California becomes first state to restrict plastic straws at restaurants

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the nation’s first state law barring dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless they are requested, saying discarded plastic is “choking our planet.”

On statehood for Puerto Rico, 'put up or shut up,' says governor

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is using the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting the island to make a stepped-up push for statehood.

Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 6, 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Thursday that her appearing at a hearing on Monday to detail her claims is "not...

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

Authorities respond to a shooting in Harford County, Md., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.   Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an

An official says three people have been killed in a shooting in Harford County in northeast Maryland

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Report: Connecticut ranks 4th nationally in share of bridges over 50 years old

The Interstate 395 bridge over Route 85 in Waterford is the fifth-most heavily traveled

Connecticut ranks fourth nationally in its share of bridges that are 50 years old or older, with more than half of its bridges of that age, according to a new report.

Demolition of John's Mystic River Tavern begins

Spectators watch as a crew from Ground Up Construction demolishes the former John's Mystic River Tavern on Cottrell Street in Mystic on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The bar closed in December of last year and in January it was announced that the adjacent Whaler's Inn had purchased the building. The Whaler’s Inn also recently demolished the two adjacent residential structures at 1 and 3 Haley St. Plans have yet to be announced for the site. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Spectators watch as a crew from Ground Up Construction demolishes the former John's Mystic River Tavern on Cottrell St. in

Moving day

The Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) South Dakota (SSN 790) is moved from its berth at General Dynamics Electric Boat to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The South Dakota is the 17th boat in the Virginia class of nuclear attack submarines. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Pre Commissioning Unit South Dakota (SSN 790) is moved from its berth at General Dynamics Electric Boat to the U.S. Navy submarine base in Groton.

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An interesting race is shaping up in the 18th Senate District, with Sen. Heather Somers defending...

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The ship Captain Cook used to 'discover' Australia may have been found — sunken in a Rhode Island harbor

More than two centuries later, researchers believe they have pinpointed the ship's final resting place, according to the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project. The nonprofit group has spent more than 25 years searching for the Endeavour, as well...

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

Cardinal Timothy Dolan addresses a news conference at the offices of the New York Archdiocese, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said Thursday that it has hired former federal judge Barbara Jones, left, to review its procedures and protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has hired a former federal judge to review its procedures and protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse