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Top general 'shocked' by AP report on AWOL guns, mulls fix

Jun. 17, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

Shocked by an Associated Press investigation into the loss and theft of military guns, the Pentagon's top general signaled Thursday that he will consider a “systematic fix” to how the armed services keep account of their firearms. The AP’s investigation reported how...

US Army has hidden or downplayed loss of firearms for years

Jun. 16, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

The U.S. Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes. The Army’s pattern of secrecy and suppression dates back nearly a decade, when The Associated...

AP: Some stolen US military guns used in violent crimes

Jun. 15, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

Pulling a pistol from his waistband, the young man spun his human shield toward police. “Don’t do it!” a pursuing officer pleaded. The young man complied, releasing the bystander and tossing the gun, which skittered across the city street and then into the hands of...

Study: Half of US cosmetics contain toxic chemicals

Jun. 15, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada are awash with a toxic industrial compound associated with serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight, according to a new study. Researchers at the University...

Lawmakers agree NCAA needs NIL help, but how much and when?

Jun. 09, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

A federal law governing how college athletes can earn money off their fame and celebrity seems certain to pass — at some point. There is no real debate among lawmakers on Capitol Hill about whether athletes should be permitted to monetize their name, image and likeness....

Probe of VA hospital worker deaths finds safety violations

Jun. 02, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal investigation of a hot steam accident that killed two workers at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut found workplace safety violations and concluded the deaths were preventable, according to a report released Wednesday by the Occupational Safety and...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 21, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. May 18, 2021. Editorial: The angry, disruptive display at UHart’s commencement over switching to NCAA Division III was thoughtless and misguided Filled with anger and disappointment over the University of Hartford’s decision to...

Refugees arriving in US unlikely to exceed cap set by Trump

May. 16, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden, under political pressure, agreed to admit four times as many refugees this budget year as his predecessor did, but resettlement agencies concede the number actually allowed into the U.S. will be closer to the record-low cap of 15,000 set by former...

Education Secretary Cardona encourages UConn grads in speech

May. 08, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona praised new University of Connecticut graduates for their work in helping to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and urged them to use their uniqueness as their “superpower” to accomplish their career and life goals, in a...

Peloton recalls treadmills, halts sales, after a child dies

May. 05, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Peloton is recalling about 125,000 of its treadmills less than a month after denying they were dangerous and saying it would not pull them from the market, even though they were linked to the death of a child and injuries of 29 others. The company said...