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Chris Hansen Usually Helps Cops. Not In This Case

'To Catch a Predator' host failed to pay $13K bill for marketing materials: police

(Newser) - For once, To Catch a Predator host Chris Hansen is on the other side of a police investigation. The 59-year-old, charged Monday with issuing a bad check, allegedly failed to pay a $13,000 bill despite a police warning. He ordered 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals... More »

Supreme Court Won't Take Kennedy Clan Murder Case

It leaves in place decision that vacated Michael Skakel's murder conviction

(Newser) - The Supreme Court announced Monday that it's leaving in place a decision that vacated a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. Skakel was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley, who lived across the street from the Skakel family in Greenwich, Conn., and whose... More »

'Unthinkable Tragedy' as Boy, 12, Charged With Killing Twin Sister

Town is 'incredibly brokenhearted'

(Newser) - The Connecticut town of West Hartford has been shaken by the murder of a 12-year-old girl —and the arrest of her twin brother. Police say the boy stabbed his sister to death and seriously injured his 56-year-old mother in the Monday afternoon incident. No motive has been given. West... More »

GOP Candidate Accused of Anti-Semitism Over This Mailer

Connecticut Republican chair says it's 'false outrage' by Dems over Ed Charamut's ad

(Newser) - Just days after the slaying of 11 Jewish congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, a GOP candidate for a state Senate seat in Connecticut is accused of sending a mailer using an "age-old anti-Semitic trope." The ad sent out by Ed Charamut includes what the Washington Post calls a... More »

She 'Chipmunked' Pancakes and Died. Now, a Lawsuit

Mom of college student Caitlin Nelson sues Sacred Heart University after eating contest death

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a goofy competition, but it ended with the choking death of a college student. Now the mom of 20-year-old Caitlin Nelson, who died in April 2017 after wolfing down a handful of pancakes in an eating contest, is suing Sacred Heart University, claiming the college... More »

Court Orders Release of Adam Lanza's Journals

Sandy Hook killer detailed 'personal beliefs'

(Newser) - The world may soon learn more about what drove Adam Lanza to carry out one of the most disturbing mass murders in American history. Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state police have to release journals and documents belonging to Lanza, the 20-year-old who killed 20 children and six... More »

Man Confesses to 2014 Murder of Connecticut Jogger

He said he couldn't live with what he done, sources say

(Newser) - Almost four years after insurance exec Melissa Millan was fatally stabbed on a Connecticut jogging trail, a suspect walked into a police station and confessed to the killing, law enforcement sources say. William Winters Leverett, 27, has been charged with murder and will appear in court Monday, police in Simsbury... More »

She Lit What She Thought Was a Candle. It Was Dynamite

Connecticut woman suffers severe hand injuries during power shortage

(Newser) - Authorities say a Connecticut woman mistook a stick of dynamite for a candle during a power outage and suffered severe hand injuries, the AP reports. Assistant Bridgeport Fire Chief Michael Caldaroni says the woman was looking to light a candle in her home about 9:30pm Thursday after the power... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

Cheeky Artwork: Marilyn Statue Gets Mixed Reviews

The sculpture's larger-than-life caboose faces a nearby church

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe's rear is getting some leers in Connecticut. A 26-foot statue of the actor has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is getting a full view of her behind, reports the AP . It depicts the famous scene from 1955's The ... More »

Cops Thought He Killed His Parents. He Was Dead All Along

Affidavit reveals brutal details of triple murder in Connecticut

(Newser) - For more than four months, 21-year-old Matthew Lindquist was considered a suspect in the murders of his parents, found inside their burned-out home in Griswold, Conn., on Dec. 20. All the time, he was lying dead 1,500 feet away, a third victim of what police describe as a fake... More »

A Brutal Storm, a Toppled Tree, Then: 'My Daughter, My Daughter'

11-year-old among at least 4 dead after extreme tri-state weather

(Newser) - A powerful storm across the tri-state area claimed the lives of at least four people Tuesday, including an 11-year-old girl crushed by a tree as her mom unloaded a vehicle outside their home in Newburgh, NY. The top half of the black SUV was flattened. "The mother was on... More »

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

Idaho leads the pack

(Newser) - Gender inequality in the US is "obvious," but the steps being taken to resolve it vary widely from state to state, according to WalletHub . The site analyzed 15 metrics, including gender pay gap, child-care costs, and parental leave policies, to come up with the best and worst states... More »

10 Most, Least Valuable US States

In the Lower 48, New Jersey ranks No. 1, while Wyoming brings up the bottom

(Newser) - If we had to place a price tag on how much the 1.9 billion acres in the Lower 48 are worth, economist William Larson puts it at $23 trillion. But to determine how individual states fare, 24/7 Wall St. looked more closely at a 2015 paper by Larson that... More »

Connecticut Wants to Change How Presidents Are Elected

The Nutmeg State has joined a multi-state pledge to award electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote

(Newser) - A newly passed Connecticut law places the Nutmeg State among a growing group of US states that aim to change the way America chooses its president. Per NPR , the state's legislature voted over the weekend to send a bill to Gov. Dannel Malloy that ensures Connecticut's seven electoral... More »

Woman's Tumor So Big It Needs Genetic Testing

'Gigantic' ovarian mass weighed 132 pounds

(Newser) - It took five hours and more than 20 specialists, but a Connecticut woman is now free of 132 pounds—the weight of a 39-inch tumor on her left ovary. "I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound tumor is very rare," says Dr. Vaagn... More »

Soft Landing: Toddler Survives Long Fall Into Mulch Pile

Lucky 3-year-old girl received only minor injuries

(Newser) - Police say a 3-year-old girl in Stamford, Conn., survived with just minor injuries after falling as far as five stories from a window and landing in freshly spread mulch, reports the AP . Police tell the Advocate the girl fell from the apartment building window Tuesday afternoon. She was moving and... More »

8 Officers Hurt as Barn Blows Up During Standoff

It began with a 'very violent domestic call'

(Newser) - A fiery explosion rocked a Connecticut town while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured, officials say. The officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast at a barn behind the couple's North Haven home Wednesday night, the AP... More »

'I'm an Idiot': Teacher Who Cops Say Ran Classroom 'Fight Club'

Ryan Avery Fish told police he just wanted to befriend his students

(Newser) - The first rule of fight club is you don't talk about fight club, but that becomes even more imperative if you're a substitute teacher running one out of your high school math class. Whether Ryan Avery Fish, fired in October from Connecticut's Montville High School, initially bragged... More »

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