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Hartford's Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger Deal

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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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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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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Connecticut has a list of eleven medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that marijuana has not been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for most of those ailments. 

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In the implementer bill passed today, the state legislature updated and expanded upon the legislation, passed last summer, that established the Connecticut Port Authority.

Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill creating the statewide Port Authority last June. The language in the implementer bill updated and expanded on the previously passed legislation.

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Beginning July 1, Connecticut residents convicted for the first time of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not only have their licenses suspended for 45 days -- they’ll also have to install a breathalyzer on the ignition of their car for at least six months.

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State and federal prosecutors in Connecticut have joined law enforcement officials, New Haven's mayor, and members of the city's clergy in issuing what they call a "statement of conscience" decrying racial violence and vowing to help prevent it. 

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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.

President Obama on Wednesday 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. 

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Hartford’s Free Outdoor Summer Jazz Concerts Return to Bushnell Park

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.
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Regulators May Halt United Illuminating Buy-Out Deal

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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.
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