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Hoarse Biden says it's 'just a cold,' not COVID

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the November jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has at least one thing in common with thousands of parents and grandparents this winter: He’s picked up a cold from his young grandson

Nationwide abortion debate increases attention paid to state-level elections

Abortion rights supporter Doug Foxvog, center, debates with an antiabortion activist, who would not give her name, outside the Supreme Court. (Washington Post photo by Matt McClain)

Activists and local lawmakers in both parties are rapidly preparing for the Supreme Court to curtail federally guaranteed abortion rights in coming months, launching strategies for imposing new restrictions and protections in anticipation of the...

Senate OKs stopgap spending measure, averting government shutdown

Night falls at the the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, with the deadline to fund the government approaching. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Senate on Thursday night averted a U.S. government shutdown and passed a stopgap spending measure, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature.

Trump faces flurry of investigations beyond Jan. 6 probe

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Perry, Ga., on Sept. 25, 2021. As Trump's lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations that could come to a head in the coming weeks and the new year. That includes two major state criminal investigations — one in New York and one in Georgia — and lawsuits concerning sexual assault allegations, a fight over an inheritance and questions of whether he should be held personally liable for inciting the insurrection. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

As Donald Trump’s lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations that could come to a head...

Biden, allies increasingly pushing back at GOP's virus barbs

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron during a visit to the National Institutes of Health, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.”  And then he tacked on a political dig. Some people “on the other team,” he said Thursday, were threatening to hold up government spending and endangering the nation’s credit out of pique over vaccination requirements. “Go figure,” he added. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

For months, President Joe Biden has taken it on the chin from Republicans over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic

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Potential reversal of Roe rattles political landscape

Antiabortion and abortion rights advocates argue Wednesday outside the Supreme Court as the justices heard arguments on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is likely to be months before a decision is announced. (Washington Post photo by Melina Mara)

The volatile issue of abortion catapulted to the center of the political debate Wednesday after the Supreme Court signaled it would uphold a law undermining Roe v. Wade, creating the potential for the polarizing issue to reshape the electoral...

Book: Trump tested positive for COVID before debate with Biden

In this Sept. 29, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump looks at his face mask during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. A book by Trump's ex-chief of staff says Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate in September 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

A book by Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff says Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate in September 2020 with Joe Biden

At historic abortion arguments, conservatives signal changes

Anti-abortion protesters surround abortion rights advocates as both groups demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Members of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority are suggesting they may make sweeping changes to limit abortion rights in the United States

Jan. 6 panel to vote on contempt against former DOJ official

FILE - Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks as he stands next to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Oct. 21, 2020.  The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection will vote on pursuing contempt charges against Clark Wednesday, Dec. 1 as the committee aggressively seeks to gain answers about the violent attack by former President Donald Trump's supporters.  (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP, File)

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection is preparing to vote on pursuing contempt charges against a former Justice Department official

Appeals court weighs Trump arguments to withhold records

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump riot outside the Capitol in Washington. Trump's lawyers on Tuesday will try to persuade a federal appeals court to stop Congress from receiving call logs, drafts of speeches and other documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection led by his supporters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A panel of judges on Tuesday questioned whether they had the authority to grant former President Donald Trump’s demands to stop Congress from gaining access to documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection

Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments

People listen during an anti-abortion rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, as activists begin to arrive ahead of arguments on abortion at the court in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It’s the moment conservatives have been waiting for

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

FILE - New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appears during a news conference about COVID-19 at the State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 2020, left, and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attends the 12th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Dec. 9, 2018. Transcripts released Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, shed new light on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's behind-the-scenes role advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the face of sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CNN says it is suspending anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely pending a further review of documents revealing how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when he was facing charges of sexual harassment

Boebert in call refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

FILE - Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks at a news conference held by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 29, 2021. Boebert has spoken by phone with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., just days after likening her to a bomb-carrying terrorist. By both lawmakers' accounts, the call Monday did not go well. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Conservative congresswoman Lauren Boebert has spoken by phone with congresswoman Ilhan Omar just days after likening the Minnesota Democrat to a bomb-carrying terrorist

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Firefighters knock down small blaze at New London restaurant

Firefighters at the scene of a fire Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at The Green Room restaurant and bar on Bank Street in New London, work in the backdoor area of the building from Blinman Street.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A fire at The Green Room shortly before 4 p.m. was put down quickly Thursday.

Mystic man charged with manslaughter in April fatal crash in Stonington

Ryan Brown told police he was was texting when his SUV crossed into the oncoming lane, hitting a car head-on and killing Michelle McMullen of Norwich in April. He also had marijuana in his system, police say.

Bulletins issued for two missing men from Stonington, Montville

Stonington police issued a bulletin for Glen Marquardt while Montville is looking for help locating Gregory Bohara.

Man facing charges after Mohegan Police cruiser struck in Bozrah

State police said a man is facing charges after a Mohegan Police cruiser was struck while police were trying to conduct a traffic stop.

LOCAL NEWS

DEEP stocks Shetucket River with Atlantic salmon

Ray Schaefer of Canterbury, acting vice president of the Thames Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, releases an Atlantic salmon into the Shetucket River on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, as he and other volunteers, along with staff from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Fisheries Division, stock Atlantic salmon in the river in Sprague.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Anglers in the region will have a chance for some prize catches soon, after the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection added 50 large Atlantic salmon to a local waterway Friday.

Make A Difference: Madonna Place

Tricia is a mother who is due to give birth to twin girls in the new year.

Stonington gets in the holiday spirit

Singers from Stonington High School, Calvary Church and United Church lead the community carol sing Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Wadawanuck Square in Stonington Borough.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

From carols to a tree lighting to a festive stroll, the borough gets into the holiday spirit.

New London to launch on-demand ride share service on Monday

The city will launch its new NL SmartRide program on Monday, an on-demand public transportation service similar to ride-hailing system like Uber.