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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman is in the hospital after her hand was trapped in a razor factory machine, causing her to lose a lot of blood.

Milford fire officials freed the woman's right hand from the machine at the Schick factory on Thursday. Paramedics applied a tourniquet to stem the blood flow, and she was soon rushed to a hospital.

Factory officials say firefighters arrived quickly to save the woman.

The woman's condition is not presently known. Schick is working with Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the accident.



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say they've found a number of counterfeit $100 bills circulating around a city.

New London police say they are urging residents and businesses to be extra cautious in handling currency. WVIT-TV reports that 13 fake $100 bills have been seized already, and police are currently investigating a Monday incident involving counterfeit currency.

No arrests have been made.

The United States Secret Service, which investigates counterfeiting, has been notified and is assisting police with the investigation.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A woman who said she was assaulted at rapper 50 Cent's Connecticut mansion in 2009 has dropped a lawsuit against him and his G-Unit Film Television production company.

Court records show Vasti Ortiz withdrew the lawsuit in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday. There was no settlement or payout.

Her lawyer did not return messages Thursday seeking comment.

Ortiz said she was beaten at the Farmington mansion by another woman, Michelle Krzykowski, while an employee of 50 Cent's, Dwayne McKenzie, held her down.

The rapper was not home. His real name is Curtis Jackson III.

Police said the encounter stemmed from an argument after McKenzie asked a woman for oral sex.

Krzykowski and McKenzie were convicted of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and avoided jail time.

50 Cent's lawyer declined to comment.



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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - The attorney for a Connecticut man charged with manslaughter says his client accidentally killed his friend.

Police say 20-year-old Jayron Lark sat in the backseat of a car Saturday with a pistol, trying to pull out its magazine. Lark told police the gun fired as he was handling it and struck 18-year-old Tariq Kendrick in the front passenger seat. The Republican-American reports Kendrick died of a gunshot wound to the back.

Police say Lark fled the scene and tossed the pistol. He eventually agreed to meet with officers Monday and led them to the gun.

Lark's attorney, Jerry Attanasio, says the shooting was a "complete and total accident." Attanasio says Lark and Kendrick were friends.

Police say they don't know how Lark obtained the gun, as he was underage.



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WINSTED, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say a man has been charged with selling heroin to a woman who died of an overdose.

Police say Zachary Campanelli, of Torrington, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sale of narcotics after a five-month investigation into the December death of Skylar Northup, of Winsted.

Police say Northup had been found unconscious by her father on Dec. 4. She later died at the hospital.

Police say Northup's father had found her cellphone that showed text messages with Campanelli, arranging to buy heroin.

Investigators say Campanelli admitted to selling heroin to the victim on Dec. 4.

The 21-year-old Campanelli is being held on $100,000 bond. It couldn't be determined Wednesday if he has an attorney.

State police say they expect to make additional arrests in the case.



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EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) - State officials say a Connecticut bridge that has been inoperable due to electrical issues is back up and running.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the Niantic River Bridge in East Lyme is running normally after an outside electrical surge destroyed the bridge's control system a few weeks ago.

WVIT-TV reports the bridge has about a 30-foot clearance, depending on the tide, and the sailboats need the bridge to open to pass through.

The DOT says they found an old circuit board in a warehouse that could be used as a fix instead of surfing for vintage parts which was fortunate as the system runs on 25-year-old machinery.



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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police have identified three people who died in a fiery car crash in Connecticut.

Police say 17-year-old Devon Smith, 18-year-old William King and 21-year-old Bernaria Mickens, all of Manchester, died in the crash early Saturday.

Manchester Public School Superintendent Matthew Geary confirmed the three victims were one current and two former Manchester High School students.

Police say the vehicle crashed into a pole in the city and became engulfed in flames. The victims were in the rear seat, while the survivors were in the front.

The two survivors were hospitalized with injuries not considered life threatening. Police say they are both 17 years old and will not be identified.

The crash remains under investigation.



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut teacher who police say inappropriately wrestled with students has applied for a pretrial probation program.

The Connecticut Post reports 47-year-old Gregg Gustafson, of Stamford, is seeking to enter the program for charges of tampering with a witness and other offenses. Gustafson is also charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.

Police say Gustafson wrestled with a 19-year-old, his 15-year-old brother and their 14-year-old friend. Authorities say the former high school teacher grabbed the 14-year-old's crotch and strangled him with his coat.

Police say Gustafson later told the 19-year-old not tell police or school officials.

Gustafson's attorney has said his client denies any inappropriate contact.

Charges against Gustafson would be dismissed if he completes the program without committing any other offenses.

A hearing for the application is scheduled for June 5.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut city has adopted a resolution that brings it closer to getting body cameras for its police officers.

New Haven officials say the Board of Alders voted unanimously Monday night to authorize Mayor Toni Harp to apply for a $700,000 grant from the state Department of Public Service to purchase the cameras.

The plan calls for more than 450 officers on the force to be outfitted with the body cameras. The cameras cost just over $650,000.

Chief Anthony Campbell told The New Haven Register there would be instances where officers would be allowed to turn off the cameras.

Campbell says video cannot be deleted or altered once it's been shot.

He says officers could be equipped with the cameras as early as the fall.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A court has overturned a nearly $90,000 award for lawyer fees in an international child custody dispute between a Connecticut financier and a British television host.

The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled Monday in the custody case between Peter Rinfret and Melissa Porter.

Rinfret is chief executive of Boston-based telecommunications company Flyp Inc. Porter is known for hosting the BBC's "To Buy or Not to Buy" and "Escape to the Country."

A lower-court judge awarded Porter the attorney fees after Rinfret withdrew a child custody lawsuit the judge said was filed in "bad faith." The appellate court overturned that ruling.

Rinfret and Porter once lived together in Greenwich, Connecticut, and had a son in 2010. Porter now lives in London. Child custody proceedings remain pending in a British court.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Residents in Connecticut's capital city can obtain identification allowing them access to city services regardless of their housing or immigration status under a new program.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says the Hartford City ID program launched Monday is of no cost to the city. While documents will be used to establish identity and residency, the city will not retain them. It will, however, keep the cardholder's name and their card number.

The Democrat says the program is intended to ensure no one has to live ``in the shadows,'' including people who without a permanent residence.

Residents can obtain the cards at the city clerk's office and the Hartford Public Library's downtown branch. The cards will be valid for two years and will cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.



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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Three people are seriously injured after crashing their vehicle after an attempt to evade Connecticut police.

Sgt. Christopher Merrill says the driver and two passengers are expected to survive the injuries sustained in the one-vehicle crash on Monday in Norwich.

The Hartford Courant reports the driver did not comply with an order to pull over, speeding up and then crashing into a pursuing police cruiser. Police ended the chase at an intersection as it became too dangerous with traffic and high speeds.

Police say dispatchers soon identified a car crash that turned out to be vehicle police had been chasing earlier. The car was heavily damaged, and the three occupants were still inside. Officers removed them from the vehicle and took them to a local hospital.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A motorcyclist in Connecticut is seriously injured after crashing his bike into a car loaded with high school students on their way to prom.

Twenty-nine-year-old motorcyclist Ryan Boileu suffered a broken leg and head injuries, and is listed in critical but stable condition at Hartford Hospital. Police tell the Hartford Courant that Bolieu was not wearing a helmet.

The crash occurred early Saturday evening, as students were driving from their picture locations to Manchester High's senior prom.

One of the teenage passengers was injured in the crash and admitted to a local children's hospital for treatment.

The driver of the car, 18-year-old Kaylin Courtney, was also injured in the crash and was also taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut legislative panel is set to hold a hearing and vote on two nominees to the state's second highest court.

Judges Nina Elgo, of West Hartford, and Maria Araujo Kahn, of Cheshire, were nominated by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to serve on the Connecticut Appellate Court. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nominations Monday after a public hearing in Hartford.

If Elgo and Kahn are confirmed by the legislature, women will comprise a majority of the Appellate Court for the first time in its history. The court's two vacancies were created by the retirement of Judge F. Herbert Gruendel and by Judge Robert Beach Jr. taking senior judge status.

The Judiciary Committee will also vote Monday on 13 nominees for Superior Court judges.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan will lead a national clearinghouse on tax policy and standards for state tax and revenue agencies.

Sullivan was appointed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to lead Connecticut's agency in 2011. He will also take on the duties of president of the Federation of Tax Administrators. The group represents the 50 state tax agencies and the District of Columbia, New York City and Philadelphia tax offices.

Sullivan says the nonprofit organization is "an invaluable resource in supporting the work of tax and revenue administrators." He says FTA, first organized in 1937, also works to advance "smart tax policy" across the country.

As commissioner, Sullivan has worked to modernize Connecticut's tax agency, fight fraud and improve taxpayer services.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - It appears unlikely Connecticut will be the latest to join a group of states wanting to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

Leaders of the Democratic controlled House of Representatives on Thursday tabled the bill after about 90 minutes of debate.

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, a Democrat, had told reporters earlier in the day that he wasn't sure if there was enough support for the legislation, which had narrowly cleared the General Assembly's Government Administration and Elections Committee in March.

Democratic Rep. Roland Lemar of New Haven says joining the compact would "ensure every vote counts in every state across the country." But opponents argued that Connecticut would ultimately have less sway in the electoral process under the proposal.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $15 million to a New Jersey man who accused a prominent Connecticut rabbi of repeatedly raping and molesting him when he was a teenager.

Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were ordered Thursday to pay Eliyahu Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages.

Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit Greer sexually abused him for three years while he was a student at the Jewish boarding school from 2001 to 2005. Greer was the school's principal.

The Associated Press generally doesn't name people who say they were sexually abused, but Mirlis' attorney says he wanted to come forward.

Greer has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.

Greer's attorney says he and his client are "extremely disappointed" and intend to pursue an appeal.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Yale University dean has been placed on leave over offensive reviews she made on Yelp, including one in which she refers to customers of a local restaurant as "white trash."

Pierson College Dean June Chu issued a public apology Saturday after reviews from her personal Yelp account began circulating at the Ivy League school.

Pierson Head Stephen Davis sent an email Thursday informing members of the residential college that Chu had been placed on leave after he discovered there were numerous offensive reviews, not the two he had been led to believe existed.

Davis says the reviews contained "inappropriate and unacceptable language pertaining to race and class" that was "deeply harmful to the community fabric."



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police are asking the public to come forward with any videos, photos and eyewitness accounts of a police officer's fatal shooting of a teenager and wounding of a man during a traffic stop.

State police investigators made the appeal Wednesday on social media. They're investigating the May 9 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron and the wounding of 21-year-old Julian Fyffe by Bridgeport officer James Boulay.

Bridgeport police say Boulay opened fire when a stolen car driven by Negron nearly ran him over. Fyffe and Negron's relatives dispute the police version of events and say deadly force wasn't necessary.

Amateur video already posted on social media shows Negron lying in the street and moving several times while handcuffed after the shooting.

Negron's funeral was held Wednesday.



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WASHINGTON (AP) - Four potential candidates to lead the FBI - including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman - met with President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Andrew McCabe, currently the bureau's acting director; and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, also went to the White House for interviews.

The meetings came more than a week after Trump fired James Comey from his post as FBI director.

Trump said Monday that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly." He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates.

 

Lieberman gave a thumbs-up to reporters camped out on the White House driveway and said "It was a good meeting."

Lieberman served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third party candidate.

Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. 



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