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  • Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

    PRAGUE — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat. Sporting lime green “mankinis” and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the “I Love Astana” sign earlier this month. But local police fined them some $68 each for committing minor hooliganism, according to local media. In a Facebook post […]

  • Former UHart body fluids roommate case continued

    HARTFORD — A former University of Hartford student facing arraignment on allegations she smeared body fluids on her roommate’s belongings had her case continued until December 18. Brianna Brochu appeared Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. She’s charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace. Prosecutors said they’re determining whether to add a hate crime charge. The 18-year-old Harwinton resident, who is white, is accused of contaminating her black roommate’s belongings at the University of Hartford. Police said Brochu wrote on […]

  • CBS News and PBS fire Charlie Rose

    CBS News said Tuesday that Charlie Rose’s contract has been terminated. About an hour later, PBS fired Rose after sexual misconducts by staffers on his interview show. An internal memo said the decision “followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior.” CBS suspended Rose shortly after The Washington Post published a 5,000-word story on Monday about alleged harassment, based on interviews with eight women who described “unwanted sexual advances.” Rose said in a statement that he “deeply apologized” […]

  • Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on ‘Hollywood blacklist’

    LOS ANGELES — Kathy Griffin says she is in the middle of a “Hollywood blacklist” after taking a photo holding a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump. The comedian is currently on a world standup tour. She says in a YouTube video that when she returns to the U.S. she doesn’t have “one single day of paid work” scheduled. She says she doesn’t want to do free shows or work small clubs and thinks she should be able […]

  • Body recovered from NY cosmetic factory explosion and fire

    NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — The body of a worker has been found at a cosmetics factory north of New York City following two explosions and a fire that left more than 30 people injured, including seven firefighters. Orange County spokesman Justin Rodriguez says the body of a male employee was recovered from the Verla International cosmetics factory in New Windsor Monday night. No other details were provided. One employee had remained unaccounted for following the first explosion Monday morning. Police […]

  • Ikea again announces dresser recall after death of 8th child

    NEW YORK — Ikea has relaunched the recall of 29 million chests and dressers following the death of an eighth child. CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not anchored to a wall. The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word […]

  • Ex-Officer Gets 14 Months In Videotaped Brutality Case

    Police chief’s son settles lawsuit over jail cell brutality in Meriden

    MERIDEN — A former Meriden police officer who pushed a handcuffed suspect who fell and fractured his skull in a police department jail cell in 2010 has settled a brutality lawsuit. Court records entered late last week in federal court in Hartford show that former officer Evan Cossette, son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, settled with Meriden resident Pedro Temich. Terms were not disclosed. Lawyers in the case declined to comment Monday. Authorities said Temich was detained in connection with […]

  • Hartford man sentenced to life for 2011 killing of rival

    HARTFORD — A Hartford man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 killing of a suspected rival. The U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut says 26-year-old Karl “Eagle” Roye was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut. Federal prosecutors say Roye and Jimel Frank opened fire on 24-year-old Anthony Parker as he sat in parked car in Hartford. Officials say Roye and Frank were members of a gang and Parker was a rival. A jury […]

  • Fox News ‘Justice’ host Jeanine Pirro clocked going 119 mph

    NEW YORK — Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro has been issued a speeding ticket for driving 119 mph  in a 65 mph  zone in upstate New York. The Daily News reports the former Westchester County district attorney was stopped by a trooper on Sunday afternoon in Tioga County. A state police spokesman says he doesn’t know what type of car Pirro was driving or whether she had any passengers. Pirro says in a statement through Fox News Channel she […]

  • Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in Alaska cruise death

    JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska U.S. attorney’s office says it does not plan to seek the death penalty in the case of a Utah man accused of killing his wife during a cruise in Alaska. Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, in July. He has pleaded not guilty. While the state of Alaska does not have capital punishment, the death occurred while the ship was in U.S. waters. The U.S. attorney’s […]