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Exhibit at New London's Hygienic Art Explores Earth's Fragility

New London's Hygienic Art opens a new multimedia exhibit Friday night.
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Health Care

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Health Insurance Merger Talk: Bad for Consumers?

The Supreme Court may have given health insurance companies more certainty on the Affordable Care Act, but merger speculation continues in the industry. Will the Big Five end up as the Big Three? And what will that mean for consumers?
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Aetna will become the nation’s second largest health insurer as it announces a deal to buy Kentucky-based Humana. The $37 billion dollar deal will significantly increase Aetna’s presence in the market for government plans like Medicare Advantage, which offers privately run versions of Medicare plans. 

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Daniel Sandoval is a former paratrooper with the U.S. Army and Connecticut resident who recently added the title of "author" to his list of accomplishments. 

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has become the fifth Democrat to announce he is seeking the party's nomination for president.

"[Our] country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us," Webb said in a statement. "We need to shake the hold of these shadow elites on our political process."

Webb, 69, joins former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee in the 2016 contest.

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Willimantic's unique Independence Day "Boom Box" parade is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Metropolitan Transit Authority

Mechanical problems have left a Connecticut span of a 111-year-old bridge stuck in the open position, delaying Metro-North trains to and from New York City.

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Before Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012, several Connecticut towns received mandatory evacuation orders. But many chose to ignore them and ride out the storm. Now researchers at Yale University are trying to find out why. 

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With 2015 half over, Hartford is at the top of the list when it comes to the number of murders in New England cities, with Springfield just behind.

Martin Meehan began his tenure as president of the University of Massachusetts Wednesday by a holding a roundtable discussion with students at UMass Boston.

Meehan said he intends to build UMass into “the best public university system in the nation.”  During an interview in May he talked about ways to elevate the university’s stature.

"It is looking at how to improve, achieve more excellence. You can always increase your research and continue to improve," he said.

The U.S. economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, but the Labor Department report for June also shows more people are leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.

The economy added 223,000 jobs last month as unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The jobless rate dipped to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May.

The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.

In a statement, American said the department "seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity."

A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.

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