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Technology shapes insurance companies' response to wildfires

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — As wildfires raged this month in California, insurance claims experts at Travelers sat in a command center 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) away in Connecticut, monitoring screens showing satellite images, photos from airplane...

 

For latest in orderliness, prisons look to computer tablets

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Allowing inmates to stare at computer tablet screens for hours each day may be just the ticket for creating calm, orderly cellblocks, prison officials say. But tablets, growing in popularity in prisons nationwide, also can...

 

Farm team: Minor league Yard Goats offering yoga with goats

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — What to do with a new $71 million minor league baseball stadium during the winter? If you're the Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, you turn to real goats. Time for goat yoga class. Talk...

 

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage. The...

 

Former monk sues cosmetics giant over anti-aging formula

A former Roman Catholic monk has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L'Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his charity was selling to raise money for the poor. Dennis...

 

Town of Newtown asks judge to throw out wrongful death suit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The town of Newtown and its Board of Education asked a judge to throw out the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed during the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012. The lawsuit, filed in state...

 

Researchers map number of teen suicide attempts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Connecticut have created a map that looks at where in the state teenagers have attempted suicide in an effort to help determine where resources might be best used to address the issue. A...

 

UConn Siberian Husky Jonathan assists with wedding proposal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Siberian Husky that serves as the mascot for the University of Connecticut has helped two alumni make a love connection. Jonathan served as wingman Monday when Daniel Bronko, 23, surprised his girlfriend, Holly Korona,...

 

Preparing artifacts of the 'Great War' for the digital age

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rick Maynard found the manila envelope containing letters from the battlefields of World War I while he and his sister were cleaning out the basement after their father's death. The more than three dozen letters were...

 

School district teams with Sandy Hook mom to teach empathy

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Nelba Marquez-Greene believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed her 6-year-old daughter, could have been avoided if more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health...

 

Inmate forced to take drugs will represent himself at trial

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Should Connecticut compensate a prison inmate who was injected with psychotropic drugs against his will? A trial set for January, in which the inmate is representing himself, will decide. The inmate, Kacey Lewis, was taken...

 

Auburn beats Oklahoma 74-70 Birthday of Basketball showcase

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — T.J. Dunans celebrated his 24th birthday Wednesday by scoring a career-high 21 points to lead Auburn over Oklahoma in the Basketball Hall of Fame's Birth of Basketball showcase. Jared Harper also had 21 points for the...

 

Old mental institution attracts filmmakers and the curious

MANSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — They have heard the stories of floating orbs and disembodied voices, and officials at the University of Connecticut say they really shouldn't have to tell people that the abandoned mental institution the school owns is not...

 

Clown hoaxes force police to check pranks for real threats

STORRS, Conn. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Carrying golf clubs, shovels and hockey sticks, several hundred University of Connecticut students gathered just before midnight in a cemetery, ready to do battle with menacing clowns they had heard might be...

 

After warm welcome, Syrian family struggles in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP, posted Sept. 12, 2016) — As they waited as refugees in Jordan to come to America, Syrian couple Abdullah and Fatema were assured that the United States welcomes all people and that being Muslim would not be a problem. Those...

 

New school opens at site of Sandy Hook shooting rampage 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP, Aug. 29, 2016) – Elementary school students attended school in Sandy Hook on Monday for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators. Joseph Erardi, Newtown's School Superintendent,...

 

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