Latest Richard Blumenthal News

Sen. Blumenthal: Legislation targets online “cyber Grinches”

Dec. 1, 2019 11:42 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is pushing legislation aimed at what he describes as “cyber Grinches.” The Connecticut Democrat said the goal of the bill — which he unveiled this week — is to try to block the use of so-called “bot technology”...

Veteran eastern Connecticut lawmaker dies at 69

Nov. 20, 2019 8:29 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Linda Orange, a veteran eastern Connecticut legislator, has died less than two weeks after stepping down for health reasons. She was 69. The Democrat’s family notified House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz’s office late Wednesday of the lawmaker’s passing. Orange...

Northeast senators seek to expand regional climate programs

Nov. 14, 2019 9:32 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. senators across the Northeast are working to create new regional greenhouse gas reduction programs and expand existing efforts. Led by Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, the group has introduced bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the...

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

Nov. 12, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms, which argued it should be shielded by a...

Man charged in Caribbean hotel worker's death skips hearing

Nov. 11, 2019 12:45 PM EST

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker he says attacked his family in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the latest pretrial hearing, a spokesman said Monday. Scott Hapgood, of Darien, is worried about his safety in light of death...

Congress approves bill expanding animal cruelty law

Nov. 6, 2019 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously...

Long Island Sound conservation efforts get $2.6M in grants

Nov. 4, 2019 10:14 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Environmental officials are announcing $2.6 million in grants for Long Island Sound conservation efforts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that 20 grants totaling $1.4 million will benefit Connecticut while $250,000 will go to efforts in Massachusetts and...

Prosecutor reviewing Russia probe known for tenacity, ethics

Nov. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The man leading the inquiry into the origins of the Russia probe is no stranger to politically sensitive investigations. In his 41-year career as a prosecutor, John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, has led investigations into the FBI's cozy relationship with Boston mobsters...

Senators grill Boeing CEO over plane involved in 2 crashes

Oct. 29, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced withering questions from senators Tuesday about two crashes of 737 Max jets and whether the company concealed information about a critical flight system. "We have made mistakes, and we got some things wrong," Muilenburg conceded. Some members of the Senate Commerce Committee cut...

Supporters rally for US man charged in Anguilla killing

Oct. 28, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Supporters including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal have gathered for a rally in Darien on behalf of a Connecticut man charged with killing a hotel worker while on vacation in Anguilla. Scott Hapgood and his family say a hotel worker showed up at their room unannounced during their April...