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The University of Massachusetts has announced a deal that will have New England's three FBS football programs facing each other several times over the next five seasons. 

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is proposing an executive order that would ban gun sales to people on federal no-fly watch lists. He said Thursday his policy would further limit the purchase of ammunition or guns already outlawed in the state. 

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I was visiting my brother in Goshen recently. We were looking at the majestic blue spruce trees in his backyard that he planted as Christmas trees years ago, when his kids were younger.

They've created a backdrop for privacy, and have cherished memories for him and his kids.

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Last year at this time, I foolishly offered my choices for the ten best pop Christmas songs. I say foolishly because these list things are always a bad idea for so many reasons. In fact I’m working on a piece that will list the ten biggest reasons why list stories are a bad idea.

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Adaptive arts link those with disabilities to artistic expression. This Friday, the city of Milford’s Recreation Department partners with the New England Ballet Company for the sixth annual production of "The Nutcracker Suite."

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Hartford City Treasurer Adam Cloud took the stand in the federal criminal trial of former insurance executive Earl O’Garro Wednesday. Afterwards, Cloud said he had been betrayed by his former friend and maligned by the media. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy said he thinks the Connecticut Juvenile Training School should close by July 1, 2018. 

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Just over half of renters in the U.S. are older than 40, a new study released on Wednesday found. The change comes in the wake of volatile housing issues in the last several years.

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The Connecticut General Assembly approved a $350 million plan to close the budget deficit in the current $20 billion state budget.

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Washington lawmakers passed the long-debated education bill that minimizes the federal government's role in public education.

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Business leaders are digesting the changes that will be introduced by the budget bill passed in special session by the General Assembly on Tuesday night. 

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Inspired by the age-old Delta blues, Noah Preminger and his delta force quartet create a 21st century re-imagining of two soul-drenched songs by legendary blues singer Bukka White on the young tenor saxophonist's dynamic, new album, Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar, a jazz bistro in Greenwich Village.

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Voters will have to wait to possibly change Connecticut's constitution to ensure transportation revenues are spent only on transportation projects.

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Dante's painful journey through the nine circles of hell in "Dante’s Inferno" defies description: "If I had verses harsh and grating enough to describe this wretched hole…"

Yet this is the most alluring section of the "The Divine Comedy," in the most enduring poem of all time. Dante Alighieri was a 14th century poet and politician who wrote his epic poem about sin and redemption upon his permanent exile from his beloved city of Florence.

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Connecticut Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene's album Beautiful Life has garnered two Grammy award nominations. The record celebrates the life of his daughter Ana, who was killed in the Newtown tragedy three years ago.

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Norwalk, Connecticut-based commercial bakery Pepperidge Farm, one of the most popular snack brands in the U.S., is being a "tough cookie" and taking the grocery chain Trader Joe's to court over a cookie that looks too much like their Milano brand. Pepperidge Farm has filed suit against the grocery chain for trademark infringement.

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New bio-technology is making gene editing easier and more accurate than ever before, but it's also raising a number of ethical questions. 

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Failed insurance executive Earl O’Garro took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city of Hartford as part of an effort to enrich himself and buy a million-dollar beachfront condo in the Dominican Republic, prosecutors alleged during the first day of O’Garro’s federal trial Tuesday.

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Several veterans groups have filed a Freedom of Information request seeking records about a Veterans Affairs (VA) program that decides disability compensation claims related to toxic water exposure. 

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is officially taking the reins as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

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President Barack Obama is urging Congress to control U.S. gun purchases, including voting for a ban on the sale of guns to people on the terror watch list. 

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Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff said there's "general agreement on the parameters" of a deal to cover Connecticut's current budget shortfall. 

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The Supreme Court has declined a review of the ability of cities and states to ban semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, leaving in place lower court rulings like those affecting Connecticut.

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Getting an autism diagnosis can take months, even years of doctor's visits, and the diagnosis depends largely on watching a child play. As a result, who gets put on the spectrum and who doesn't can depend on who and where the doctor is.

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Connecticut students who learn English as a second language drop out of high school at a rate higher than any other New England state, according to an analysis by the New England Secondary School Consortium

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A new federal transportation funding bill recently signed by President Barack Obama will provide Connecticut with an extra $310 million in financial aid over the next five years.

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An Associated Press analysis has found that no large food retailers opened supermarkets from late 2011 to early 2015 in areas of Connecticut deemed by the federal government to need them the most.

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The federal criminal trial of a former insurance executive who brought unwanted attention to Hartford City Hall begins this week. 

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People quarantined in the United States of America for suspicion of Ebola had their rights violated for reasons that weren't medically justified. That's the conclusion of a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Yale University.

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MGM continues to defend design changes for its Springfield casino, this time before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which held a public meeting in the city Thursday.

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