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    Special elections planned for 3 open legislative seats Tuesday

    HARTFORD — Special elections are being held to fill three Connecticut General Assembly seats vacated by sitting lawmakers who decided to take other state jobs. Click here to find out if you live in a district holding a special election. Elections are planned for Tuesday in the 2nd Senatorial District, 32nd Senatorial District and the 115th Assembly District. The special election could change control of the Senate, which currently has an even number of Republican and Democratic senators. In the 2nd […]

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins; Logano finishes 6th

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Kurt Busch has won the Daytona 500, surviving a crash-filled season opener to win the race for the first time in 16 tries. Busch passed Kyle Larson final lap before cruising to the victory. Larson ran out gas shortly after passing Chase Elliott, who also came up short on fuel. Busch led only one lap — the only one that mattered. He won in the […]

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actor Ruth Negga attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Ben Peterson/Getty Images)

    89th Academy Awards: See the fashions on the red carpet

    LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the 89th Academy Awards (all times local): 4:20 p.m. It was a no-brainer for Lin-Manuel Miranda when it came to picking a date for the Oscars. It’s his mother, Luz, who got him there after all. Miranda’s mother says she stayed up late watching the Oscars every year and told her son he would be there someday. To which her son adds that she earned the honor “by calling dibs when I was 10 […]

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    UConn science building to get $85 million renovation

    STORRS — A major academic building at the University of Connecticut is set to undergo an $85 million face-lift. The school’s Board of Trustees has approved spending the money to renovate its 285,000-square-foot Gant science building, which houses the university’s programs in physics, ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular and cell biology, and physiology and neurobiology programs. The renovations will include improvements to classrooms, lecture halls, teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices, and support space. The leaky building also will receive […]

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    Music concert to benefit Sandy Hook victim’s foundation

    NEWTOWN — The principal cellist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is organizing a concert to benefit a foundation set up by the family of a victim of the Connecticut school shooting. Carter Brey and other orchestra members will perform at the “Chasing the Music” event June 4 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The concert will benefit CMAK Foundation, which runs the Race4Chase kids triathlon program. The foundation was set up by the family of 7-year-old Chase Kowalski, who […]

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    Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

    WASHINGTON — A report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts likely would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act has two main components for expanding coverage: subsidized private health insurance available in all 50 states, and an optional Medicaid expansion that’s been accepted by 31 states and the District of Columbia. Those components cover more than […]

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    Pioneer Valley or West Mass? Regional rebranding is fraught

    BOSTON  — A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn’t sitting well with some residents. Tourism and economic development officials last week rebranded “Pioneer Valley” as “West Mass.” They say the region’s old moniker, which originated in the early 20th century, is outdated and confusing. But an online petition is calling on officials to abandon the new name. The debate is the latest reminder that rebranding can often be a fraught exercise for communities. Rhode Island abandoned […]

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    New York, North Carolina: When should a teen be tried as adult

    ALBANY, N.Y.  — New York and North Carolina are the last states that still prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal court, but changes may be coming. Both states are considering proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. Backers say the measures could save millions of dollars by providing rehabilitative services that young people need to keep from offending again. The proposal also would allow young offenders to avoid adult records that can affect their […]

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    Police work to bring back Bridgeport murder suspect who fled state

    BRIDGEPORT — Police are working to bring back to Connecticut a man suspected of fleeing the state with his daughter after killing the girl’s mother. A spokeswoman for the Bridgeport department said Saturday that police are also investigating the details surrounding Oscar Hernandez’s immigration status. Federal immigration officials say he had been deported Nov. 27, 2013. A citizen of El Salvador, Hernandez has prior felony convictions including assault and threat. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a detainer on him. […]

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    Supreme Court weighs law banning sex offenders from Facebook

    RALEIGH, N.C.  — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up the case of a North Carolina man who beat a traffic ticket and posted about his victory on Facebook, a place he was forbidden to be. The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday as 36-year-old Lester Packingham Jr. claims a state law violates his constitutional rights to free speech by banning convicted sex offenders like him from social media sites. Packingham’s conviction for violating the social-media ban was upheld by North […]