Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump dismissed concerns of recession, offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week's steep drop in the financial markets

Trump's speech drew thousands of workers paid extra to be there

People listens as President Donald Trump speaks at Shell's Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Monaca, Pa. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell plant in Monaca, Pa., were forced to choose Tuesday between attending a speech by President Donald Trump or forgoing overtime pay that their co-workers would earn.

Dick Cheney to appear at fundraiser for Trump

This July 17, 2012, file photo shows former Vice President Dick Cheney at the Capitol to meet with Senate Republican leaders at a political strategy luncheon, in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation...

Recession signs worry Trump ahead of 2020

President Donald Trump reacts at the end of his speech at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump has been warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, but recession may be coming before that.

Watchdog cites possible political retribution at State Department

The State Department's internal watchdog has found significant evidence of leadership and management problems and possible political retribution against career employees in the bureau that deals with international organizations

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House subpoenas Lewandowski in Trump probe

The House Judiciary Committee is subpoenaing former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a former White House aide as part of its investigation into President Donald Trump's conduct in office

John Hickenlooper ends White House bid, mulls Senate run

Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and says he's giving "serious thought" to running for the Senate in 2020

Israel bars U.S. congresswomen — with a nudge from Trump

The U.S. president is essentially relying on Israel to retaliate against two freshman lawmakers, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota

Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem is about Europeans

Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services says the inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants to the US is about 'people coming from Europe'

Kamala Harris seeks to revive her faltering poll numbers on Iowa bus tour

On a five-day, 17-stop bus tour, she sought to claim the middle ground in the sprawling Democratic primary.

Barr defends police, takes swipe at 'social justice reformer' prosecutors

United States Attorney General William Barr waves to the crowd after addressing the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police's 64th National Biennial Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Barr said Monday that there were “serious irregularities” at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life this past weekend as he awaited trial on charges he sexually abused underage girls. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

Attorney General William Barr staunchly defended the work of law enforcement officers across the U.S., while taking a swipe at progressive prosecutors he says are refusing to enforce the law

Analysis shows that 12% of voters could go paperless in 2020

In this June 13, 2019, file photo, ExpressVote XL voting machines are displayed during a demonstration at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. More than one in ten voters could vote on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots vulnerable to hacking according to a new study. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Analysis shows up to 12% of voters in the 2020 general election will cast their ballots on machines without paper backup, making their ballots more vulnerable to hacking

Bannon floats idea of Michelle Obama run against Trump

In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day of the Girl on NBC's

Democrats eager to oust President Donald Trump in 2020 could pin their hopes on an 11th-hour bid by former first lady Michelle Obama rather than the roughly two dozen candidates now in the mix, former White House strategist Steve Bannon suggested.

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Groton City Police seeking identity of body found in Thames River

Coast Guard, left, and City of Groton on the Thames River under the Gold Star Bridge head towards the KE Streeter Boat Launch in Groton after retrieving a body that was discovered by boaters Saturday evening Aug. 17, 2019. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The person appears to be an Asian male, approximately 30 to 40 years old, according to Sgt. Patricia Lieteau.

Body recovered from Thames River

Town of Groton, Coast Guard and City of Groton boats on the Thames River under the Gold Star Bridge where boaters discovered a body in the water Saturday evening Aug. 17, 2019.   (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The person, who is deceased and whose identity has not been released by police, was spotted about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by boaters in the river near the Gold Star Bridge.

Police logs - Aug. 18, 2019

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

Traffic backed up on I-95 north in East Lyme

A two-vehicle crash that occurred on Interstate 95 north between exits 73 and 74 has slowed traffic in the area.

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Mohegan Wigwam Festival gives thanks

Alejandro Long, 9, a member of the Mohegan and Taino nations, gets some help with his dancing regalia from parents Marisol and Shane during the Mohegan Wigwam Festival at Fort Shantok on Sunday, August 18, 2019, in Uncasville. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Dancers participate in an intertribal dance during the Mohegan Wigwam Festival at Fort Shantok on Sunday

Rally highlights history, beauty of church facing legal troubles

The once-solvent United Church of Stonington is struggling, and its leaders are appealing to the community for financial assistance and support.

Stenger Farm Park: An oasis of flora, fauna in Waterford

The pond at Stenger Farm Park, seen June 4, 2016, in Waterford. (Jacinta Meyers/The Day)

From Clark Lane, it looks like a dirt parking lot next to a field with an adjacent dog park, easy to pass by without even a hint of curiosity. But walk into the tree line and you will find a variety of lush micro-ecosystems on this former farm.

Norwich to demolish old electrical substation in Taftville

The city is seeking bids for the demolition of an electrical substation that has sat at the intersection for the past 60 years.