Tourism

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Connecticut Tourism Growth Outpaces Nation

Connecticut’s tourism industry is seeing a healthy rebound this year, more than doubling national growth rates.
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Higher Education

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Critics Question Spending of Yale's Endowment

One of the top economic issues for voters is the vast economic inquality in the country, according to Gallup polling.
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A new report from Yale Law School looks at solitary confinement in the U.S. 

It came as no surprise when a cartoonish, bulging skyscraper in London's financial district known as the "Walkie-Talkie" won this year's award for UK's worst new building. After a unanimous vote by a panel of architectural critics at Building Design Magazine, the building officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street took the 2015 Carbunkle Cup. A spoof on the prestigious Stirling Prize awarded to great architecture, the Carbuncle is instead handed to architectural blunders.

Since its completion last spring, the Walkie-Talkie has attracted a lot of heat. Literally.

Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?

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The United Nations says more than 300,000 migrants have set out from North Africa and the Middle East on the Mediterranean Sea for Europe this year so far — 40 percent more than in all of last year.

Close to $10 million in local, state, and federal money has been spent in the last couple of years to construct or renovate parks of all shapes and sizes in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The projects have opened up new recreational opportunities, eliminated blight, and brought parks closer to the people.

Children this summer had a chance to cool off and play on a splash pad in one of Springfield’s newest parks.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Wednesday that she will support the Iran nuclear agreement, giving the White House the final vote needed to protect the accord from a Republican-led effort to defeat the measure.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is leaving for the Middle East to review operations against the Islamic State.

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Commuter rail advocates say transportation officials are improving service along the fast-growing Waterbury branch line on Metro-North Railroad, but commuters are being asked to review state plans for more upgrades.

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More than a half-century ago, a small, devout band of jazz-loving members of a then obscure, but courageous group called The Hartford Jazz Society launched HJS’s first riverboat jazz cruise on the Connecticut River.

Dylan's Wings of Change

Ian and Nicole Hockley lost  their son, Dylan, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

Dylan had autism, and some problems with speech and engaging socially. After his death, his parents started a foundation called Dylan's Wings of Change to help children with similar difficulties develop fully. Their Wingman program is little different because it's for all kids.

More adults across the country are strapping on helmets and hopping on bikes to get to work. That's good news for people's hearts and waistlines, but it also means more visits to the emergency room.

Hospital admissions because of bike injuries more than doubled between 1998 and 2013, doctors reported Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. And the rise was the biggest with bikers ages 45 and over.

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Brady, Goodell Don't Reach Deal; Judge Will Rule On 'Deflategate'

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