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TV journalist Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

Jan. 16, 2019 2:20 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A TV journalist known for confronting would-be child predators has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials. Former "To Catch a Predator" host Chris Hansen was arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford,...

Rallies seek release of detained immigration activist

Jan. 16, 2019 12:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of an immigration activist facing deportation are rallying in cities across the country ahead of a Thursday hearing that may decide his fate. Eduardo Samaniego, a 26-year old native of Mexico, had been a prominent voice at immigration rallies and marches in Massachusetts in recent...

Heroin dealer to spend more than a decade in prison

Jan. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EST

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A Haitian national who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in the greater Norwalk area for most of the past decade has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Charles Thelusma was sentenced Monday in federal court and has been detained without bond since his arrest in 2017. The 44-year-old...

Teach kids about climate change? This state might require it

Jan. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it...

Report: Many children mistreated in criminal-justice system

Jan. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate has released a report critical of how the state's criminal justice system confines and incarcerates children. The report made public Wednesday found the state has a disproportionate number of children of color behind bars. It also found that...

Federal agents seize cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico

Jan. 16, 2019 11:51 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities have intercepted more than 30 pounds (14 kilograms) of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to Connecticut. According to court documents unsealed Monday, U.S. Postal Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents working an eight-month investigation tracked 60...

Judge accepts Manafort's resignation as Connecticut lawyer

Jan. 16, 2019 9:46 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has accepted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's proposal to permanently give up his right to practice law in the state amid disbarment proceedings. Judge David Sheridan in Hartford on Tuesday also issued a finding of misconduct related to Manafort's...

Man who flew weaponized drones sentenced to prison

Jan. 16, 2019 12:35 AM EST

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who created popular online videos of drones firing guns and shooting flames has been sentenced to prison on unrelated charges of assaulting and interfering with police. The Hartford Courant reports a judge sentenced 22-year-old Austin Haughwout Tuesday to seven...

Bank offers no-interest loans for some affected by shutdown

Jan. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bank in Connecticut says it will offer no-interest loans to any federal workers who are working and not being paid during the partial government shutdown. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday announced the assistance program offered by Webster Bank. He said he hopes other banks...

Food pantry opens for employees at Coast Guard Academy

Jan. 15, 2019 2:53 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help Coast Guard and academy workers affected by the partial government shutdown. About 160 of the 260 government-funded nonessential employees at the New London,...