Ledge Light Health District assembles task force to fight Lyme disease

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick. Ledge Light Health District has created a new regional task force to explore why Lyme disease rates in New London County are much higher than in other parts of the state and to come up with ways to help reduce cases going forward. (CDC via AP)

A group of about 20 local health officials, senior center employees, landscapers, school workers and town leaders will meet once a month until May to find ways to bring down rates of Lyme disease, which officials say have been increasing locally.

Station nightclub fire anguish still felt 15 years later

In this Feb. 20, 2003, aerial file photo, firefighters work amid the charred ruins of The Station nightclub, where 100 people died in a late night fire in West Warwick, R.I., started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing. (AP Photo/ Robert E. Klein, File)

Tuesday was the 15th anniversary of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others.

Local groups join in case against Bank Street demolitions

The building at 130 Bank St., at left, is one of two historical buildings in downtown New London that property owner Bill Cornish is seeking to demolish. (David Collins/The Day)

Three New London historic organizations have joined with a national group to help bolster the state’s case for an injunction against the proposed demolition of two historic Bank Street buildings.

Old Saybrook police charge teen amid concerns over comments, actions

Police Chief Michael A. Spera said police have charged a 17-year-old with breach of peace after investigating concerns over the high school student's comments and actions.

East Lyme High School checked, cleared and 'safe' after bomb threat

Police investigating a bomb threat to East Lyme High School found the threat to be noncredible, according to the superintendent of schools.

Police report suspicious incident at New London church

New London police are asking for the public's help regarding a suspicious incident at a church on Friday.

Emergency crews rescue injured hiker on Lantern Hill

Ledyard volunteer firefighter Ryan Boiselle, left, steadies the patient riding in North Stonington volunteer fire department's all terrain vehicle driven by firefighter Ryan Burdick, crossing Lantern Brook as they transport the man off Lantern Hill after he fell and injured his leg hiking at the summit Monday, February 19, 2018. The man was transported by hand down from the summit to the closest point that fire department all terrain vehicles could access and then to the parking lot of Two Trees Inn where Mystic River Ambulance transported him to the hospital. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Emergency crews on Monday rescued a hiker who had fallen and injured his leg while hiking on Lantern Hill.

UPDATED: Police cancel silver alert for missing Norwich teen

Police have canceled a silver alert issued early Monday morning for a missing Norwich teenager, who was classified by police as an endangered runaway.

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A renewed call to provide benefits to vets with bad paper discharges

A new report calls on Connecticut to provide benefits to veterans with other than honorable discharges who also experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury or sexual trauma during their military service.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound commander temporarily relieved of duty

Capt. Andrew Tucci was temporarily removed from his command of Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven on Monday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news release.

Vets receiving help with legal issues have improved mental health, less homelessness

Veterans receiving care at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center who also accessed legal help for civil issues they were facing experienced improvements in mental health and fewer days of homelessness, according to a recent study of...

STATE/NORTHEAST

State police investigating after 2 bodies found in home

Connecticut State Police are investigating after two people were found dead in a residence in Essex. The agency said state troopers were asked Tuesday to conduct a well-being check at the home

Scientists say new fishing technology could save whales

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales

Lawmaker introduces bill barring non-disclosure agreements

Massachusetts lawmaker introduces bill barring non-disclosure and forced arbitration agreements, calling them 'silencing tactics'

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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre

Pennsylvania church to bless couples toting AR-15 rifles

A Pennsylvania-based offshoot of the Unification Church is encouraging couples to bring their AR-15 rifles with them to a commitment ceremony in the Pocono Mountains, a half-mile from an elementary school

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

The latest report on Hawaii's missile scare says the state began testing alerts before fully a developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat