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Federal judge dismisses suit over Rhode Island's truck tolls

Mar. 19, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Rhode Island's new truck tolls Tuesday, finding that the court lacks jurisdiction and the case should be brought in the state court system. Rhode Island began tolling trucks in June as part of an infrastructure plan to repair bridges and...

Vermont's Lamb among players to watch from 1-bid conferences

Mar. 19, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

Vermont's Anthony Lamb is among several players from one-bid conferences capable of leading their teams to major upsets in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-6 junior forward scored 24 points against Kansas and 25 points against Louisville in the NIT Season Tip Off in November. Although Vermont lost both games, Lamb...

Gambling bills get initial OK; more discussion expected

Mar. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers advanced several bills Tuesday that touch on nearly every aspect of gambling in Connecticut, including adding more casinos and legalized sports wagering. But members of the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee noted how many details of the proposals, some...

Saint Mary's plans for another upset after stunning Gonzaga

Mar. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Randy Bennett has earned seven NCAA Tournament bids, made one trip to the Sweet Sixteen and turned a two-win team into one of the winningest on the West Coast since arriving to coach at tiny Saint Mary's nearly two decades ago. This year's trip to the tournament might be the most...

Opponents gear up for battle over tolls ahead of vote

Mar. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Opponents of tolls on Connecticut highways are making their opinions known before lawmakers cast their first vote on the issue. The politically conservative Yankee Institute for Public Policy set up a large inflatable "Toll Troll" on Tuesday on the front lawn of the state Capitol,...

Vaccine forum canceled amid concerns over RFK Jr. appearance

Mar. 19, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker who supports eliminating the religious exemption from vaccinations for public school students says he had no choice but to cancel a planned forum on the science behind vaccines. Democratic Rep. Josh Elliott of Hamden says he called off Tuesday's planned event...

FAA employee pleads guilty to child porn charge

Mar. 19, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration employee has pleaded guilty to using his government-issued computer to access child pornography. The U.S. attorney for Connecticut says 58-year-old Scott Pierson entered his plea Monday. Prosecutors say the Vernon man was using his FAA-issued...

Man pleads guilty to investment fraud scheme

Mar. 19, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to his role in an investment fraud scheme. Prosecutors say 58-year-old Leonid "Lenny" Pollak entered his plea Monday to charges of wire fraud and illegal monetary transaction. The Greenwich man owned a Norwalk-based company that organized trade...

Woman found inside burning home dies

Mar. 19, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A woman rescued from a bathroom during a house fire in Connecticut has died. Police say 67-year-old Barbara Curley died at Bridgeport Hospital on Monday, a day after the fire in her Shelton home. Firefighters found her inside the home's bathroom after responding to a fire at around...

Doctor who cheated Medicaid of $5M gets 7 years in prison

Mar. 19, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut doctor who bilked Medicaid out of nearly $5 million and stashed some of the stolen money in a Swiss bank account has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Ramil Mansourov was also ordered in federal court in New Haven on...