Russia Calls Downing Of Its Plane A 'Planned Provocation'

One of two crew members survived the shooting down of a Russian warplane by Turkey on Tuesday, Russian officials say, and was rescued by a Syrian commando unit in an operation that ended early Wednesday.The news comes as international tensions continue to rise over the incident. As we reported yesterday, Turkey says the Russian Su-24 fighter jet was in Turkish airspace when it was shot down by Turkish F-16s. Turkey says it warned the Russian warplane 10 times before taking action.Russia...
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Aging Road and Bridge Infrastructure Continues to Nag Connecticut in Latest Studies

Connecticut’s persistent transportation woes are getting attention in two recent reports. The studies highlight how aging infrastructure is causing problems for highway travel in the state.
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A venerable poem written 140 years ago by an unconquerably positive and invincibly sentimental Victorian scribe is the inspiration for a hip, 21st-century jazz drummer/composer's new CD, an irrepressibly soulful work that makes its Connecticut debut this weekend.

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Electric automaker Tesla Motors, Inc. plans to resume efforts to pass state legislation allowing them to open showrooms in Connecticut and sell its vehicles directly to consumers.

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A new plan is being discussed to reduce the number of -- but not eliminate -- horse carriages on New York City.

In Rhode Island, Brown University has announced that it will use one-hundred million dollars to diversify its campus, to try to make the school more inclusive for students of color. This comes after weeks of protests over racial insensitivity on campuses across the country.

Brown University President Christina Paxson is out with a plan to address racial and class inequity on campus. 

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Connecticut's legislative leaders said they're considering a possible special legislative session during the second week of December to address Connecticut's budget shortfall.

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Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said he wants an investigation into a federal agency after a Haitian national was accused of killing a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison.

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President Obama and French President François Hollande promised to increase cooperation and expand attacks against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

During a joint press conference with Hollande at the White House, Obama said that the United States and France "owe our freedom to each other."

After the Paris attacks, Obama said, "our hearts broke too."

"In that stadium, concert hall, restaurants and cafes we see our own," Obama said. "Today we stand with you."

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Pfizer's proposed merger with Allergan, which will take the pharmaceutical giant's tax domicile overseas, has provoked a new round of angst about corporate defections.

Let's start with one thing that's clear and simple in Syria's messy war: Many foreign powers are engaged in the battle, and all share the goal of beating back the Islamic State.

This very loose grouping includes Turkey and Russia, who aren't best friends, but at least have this common interest in Syria that would seem to override any inclination to confront one another.


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Local Leaders Debate Connecticut's Role in Syrian Refugee Crisis

It's still unclear how the U.S. Senate will respond to the House of Representatives' bill that would tighten the vetting process for refugees from Syria and Iraq.
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Making Allies Out of Mosquitoes

In the fight against malaria, a new gene-editing technique could make mosquitoes our friends.

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More News: Infrastructure

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One Hartford Building's Colorful History in the Shadow of I-84

When construction of I-84 viaduct in the 1960s plowed through neighborhoods and historic landmarks in Hartford, a modest brick building in the West End of the city was spared.
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When It Comes to Outdoor Malls, Connecticut Isn't That Revolutionary

Retail space is changing a little. But popular outdoor mall design still represents controlled public space.

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The Art and Power of Asking Questions

How a question is asked can be more powerful than the question itself.

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