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300 Afghan refugees expected in Connecticut in coming months

Sep. 13, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — About 300 refugees from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in Connecticut in the coming weeks and months as immigrant advocacy groups work to find permanent homes for them in the state, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and advocates said Monday. ...

US senators warn against Iranian fuel shipments to Lebanon

Sep. 01, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A delegation of four U.S. senators said Wednesday that America is looking to help Lebanon overcome fuel shortages that have paralyzed the country. But they warned the import of Iranian oil into the crisis-hit country could have “severely damaging consequences.” ...

Senate panel interviews former US attorney in Trump probe

Aug. 11, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee met privately Wednesday with a former U.S. attorney in Georgia who resigned in January as then-President Donald Trump waged a pressure campaign on state and federal officials to overturn his presidential defeat — part of a larger probe into...

Connecticut likely to reap billions from infrastructure bill

Aug. 10, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is poised to receive billions of dollars in additional federal transportation funding for rail and bus projects, bridge and road repairs, carbon emissions reduction efforts, new electric vehicle charging stations and other initiatives under the $1 trillion...

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Jul. 22, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly next week. ...

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Jul. 21, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly...

Regulator sues Amazon to force recall of hazardous products

Jul. 15, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

Safety regulators are suing Amazon to force it to recall hazardous products sold on its site, including flammable children’s pajamas, faulty carbon monoxide detectors and hair dryers that don’t protect users from getting electrocuted. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety...

Watchdog: FBI mishandled Nassar-USA Gymnastics abuse case

Jul. 14, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI made “fundamental” errors in investigating sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar and did not treat the case with the “utmost seriousness,” the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday. More...

Eversource says it has a good plan and is ready for Elsa

Jul. 08, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Connecticut's largest electric utility insist they are prepared for the impact of Tropical Storm Elsa, while continuing to defend their response to a storm last August that left thousands without power for over a week. Craig Hallstrom, the president of...

High court: California can't collect charity top donor names

Jul. 01, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered California to stop collecting the names and addresses of top donors to charities, calling the state's requirement a “dragnet for sensitive donor information." The justices voted 6-3 along ideological lines to...