Preliminary report issued on B-17 crash at Bradley that killed 7

This image taken from video provided by National Transportation Safety Board shows damage from a World War II-era B-17 bomber plane that crashed Wednesday at Bradley International Airport, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 in Windsor Locks, Conn. The plane crashed and burned after experiencing mechanical trouble on takeoff Wednesday morning from Bradley International Airport. (NTSB via AP)

The preliminary report indicates that all inspections and certificates were up to date, and that weather was likely not a factor in the crash.

Murphy calls on Republican colleagues to use impeachment 'leverage' to change Trump's mind on Syria

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., heads to the Senate for a vote, on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Murphy on on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, implored his Republican colleagues to press President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to remove U.S. troops from the northern Syrian border, saying they have leverage over him given the Republican-controlled Senate could block a House vote to impeach Trump. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

"As we speak, Republicans are protecting the president from impeachment. They have a lot of leverage over him. They could use some of that leverage to get him to do the right thing in northeastern Syria," Murphy said.

Metal Trades Council at Electric Boat overwhelmingly approves new contract

Shift change at General Dynamics Electric Boat facility in Groton on March 26, 2015. The Metal Trades Council overwhelmingly approved a new, four-year contract that includes raises and pension increases for eligible employees, despite objections by some of its members who said they should have gotten a better deal.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The union, which represents 2,673 shipyard workers at Electric Boat, overwhelmingly approved a new, four-year contract despite objections by some of its members who said they should have gotten a better deal.

Blumenthal questions FAA exemption that allows passengers to fly in B-17

In this file photo, a group of Hartford firefighters stop to snap photos of the WWII era B-17 bomber Memphis Belle at Brainard-Hartford Airport following a flight to showcase the aircraft to local media Monday, August 12, 2013. Following last week's crash of a B-17 bomber at Bradley International Airport, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has asked the head of the FAA to look into the exemption that allows passengers to fly in B-17.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Following the deadly crash of a B-17 bomber at Bradley International Airport, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is asking the head of the FAA to look into "what specific inspection protocols" went into allowing passengers to fly aboard the...

Navy's newest attack submarine is christened as crowd of 6,000 looks on

Electric Boat hosts the christening ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, for the future attack submarine Oregon (SSN 793) at its facilities in Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Attendees packed a building on the Groton waterfront, where five different submarines are under construction, to watch ship sponsor Dana Richardson crack a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the future submarine Oregon.

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Presidential yacht Sequoia makes stop in New London

The former U.S. Presidential yacht USS Sequoia rests on a moving cradle on a barge moored Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at City Pier in New London. Sequoia, a National Historic Landmark constructed in 1925 of long-leaf yellow pine, mahogany and teak, and called the floating White House during its service to U.S. presidents from Herbert Hoover to Gerald Ford. The 104-foot yacht is headed to Belfast, Maine, for a full restoration and will be moored at City Pier to avoid the storm stirring up seas off New England this week. The Sequoia did visit New London once before, in 1934, to bring President Franklin D. Roosevelt to watch the Harvard-Yale Regatta.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The presidential yacht USS Sequoia, a National Historic Landmark that hosted presidential cocktail parties and sit-downs with world leaders under eight different presidents, made a surprise visit to the Whaling City on Wednesday.

Chesebrough winning fundraising battle in Stonington first selectman race

Democratic first selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough has raised more than twice as much in campaiagn funds as her Republican opponent, John Prue, in the eight-week reporting period that ended Sept 30.

Happy birthday, Navy

From left, retired Lt. Cmdr. Carl Matteucci, Cadet Derrick Raymond, both of the New London NJROTC, Sea Cadet Patricia Krepps of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Nautilus Division, and Capt. Todd Moore, commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, cut a birthday cake during a Navy 244th birthday ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, during the Meet Your Navy event at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Carl Matteucci, Cadet Derrick Raymond, Sea Cadet Patricia Krepps and Capt. Todd Moore, submarine base commanding officer, cut a birthday cake during a Navy 244th birthday ceremony Wednesday in Groton.

Debate to be held Tuesday for Norwich school board, City Council candidates

Back-to-back debates for Board of Education and City Council candidates will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Norwich Free Academy.

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I flunked the emissions test, and the DMV doesn't care

Strangely, the DMV renewed my registration, knowing the car flunked the emissions test.

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Police: K-9 team nabs man after Stonington crime spree

Police say a Norwich K-9 team apprehended a man who reportedly punched out a car window outside a Pawcatuck bar, then tried to force his way into an apartment, leaving behind a trail of cocaine, ammunition, a handgun and clothing.

UPDATED: Man charged in connection with attempted robbery at Charter Oak in Waterford

Town police said they are investigating an attempted robbery at the Charter Oak on Route 1.

Montville man seriously injured after driving moped into pole

A Montville man driving a moped was seriously injured after he struck a utility pole on Route 32 Saturday morning, police said.

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Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case

A jury in Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorists who claimed the massacre never happened

Interim chief state's attorney appointed

John J. Russotto, a 22-year veteran of the Division of Criminal Justice, has served as deputy chief state's attorney for personnel, finance and administration since 2004.