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FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill in Washington. On Dec. 20, 2019, a Texas judge ordered Jones to pay $100,000 in legal fees in another setback to the Infowars host, who is being sued by families of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting for calling the attack a hoax. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Judge orders Alex Jones to pay $100,000 in Sandy Hook case

Dec. 31, 2019 4:27 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $100,000 in legal fees and refused to dismiss a lawsuit that targets the Infowars host for using his show to promote falsehoods that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. Jones is being sued for defamation in Austin,...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2012, file photo, Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II, M.D., speaks during a news conference the day following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Carver died of natural causes Thursday night, Dec. 26, 2019, in Middletown, Conn. He was 67. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Medical examiner in Sandy Hook massacre, other crimes dies

Dec. 27, 2019 2:54 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the former Connecticut chief medical examiner whose office examined the bodies of victims of the state's most infamous homicides, including the children and educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has died. He was 67. Carver died Thursday night at...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file image taken from video released by National Transportation Safety Board, the wreckage of a World War II-era B-17 bomber plane that crashed Wednesday remains on the tarmac at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. The plane crashed and burned after experiencing mechanical trouble on takeoff. (NTSB via AP, FILE)

B-17 crash, missing mom among top Connecticut news in 2019

Dec. 25, 2019 9:02 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's top stories in 2019 included the deadly crash of a World War II-era bomber, police shootings that stirred protests and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a mother of five. In addition to the new scandals and tragedies, there were developments in long-running...

Newtown's Riley Ward (13) reacts and looks back at his teammates after scoring the winning touchdown as the Newtown Nighthawks beat the Darien Blue Wave in the final play of the Class LL state football championship at Trumbull High School Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Trumbull, Conn. Newtown won 13-7. Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community's high school football team, with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker, won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill. (Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant via AP)

Newtown celebrates football title, but continues to grieve

Dec. 16, 2019 9:51 PM EST

On the seventh anniversary of the massacre that killed Tricia Pinto's son Jack at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she found herself celebrating the state football championship by the team of her other son, Ben. Ben Pinto plays linebacker for the Newtown High School Nighthawks, who won the Class LL state...

Newtown's Riley Ward (13) reacts and looks back at his teammates after scoring the winning touchdown as the Newtown Nighthawks beat the Darien Blue Wave in the final play of the Class LL state football championship at Trumbull High School Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Trumbull, Conn. Newtown won 13-7. Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community's high school football team, with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker, won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill. (Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant via AP)

Newtown football title brings joy on painful anniversary

Dec. 14, 2019 11:20 PM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community's high school football team — with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday...

Plans for permanent Sandy Hook memorial site scaled back

Dec. 14, 2019 11:27 AM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The planned permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut will be simpler but maintain the essence of the original design, members of the memorial committee said. “The heart of the memorial is still the sycamore...

Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun-maker set for trial in 2021

Dec. 11, 2019 5:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge said Wednesday a lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims against Remington Arms will go to trial in September of 2021. A survivor and relatives of nine victims of the 2012 massacre filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Remington in...

In this Dec. 3, 2019, photo, Mark Barden and his daughter Natalie Barden hold a photograph of Natalie's late brother, Daniel, at their home in Newtown, Conn. Daniel died in the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 first graders and six educators. Natalie, 17, is among Newtown students who have grown up to become young voices in the gun violence prevention movement. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

As Newtown students grow up, some turn to activism

Dec. 11, 2019 9:27 AM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — They were children themselves when they lost siblings, friends, and schoolmates in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Too young to comprehend the massacre, they spent years in shock and denial. Seven years later, some young people in Newtown, still struggling with the...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2019 file photo, Becky Galvan, center, consoles her daughter, Ashley Galvan, a 15-year-old sophomore, with her father Jose Chavez outside Waukesha South High School in Waukesha, Wis., after gunshots were exchanged between a student and a school resource officer inside the school.  The involvement of school resource officers in two separate student shootings this week in Wisconsin highlights the role they can play in a worst-case scenario. While the thousands of officers in schools are dedicated to law enforcement first, they spend much of their days as counselors and educators. In cases of real and immediate threats to students or teachers, however, the rules on use of force are set by the police departments that assign them to the schools. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

In US schools, resource officers woven into daily life

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An imposing presence in uniform at 6-foot-5, Officer Will Chapman towers over students in the halls of Newtown Middle School, but he tries to be as approachable as possible. The school resource officer known as “Officer Will” aims to been seen by each student at least...

Audit report: Thousands in Sandy Hook funds went missing

Dec. 5, 2019 6:39 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tens of thousands of dollars in philanthropic contributions intended to help first responders, educators and staff impacted by the Sandy Hook school shooting went missing from a labor charity organization and were mingled with other money, according to an audit report released...