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Joe Ganim to Be Sworn in Tuesday as Bridgeport Mayor

Joe Ganim is to be sworn in as mayor of Bridgeport this week. On the eve of the transition, the outgoing mayor made a re-appointment that drew a strong reaction from the Ganim camp.
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First Officer Implicated In Freddie Gray's Death Goes On Trial In Baltimore

About seven months after Baltimore was rocked by a night of riots, the first police officer implicated in Freddie Gray's death is being put on trial.As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, the case is being closely watched in the city, and residents believe that a lot is at stake."The broad sentiment is that people want to see convictions out of this trial, and they fear that there will be more unrest if that doesn't pan out," Jennifer told Morning Edition.If you remember, Gray suffered a spine...
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Leaders from around the world will converge on Paris beginning Nov. 30 for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. The two-week event is designed to allow countries the chance to come to an agreement on stifling climate change.

Below are 10 questions and answers that should better prepare you for the conference and what to expect during and after its completion.

1. What's at stake and why should I care?

This year marks the centennial of the last long log drives on the Connecticut River. From the late 1800s and early 1900s, logs as big as 30 feet long were floated down the river to sawmills in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Now two Vermonters are keeping the history alive, chronicling the history of the drives.

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are asking the communities interested in hosting a new casino near the Massachusetts border to move ahead with their local approval processes.

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Opponents and supporters of plans to accept Syrian refugees into the United States held dueling but peaceful rallies in Hartford.

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Connecticut state police said arrests and accidents were down this Thanksgiving weekend from last year.

Saying his country will not apologize for downing a Russian warplane, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu struck a defiant note after meeting with his NATO allies.

The Associated Press reports that Davutoglu said his country was simply defending its airspace last week when two of its F-16s fired at a Russian Sukhoi SU-24.

Nearly 150 world leaders are gathered near Paris for what is being billed as a last-chance summit to avoid catastrophic climate change.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that this is the biggest diplomatic meeting in France since 1948. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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A suspect is in custody in shootings at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colo., the city's mayor announced at a press conference Friday, and officers are actively checking the building for any additional suspects or devices.

"The situation has been resolved; there is no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs," Mayor John Suthers said.

Las Vegas has The Mob Museum. Washington, D.C., has the International Spy Museum. And if a concerned citizen has his way, there will be a Museum of Political Corruption in Albany, N.Y.

New York is considered the nation's most corrupt state, according to a national poll by Monmouth University this year. This month alone, two politicians who were among the state's most powerful, are facing corruption charges in court.

France paid homage today to those who died in terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. The names of the 130 people killed were read at a national memorial service at a historic military building in Paris called Les Invalides.

President Francois Hollande delivered a speech, saying France would continue to defend the values for which the victims were killed.


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After Paris, Obama Administration Changes Visa Waiver Program

The Obama administration has announced some changes to the visa waiver program, which allows travelers from some 38 countries including France, Belgium and other European countries, to come to the U.S. without a visa.The White House announced several steps, including attempting better tracking of past travel, fines for airlines that don't verify passport data, assisting other countries on the screening of refugees and with border security.It is also promising reports to the president in two...
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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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Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Thousands of Americans are again searching for health insurance after losing it for 2016. That's partly because some large, low-cost insurers — health cooperatives, set up under the Affordable Care Act — are folding in a dozen states.The startups were supposed to shake up the traditional marketplace by being member-owned and nonprofit. But it was tough to figure out how much to charge. Plans available through the co-ops tended to be priced low, and customers poured in.Yet many of these new...
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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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Connecticut Is Second-Lowest Nationally in Reporting Drunk Driving Data

Connecticut had one of the highest rates in the nation of motor vehicle fatalities in which drivers were alcohol impaired in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available -- 41 percent, compared to the national average of 31 percent, according to federal estimates.
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Discussion Continues on Cost -- and Benefit -- of Hartford's I-84 Viaduct Replacement

How to best rebuild the massive, elevated I-84 viaduct flowing through the center of downtown Hartford remains an open question and state officials find themselves facing a dizzying array of engineering questions and lots of numbers.
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