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A Primer for Landowners in Connecticut Looking to Conserve Open Space

Two graduates of the Yale School of Forestry are hoping to make it easier for residents to conserve land and open space.
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Yale Institute Director on Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict

Since the ISIS takeover of Palmyra in Syria, hundreds are feared killed by the so-called Islamic State. Amateur videos posted online yesterday also appear to show buildings of the ancient city damaged in the fighting. Palmyra is considered to be one of the most important cultural centers in the world.
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A large number of gun parts were seized by federal investigators from a Connecticut manufacturer, according to a report in the Hartford Business Journal. The paper said 3,000 assault rifle parts were taken from Stag Arms in New Britain as part of a larger investigation into possible illegal activity. 

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State regulators have so far heard two days of testimony on how and whether to allow the Connecticut’s second largest electric utility to be taken over by a foreign corporation.

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Commencements were held at colleges and universities across the state this weekend. 

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Rates of heavy drinking in Connecticut spiked 21.3 percent between 2005 and 2012, while binge drinking rates rose nearly 14 percent, with the largest increases among women drinkers, a new report shows.

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Installers of rooftop solar panels are learning that Connecticut's embrace of solar energy has its limits. Businesses seeking state legislation to streamline local permitting of rooftop solar panels have run into opposition from municipal officials who say proposed rules are a costly mandate. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to continue to monitor daily the three beluga whales exploring Narragansett Bay. Biologists want to make sure they return safely back to their Arctic habitat.

James Skeffington, the Providence lawyer and longtime Rhode Island deal-maker who served as the public face of the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox, died Sunday at age 73.

Skeffington was the top public spokesman and cheerleader for the group that bought the PawSox in February.

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Blue legend B.B. King died Thursday at the age of 89. Connecticut blues singer and former club owner David Foster had a decades long friendship with King, and played with him as recently as last year.

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The state’s new education commissioner said that about half of all Connecticut school districts have been trained to handle behavior problems in a new way.

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The self-declared Islamic State claims its fighters have seized Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province, even as Iraqi officials disagreed on whether the city was lost and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered Shiite militias not to abandon their positions.

In a statement, the extremist group said it seized tanks and killed "dozens of apostates," referring to Iraqi security forces, according to Reuters. A spokesman for the governor of Anbar province also said the city had fallen to ISIS.

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Survey: Violent Incidents Down In Schools as Security Measures Heighten

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Works By Rembrandt and Dürer Missing From Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is working with local and federal law enforcement to find two missing pieces of artwork worth more than $600,000. It’s not clear if the works by Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer were stolen or misplaced.
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