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FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, nurses and their supporters hold signs in the rain as they began a two-day strike outside the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, registered nurses at the hospital approved a new, four-year collective bargaining contract after going on a two-day strike amid disputes over pay and the availability of protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic. (John Shishmanian/The Bulletin via AP, File)

Connecticut has 19 communities with 'red alert' virus levels

Oct. 22, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

Eight more communities, many in southeastern Connecticut, were identified Thursday by state public health authorities as “red alert towns” after their daily rates of new COVID-19 infections surpassed 15 per 100,000 people since last week. There are now 19 cities and towns on the weekly list that now...

This undated photo provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos. A Connecticut probate judge said Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, that she needs more time and may need to hear more evidence before deciding whether to declare the missing Connecticut mother legally dead. Jennifer Dulos disappeared May 24, 2019, after dropping her five children at school. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

Judge orders hearing to decide if Jennifer Dulos is dead

Oct. 22, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut probate judge said Thursday that she needs more time and may need to hear more evidence before deciding whether to declare a missing Connecticut mother legally dead. Jennifer Dulos disappeared May 24, 2019, after dropping her five children at school. Police in...

FILE - This combination of July 2020 file photos provided by the Stonington, Conn., Police Department shows Philip Sarner, left, and Emily Orbay. The couple accused of attacking a Black worker at a Mystic, Conn., hotel in June 2020, were able to escape arrest at the scene by tricking Stonington police, according to an independent investigation of the incident. (Stonington Police Department via AP, File)

Investigation finds police were tricked by assault suspect

Oct. 21, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A white couple accused of attacking a Black worker at a Mystic hotel were able to escape arrest at the scene by tricking Stonington police, according to an independent investigation. The investigation, ordered by town officials and released this week, found there was no malice or...

FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, power lines and poles lie in a roadway beside a fallen tree in Westport, Conn., brought down by Tropical Storm Isaias. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong asked regulators to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's days-long power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

AG wants reimbursements for poor response to power outage

Oct. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general asked regulators Wednesday to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's dayslong power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. Attorney General William Tong spoke as the Public Utilities Regulatory...

Chuckles, Connecticut's prognosticating groundhog, has died

Oct. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Chuckles X, who served as Connecticut's official prognosticating groundhog, has died. The blind female woodchuck that conveyed forecasts of spring to Manchester Mayor Jay Moran for the past two years died last weekend at her home at the Lutz Children’s Museum, Kate...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Local health officials receiving funds for contact tracing

Oct. 21, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

The first batch of local public health agencies has begun receiving state grants to help cover the cost of contact tracing for COVID-19 infections, testing and other expenses as Connecticut begins seeing localized pockets of cases. The money announced Wednesday is coming from the $20 million the Connecticut...

Golf tournament raises $1.6 million despite no ticket sales

Oct. 21, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — The Travelers Championship announced Wednesday that June's golf tournament raised more than $1.6 million for Connecticut charities despite being a television-only event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA event, which donates all of its net proceeds, will give money to 115...

Police say child forced to kneel on tacks, drink hot sauce

Oct. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man is facing child abuse charges for forcing a child to sleep in a locked closet and making him kneel on thumb tacks and drink hot sauce until he vomited, police said. Kevin Grant, 31, of Naugatuck was arrested last week on charges of second-degree assault,...

Officer fatally shoots dog that was biting, dragging woman

Oct. 21, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer shot a pit bull to death Tuesday afternoon as it was attacking a woman, authorities said. The Enfield officer was responding to an unrelated call and saw the dog attacking the woman, police said. The dog was biting the woman's foot and the owners were able...