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Greenwich Company Connects U.S. Kids to Students Abroad

From her school in Greenwich, Greer sends a video to Ramish, who lives in Karachi, Pakistan. Greer tells her about dissecting a sheep heart. “It was really cool, but the smell wasn’t so cool, but it was still awesome,” Greer said.
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Mapping Disaster

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.The company is called Katrisk, based in Berkeley, Calif. Hydrologist and computer modeler Dag Lohmann is one of the company's founders. He says the flood maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency already produces will tell you how prone a particular area is to flooding.But...
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President Obama today announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

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State regulators look poised to reject a $3 billion foreign takeover of Connecticut’s second largest utility. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying Spanish giant Iberdrola hasn’t provided measurable assurances that United Illuminating ratepayers won’t be harmed by the deal.

In particular they’re concerned that the Connecticut company could be at risk from financial problems elsewhere in Iberdrola’s international holdings. The draft ruling said that the two potential partners were in effect asking for a "leap of faith" into the unknown.

Manufacturers in Connecticut are among those who say they’ll suffer with the expiry of the federal Export-Import bank. There are more than a hundred companies in Connecticut that use the services of the federal agency, known as the Ex-Im bank.

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Business leaders in Connecticut say the changes in the budget implementer bill that passed the General Assembly this week are only a start.

The bill delays the implementation of what’s known as unitary reporting — a tax change that will see major corporations paying more of their tax bill in Connecticut. It also rolls back some of the planned hike in sales tax on data processing, something health insurer Aetna said would be particularly burdensome. Hospitals see about $30 million of additional cash over the two year cycle of the budget.

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Insulation failure is being blamed for the transformer fire that broke out last month at a nuclear power plant 30 miles north of New York City.

Plant owner Entergy Nuclear said Tuesday the May 9 failure caused the transformer to short circuit at Indian Point 3, which lead to the fire. An Entergy spokesperson said the fire posed no threat to public safety.

Summer in Hartford just wouldn’t be the same without the sizzling sounds and celebratory mood generated by the Monday Night Jazz Series and the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, two free, major outdoor festivals that for decades have drawn tens of thousands to the city’s downtown Bushnell Park in July and August.  

At the end of World War II with the continent in ruins, Winston Churchill famously proclaimed, "We must build a United States of Europe." He believed such a union would bring an end to centuries of European wars.

For 70 years Europe has been engaged in a political and economic quest to make that happen. But many in Greece, such as Athens cabdriver Jordan Repanidis, feel this historic reshaping of the Western world has a stranglehold on their country.

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A video has surfaced on social media of what appears to be a Hartford police officer holding a man from behind while another hits him repeatedly in the leg -- at least ten times -- with a stick. Police are investigating the incident, but the department's response since the incident has been praised by the local branch of the NAACP. 

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Maurice Eastwood, the organizer of a basketball game in Hartford that turned deadly this past weekend, addressed accusations of carelessness at a press conference on Tuesday.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country a day after the state Legislature gave the measure final approval.

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Obama To Expand Overtime Pay For Millions

President Obama announced this week that the Labor Department will expand overtime pay, in a move the administration estimates would impact 5 million U.S. workers. That would double the income threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime.Right now, only salaried employees earning less $23,660 a year are eligible for overtime. This rule would raise that threshold so that employees making up to $50,660 a year would get paid overtime.In the Huffington Post, the president explained his...
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Federal Recognition Changes Leave Connecticut Tribes Out in the Cold

New rules on the recognition of Indian tribes appear to shut the door on three Connecticut tribes who have been petitioning for federal status for years.
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State Police Spokesman Leaving Job After Three Months

The Connecticut State Police spokesman will be leaving the position after three months to return to Troop C in Tolland. Sgt. Shane Hassett said Monday that he requested the transfer back to Troop C last week so he can spend more time with his family. He said the 24/7 nature of the spokesman's job wasn't a good fit for him at this point in his 25-year career with state police.
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Prison Officials On Leave After New York Escape

Twelve officials at an upstate New York prison have been placed on leave, as authorities investigate how two convicted killers managed to escape from the facility on June 6.Among those placed on leave are Superintendent Steven Racette, of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown, according to multiple media accounts.The reports say the surviving escapee David Sweat has been sharing details of the break out, including that he and inmate Richard...
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Program Will Let Connecticut Students Earn One Degree While Pursuing Another

The state Board of Regents approved a program that will allow community college students to earn an associate degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree after transferring into a Connecticut state college or university. It's called the reverse transfer program.
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