Lawmaker introduces bill barring non-disclosure agreements

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

Republican state senator charged with extorting page for sex

Rhode Island Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle, appears in Superior Court in Providence on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses Kettle of extorting sex from a page in the Rhode Island Senate page program. Kettle, 27, of Coventry, pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 personal recognizance. (Steve Szydlowski/Providence Journal via AP)

Republican Rhode Island state senator Nicholas Kettle charged with extorting sex from male page in Senate's page program

6-year-old Connecticut girl dies of flu complications

A 6-year-old Norwalk girl has died of complications from the flu

NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole

The case of two New York City police officers accused of raping an 18-year-old woman in their custody last year is spurring calls to close what some are calling a police sex loophole

Was pirate Black Sam Bellamy found? DNA test could tell

In this Aug. 14, 2017 photo, Marie Kesten Zahn, an archaeologist and education coordinator at the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, Mass., probes the concretion surrounding a leg bone that was salvaged from the Whydah shipwreck off the coast of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Researchers are working to determine if the remains belong to Samuel

Researchers say they're working to use DNA to identify whether a human bone recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck belongs to the infamous pirate Samuel 'Black Sam' Bellamy

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13-year-old arrested after post shows him holding gun

A 13-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say he posted a photo of himself holding a handgun in a group text on social media

Juvenile, marijuana policies on agenda for current legislative session

The state agencies involved with courts will focus on the criminal justice system for juveniles, Connecticut's evolving marijuana policies and attempt to refine existing laws on divorce and foreclosure during the current legislative session.

Connecticut may limit access to state's voter database

Connecticut's secretary of the state is seeking to limit access to the state's voter database, responding to concerns raised after a now-disbanded presidential panel sought voter information.

Domestic violence group seeks to promote workplace policies

Advocates for domestic violence victims plan to meet this spring with Connecticut employers to push for supportive, workplace policies

Proposed animal rights legislation to be unveiled

Connecticut lawmakers will unveil animal welfare-related bills, including requirements to adequately shelter dogs

Rhode Island troopers encouraged to bring guns to church

Rhode Island State Police say they encourage officers to bring their guns to religious services

Massachusetts: Beware of scammers targeting immigrants

Massachusetts' attorney general has launched a campaign to educate residents about scammers who swindle people out of money by pretending to be qualified to provide immigration legal advice or services

Massachusetts lab to forfeit $1M for unnecessary urine drug screens

A Massachusetts-based laboratory will forfeit more than $1 million to settle claims it billed for medically unnecessary urine drug screens

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Attorney general recuses himself from Connecticut Landmarks investigation

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East Lyme High School bomb threat determined to be noncredible

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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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.

A walk in the fog

A person walks in the fog along a path at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A person walks in the fog along a path at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford on Tuesday.

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With new elections near, US strains to curb Russia meddling

The first congressional primaries are just two weeks away, and the U.S. government has done little so far to aggressively combat the kind of Russian election interference that's been revealed.