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Senate confirms Connecticut's Cardona as education secretary

Education Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona to serve as education secretary Monday, vaulting the little-known Connecticut educator into the center of the national debate over how to reopen schools for face-to-face classes.

Democrat Dan McKee sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor

Former Rhode Island Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee is sworn in as Governor by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea at the Rhode Island State House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Holding the family bible is his wife, Susan McKee, left. McKee was joined by his son, Matthew, daughter, Kara and future daughter-in-law, Laura Clifford. McKee was sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor on Tuesday as former governor Gina Raimondo officially joined President Joe Biden's cabinet as U.S. commerce secretary after winning Senate confirmation. (Bob Breidenbach/Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

Democrat Dan McKee has been sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor

Connecticut Senate votes to ban hair discrimination

Prompted by testimony about discrimination, the Connecticut state Senate granted final legislative approval Monday night for a bill that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyles historically associated with race.

No sign of arson found at Newman's camp; fire cause undetermined

A police investigation into the fire that tore through the Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children in Connecticut could not determine the cause but found no indication it was set intentionally

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CDC watching new COVID-19 variant in New York City

A new COVID-19 variant detected in New York City that's now traveled through various city neighborhoods is being watched closely by U.S. health officials, Anthony Fauci said on Monday.

Cuomo, in big trouble, admits he could have gotten 'too personal' with women

In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, Cuomo acknowledged for the first time that some of his behavior with women had been “misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation,” and he would cooperate with a sexual harassment investigation led by the state’s attorney general. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool, File)

New York Gov_ Andrew Cuomo has acknowledged for the first time that some of his behavior with women “may have been insensitive or too personal."

Maine rep votes no on virus aid; New England COVID-19 rates steady

Boston Public Health Commission worker Darris Jordan, left, distributes COVID-19 care kits to people who have received a COVID-19 inoculation at a vaccination site at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. The COVID-19 care kits include masks, sanitizer, a thermometer, and hand soap, among other items. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A congressman from Maine who cast one of two Democratic votes against the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill says the proposal contained too much unnecessary spending

Connecticut GOP lost 5,000 registered voters after Capitol breach

More than 5,000 Connecticut Republicans left the political party in the six weeks after the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol, according to a published report

Police: Man attacked ambulance facilities in Old Saybrook, other sites

Police say a Torrington man who targeted at least four Connecticut EMS agencies with Molotov cocktails has been arrested in Pennsylvania

Joseph Duffey, who lost 1970 Connecticut U.S. Senate race to Lowell Weicker, dies at 88

Joseph D. Duffey, seen in 1991, was president of American University before resigning to lead the USIA. (Washington Post photo by Harry Naltchayan)

Joseph D. Duffey, a coal miner's son who led two large universities and two federal agencies and whose enduring luster in the Democratic Party stemmed from his unsuccessful but high-profile Senate bid in 1970, an antiwar campaign that drew support...

Another former aide accuses Cuomo of sexual harassment

In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York.  A former aide’s allegations that Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss during years of sexual harassment have spurred calls for an investigation — and questions about who might meaningfully conduct one.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)

A second former aide has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Police: Dispute over room light led to slashing of Quinnipiac student

Police in Connecticut say a Quinnipiac University student slashed his roommate’s neck after they argued about a dorm room light

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As AG Tong investigated $523,000 fee, Lamont's team paid it

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Norwich police say violent threats prompted search where bombs, assault weapons found

A Greeneville man allegedly had threatened to blow heads off police and a victim and threatened to burn his house down.

Pickup truck crashes into Chelsea Groton Bank building in New London; three people injured

Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a pickup truck crashed into the Chelsea Groton Bank building at Bank Street and Montauk Avenue.

New London repeals police officer staffing mandate

The ordinance has been in place since 2014, a time when overtime costs were rising, morale was low and officers were leaving the department due to concerns of layoffs.

Norwich Police say convicted felon had assault rifle and pipe bombs in his home

Police said a search of a Prospect Street home also turned up high capacity magazines, a large cache of ammunition and body armor and required a call to the state police bomb squad.

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Not quite birds of a feather, black and turkey vultures still flock together

A large group of turkey and black vultures gathers on a house Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Norwich.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Black vultures were once very uncommon in Connecticut but in recent years their numbers have been growing.

UPDATED: Mohegans, lottery included in gaming agreement but not Mashantuckets

Gov. Ned Lamont's office announces deal with Mohegan Tribe and Connecticut Lottery Corp. that addresses the state's move to authorize sports wagering and online gaming.

Survey: Stonington parents want return to in-person instruction, teachers do not

While 60% of families here want their children to return to more in-person instruction, more than 85% of teachers want to remain in the current hybrid mode for the remainder of the school year.

Cyclists hit the trail on cold but sunny day in Groton

Emil Santos, 13, of Groton is followed by Juan Romero of Gales Ferry as they join Owen Romero, 12, not pictured, on a bike ride Tuesday, March 2, 2021, through Bluff Point State Park in Groton. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Emil Santos, 13, of Groton, his friend Owen Romero, 12, and his father, Juan Romero, of Gales Ferry hit the trails at Bluff Point State Park with their bikes.