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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 »

'Disturbing' Messages Investigated After Teen's Suicide

Death rattles Connecticut school district

(Newser) - A Connecticut school district shaken by the suicide of a 16-year-old student says it is investigating "disturbing" messages posted on social media immediately after her death. Danbury High School student Hailey Nailor jumped off the fifth floor of a parking structure at the Danbury Fair mall Saturday afternoon, the... More »

They Found a Suitcase in an Upscale Town. Inside: Horror

Police in Greenwich, Conn., trying to identify female homicide victim

(Newser) - A Connecticut town touted as one of the safest in the country is reeling Wednesday after a woman's body was found bound and stuffed in a suitcase. Police in upscale Greenwich are following numerous public tips, and encouraging others to come forward with information, after highway workers made the... More »

This State Might Require Kids to Be Taught About Climate Change

Connecticut would apparently be the first state to do so, if bill passes

(Newser) - A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school, the AP reports. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country's... More »

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 »

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