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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 »

Warrants Detail Grim Evidence in Case of Missing Mom

Jennifer Dulos vanished May 24

(Newser) - The estranged husband Jennifer Dulos said she was "terrified" of has been arrested in connection with her disappearance, and warrants in the case detail some grim evidence. Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested Saturday night and charged with tampering with or fabricating evidence and hindering prosecution,... More »

'Terrified' Mom Vanishes Amid Custody Dispute

Jennifer Dulos disappeared in Connecticut on Friday

(Newser) - Police are scouring a Connecticut park for a mother of five who vanished amid a bitter divorce with her estranged husband, the Stamford Advocate reports. Jennifer Dulos, 50, disappeared Friday and her vehicle, a black Chevy Suburban, was found that night in a popular 300-acre recreational area in New Canaan.... More »

Connecticut Just Had a Bizarre Political Challenge

2 sparring officials in Bridgeport agree to drug tests after exchanging insults

(Newser) - No surprise: The comments section on a political story online turned personal and nasty. Bigger surprise: The two combatants accusing each other of being on drugs were two local officials in Bridgeport, Conn.—City Councilman Ernie Newton and Board of Education member Maria Pereira, reports the Connecticut Post . And... More »

Rabid Bobcat Attacks Golfer

His friends used their clubs after it jumped on his back

(Newser) - A foursome at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague, Conn., encountered an unexpected hazard at a fairway bunker near hole No. 7 on Thursday morning: a rabid bobcat. Authorities say the animal jumped on a man's back and his fellow golfers beat it with their clubs, the Hartford ... More »

The Baseball Field Was Wet. Someone's Solution: Set It on Fire

Damage at Connecticut high school's home field estimated at $50K

(Newser) - Someone thought it was wise to dry out a baseball field by dousing it in gasoline and lighting a match. Hence the closure of Ciuccoli Field, the home field of Connecticut's Ridgefield High School. Ridgefield was set to play Amity Regional at 11am Saturday when the decision was made... More »

Cops: Actor Stabs 2 While Filming School Project

Attempted murder charges follow attack at U of Hartford

(Newser) - A University of Hartford drama student told police he was too "into his character" when he allegedly stabbed two people while re-creating a scene from The Butterfly Effect. "My emotions got the best of me" was actually Jake Wascher's second explainer, per a police report. It describes... More »

After Getting Last Wish From Trump, CT Man Has Died

'That phone call meant everything to him'

(Newser) - A week after receiving a call from President Trump, Jay Barrett died a happy man. The terminally ill cystic fibrosis patient from Connecticut died in his sleep overnight Tuesday, according to his sister, who'd arranged his dying wish . "I think he literally lived his best time in that... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

Alex Jones to Be Deposed in Sandy Hook Suit

Ruling celebrated by plaintiff Mark Barden

(Newser) - Another loss for Alex Jones: The Infowars host must sit for a five-hour deposition by lawyers representing the families of Sandy Hook victims, who allege defamation over his claims that the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax. Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis issued the blow on... More »

Ex-Cop Who Shot Chicago Teen Beaten in Prison: Lawyer

Jason Van Dyke's wife: 'We are all petrified and in fear for Jason's life'

(Newser) - The former police officer who killed Chicago teen Laquan McDonald just started serving time in his almost seven-year sentence, but he's already run into trouble. Jennifer Blagg, one of Jason Van Dyke's defense lawyers, tells USA Today her client was assaulted by other inmates after being moved from... More »

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