Latest Richard Blumenthal News

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2022 17:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected U.S. allegations that Moscow was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine, as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had...

Bipartisan U.S. Senate delegation travels to Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2022 09:11 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Seven U.S. senators are in Ukraine to meet with that country’s president and other officials. The bipartisan delegation consists of four Democrats — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Murphy, Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal — and three Republicans — Rob...

Building could become museum for Black Civil War regiment

Jan. 16, 2022 11:12 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A vacant building in Hartford could become a museum honoring a famed Black Civil War regiment. Army veteran Bridgitte Prince is spearheading a project to raise $35 million to tell the story of the 29th Regiment Connecticut Infantry (Colored), the first Union...

More cruise ships under CDC investigation due to COVID cases

Dec. 29, 2021 16:26 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more cruise ships due to new cases of COVID-19 as the omicron variant drives extremely high infection levels in the industry hub of Florida. The CDC said 88 vessels are now either under investigation...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EST

Boston Herald. December 14, 2021. Editorial: Why aren’t all New England’s senators unified to end the filibuster for voting rights? Seven senators are failing to send a clear message about their commitment to procedural reform that would help protect Americans’...

Lawmakers say they will try again to regulate airline fees

Dec. 09, 2021 17:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several congressional Democrats are reviving legislation to regulate fees that airlines charge for things such as checking a bag, changing a flight or picking a seat. The legislation would require that fees be “reasonable and proportional” to the airline's...

Instagram head faces senators amid anger over possible harms

Dec. 08, 2021 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Instagram on Wednesday met with deep skepticism on Capitol Hill over new measures the social media platform is adopting to protect young users. Adam Mosseri appeared before a Senate panel and faced off with lawmakers angry over revelations of how the...

Union: Group homes owner threatens striking workers' jobs

Dec. 02, 2021 15:54 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Group home workers in Connecticut who have been on strike for nearly two months said Thursday that owner Sunrise Group has threatened to permanently replace them as they continue to seek a new contract with better wages and health care benefits. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 12, 2021 17:16 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 8, 2021. Editorial: Federal prescription plan has been on Maine’s agenda for years The Build Back Better plan includes a price negotiation system for prescription drugs, and all of Maine’s congressional delegation...

An "eraser button"? Focused ideas could help bridle Big Tech

Nov. 02, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Break up Big Tech? How about shrinking the tech companies’ shield against liability in cases where the content they push to users causes harm? Or creating a new regulator to strictly oversee the industry? Those ideas have captured official attention...