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Agency says no new foods now subjected to meals surcharge

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's tax department has determined no new foods should be subjected to a new surcharge on prepared meals. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont asked the Department of Revenue Services to reevaluate a recent policy statement that he said "too broadly interpreted" a new, extra 1% tax on...

Williams, Jones help Sun beat Sparks, take 2-0 series lead

Sep. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones and Courtney Williams got the Connecticut Sun going in the third quarter and the team never looked back. Jones scored 27 points and Williams added 25 to help the Sun rout the Los Angeles Sparks 94-68 on Thursday night and take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA semifinals. "I...

Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market

Sep. 19, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun-maker Colt is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15, the company said Thursday in a shift it attributed to changes in consumer demand and a market already saturated with similar weapons. The company said it will focus instead...

Sun top Sparks 84-75 in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

Sep. 17, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut checked off the first box on its postseason to-do list: winning a playoff game for the first time since 2012. Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and the Sun opened the WNBA semifinals with an 84-75 win over the Los...

Chiney Ogwumike praises security after WNBA fan incident

Sep. 17, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike is praising security after she and her sister were rushed by a fan following the Los Angeles Sparks playoff win at the Staples Center on Sunday. Speaking before the Sparks' semifinal game at Connecticut on Tuesday, Ogwumike said arena security defused the situation...

Lamont says review of taxed, prepared foods under way

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that Connecticut's tax department "too broadly interpreted" a planned surcharge on prepared foods and he has directed the agency to revisit which items should be affected. The Democrat said his budget office and legislative Democrats, who crafted the...

Can Purdue Pharma's opioid settlement win judge's approval?

Sep. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy court into a sort of hybrid between a business and a charity. Whether the company can pull it off remains to be...

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

Sep. 16, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. The filing was anticipated before and after the...

Former NASCAR driver killed in single-engine plane crash

Sep. 15, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

STERLING, Conn. (AP) — Modified stock car great Michael Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He was 61. State police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon in Sterling near the Rhode Island state line. They say the single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 took off from the Riconn...

Gray, Parker help Sparks eliminate Storm, advance to semis

Sep. 15, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks, under the guidance of first-year coach Derek Fisher, have battled through adversity all season and leaned on that experience in their single-elimination second-round playoff game with defending-champion Seattle. Chelsea Gray had 21 points and eight assists,...