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Connecticut Tax Officials Make Major Contraband Tobacco Bust

More than two truckloads of contraband tobacco products and $120,000 have been seized by Connecticut tax officials, after a four-month investigation into illegal tobacco sales.
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DNA Repair Research Nets Chemistry Nobel For 3 Scientists

Their work details how cells repair damaged DNA and preserve genes. And now three scientists — Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar – have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their work promises years of better treatment and better drugs.The three researchers carried out their work separately, unearthing different mechanisms cells use to fix problems in a range of cells.Lindahl, born in 1938, is a Swedish citizen; Modrich, born in 1946, is a U.S. citizen — as is Sancar, who is also...
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A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to three years in prison for importing counterfeit electronic components from China and Hong Kong for use by American customers, including builders of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarines. 

The Houston Astros, a surprise success early in the Major League Baseball season before cooling off, will get to keep playing after knocking out the New York Yankees 3-0 in a one-game wild card playoff.

Solo home runs by Colby Rasmus in the second inning and Carlos Guzman in the fourth inning gave Houston an early lead, and starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel gave up just three hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.

Both home runs came off of the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka. Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez, batting third and fourth, struck out four times.

American culture has long held a soft spot for Volkswagen. There was Herbie in the 1968 comedy, The Love Bug. And, more recently, the chronically honking, classic VW bus featured in Little Miss Sunshine.

Humans have been harnessing energy from rivers for thousands of years. Think water wheels from Ancient Greece and modern hydropower plants, like the Hoover Dam. Brown University engineers have a new take on a hydropower device that could harness enough energy to power communities in remote locations or along fast-flowing rivers.

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A lawyer for embattled Hartford insurance executive Earl O'Garro said the federal indictment against him should be dismissed because extensive publicity denied him his right to an unbiased grand jury. But federal prosecutors argued the claim has no merit.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of a former employee at a UBS AG subsidiary who claimed he was fired in 2008 from his managing director job in violation of his free speech rights, after repeatedly warning that properties in the company's investment funds were overvalued by millions of dollars.

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Two leading fantasy sports companies are promising to protect "the integrity of the games" they offer customers, after questions emerged over whether their employees use proprietary information to win thousands of dollars.

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Hartford HealthCare has broken off merger talks with Day Kimball Healthcare, blaming Governor Dannel Malloy's plan to cut Medicaid reimbursement payments.

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Connecticut officials are celebrating a good summer for the state’s tourist attractions. 

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The spotlight has been on Connecticut's Department of Children and Families in recent weeks after troubling video showed DCF staff improperly restraining youths at the state's two juvenile detention facilities. Despite the latest controversy,  Governor Dannel Malloy remains supportive of the agency's commissioner.



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Historic Connecticut Ferry Provides Respite, and a Seasonal Connection for Commuters

Each weekday morning at the bank of the Connecticut River, a short line of cars begins to form. A part of Route 148 is closed off — the river runs through it. But at 7:00 am, a gate swings open, and the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry reconnects the route.
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Connecticut Schools and Toxic PCBs: What Are the Health Impacts?

Toxic PCBs have been found in over 100 Connecticut schools since 2009.

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Hartford Cop, Student Honored By White House for Repairing Relations

The White House recently honored a Hartford teenager and a police officer for their efforts to improve relationships between cops and young people.
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Plainfield, Connecticut Teacher Sues Volkswagen Over "Clean Diesel" Cars

A schoolteacher is believed to be the first person in Connecticut to sue Volkswagen over its admission that it rigged its diesel cars to cheat emissions tests.
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Work On Parasite Diseases Earns Nobel Prize For Medicine

The medicines they helped develop are credited with improving the lives of millions. And now three researchers working in the U.S., Japan and China have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Among the winners: William C. Campbell of Drew University in Madison, N.J., for his work on the roundworm parasite.Born in Ireland, Campbell shares half the prize with Satoshi Omura of Kitasato University in Japan, who has researched the same parasite. The other half of the award goes to...
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