Top advisers urge Sanders to consider ending run

In this Sept. 29, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking at a campaign event at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

A small group of Bernie Sanders' top aides and allies - including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist - have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race, according to two people...

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, arrives at the Capitol in Washington for closed-door questioning about a whistleblower complaint that triggered President Donald Trump's impeachment. Trump has fired Atkinson. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday, April 3, 2020, of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment

Democrats see health care as winning campaign issue in virus era

In this image from video provided by the Biden for President campaign, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual press briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Biden for President via AP)

Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

FILE - In this July 26, 2016, file photo the stage is reflected on a glass window on the suite level at Wells Fargo Arena as Timmy Kelly sings the national anthem before the start of the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Democrats and Republicans to take a close look at whether they'll be able to move forward as planned this summer with conventions that typically kick off the general election season. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its convention until the week of Aug. 17

Trump's contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. Trump's diverging viewpoints on the coronavirus and China have generated finger-pointing by both Beijing and Washington, and that is further destabilizing a critical relationship between countries with the world's two largest economies and militaries. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump's diverging viewpoints on the coronavirus and China have generated finger-pointing by both Beijing and Washington

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Fla. governor issues coronavirus stay-at-home order after heavy criticism

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mandated a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state Wednesday, requiring that its nearly 21 million residents stay indoors unless they are pursuing essential services or activities. His executive order will take effect...

McConnell says impeachment 'diverted attention' of Washington away from virus

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listen as President Donald Trump speaks before he signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump's impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the coronavirus as it reached the United States in January

Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump is bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people

Forget Easter: Trump extends social distancing guidance until end of April

President Donald Trump talks to reporters Sunday during a coronavirus task force briefing. (Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary)

Days after President Donald Trump said he hoped the country would be "opened up and raring to go" by Easter, he instead announced on Sunday an extension of federal guidance on social distancing until the end of April, in a continued effort to slow...

Updated: Trump backs off quarantine for Connecticut, N.Y., N.J.

President Donald Trump speaks in front of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 President Donald Trump says he's considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to stop the spread from reaching states with fewer infections

AP FACT CHECK: Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus accompanied by Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vice President Mike Pence, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, in the James Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

President Donald Trump has been weighing in on the science of the coronavirus pandemic for weeks

Updated: Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package

In this image from video, members of the House practice social distancing as they sit on the floor and in the public gallery above during debate on the coronavirus stimulus package on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2020. (House Television via AP)

President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling...

House plan on $2.2T virus relief bill hits last-minute snag

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. arrives to read a statement outside her office on Capitol Hill, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

House leaders' plan for swift action on a $2.2 trillion package to ease the coronavirus pandemic's devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system has run into complications

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Most of Westerly is outside Gov. Raimondo's border checkpoints

Westerly, where there are so many cars with Connecticut plates, is largely spared the Rhode Island...

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UPDATED: New London police cancel bulletin for missing 14-year-old girl

Darene Perez is described as Hispanic, five feet, two inches tall, 109 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police logs - April 5, 2020

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

Waterford police charge three with fraudulent attempt to obtain opioid prescriptions

Waterford police said they charged three men Thursday with attempting to obtain opioid prescriptions using information stolen from doctors.

Woman charged in stabbing of man, assault of police officer in Groton

Officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. They found the 46-year-old man with a stab wound to his left side bleeding heavily, police said.

LOCAL NEWS

Local veterinary clinics provide essential care for animals and their people

Veterinarian Dr. Neil Marrinan, DVM, returns Addie to her human, Tracy Ernst, of Westbrook, outside at Old Lyme Veterinary Clinic in Old Lyme Friday, April 3, 2020. Deemed

Deemed essential services during the coronavirus plague, veterinarians have altered care to maintain safety standardss.

My Pet Pal: Sarah and Rufus

Sarah and Rufus are both Arizona rescues learning life in the north.

College students back home adjusting to online classes

Their challenges range from doing lab classes remotely and lost income to canceled events and sports seasons.

Ham dinners donated to region's health care professionals

Mary Puhlick, with Sisters in Suits, moves dinner trays as volunteers work to distribute ham dinners to local hospital employees on Sunday April 5, 2020 at Filomena's in Waterford. The restaurant and the Cactus Jack Foundation distributed 250 ham dinners during the event. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

About 250 people employed at Lawrence + Memorial, Backus and Pequot Health Center received meals in the parking lot of Filomena's restaurant.