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Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

2 victims of 1944 circus fire exhumed in ID attempt

Oct. 7, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Authorities exhumed the bodies Monday of two victims of the 1944 Hartford circus fire in the hopes of determining whether one of them is a woman who is among five people still listed as missing after the tragedy. The exhumations at Northwood Cemetery in Windsor, Connecticut, occurred...

B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety

Oct. 4, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that helped smash the Nazi war machine. "It made you feel like you...

2 pilots among 7 killed in B-17 crash in Connecticut

Oct. 4, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A pilot with more than 7,000 hours of experience flying a B-17 and his co-pilot were among seven people killed when the bomber crashed and burned at a Connecticut airport, officials said Thursday. Pilot Ernest McCauley, 75, of Long Beach, California, had flown for over 20 years...

Wife of plane crash victim says she had ‘really bad feeling’

Oct. 3, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — The wife of a man who died in a B-17 bomber crash in Connecticut said Thursday she had “a really bad feeling” the vintage plane was going down as it returned after just 10 minutes in the air. Debra Riddell said her husband, 59-year-old Robert Riddell of East Granby,...

The Latest: Pilot in B-17 crash logged 7,300 hours in bomber

Oct. 3, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut (all times local): 4:50 p.m. An official from the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot in a deadly Connecticut plane crash had more than 7,000 hours’ experience flying B-17s. The pilot,...

World War II-era bomber plane crashes near airport

Oct. 2, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A World War II-era bomber plane crashed Wednesday just outside New England's second-busiest airport, and a fire-and-rescue operation was underway, official said. A spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed the crash of the B-17 plane at Bradley International Airport north of...

Missing mom probe highlights hurdles in cases with no body

Sep. 10, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The challenges law enforcement officials face in investigating a suspected murder without a body are on display in the case of missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos. Police documents reveal what some experts believe is overwhelming evidence compiled by investigators...

Correction: Puerto Rico-Hurricane Evacuees story

Sep. 9, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a story Sept. 8 about housing aid for Puerto Rican storm evacuees, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a legislator who voted against allocating money to aid organizations. He is state Sen. Rob Sampson, not Rob Thompson. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Husband of missing mother arrested again

Sep. 5, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five was arrested again in connection with her disappearance. State police arrested Fotis Dulos at his Farmington home Wednesday afternoon and charged him with tampering with physical evidence. Jennifer Dulos, of New Canaan,...