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Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm •  Published: January 14, 2014

Connecticut at 2:20 p.m.

The breaking news staffer is Sylvia Lee Wingfield. The New England news editor is Cara Rubinsky. To reach the AP bureau in Hartford, call 860-246-6876. To reach the photo department, call 617-357-8106. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from Reruns also are available from customer support at 877-836-9477.



HARTFORD — Connecticut's attorney general says his office and his counterpart in Tennessee are investigating a charity that raised money it said would go to those affected by last year's school shooting in Newtown. Attorney General George Jepsen wrote a letter Monday to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. about the 26.4.26 Foundation and its co-founder, Robbie Bruce. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 530 words.


HARTFORD — Connecticut's Department of Children and Families on Tuesday announced it will work families and child mental health advocates to come up with a plan to improve mental health services for kids across Connecticut, not just those under DCF's purview. The plan comes in the wake of the deadly 2012 massacre in Newtown and was part of last year's legislative package. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 400 words 3 p.m.


GROTON — Navy contractor Electric Boat expects to grow significantly in the years ahead despite an expected decline in U.S. defense spending because of strong support for the strategic roles played by submarines, the company's president said Tuesday. The Groton-based submarine builder employs about 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island. It expects the number of jobs to hold steady before ramping up significantly near the end of the decade for work on a new class of ballistic-missile submarines that the Navy has described as its top priority program. By Michael Melia. SENT: 430 words.


CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire's congressional delegation on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Energy to provide details of alternative routes for a proposal to run electrical transmission lines from Canada to southern New Hampshire. The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed Northern Pass, a $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England. By Rik Stevens. SENT: 325 words.



MILFORD — A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare at the University of New Haven last month. William Dong entered the plea Tuesday in Milford Superior Court on state charges including illegal possession of an assault weapon, said his attorney, Fred Paoletti. SENT: 200 words.


NEW HAVEN — A New Haven teenager was recovering from gunshot wounds and police searched for suspects Tuesday after gunfire erupted outside a city high school as about 2,000 people were leaving a basketball game. SENT: 223 words.


CLINTON — A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden. Police in the shoreline town of Clinton, about 20 miles east of New Haven, arrested William Bradley, 46, on Monday following a six-month investigation. SENT: 300 words.



NEW YORK — A preliminary report by federal investigators on last year's deadly train derailment in New York does not draw any conclusions about what caused the wreck. The National Transportation Safety Board issued the brief report Tuesday.


LITCHFIELD — The head of an animal rescue group has been convicted of 15 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty over dogs housed in the cold.


DERBY — An Oxford man who wrecked his car and killed his friend during a police chase has pleaded no contest and agreed to serve up to nine months in prison.


STRATFORD — Stratford officials have approved a $4.1 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a town dump truck in 2008.


NEW HAVEN — A state jury has found a New Haven man not guilty of murder in a 2011 shooting death. The 12 jurors acquitted 34-year-old Larry Johnson on Monday in New Haven Superior Court in connection with the killing of 37-year-old Edward Thompson. But Johnson wasn't released from custody because he also faces drug, assault and other charges.



FOXBOROUGH — Less than two months ago, the New England Patriots held Peyton Manning to 150 yards passing in a 34-31 comeback win over the Denver Broncos. The stakes will be much higher in Sunday's AFC championship game and the Patriots secondary will be called on again to control the star quarterback. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — This was one field trip Eric Decker would rather forget. Even a day later, the Denver Broncos receiver who doubles as a punt returner was still kicking himself for letting his feet get in the way of a sure touchdown. Decker broke free on a return and had clear sailing to the end zone, only to be brought down by, well, himself. By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.


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