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Northeast senators seek to expand regional climate programs

Nov. 14, 2019 9:32 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. senators across the Northeast are working to create new regional greenhouse gas reduction programs and expand existing efforts. Led by Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, the group has introduced bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the...

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

Nov. 12, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms, which argued it should be shielded by a...

Man charged in Caribbean hotel worker's death skips hearing

Nov. 11, 2019 12:45 PM EST

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker he says attacked his family in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the latest pretrial hearing, a spokesman said Monday. Scott Hapgood, of Darien, is worried about his safety in light of death...

Congress approves bill expanding animal cruelty law

Nov. 6, 2019 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously...

Prosecutor reviewing Russia probe known for tenacity, ethics

Nov. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The man leading the inquiry into the origins of the Russia probe is no stranger to politically sensitive investigations. In his 41-year career as a prosecutor, John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, has led investigations into the FBI's cozy relationship with Boston mobsters...

Senators grill Boeing CEO over plane involved in 2 crashes

Oct. 29, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced withering questions from senators Tuesday about two crashes of 737 Max jets and whether the company concealed information about a critical flight system. "We have made mistakes, and we got some things wrong," Muilenburg conceded. Some members of the Senate Commerce Committee cut...

Supporters rally for US man charged in Anguilla killing

Oct. 28, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Supporters including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal have gathered for a rally in Darien on behalf of a Connecticut man charged with killing a hotel worker while on vacation in Anguilla. Scott Hapgood and his family say a hotel worker showed up at their room unannounced during their April...

Harris, colleagues seek Ukraine info via public records law

Oct. 23, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and two of her Democratic Senate colleagues are trying to force the Trump administration to release documents related to Ukraine and potential investigations into the president's domestic political rivals through the federal Freedom of...

US picks Trump resort for G-7; critics call choice 'brazen'

Oct. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that his Miami golf resort host next year's Group of Seven summit became a reality Thursday, sparking an outcry from critics who called it the most blatant example yet of him using the power of his office to boost his business empire. "There are folks...

Fuel in fatal B-17 crash wasn't contaminated, report says

Oct. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The weather was calm and clear at the time of a deadly B-17 crash at a Connecticut airport, and tests on the airplane's fuel did not turn up any sign of debris or contamination, federal investigators said Tuesday. A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board...