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'Heat Dome' Causing Excessive Temperatures In Much Of U.S.

It's really hot in most of the mainland United States right now. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the triple digits through the weekend in much of the South, Midwest and along the East Coast.The culprit: a "heat dome."It's a real meteorological event — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration even took the time to define it in the agency's warning this week:"A heat dome occurs when high pressure in the upper atmosphere acts as a lid, preventing hot air from...
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Transportation

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Tallying Up the Costs and Benefits of More Western New England Train Service

If you want to take a train from Springfield to Boston, there’s only one a day, and it’s notoriously slow. But a new federally funded study looks at the cost and benefits of expanding train service to Boston — and Montreal.
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A shooting at a shopping mall in Munich has left at least nine people dead, including the apparent attacker, and at least 10 people injured, the Munich police say.

Police initially were acting on the assumption that there were at least three attackers, based on witness accounts. Now police say they believe there was only one shooter, who killed himself.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says it's not clear what motivated the attack.

Connecticut is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. State officials met Thursday to announce additional prevention measures. Meanwhile, it’s West Nile season.

The doctor-turned-politician from Massachusetts is running for a second time as the Green Party presidential candidate. 

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The Hartford Yard Goats say they won’t play a single regular season game in the city for which the team is named, making official what has been all but certain for weeks. 

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The latest jobs report released by the Connecticut Department of Labor showed the state added 7,900 new jobs in June, but there was a revision to the May numbers showing a loss of 4,000 jobs.

That leaves gains of about 2,000 jobs a month for the last two months.

The news that sexual harassment allegations have cost Roger Ailes his job threatens to obscure Ailes' singular career and his almost unrivaled influence in the public sphere.

But no contemporary figure has done more to shape the intersection of American media and politics than Ailes, who, until Thursday, had been the Fox News chief since its very first day on the air in 1996.

In his long career, Ailes advised a succession of Republican presidents on how to gain power and maintain it — both on their payrolls and off the books.

It has been said that "to cleave" is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.

That's why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because this week, in this town, the GOP demonstrated both its persistent divisions and its instinct for overcoming them.

The NBA will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB2, North Carolina's controversial state law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

The league says that the Charlotte Hornets and the city of Charlotte "have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change."

But the local support for LGBT rights couldn't overcome "the climate created by HB2" in North Carolina, the NBA said in a statement.

The league says the city might host an All-Star Game in 2019, if the situation changes.

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The U.S. Department of Justice filed two anti-trust lawsuits on Thursday to block the mergers of four of the nation’s five largest health insurance companies.

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"Black Boy Jungle" is a performance piece that incorporates multiple styles of dance, including modern, ballet and break dancing, along with narration and live music. It's a high-energy, interactive work with twists and surprises. 

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How Do We Use the Atlantic Ocean? A Plan, and a Map, Could Help Explain It

The northeast congressional delegation is rallying in support of a comprehensive management plan for the Atlantic Ocean -- the nation's first coordinated strategy for federal waters.
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WNPR's Coverage of a Drug Crisis

The nation is in the midst of a opioid crisis. Connecticut is, too -- and WNPR is bringing you stories you won't find anywhere else.

The Beaker

Mapping an Island, With Sheep

A Danish woman is using sheep (and cameras) to map the Faroe Islands.

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Vermont Delegates Drawn To Cleveland By Political Passions

For 32 Vermonters, it’s been a momentous few days at the Republican National Convention. They are the state’s delegates and alternates to the convention, and they bring a variety of backgrounds and levels of political experience to Cleveland.
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In Hartford, Look for a Depressed Highway

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has determined that Hartford’s I-84 elevated highway replacement will not be a tunnel, and it also will not be a new elevated viaduct.

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North Miami Officer Was Aiming At Man With Autism, Union Chief Says

Days after Charles Kinsey was shot by North Miami police as the behavioral health care worker tried to help a patient, we now know more about the officer who fired the shot — and according to the head of the local police union, the officer was trying to shoot Kinsey's patient, a man with autism, not Kinsey."Fearing for Mr. Kinsey's life, the officer discharged his firearm, trying to save Mr. Kinsey's life," says John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. "And he...
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Interactive Robot Promises to Help Autistic Kids Learn New Skills

A social robot could help children with disabilities, modeled on play therapy and "gamification."

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Connecticut Garden Journal: Summer Watering

Summer often means inconsistent weather. Hot, sunny days are followed by high humidity (or mugginess, as my mother likes to call it) and sometimes severe thunderstorms.
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