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Archaeologists uncover 12,500-year-old site showing evidence of the earliest known population in Connecticut

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When the state Department of Transportation began construction on a bridge over the Farmington River archaeologists suspected there could be historic sites hidden under the soil.

In late 2018, once excavation was underway, crews discovered evidence of what scientists have called southern New England's earliest inhabitants.

The site, located ...Read more

Cuban deportations have more than doubled in the past year, new data shows

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More than twice as many Cubans were deported this year compared to last year, according to new data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Wednesday, federal officials released its latest deportation statistics, which showed that 1,179 Cubans were detained nationwide during the 2019 fiscal year, compared to last fiscal year's ...Read more

As marijuana goes legal in Illinois, immigrants urged not to use pot or work in new industry

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CHICAGO -- With much of Illinois anticipating the state's legalization of marijuana in January, activists are urging immigrants not to use or buy cannabis or work in the new industry, as it could lead to drastic measures like deportation.

Immigration attorneys and advocate groups gathered Wednesday in Chicago's Loop to get word out that any ...Read more

Harvard benefited from slavery in Antigua; now the two are talking about reparations

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Harvard is the latest university seeking to make amends for its ties to slavery.

A Harvard University spokesman confirmed to the Miami Herald that the school's president, Lawrence Bacow, recently reached out to Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States, Ronald Sanders, to discuss how the prestigious Cambridge, Mass., university and ...Read more

Lawsuit by Sandy Hook families against gun manufacturer will go to trial in 2021

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WATERBURY, Conn. -- A lawsuit by nine families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings against the company that made the gun used in the massacre will go to trial in September of 2021.

On Wednesday lawyers for Remington Arms and the families agreed to the date after nearly two hours of haggling before Superior Court Judge ...Read more

Rep. Ted Lieu undergoes heart procedure to place stent

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., underwent surgery in Washington on Tuesday to have a stent placed after having chest pains.

The Capitol's attending physician recommended Lieu go to the hospital Monday night and he was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for chest pain, according to Lieu's chief of staff, Marc Cevasco.

An ...Read more

Elizabeth Warren revises income disclosure from controversial coal case

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, under pressure to reveal more details of her income, released an accounting this week showing she made nearly $2 million over three decades as a legal consultant while she worked as a bankruptcy professor.

The disclosures provide new information about a controversial case Warren handled in the 1990s, indicating that she ...Read more

Federal Reserve puts hold on interest rates in quiet end to busy year

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WASHINGTON -- After three successive interest rate cuts, the Federal Reserve hit the pause button at its last meeting of the year on Wednesday and signaled it was likely to remain on the sidelines all next year.

The decision to keep the Fed's benchmark rate at between 1.5% and 1.75% was approved unanimously by all 10 voting members, whereas one...Read more

Key lawmaker calls for halt to controversial system to detect biological attacks

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WASHINGTON -- Citing "serious concerns" about unproven technology rushed into use by the Trump administration to detect biological attacks, the chairwoman of the House Science and Technology Committee is calling for the system to be shut down.

The chairwoman, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, said Wednesday that the administration's newly deployed ...Read more

Justice Department inspector general testifies about report on FBI's Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department's internal watchdog told Congress on Wednesday that the FBI botched its high-profile investigation of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government efforts to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

"The activities we found don't vindicate anyone who touched this," Inspector ...Read more

Judge dismisses lawsuit aimed at forcing SC GOP to hold presidential primary

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Richland County judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the South Carolina Republican Party broke state laws and its own rules by canceling the state's GOP presidential preference primary.

The decision Wednesday came more than a month after attorneys for the South Carolina GOP and for former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, a ...Read more

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi dismisses claims of genocide at The Hague

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THE HAGUE -- In an appearance that further marked her fall from grace, Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi mounted a defense of her homeland Wednesday, calling claims of genocide "incomplete and misleading" a day after a tribunal heard damning accounts of atrocities inflicted on Rohingya ethnic minorities.

The 74-year-old disgraced human...Read more

'It's life-changing': Real estate firm awards employees a total of $10 million in bonuses

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BALTIMORE -- Edward St. John, CEO and founder of St. John Properties, shocked his employees with a $10 million bonus to be split among the company's 198 employees.

Many companies give out bonuses around the holidays, but not many announce an additional $10 million in employee payouts on top of annual year-end prizes like St. John Properties did...Read more

House urges Supreme Court to enforce subpoenas for Trump's financial records

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WASHINGTON -- The House cited 2020 election security concerns Wednesday when it urged the Supreme Court not to delay the enforcement of congressional subpoenas for financial records of President Donald Trump and his business from Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corporation.

Any harm to Trump for allowing the enforcement of the House ...Read more

Ivanka Trump hopes next step in paid family leave will be a policy for all workers

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump says legislation guaranteeing paid parental leave for federal workers, expected to pass Congress, is a "monumental step" that she hopes will lead to the creation of a paid leave program for all Americans.

The senior White House adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump said the provision attached to a defense ...Read more

States confront the casualties of the war on pot

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LOS ANGELES -- With the tap of a computer key, prosecutors in Los Angeles and Chicago plan over the coming weeks to erase tens of thousands of marijuana convictions from people's criminal records, a key part of a progressive crime-fighting strategy that is seeking to rectify the wrongs of a decades-long drug war.

Prosecutors and legal aid ...Read more

Overlooked plans to add Medicare benefits get more attention

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WASHINGTON -- A long-shot bid to expand health care benefits for seniors is beginning to gain attention as part of Democrats' signature health care bill, which the House is expected to vote on Thursday.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee leaders are aiming to use savings from the drug bill to add dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare....Read more

Analysis: With scores to settle, Trump slams 'crooked bastard' Schiff over impeachment

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President Donald Trump went to Hershey, Pa., with a few scores to settle hours after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment they appear poised to pass next week.

For more than an hour, Trump railed against House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff and Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a throng of supporters inside the Giant Center booed, ...Read more

Congress to halt military use of toxic foam contaminating drinking water

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WASHINGTON -- Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to place stronger regulations on the chemicals.

The bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act, has been the focus of intense negotiations ...Read more

'Food pharmacies' in clinics: When the diagnosis is chronic hunger

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There's a new question that anti-hunger advocates want doctors and nurses to ask patients: Do you have enough food?

Public health officials say the answer often is "not really." So clinics and hospitals have begun stocking their own food pantries in recent years.

One of the latest additions is Connectus Health, a federally ...Read more