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Aunt Sues Nephew for Being Too Excited at Birthday Party

Jennifer Connell says wrist injury from gleeful 8-year-old upended her life

(Newser) - "If only they could just hug it out," laments the New York Daily News in the case of Connell v. Tarala—Connell being 54-year-old Jennifer Connell, Tarala her 12-year-old nephew Sean, who she claims was so excited at his birthday party four years ago that he broke her... More »

Airline Plans to Offer $69 Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air wants to tap into lower fees at smaller US airports

(Newser) - It's hard to find a one-way ticket domestically for $69, but if the CEO of Norwegian Air has his way, a ticket for that much may soon be available between Europe and the US, NBC News reports. Bjorn Kjos' master plan is to connect flights from smaller coastal US... More »

Judge: Hotel Sex Parties Are Not Free Speech

A hotel owner sued a Connecticut town and police force and lost

(Newser) - A small Connecticut community that reports is ranked 31st in the state for its number of Ashley Madison users (more than 5%) is making the news again, this time for prevailing in a lawsuit brought on by the owner of a hotel that allegedly hosted sex parties visible... More »

Whales Return to Long Island Sound After 2 Decades

Boaters are snapping pics of humpbacks and belugas, but NOAA issues warning

(Newser) - It's been more than 20 years since whales were spotted in the Long Island Sound—and even longer since the last humpback was spied—but that streak was broken this summer in what one maritime expert is calling "the year of the whale," the Hour reports. Boaters... More »

Guy Wears Stolen Shirt in Mugshot for Another Crime

And gets busted for that theft, as well

(Newser) - Derek Benson wore a sweatshirt that said "libre" ("freedom") on it for a 2014 mugshot, but he got quite the opposite after a man contacted police in Glastonbury, Conn., to report he had seen the mugshot and that Benson, 30, was wearing the victim's Coco Libre... More »

Startling Texts Emerge in Case of Missing Couple

'U R setting me up'

(Newser) - On the day he was last seen, police say Jeffrey Navin texted his son Kyle because he feared Kyle was about to frame him for the murder of Jeanette Navin, Jeffrey's wife and Kyle's mom, the Hartford Courant reports. It's only the latest wrinkle in the mysterious... More »

This Woman's Alleged Crimes: Keying Cars, Bad Spelling

Shannon Csapilla keyed 'wore' into friend's car in jealous rage: cops

(Newser) - There's no time to consult a dictionary in the midst of a jealous rage, apparently. Police in Connecticut say they charged a 20-year-old woman with criminal mischief on Thursday after she allegedly keyed the cars of her ex and a former friend but misspelled a key word in the... More »

OB-GYN Takes Uterus Out of Pregnant Woman

Conn. doctor fined $5K for his mistake, but he's still in good standing at hospital

(Newser) - A Connecticut gynecologist was fined $5,000 yesterday by the state Medical Examining Board for mistakenly performing a hysterectomy on a patient he didn't know was pregnant. Dr. Jonathan Foster performed a laparoscopic hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the uterus, on the woman at Saint Mary's Hospital in... More »

In Conn. Nail Salon Raid, Only 2 Were Legal

Sweep finds 23 salons violating wage and hour laws

(Newser) - Nearly two dozen nail salons were shut down in Connecticut—at least temporarily—after a random sweep by the Department of Labor earlier this month. Inspired by New York state's response to a New York Times investigation into nail salons , and after complaints, officials randomly investigated 25 salons from... More »

Discovery of Torso May End Grisly Mystery in Connecticut

It's a likely match for arms, legs found earlier

(Newser) - Police in Connecticut say they've found a human torso in an abandoned building two weeks after discovering a pair of severed arms and legs elsewhere in New Haven. State and local police, using cadaver dogs, began searching two buildings that share a parking lot after receiving a tip yesterday.... More »

Teen's Dying Act Completes Her Bucket List

She had already kissed in the rain and been to Spain

(Newser) - After Rebecca Townsend was struck and killed by a car on her way home from a fireworks display on July 2, heartbroken friends and relatives discovered that the 17-year-old had written a "bucket list" years earlier—and completed it in her final moments. The list, which was part of... More »

Dad Who Leapt Off Bridge With Baby Sent Mom Chilling Texts

'He's dead ... And soon I will be too'

(Newser) - The body of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno was found Tuesday night in the Connecticut River, and 21-year-old Tony Moreno, his father, has been charged in his murder after confessing to tossing him off a bridge , the AP reports. Before jumping into the water himself, Moreno made what he thought was a... More »

Mom of Missing Baby Told Court of Dad's Threats

Infant still missing after suicidal father jumps off Conn. bridge

(Newser) - Authorities resumed searching the Connecticut River today for a 7-month-old baby who they think went off a bridge with his suicidal father. The father—22-year-old Tony Moreno—survived the 120-foot plunge and was pulled from the water by firefighters Sunday night, reports NBC Connecticut . But there's still no sign... More »

Guy's Forgotten Glasses Accidentally Earn Him $30K

Bob Sabo hit the wrong button on the lottery machine—and the jackpot

(Newser) - A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier. Bob Sabo of Easton says he didn't want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield, so he decided to buy a ticket from... More »

Gun Law Saved 296 Lives in One State

Connecticut law reduced gun violence by 40%, study says

(Newser) - For the past 20 years, people in Connecticut have needed a permit to buy a handgun—and that's reduced gun violence in the state by up to 40%, according to a new study. Published in the American Journal of Health , the study looks at 1995 state legislation that requires... More »

Burger King Customer Arrested After Citing Movie

Gary Kuhn was denied breakfast, which allegedly brought Michael Douglas to mind

(Newser) - Many of us have experienced the pain of arriving at a fast-food restaurant hungry for breakfast at 10:55am, only to be told the meal stopped being served at 10:30am. Most of us, however, weren't arrested after the experience. Not so for Gary Kuhn, a Connecticut man who... More »

Racist Graffiti Shuts Connecticut College Down

President calls for one-day hiatus to address 'ignorance and hatred'

(Newser) - There are no classes today at New London's Connecticut College, but it's not for a holiday or snow day. Instead, events to eliminate what President Katherine Bergeron calls "this ignorance and hatred" have been planned after racist graffiti was found scrawled in bathroom stalls yesterday at the... More »

Cops: Youths Murdered Man for Spilling Coffee

Passers-by ignored Stamford murder, police say

(Newser) - A man who moved to the US from Guatemala for a better life 20 years ago was murdered in Stamford, Conn., last week in a shocking, unprovoked attack. Police say warehouse manager Antonio Muralles, 52, was killed after he walked out of a McDonald's last Wednesday evening and bumped... More »

Cops: Wesleyan Students Took Bad Batch of MDMA

2 Wesleyan students in critical condition

(Newser) - A bad batch of MDMA is believed to have caused overdoses that sent 11 students to the hospital, according to police in Middletown, Conn. Police say at least two of the Wesleyan University students are in critical condition after taking the drug—also known as Molly—on Saturday night, reports... More »

Guy Gets 2 Years for Killing Cats of Fiancee's Family

Timothy Olschafskie pleads guilty to killing 5 cats

(Newser) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family—a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court. Timothy Olschafskie (ol-SHAF'-skee) pleaded guilty Friday in Enfield Superior Court to multiple counts of maliciously killing animals. He... More »

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