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Audit report: Thousands in Sandy Hook funds went missing

Dec. 5, 2019 5:36 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...

Member of food stamp fraud ring sentenced to three years

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An employee at a Connecticut supermarket has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for his role in a food stamp scheme that brought in millions. Muhammad Shahbaz, of Jersey City, New Jersey, accepted a deal with federal prosecutors for food stamp fraud and agreed to...

Amtrak worker dies while working on transformer

Dec. 5, 2019 2:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An Amtrak worker was killed in an electrical incident Thursday while working on a transformer at a power substation in New York City. Amtrak said the man was fatally injured around 11 a.m. Thursday at the facility, which is located near the railroad's tracks in the Bronx. Fire officials...

AP Exclusive: Man said 'I hope it was worth it' before blast

Dec. 5, 2019 1:02 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man on fire yelled “I hope it was worth it" after apparently setting off an explosion that killed him and injured nine Connecticut police officers during a standoff last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Although officials never determined the...

Man sued by estate of man he's charged with killing

Dec. 5, 2019 1:02 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing a hotel worker he says attacked his family on the Caribbean island of Anguilla has been sued by the worker's estate in a U.S. court. Scott Hapgood, 44, of Darien, and his family say Kenny Mitchel showed up at their room unannounced during an...

Man pleads to child porn, persuaded girl to send photos

Dec. 5, 2019 12:41 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man admitted to persuading an 11-year-old Connecticut girl to send him nude photos, prosecutors said. Mark Crowley, of Beverly, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor, The (Stamford) Advocate reported. Crowley, 57, will...

Amber Alert issued for girl, 1, whose mother was found dead

Dec. 5, 2019 11:12 AM EST

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — Police have issued an Amber Alert for a 1-year-old girl who is still missing after her mother was found dead inside their Connecticut home. Ansonia police issued the alert Wednesday for Venessa Morales. Police found her mother dead at around 8 p.m. Monday. Police said they are...

Connecticut man gets 55 years in prison for killing wife

Dec. 5, 2019 8:35 AM EST

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who killed his estranged wife then fled with with their 2-year-old daughter was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison. Patrick Miles, 39, of New Britain, was convicted in October of murder and other charges in the shooting death of Yasheeka Miles in April...

Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO

Dec. 4, 2019 6:56 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said...

Connecticut rail lines sets Thanksgiving ridership record

Dec. 4, 2019 6:52 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A commuter rail line service that connects Connecticut to Massachusetts attracted record ridership during Thanksgiving weekend. The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the Hartford Line trains saw more than 4,000 riders the Wednesday before...