they're trying to determine how Raymond made his way to the mountain.

Police say the medical examiner's office performed an autopsy, but the cause of Raymond's death remains undetermined.

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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) A former Marine from Connecticut was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a truck stop in South Carolina.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reports 53-year-old Garbin Libert of New Haven, Connecticut, was walking from the Love's Travel Stop store to his truck in Fair Play when a tractor-trailer ran over him about 4 a.m. Thursday.

Anderson County Chief Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman says Libert was carrying postcards addressed to his mother and niece.

Boseman says Libert died at the scene of blunt-force injuries. Libert was pinned under the tractor-trailer.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller says no charges have been filed against the driver, 37-year-old Tony Oglesby of Memphis, Tennessee. Oglesby told authorities he didn't see Libert, who was wearing a black shirt and jeans.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State investigators have cited the Hartford Fire Department for serious violations found during an investigation of a blaze that killed a city firefighter in October.

City fire officials said Thursday that the department received citations from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The agency investigated the house blaze that killed 48-year-old firefighter Kevin Bell, who died after his tank ran out of air. Bell was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades.

The violations included not ensuring firefighters wore protective equipment according to manufacturer's instructions, not issuing and requiring the use of protective hoods and not ensuring that air tanks underwent required testing every five years.

Fire officials say they dispute the findings and have requested a meeting with OSHA officials.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Residents in 10 Connecticut towns mostly in Fairfield County paid more state income taxes in 2013 than residents of the 113 towns who paid the least.

The Hartford Courant reports that according to data from the state Department of Revenue Services, the average New Canaan tax bill was $24,760, higher than the average Greenwich tax return of $24,209.

Greenwich residents paid more than $642 million in state income taxes last year.

In contrast, residents of North Canaan, Scotland and Union contributed less than $1 million from each town in personal income taxes.

The municipalities with the lowest per-person state income tax bills were Hartford, with an average of $903 per return, Bridgeport at $938 and Waterbury at $1,110.

Wednesday is the deadline to pay federal and state taxes for 2014.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Darien woman has been indicted on accusations she embezzled about $800,000 from a Connecticut veterans group.

Cynthia Tanner was charged in federal court in New Haven with fraud and tax evasion. The 53-year-old Tanner was a bookkeeper at the National Veterans Service Fund in Darien.

Authorities accuse Tanner of using about $800,000 in veteran service fund money from 2009 to 2014 for expenses for her and family members. The veterans service fund provides social services and medical assistance to Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veterans and their families.

Tanner also is accused of altering records falsely claiming the stolen money was paid to veterans and that she failed to report the money for tax purposes.

Tanner has been detained since June 2014 and it's not known if she's represented by a lawyer.

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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island police say an ex-inmate accused of carjacking a vehicle occupied by a mother and her 1-year-old son has been arrested in Connecticut.

Cranston police say Jerry Cintron, who last lived in Pawtucket, was arrested Tuesday. He was taken into custody without incident at a Wal-Mart in Lisbon, Connecticut.

The 33-year-old Cintron was sought on an arrest warrant for robbery related to an alleged robbery of the hair salon and carjacking on March 29.

Cintron was arraigned Wednesday in Norwich, Connecticut, as a fugitive from justice. Police say he waived extradition. It was not known Thursday if he's represented by a lawyer.

He had been recently released from the Adult Correctional Institution and was on probation.

Cranston police say they will return Cintron to Rhode Island Friday for arraignment.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Government data show that more than 3,000 medical appointments at Connecticut's Veterans Affairs facilities were delayed at least a month during a recent period.

But that's only 1.2 percent of appointments completed in the state between September and February that failed to meet the VA's goal of providing care within 30 days.

An Associated Press review of 940 VA facilities nationwide found that 2.8 percent of appointments from August to February were delayed at least a month. And delays from 30 to 90 days have not decreased since Congress pumped $16.3 billion into the VA in August.

A spokeswoman for Connecticut's VA system says many of those who wait a month or longer are pursuing specialty services.

At the state's main VA campus in West Haven, less than 1 percent of the 163,643 appointments were delayed.

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PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) Putnam police have arrested a Putnam Middle School substitute teacher accused of threatening to shoot up a classroom Wednesday.

Police say no one was hurt or in danger. No other details were immediately available.

Police identified the teacher Thursday as 46-year-old Andrea Husson of Putnam. Her phone number is not listed and it wasn't known if she's represented by a lawyer.

She was charged with breach of peace and threatening and released on a $1,500 bond. She's due in Danielson Superior Court April 22.

School officials call parents to notify them of the threat.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hamden woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing Social Security checks that were sent to her deceased mother for nearly 30 years.

Sixty-six-year-old Sandra Kimbo was sentenced Monday in Hartford federal court.

Kimbro's mother died in 1984. Kimbro was accused of collecting more than $160,000 in Social Security benefits that were deposited in an account she shared with her mother between April 1984 and February 2014. Federal prosecutors say that as she withdrew money she would describe to bank employees how she was providing care for her mother.

Kimbro pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds in November.

In addition to her prison term she was sentenced to six months of home confinement. She was ordered to pay full restitution.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a man described as a person of interest in an investigation of the disappearance of a Bridgeport woman has killed himself.

The Connecticut Post reports Marcus Jackson was a supervisor of Bridgeport police dispatchers.

Police say he fatally shot himself hours after the dismembered remains of 57-year-old Minnie Lincoln were found in a marshy area in Stratford. She was last seen March 27 in Bridgeport with the 36-year-old Jackson. Police said she was with Jackson in his pickup.

After Lincoln's family reported her missing, police issued a broadcast for Jackson. He was found in his truck in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Police said they questioned him about Lincoln's disappearance and released him, though they still considered him a person of interest in the investigation.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A gas station clerk has been shot and killed in a probable robbery.

The shooting happened Monday night at a Citgo gas station in New Haven.

Police say Sanjay Patel suffered four gunshot wounds, three to his chest and one to his hand. The 39-year-old New Haven man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police they saw two masked men, dressed in dark clothing running from the scene.

Police say they don't believe there were any other customers or employees inside the gas station at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand the state's medical marijuana program to children.

The General Assembly's Judiciary Committee was debating Monday whether to advance the legislation to the Senate for further consideration.

Under the proposal, residents under age 18 could be considered a qualifying patient with approval from a parent, pediatrician and a physician with experience treating the debilitating condition.

Lawmakers recently heard emotional testimony from parents of children suffering from various debilitating conditions, saying the drug can stop violent seizures. Democratic Sen. William Tong said he was persuaded by their pleas.

Republican Rep. Vincent Candelora voiced concern the bill gives parents ``a lot of authority to be a doctor,'' considering caretakers would regulate the dosage. He wants the bill limited to epilepsy.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bill that would allow the spouse of someone living in a nursing home to keep more of the couple's assets is moving through the General Assembly.

Under the state's current Medicaid rules, the spouse who remains in the community can keep half of the couple's combined assets or the federal minimum of $23,844, whichever is greater.

A bill up for a vote in the Human Services Committee on Tuesday would amend the Medicaid state plan and require the spouse of someone in an institution, such as a nursing home, to receive the maximum amount of assets allowed under federal law. That's $119,220, as of this year.

AARP is backing the legislation, saying it supports an individual's choice to live independently by allowing the healthy spouse to keep sufficient resources.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Bridgeport Mayor Tom Bucci is supporting state legislation that would ban politicians convicted of corruption or other crimes from again seeking public office.

He joins Mayor Bill Finch who also backs the legislation.

The Connecticut Post reports that Bucci said in a letter to the state legislature's Judiciary Committee that Bridgeport was set back more than a decade because of avarice.

Former Mayor Joseph Ganim served seven years in prison after being convicted of steering city contracts in exchange for wine, clothes, cash and home improvements.

Ganim is considering a campaign this year to take back his old job.

Finch is expected to seek re-election this fall.

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) A firefighter says he's been harassed at his job at the Hamden Fire Department because he's a Jehovah's Witness.

The New Haven Register reports that Ray Pouncey has sued the fire department and town of Hamden in federal court. He says he's forced to work in a hostile environment and that the problem has been persistent since he refused to march in a Memorial Day Parade several years ago.

He said he can't do anything that could be considered worshipping a man-made object such as a flag.

Pouncey said false allegations about his work have been lodged against him and he has filed complaints with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Town officials, including Fire Chief David Berardesca, wouldn't comment. A representative of the town attorney said no one would comment.

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EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) A male guard at Connecticut's women prison in East Lyme has been charged with having an illegal sexual relationship with a female inmate.

The arrest of 43-year-old Matt Gillette of Groton on Friday came two months after another correctional officer at the York Correctional Institution was charged with having sex with a female inmate.

The Day newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1xKbpbe ) that state police charged Gillette with second-degree sexual assault and he posted $15,000 bail. A phone listing for Gillette couldn't be found.

Fellow correctional officer Jeff Bromley was charged in February with second-degree sexual assault for an alleged illegal sexual relationship with a prisoner. A message seeking comment was left for his lawyers Friday.

An arrest warrant for Bromley says a 28-year-old inmate made sexual assault allegations against three correctional officers.

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WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Federal regulators say they will be increasing their oversight over the Millstone Power Station nuclear complex in Connecticut after finding a security problem following an inspection in November.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the increased oversight Friday. Officials didn't disclose the security problem, saying such information is sensitive.

The NRC said Millstone's problem rated a low-significance ``greater than green'' on a scale ranging from green for very low safety or security significance to red for high safety or security significance.

Millstone's two working nuclear reactors in Waterford generate more than 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 500,000 homes.

Millstone spokesman Ken Holt told The Day newspaper that officials at Millstone's parent company, Dominion of Richmond, Virginia, are reviewing the finding and have not decided whether to appeal.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) There's a potential financial windfall waiting for thousands of Connecticut taxpayers.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday that he's learned there is $13.4 million worth of unclaimed tax refunds from 2011 owed to Connecticut taxpayers.

Blumenthal says the bulk of that money is owed to people who didn't claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. In 2011, the credit was worth as much as $5,751.

According to the IRS, more than 13,400 Connecticut residents haven't yet filed their 2011 tax returns. Blumenthal said people need to know there is no penalty for filing a late tax return that qualifies for a refund.

Free income tax preparation is available at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites for individuals with household incomes of up to $53,000. Taxpayers can call 211 to find locations.

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Meriden's director of health and human services has been arraigned on charges she staged a burglary of her office.

Lisa Pippa was presented in court Thursday, accused of falsely reporting an incident.

Prosecutors say Pippa ransacked her own office on March 9, and tried to implicate another department employee in the break-in.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police placed a surveillance camera in the office and caught Pippa on videotape planting evidence in the department's mailroom.

Prosecutors say Pippa confessed after being confronted with that video.

City Manager Lawrence Kendzior told The Hartford Courant that Pippa remains on personal medical leave.

A message seeking comment was left Friday for Pippa's attorney, James Miron. He has told the Record-Journal of Meriden that Pippa suffers from a mental illness.

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut police are investigating the discovery of a noose inside a construction site at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

Turner Construction issued a statement saying a worker found noose on Wednesday. Construction was stopped and company officials had a meeting with the construction crew.

The company says it has a zero tolerance policy for harassment and anyone found responsible for placing the noose at the site will not be allowed back.

Tom Breen, a spokesman for UConn, says the school also condemns the apparent act of intimidation and harassment in the strongest possible terms.

Police are investigating it as a possible hate crime.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Brooklyn, Connecticut man has been charged with embezzling more than $1.1 million from a Waterford gravel company.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that 51-year-old Todd Francis was arraigned Monday on larceny charges.

He is accused of manipulating the books at Kobyluck in Waterford, pocketing payments made for deliveries to construction sites.

Francis, who was the company's operation's manager, was fired in 2014. The company says it completed an audit in March that showed it was missing about $1.14 million as a result of Kobyluck's activities.

Attempts to reach Kobyluck for comment on Friday failed. A listed phone number had been disconnected. He is free after posting a $75,000 bond.

Kobyluck told police he suffers from bipolar mania, a mental disorder that can lead to risky behavior.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A judge says a 17-year-old Connecticut girl forced to undergo chemotherapy must remain in the hospital until she finishes treatment later this month.

The judge's decision Wednesday also says the teen's mother cannot visit her at the hospital while she is in temporary state custody.

The teen, identified only as Cassandra C., testified by teleconference during a closed hearing last month, asking to finish her treatments from home or have visits with her mother.

Doctors say her Hodgkin lymphoma, diagnosed in September, is in remission but she needs the remaining treatments. She says she is no longer fighting them.

The state was awarded temporary custody after the teen missed several medical appointments last fall and ran away. Her lawyers unsuccessfully tried to stop the treatment she opposed.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) One of the exemptions from Connecticut's sales tax that was eliminated in 2011 is back on the books.

As of Wednesday, consumers will no longer have to pay a 6.35 percent tax on nonprescription medications.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy first proposed eliminating the tax exemption to help cover a massive state budget deficit. Nonprescription medications, such as vitamins, antihistamines, antacids and pain relievers, were among a host of previously non-taxable goods and services that were subjected to the state's sales and use tax.

But the Democrat proposed reinstating the exemption in a bill he introduced and later signed last year. He said Wednesday the exemption will help residents save money, stay healthy and improve their quality of life.

Prescription medications were already exempt from the sales tax.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The owner of the Mystic Pizza restaurant made famous in a 1988 movie has pleaded guilty to federal tax charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 48-year-old John Zelepos of North Stonington faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to tax evasion and financial structuring offenses.

Prosecutors say that between 2006 and 2010 Zelepos diverted just over $567,000 from Mystic Pizza's gross receipts into his personal bank accounts and those of family members. They say he then filed false tax returns to hide the income.

Mystic Pizza has become a tourist attraction since Julia Roberts starred in the movie about the lives of three waitresses working at the small-town pizza parlor.

Zelepos is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23.

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NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) State police and more than 50 local police departments have begun a crackdown on people using their cell phones while driving.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation says the ``U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY'' initiative focuses on texting, but police also will be looking for drivers talking on their phones.

The state is using a $2.3 million grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay for the enforcement effort, which will run through the month of April.

Violators face fines of $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for any additional charges.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. The governor on Monday signed an executive order banning state spending on travel to Indiana.

On Tuesday, UConn president Susan Herbst issued a statement saying Ollie and his staff had cancelled plans to attend coaches meetings and other events surrounding this weekend's Final Four.

Warde Manuel, UConn's athletic director, told The Associated Press he also finds the law unacceptable. He said he hopes the state of Indiana rectifies the situation before UConn or any other institution considers a boycott of the 2016 women's Final Four.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a brain-damaged man sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother.

The high court released the 4-2 ruling Tuesday, saying 69-year-old Richard Lapointe was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose notes by a police officer that may have supported an alibi defense.

A lower court in 2012 overturned Lapointe's convictions for capital felony murder, sexual assault and other crimes.

Lapointe was convicted of killing Bernice Martin, who was found stabbed, raped and strangled in her burning Manchester apartment. A judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of release, setting off efforts by high-profile supporters such as writers Arthur Miller and William Styron to prove his innocence.

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teenager accused of stabbing a classmate to death on the day of their prom is due in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

Seventeen-year-old Christopher Plaskon is charged with murder in the slaying of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez in a hallway at Jonathan Law High School in Milford in April 2014.

Plaskon's attorney, Richard Meehan, said Monday that his client will use an insanity defense. He did not elaborate but he has said Plaskon was taking anti-psychotic medications.

The hearing Tuesday is scheduled for Milford Superior Court.

Plaskon, who is detained on $3 million bail, is being tried as an adult and faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The body of a Stamford man who went missing in February has been found washed up on a beach in Stamford.

Twenty-six-year-old Jorge Simon was a native of Guatemala who had lived and worked in the city for seven years. His family reported him missing on Feb. 16.

Neighbors spotted the body on a private beach Monday afternoon and alerted police.

Lt. Diedrich Hohn says authorities are trying to determine how Simon ended up in the water. Hohn says there are no signs of trauma on the body. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Relatives told police that Simon had been out with friends and was last seen in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day.

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Police in Greenwich are investigating a pair of armed robberies that took place over the weekend.

The first occurred early Saturday when a masked man brandished a gun at a gas station attendant and stole a small amount of cash. Police say the suspect fled in a waiting vehicle described as a gold-colored SUV.

Then early Sunday two local men were beaten and robbed after finishing work at a restaurant. Police say a light-colored SUV with New York plates veered abruptly into their path and three assailants beat and kicked the men before taking their cellphones and wallets.

The Greenwich Time reports anyone with information on either crime is urged to call Greenwich police.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The president of Connecticut College has canceled classes for Monday following the discovery over the weekend of racist graffiti.

WVIT-TV reports that the graffiti including the use of the N-word was found scrawled in the bathrooms of a student center.

College President Katherine Bergeron said in a letter to students Sunday that immediate action is necessary to ``eradicate this ignorance and hatred.'' She said classes were canceled to ensure ``these events receive the proper attention.''

A message seeking comment was left Monday by The Associated Press with a college spokeswoman.

The episode follows a controversy earlier this month over a professor's Facebook post that roiled campus by comparing Gaza Strip to a ``rabid pit bull.''

A campus-wide meeting is planned Monday night at the New London college.

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police in East Haven are advising some people to stay in their homes as they search for a person who was involved in a domestic dispute.

Authorities say the man is armed and could be a danger to the community.

Police began searching for the man after receiving a call about a domestic incident around 3:30 Monday morning. Details about the dispute were not released.

Police sent out phone messages to people in the area urging them to use caution and report any suspicious activity.

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CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) The melting snow has revealed the frozen carcasses of more than a dozen more dead goats at a Cornwall, Connecticut, farm whose operators have been charged with animal cruelty.

More than 70 dead animals have been found at the Butterfield Farm Co. since the state Department of Agriculture seized 74 sickly goats from the property in January.

Farm owner Buddy Hurlburt tells The Republican-American that carcasses have been turning up in ``nooks and crannies'' of the property.

Tara Bryson and Michael Hearl, both of West Suffield, are facing prosecution an animal cruelty charges in Bantam Superior Court in Litchfield. They are free on bond and have declined to comment.

The dozens of animals taken from the farm are now at a state animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The arraignment of a man charged with killing a road construction worker in Bridgeport has been delayed while he is hospitalized.

The Connecticut Post reports Gregory Weathers Jr. was supposed to be arraigned Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court, but the hearing was postponed because Weathers is under a suicide watch at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police say the 33-year-old Weathers opened fire with a handgun at a road construction site near his home Thursday morning after asking the foreman for a job. Thirty-year-old Jose Araujo of Milford was killed.

Authorities told the Post that Weathers was desperate for money to hire a lawyer. State court records show Weathers has two convictions for driving under the influence and three pending DUI cases.

Weathers' public defender didn't immediately return a message Friday.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven's police chief says a city officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the arrest of a 15-year-old girl that sparked protests.

Chief Dean Esserman announced the finding Friday as both police officers and critics of the arrest rallied outside City Hall.

Esserman said Officer Joshua Smereczynsky acted according to his training when he responded to a fight at a downtown restaurant and took the girl to the ground during the city's St. Patrick's Day parade March 15. The girl suffered a fractured shoulder and a cut near her eye.

A video of the arrest shows the officer forcing the teen to the ground and officers removing what appeared to be a knife from her. The girl was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and other crimes.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut parents and guardians who want their children exempted from certain immunizations would need their wishes to be notarized under proposed legislation.

Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, co-chairman of the legislature's Public Health Committee, supports the bill. He said Friday that if parents are going to ``claim something this serious, it should be notarized.'' He listed a number of documents requiring a notary's signature, including notice of an abandoned vessel.

He said religious exemptions from immunizations in Connecticut have climbed from 300 to 1,400 in the past decade.

Numerous parents have balked at the bill, saying it infringes on their freedom to exercise their religious beliefs. The legislation stems from concerns surrounding a recent measles outbreak in California.

The committee forwarded the bill to the House on a 23-4 vote Friday.

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COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) State police say the death of a woman in Colchester has been ruled a homicide and are asking for the public's help in identifying her and finding suspects.

The woman's body was found Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Cato Corner Road and Pine Street. The medical examiner's office determined she was killed in a homicide.

State police say the woman was 25 to 35 years old with dark hair that was dyed red. She had multiple facial piercings, a tattoo on her left bicep that reads ``Jayden'' and more tattoos on her right bicep of a butterfly and the name ``Nicole.''

Anyone with information about the woman and her death are urged to call state police.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A 76-year-old Stamford woman who police say was severely beaten by her son has died.

Maryann Anderson died Thursday after being hospitalized three days. Doctors removed part of her skull to reduce swelling of her brain.

Her son, 42-year-old Timothy Anderson, has been charged with first- and third-degree assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct. He's being held on $500,000 bail.

It was not known Friday if he's represented by a lawyer.

Police say manslaughter or murder charges could be filed against Anderson, depending on autopsy results and the investigation.

Police say he went into a rage Monday after being confronted by his mother and brother about his failure to take medication for psychological problems. Police say he grabbed his mother's collar and repeatedly punched her in the face.

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A man found dead in a Torrington home destroyed by fire has been identified as the husband of a woman who was shot multiple times at the house.

Police said Thursday that the medical examiner's office identified the man as 41-year-old Kevin Thompson. Authorities say a .45-caliber handgun was found near his body and they suspect he shot his wife. The cause of his death remains undetermined.

Thompson's wife, 45-year-old Kelly Thompson, was found with several gunshot wounds Wednesday morning as the house was burning down. She's listed in stable condition at Waterbury Hospital.

What motivated the shooting isn't clear.

Police say Kelly Thompson called 911 shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday and neighbors heard gunshots.

After the home burned down, authorities got a search warrant and found Kevin Thompson's body.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Milford man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 in Social Security payments issued to his deceased mother over more than a quarter century.

Sixty-nine-year-old William Chase was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport.

Chase's mother died in November 1988. Federal prosecutors say Chase had access to her checking account and continued to collect the Social Security payments for himself until May 2014. Authorities say he did not take any steps to stop the monthly benefit payments.

Chase pleaded guilty last December to one count of theft of public funds.

In addition to the prison term U.S. Judge Stefan Underhill sentenced Chase to three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay full restitution.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A clerk has been shot and killed inside a store in Bridgeport.

City police say the shooting Wednesday morning killed 32-year-old Hakeem Joseph of Bridgeport. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.

It was the year's second homicide in Connecticut's largest city.

Police say a masked man wearing a hood and sweatshirt with tan-colored camouflage pants fired multiple shots at Joseph, striking him once. Joseph was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The circumstance surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A body was pulled from a Torrington house destroyed by fire and where a woman had earlier been shot multiple times.

Police say the unidentified woman was in stable condition Wednesday at Waterbury Hospital.

Firefighters found the body in the basement. Police said the medical examiner will identify the body.

Fire crews who arrived at about 7:15 a.m. were told to not enter the burning house because of what sounded like gunshots. The fire quickly spread and the house collapsed and was declared a total loss.

No other details were immediately available.

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SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- A parole board that ruled a man who killed a police officer in 1977 could go free rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors.

 

The inmate, Gary Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb while fleeing from a burglary.

 

Holcomb's niece Maria Weinberger read a letter from his widow, Nancy Holcomb Searles, during the hearing at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, where Castonguay is imprisoned. Weinberger said Searles was too distressed to attend the meeting and face her husband's killer.

 

"Castonguay should remain incarcerated for the remainder of his natural existence," Searles said in the letter.

 

At the hearing attended by dozens of police officers from around Connecticut, a panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles voted 3-0, without any discussion, to reverse the decision made in January.

 

Asked if he had anything to say at the hearing, Castonguay said: "I guess not."

 

The hearing was scheduled after Holcomb's family and prosecutors said they were not aware of the meeting in January when board members voted to release Castonguay in July.

 

Holcomb's relatives and prosecutors said the earlier decision was made with inadequate information about Castonguay's background, including other violent incidents and threats directed at law enforcement. Parole board officials contend that they did have that information.

 

Holcomb, 28, had been a Plainville police officer for five years and was married with a 3-year-old son when he was killed.

 

As Holcomb chased Castonguay after a home burglary, police said, Castonguay's first gunshot knocked him down, then Castonguay shot him three times in the chest at close range.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bill that would cap charges for electric services paid by residential customers is moving through the Connecticut General Assembly.

The legislature's Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday approved a bill capping the monthly, fixed charge at $10. The bill now awaits further action in the Senate.

Politicians and consumer groups voiced concerns about a recent state decision to increase the fix charge imposed by Eversource Energy from $16 to $19.50. Eversource originally requested a $25.50 charge, saying the revenue is needed to cover the utility's expenses.

Some lawmakers voiced concern that some customers might ultimately bear the financial burden of the proposed cap. Rep. Lonnie Reed, the committee co-chairman, said the bill is still being negotiated.

The panel also voted to prohibit variable electric rate contracts for residential customers.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A nearly $300 million project widening Interstate 84 in Waterbury is about to begin.

The Republican-American reports rebuilding the 2.7-mile stretch of highway that Governor Dannel Malloy has called one of the most infamous bottlenecks in Connecticut will begin Monday.

The state Department of Transportation's contract requires the project to be complete by June 25, 2020.

Construction and utility work and other work will cost $298 million, with a little less than half paid by the state and the rest by the federal government.

The highway will be widened to three lanes from two in each direction, exits will be reconfigured, 12-foot-wide shoulders will be added and an access road will be built.

The work includes replacing nine bridges, six culverts and 20 retaining walls. Two waterways must be realigned.

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) A Wallingford school food services director says a review has begun to find out how a worm ended up in a fruit cup served for lunch.

The Record-Journal reports that parents of Sheehan High School students expressed concern on Facebook Monday after parent Kimberly Davidson posted photos taken by students showing worms and a moldy loaf of bread served for lunch.

Davidson said her daughter sent her a picture of a worm in her fruit cup several weeks ago via Snapchat and last week overheard several other students complaining about finding bugs in their food.

Food Services Director Sharlene Wong said the distributor was contacted and a review has begun. She said the distributor said pesticide use is limited and as a result, `organic matter' can appear.

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LEBANON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut farm worker has died after a pile of milled corn collapsed on him.

Police say the collapse happened when 54-year-old Donald Merchant, of South Windham, was using equipment to move corn from a large mound at the Square A Farm on Monday. When he got off the equipment, some of it toppled onto him.

Merchant was found unresponsive by other farm workers, who dug him out. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, has taken himself out of the running to challenge Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Walker tells the Connecticut Post he does not plan to oppose the Democratic incumbent next year. He was an unsuccessful candidate last year for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

The 63-year-old Walker took a job as a senior strategic adviser at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Virginia.

Walker also has put his Bridgeport home up for sale.

Connecticut Republicans haven't won a statewide election since Governor M. Jodi Rell was elected in 2006.

A year before he seeks a second six-year term, Blumenthal has an approval rating of 64 percent. He hasn't yet announced re-election plans, but has warned supporters of Democrats' losses in 2014 and that there is no safe seat.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The two chairmen of a key committee of the legislature differ over a proposal that would ban politicians convicted of felonies from the ballot.

The Connecticut Post reports that state Sen. Eric Coleman, Senate chairman of the legislature's Judiciary Committee, said voters are the best judge of who qualifies for public office.

Rep. William Tong, the committee's House chairman, says public officials should not ``have the opportunity to betray us again.'' He says qualifications already impose limits on public office.

Former Gov. John G. Rowland and ex-state Sen. Ernest E. Newton II of Bridgeport were both sentenced recently over campaign scandals. Each was convicted twice.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch promotes the ban. He says sex offenders shouldn't work in day care centers and corrupt politicians shouldn't be in government.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) For the leaders of two Connecticut tribes proposing to build new casinos together, some of the toughest people to win over have been their own tribal members.

Mohegan Tribe Chairman and retired U.S. Army colonel Kevin Brown says building the alliance with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has reminded him of his work trying to bring together rival factions in Iraq.

The Connecticut tribes, driven together by the threat of outside competition, have a lot of history to overcome. For two decades they have operated two of the world's largest casino resorts only seven miles apart, and before that there was the 1637 massacre in which Mohegans raided a Pequot village.

Brown and Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler tell The Associated Press the tribes are rallying around the threat of new competition from Massachusetts casinos.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Police say a 32-year-old New Britain man has been charged with murder in the death of his father, whose body was found Saturday at their apartment.

Police said Antoine Green was taken into custody at police headquarters without incident on Sunday.

Fifty-nine-year-old William Green was found in the first-floor apartment on Short Street at about 8 a.m. Saturday. Police had said the death was suspicious.

The state medical examiner's office on Sunday ruled the death a homicide from sharp force injury to the neck.

Police said Antoine Green is held on $1 million bond and is to be arraigned Monday in New Britain Superior Court. It is not known who is representing him.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A school bus crashed through a utility pole and struck a house in Stamford. Officials say several students were taken to a hospital, but no one was seriously hurt.

School officials say the bus was carrying students from Turn of River Middle School when it crashed shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. It wasn't immediately clear how many students were on the bus. Stamford schools let out early Friday because of an incoming snowstorm.

Many students on the bus were taken to Stamford Hospital as a precaution.

It's not clear what caused the accident. Police are investigating.

Crews with the power company Eversource shut off electricity to the area as a precaution while they fixed the pole, leaving hundreds of customers without power.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is nominating a former Cigna Corp. executive as Connecticut's newest insurance commissioner.

The Democrat announced Friday that Katharine Wade of Simsbury will replace Thomas Leonardi, who resigned in December to work with a New York investment banking advisory company.

Wade has more than 20 years of insurance industry experience. She started working for Cigna in 1992, most recently as vice president of public policy, government affairs and U.S. compliance. She helped to coordinate all federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.

Malloy said he chose Wade because he wants a partner to help fight what he calls an ``attack on state-based regulation'' of insurance.

Wade is the daughter-in-law of attorney James Wade, a top Democratic fundraiser. Malloy denied that relationship played a role in his selection.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A recent federal decision denying Connecticut's claim for $63 million in Medicaid reimbursements is being blamed for the state's growing budget deficit.

The general fund, the state's major spending account, is now projected to be nearly $133 million in deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30. That's an increase of $71.6 million from last month, according to a report released Friday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid denied the state's request to change how it submits certain Medicaid claims. The denial will cost the state $63 million in expected federal revenue. Ben Barnes, the governor's budget secretary, said options for an appeal are being explored.

Barnes' report also makes note of projected budget shortfalls occurring in various state agencies.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven officials say they're investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who became unresponsive on a city school bus.

Officials say the girl slumped over in her seat while riding the bus home from Lincoln-Bassett School on Monday and died at a hospital on Wednesday. Her name hasn't been released.

The girl's grandmother told the New Haven Independent that the girl had a heart condition. The grandmother said that when the bus arrived at the girl's stop Monday, the driver told her that her granddaughter was unresponsive.

The grandmother told the Independent that no one on the bus called 911 and her adult son tried to revive the girl after he phoned for help.

School officials say they're working with the bus company to review policies and procedures.

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TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) State police say a Tolland town worker who died was patching pot holes when a local Public Works Department truck backed into him and caused the fatal injuries.

Troopers have identified the worker in Thursday morning's accident as 50-year-old David Ridzon of Willington. They say he was pronounced dead after being flown by helicopter to Hartford Hospital.

State police say Ridzon was behind the truck filling pot holes on Anderson Road when it backed into him. Troopers identified the driver of the truck as town employee William Burke of Manchester, who also was taken to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.

No charges have been filed. The accident remains under investigation.

Town Manager Steve Werbner called the incident a tragic accident and says town employees are shocked and grieving.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's top prosecutor plans to tell state lawmakers that steps have been taken to ensure fatal shootings by police are investigated by potentially impartial prosecutors.

The legislature's Judiciary Committee is considering a bill requiring such investigations to be handled by a special prosecutor or state's attorney from a judicial district outside of where the incident occurred.

Senate President Martin Looney and the Connecticut NAACP are pushing the bill, in light of high-profile police shootings in Missouri and New York.

Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane tells The Associated Press he backs the concept.

Draft testimony from the Division of Criminal Justice shows Kane plans to tell lawmakers Friday about the agency's new policy requiring him to assign a state's attorney from another district to supervise the investigation and determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

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DURHAM, Conn. (AP) An award-winning artist and her husband were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide at their Connecticut home. Their dog also was fatally shot.

State police on Wednesday identified the victims as 71-year-old Terry Oakes Bourret and her husband, 74-year-old Donald Bourret. Their bodies were found inside their home in Durham Tuesday evening.

State medical examiners released preliminary findings that the couple and their dog all died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide. Their deaths remain under investigation.

Terry Oakes Bourret's website biography says she was a former nurse who became a professional artist and art teacher after studying painting in Rockport, Massachusetts. The biography says she won more than a hundred regional and national awards, including honors from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police have arrested a third suspect in a fatal stabbing that police say began as a fight over spilled coffee.

Police arrested a 17-year-old Stamford resident Wednesday and charged him with hindering prosecution. The Stamford Advocate reports that police say videotape shows the teen carrying undisclosed evidence from the scene. He's set to be arraigned in juvenile court Thursday.

Antonio Muralles, who police say bumped into a 15-year-old boy outside a McDonald's on March 11, spilled coffee on the youngster.

Police say the 15-year-old boy and another suspect, James McLamb, punched Muralles. The teen is accused of fatally stabbing him.

The 22-year-old McLamb and the youngster have been charged with murder and each is held in lieu of $2 million bond.

Police say they have not recovered the knife.

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