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Gov. Malloy: "I've Had To Do Really Hard Things"

Governor Dan Malloy faces low approval ratings and a fiscal crisis as he enters his seventh year in office. Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live , he said his popularity isn't his main concern in 2017.

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Police

DOJ: 'Severely Deficient Training' Has Led To Pattern Of Abuse By Chicago Police

The Justice Department says an investigation has found Chicago police are systematically violating the civil rights of people in the city through excessive use of force, poor oversight and inadequate training of officers. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the investigation's findings on Friday, saying the DOJ had concluded there was ample evidence the Chicago Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force," in violation of the Fourth Amendment....

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White House Transition

Trump Team: Top Adviser Talked With Russian Ambassador Before U.S. Hacking Response

UPDATE: Trump Team: Adviser Spoke To Russia Official The Day U.S. Sanctions Were Announced The man tapped to be national security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, exchanged text messages and spoke with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in December — around the time of the Obama administration's response to Russian interference during the presidential campaign, a spokesman for Trump acknowledged Friday. But Sean Spicer, the spokesman and...

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Film

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Lakeville Couple's Musical Journey Into The Silent Film Era

During the silent film era, motion pictures were often accompanied by a local organist or a pianist. The player would watch along with the audience and improvise, creating an on the spot movie score for the audience's enjoyment.

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With his tenure as secretary of state rapidly pulling to a close, John Kerry made an impassioned defense for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday.

Kerry said he is concerned that some Israeli politicians are rejecting it.

"If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic; it cannot be both, and it won't ever really be at peace," said Kerry.

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As ever, January 1, 2017 will see a number of new laws go into effect in Connecticut, and this year there are several that will affect employers, large and small. Foremost on the minds of many businesses in the state will be what’s slated to be the final hike in the minimum wage - at least for now. 

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Connecticut’s own Linda McMahon goes to Washington next year, hoping to be confirmed as head of the Small Business Administration. She was tapped recently by President-elect Donald Trump, a longtime friend who she supported during the campaign.

But what will the former wrestling magnate bring to her new role as cheerleader for small businesses? 

Here's the biggest understatement of the year: 2016 was the most disruptive moment the mainstream American news media have faced in a very long time.

That's not because so many media outlets misread the presidential election, although that is part of it. And it's not just because so-called "fake news" has become a genuine issue, prompting Facebook and other social media outlets to address fraudulent items formatted to look like legitimate news reports — a long-needed change.

People in Columbia, S.C., had their pick of four health insurers last year when they shopped for policies during the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment.

This time they have just one: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which had the most Obamacare enrollees in Richland County in 2016 due to its low prices.

It's a change that's been repeated around the country after big health insurers such as Aetna, Humana and United Healthcare pulled out of dozens of Obamacare marketplaces that they judged unprofitable.

Carrie Fisher, the actress who became a pop culture icon for her performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died at age 60.

Fisher had suffered a massive heart attack last week on a flight from London to Los Angeles. On Sunday, her family said she was in stable condition.

A representative of Fisher's daughter, Bille Lourd, confirmed that Fisher died on Tuesday morning.

Fisher shot to fame at the age of 19, when she took on her instantly iconic role in Star Wars.

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President Obama and Japanese Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic appearance at Pearl Harbor, 75 years after the surprise attack that prompted U.S. entry into World War II, praising the reconciliation and partnership between their respective nations.

In a somber ceremony Tuesday, the two leaders touted the U.S.-Japan alliance that arose in the aftermath of the bitter conflict and became a "cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," Obama said.

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When Clinton resident Austin Haughwout uploaded YouTube videos of his pistol and flamethrower-equipped drones last year, he triggered a national debate over the use of weaponized drones that is expected to result in new state legislation.

On Jan. 20, 2016, exactly a year before a new president would be sworn into office, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia announced the court's 8-to-1 decision reinstating the death penalty for two Kansas brothers.

It was the last time the 79-year-old Scalia would announce an opinion. Three weeks later, on a hunting trip in Texas, the conservative icon died in his sleep.

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An environmental advocacy group claims hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage flowed into rivers and streams in the state over several years, and it's blaming the city of Danbury.

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Sports

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Riders Brave Elements In Cyclocross National Championships In Hartford

For the first time in 11 years, national titles for cyclocross, a unique terrain-style cycling race, were presented in New England this past week. Saturday's winter storm that unloaded about seven inches of snow in the capital provided the perfect backdrop.

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Are You A Musician?

You Can Now Enter The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! Starting today, I'll be watching your videos in search of the next great undiscovered artist to play at the Tiny Desk. And I won't be doing it alone. Our team of judges includes these fantastic musicians: Anthony Hamilton Miguel BANKS Trey Anastasio of Phish Ben Hopkins of PWR BTTM I'll also be joined by Rita Houston of WFUV , Stas THEE Boss of KEXP , Talia Schlanger of WXPN 's World Cafe and Robin Hilton, my co-host on All Songs Considered . We're...

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More News: Laws

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Connecticut Law Now in Effect Updates Traditional Handicapped Symbol

One of the new laws that took effect on January 1 is a measure that switches out the decades-old handicap symbol with a new dynamic logo.

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More News: Immigration

Despite Federal Guidelines, Indiscriminate Immigration Arrests Still Occur In Vermont

In 2014, the Obama administration issued a federal memo aiming to put an end to random deportations of people living illegally in the U.S. who aren't criminals. But a closer look finds that there are still cases where immigration authorities are ignoring these policies, including in Vermont.

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Can Bird Feeders Do More Harm Than Good?

Scientists are working to find out.

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The nation is in the midst of a opioid crisis, and so is Connecticut. We're focusing this week on special reporting.

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Connecticut's Obesity Rates Among Poor, Young Children Among Highest In Country

Young children from poor Connecticut homes often struggle with obesity. In fact, according to federal data , the percentage of obese children in New England is higher than any other region in the country.

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