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It Was the Site of a Tragedy. And Now, a Murder-Suicide

3 dead in Connecticut after dispute over smoking

(Newser) - Danielle Jette lost her husband when he fatally shot himself inside her Connecticut home three years ago. On Tuesday, she lost her boyfriend and two children in much the same way. Officers responding to a 911 call found 16-year-old Sterling Jette Jr. inside the Watertown home and 15-year-old Della Jette... More »

In a Connecticut Home, a Grim Find, a Troubling Find

A woman's body is there; her 1-year-old daughter is not

(Newser) - Police responding to a welfare-check request related to a Connecticut woman who didn't show up for work Monday made a grim discovery—and then a troubling second one. While police are revealing little about the unnamed Ansonia woman, they say she was found dead inside, and that "she... More »

Sandy Hook Families' Suit a Go After SCOTUS Decision

Supreme Court refuses to hear gun-maker Remington's appeal in complaint

(Newser) - Family members of the children killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School are free to move forward with their lawsuit against gun-maker Remington . The Supreme Court said Tuesday it wouldn't hear the case, meaning a March ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court stands, per CNBC . In... More »

Grave Diggers Find Empty Grave, Dead Chickens

Police are investigating in Connecticut

(Newser) - Grave diggers working at a Connecticut cemetery Wednesday noticed "a big pile of dirt," one says, and upon walking over to investigate, discovered an empty grave filled with water and what appeared to be two dead chickens. Police say it appears someone dug up and removed remains from... More »

A Late President, a Sword, and a Mystery

Cops says weapon used by William Henry Harrison was recovered; historian says no

(Newser) - A sword believed to have seen action in the American Revolution, been wielded by eventual President William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812, and gone missing from a Cincinnati museum is now said to be recovered after 40 years, though one historian refutes the claim. Fox News reports on... More »

At Least 7 Confirmed Dead After Crash of WWII Bomber

It was one of Connecticut's worst air disasters

(Newser) - Seven people have been confirmed dead in the crash of a World War II-era bomber in Connecticut Wednesday morning, making it one of the worst air disasters in the state's history. State public safety commissioner James Rovella says six of the 13 people on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress... More »

This Obit for a Beloved Dad Will Make You Do Double-Take

Joe Heller's family gave him a helluva send-off

(Newser) - An 82-year-old Connecticut man died over the weekend, shortly after doctors told his adult children, "Your father is a very sick man." Their response, per his obituary: "You have no idea." That's only the beginning of a very long recap of the life of Joe... More »

He Said He Spilled Coffee. But That's Not What It Smelled Like

Fotis Dulos' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, says she threw rag out

(Newser) - The girlfriend of the estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother admitted the pair concocted fake alibis outlining their movements on the day Jennifer Dulos disappeared, per a warrant. Michelle Troconis—who carried on an affair with Fotis Dulos for at least a year before Jennifer filed for divorce in... More »

Cops Release Chilling Details in Case of Missing Mom

They believe estranged husband was 'lying in wait' at her Connecticut home

(Newser) - Police in Connecticut have released chilling new details of what they believe happened to Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who has been missing since May. In an arrest warrant released Wednesday, investigators say evidence suggests estranged husband Fotis Dulos ambushed her at her home before driving away in her... More »

Cops Got Calls of Lewd Conduct in a Park. They Busted 6 Seniors

Senior citizens, not high school seniors

(Newser) - The Grace Richardson Conservation Area in Fairfield, Conn., is where locals go to commune with nature and enjoy the wildlife, though "wild life" may have double meaning for some. Per the Connecticut Post , reports of "lewd and sexual activity" started making their way to police earlier this month.... More »

Cops: 3 More Potential Mass Shooters Stopped

Tips from public lead to arrests in 3 states

(Newser) - Three potential mass shooters in three states are now in custody after arrests over the weekend, authorities say. Police say the men in Connecticut, Florida, and Ohio were arrested thanks to tips from the public, CNN reports. In the Ohio case, police say 20-year-old white nationalist James Reardon was arrested... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Police Find Bloody T-Shirt and More in Trash Bin

Unofficially, there's more evidence in the Jennifer Dulos case

(Newser) - The case of a missing Connecticut mom now includes a bloodstained T-shirt and a lawyer's doubtful response, the Hartford Courant reports. Police apparently found the Vineyard Vines shirt—which they believe Jennifer Dulos wore on May 24, the day she vanished—along with a bra they think is hers,... More »

Brother of Sandy Hook Hero Makes Public Move

Republican JT Lewis is running to be a Connecticut state senator

(Newser) - JT Lewis was 12 years old when he learned his 6-year-old brother, Jesse, had been shot in the head at Sandy Hook Elementary School after helping some of his classmates escape alive . The horrific event transformed Lewis into an advocate in his teenage years—he received an award for courage... More »

Popular Author's Prison Writing Program Under Investigation

Wally Lamb is being sued by contributors to upcoming book

(Newser) - Wally Lamb, who shot to fame when his first novel, She's Come Undone, was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club, has been leading a writing workshop at a Connecticut prison for two decades. Sounds great, right? Maybe not: the program is under state investigation, Lamb is being sued,... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

Husband of Missing Mom: 'I Know What I Haven't Done'

'The truth will come out,' says Fotis Dulos

(Newser) - The estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos says the public shouldn't think of him as a "monster." Fotis Dulos tells NBC New York that people should wait until the facts of the case are out before they decide he is guilty in the... More »

Man Arrested for Helping Dying Wife Commit Suicide

Kevin Conners says wife Lori had terminal cancer

(Newser) - A Westbrook, Connecticut, man helped his cancer-stricken wife to die by suicide and now faces manslaughter charges, state police said. Kevin Conners, 65, told investigators that he held a revolver to the head of his wife, Lori, 62, who pulled the trigger on Sept. 6, according to the arrest warrant.... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Missing Mom's Divorce Filings Shed Light on Nasty Situation

Jennifer and Fotis Dulos lobbed accusation after accusation at each other

(Newser) - The two people arrested in connection with Jennifer Dulos' May 24 disappearance are no strangers to the Connecticut mother of five. One is a man she married in 2004. The other is a woman he'd reportedly been having an affair with for about a year before Dulos learned of... More »

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