Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency to get wall

In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. California's attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, against Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states — including California — allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Donald Trump is declaring that he will prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall

Trump denies he asked Whitaker if an ally could oversee Cohen probe

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a report that he asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if an ally could undo his recusal in an investigation of his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.

N. Carolina elections board weighs re-doing marred election

North Carolina elections officials say the country's last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his new book, 'Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance', at a George Washington University/Politics and Prose event in Washington. Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 that he is running for president in 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020: 'Our campaign is about transforming our country'

Connecticut part of coalition of states suing Trump over emergency declaration

In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump declares a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, against Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution. (AP Photo Evan Vucci, File)

A coalition of 16 states filed a federal lawsuit Monday to block President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall without permission from Congress, arguing that the president's decision to declare a national emergency is unconstitutional.

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White House defends Trump's emergency declarations amid lawsuits, political battles

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border and sought to clarify his contradictory statements about its necessity, marking the start of what's expected to be a drawn-out...

State Department: Trump's pick for next U.N. ambassador backs out

In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. The State Department says Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn her name from consideration on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The State Department says Heather Nauert, President Donald Trump's pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn her name from consideration.

Trump emergency declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight

President Donald Trump gestures to the audience as he heads to the Oval Office after speaking during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

In this Feb. 1, 2019, photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has issued a gag order in the case of Stone. Jackson said in an order Friday that both sides must refrain from making statements to the media or the public that could prejudice the case.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the case of longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges

Trump says he's declaring emergency to build border wall

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump says he will declare a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

William Barr sworn in for second stint as U.S. attorney general

In this Jan. 15, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Thursday confirmed Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

William Barr has been sworn in as the nation's next attorney general

In House's Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold up their weapons as they attend a gathering to show their support for the ongoing peace talks in Sanaa, Yemen. Asserting Congress' authority over war powers, the House is debating a resolution to force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen. It's a rebuke of the president's alliance with Saudi Arabia and prompted veto threat from the White House. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

The House has passed a measure that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen

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Police ID suspect dead after multitown police chase

Several police cars involved in a Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 chase that started in Norwich are now parked in front of the Windham IGA on Route 32. (Sean Elliot/The Day)

State police identified the man as 39-year-old Kyron Marcell Sands of Hartford, who has an extensive criminal record.

Police: New London firefighter had heroin at L+M

Police said 0.2 grams of bagged heroin fell out of a city fire lieutenant’s sweatpants when a nurse picked them up while he was at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Feb. 10.

New London firefighter faces second arrest in a week

A New London Fire Department lieutenant, charged last week in Groton with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was charged on a warrant Tuesday with possession of suspected heroin.

State police dispatch negotiated with man during Griswold standoff

State police said they responded Sunday to a disturbance in Griswold in which an intoxicated man had threatened to kill himself and his family. They said dispatch talked to the man on the phone and "was able to negotiate the male to come out of the...

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Finding Middle Ground: Why you should become a candidate for local office

Local government has a more immediate impact on your life than either the state or federal governments.

Waterford High School Quarter 2 Honor Roll

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Rezoning approved for Mystic River Boathouse Park site

An artist's rendering shows the view from Route 27 of the proposed Hart Perry Boathouse and the Mystic River Boathouse Park. The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, of an application by the town to rezone the park paves the way for a redesign of the controversial boathouse. (Courtesy of the Mystic River Boathouse Park Implementation Committee)

The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval Tuesday night of an application by the town to rezone the Mystic River Boathouse Park paves the way for the redesign of the controversial boathouse being planned for the Route 27 site.

State budget shows winners and losers for local cities and towns

New London and Norwich would see major overall increases in Lamont’s proposed two-year budget.