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Horses Needed a Rescue After Unfortunate Shortcut

They found themselves stuck in the mud for more than 7 hours

(Newser) - "Horses are known for getting themselves into trouble, they are curious by nature," says the head of a Connecticut horse rescue and rehabilitation center. That characterization certainly applies to Damascus and Beau. The two horses took an unfortunate "shortcut" between a pasture and a barn on a...

Army Sergeant Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Jeremiah Peikert's brother allegedly asked cellmate to find hit man

(Newser) - A US Army sergeant has been charged in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire hatched when his older brother was serving time in a Connecticut state prison. Sgt. Jeremiah Peikert, 30, and Joshua Peikert, 32, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit risk of injury to...

Big Connecticut Highway Will Be Closed for Days

Heat from burning fuel compromised Interstate 95 bridge

(Newser) - Workers on Friday began removing a bridge over a Connecticut highway that was damaged in a fiery crash involving a gasoline tanker truck—a project expected to keep both sides of Interstate 95 closed through the weekend and extend a traffic nightmare on the major artery linking New England and...

'Gone Mom' Case Finally Gets a Conviction

Michelle Troconis guilty of conspiracy to murder boyfriend's estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos

(Newser) - A woman was convicted Friday of conspiring to murder missing mother-of-five Jennifer Dulos , who vanished from a wealthy Connecticut enclave in 2019 and was never found. Michelle Troconis, 49, sat with her head down and cried as the jurors were polled as to whether they agreed with the verdict, per...

Mayor Wins Do-Over Election After Ballot-Stuffing Suit

It's the 4th time now that Bridgeport's mayor has beaten his opponent

(Newser) - Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim won a do-over election Tuesday in Connecticut's most populous city, months after a judge threw out the results of the first one because of allegations of absentee ballot box stuffing during a Democratic primary, the AP reports. Ganim easily defeated fellow Democrat John Gomes, the...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

Kennedy Cousin, Now Exonerated, Is Suing

Michael Skakel wants lead investigator, Connecticut town of Greenwich to pay

(Newser) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel , whose conviction in the 1970s murder of a Connecticut teen was overturned, is suing the lead police investigator and the town of Greenwich for alleged malicious prosecution, civil rights violations, and other claimed wrongdoing. Skakel, 63, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy,...

Aquarium Welcomed 5 Whales in 2021. 3 Are Now Dead

Beluga named Kharabali, 9, had been swimming abnormally at Mystic Aquarium since November

(Newser) - A 9-year-old beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium named Kharabali has died, marking the third death among five whales that were transported there from Canada in 2021. Kharabali began swimming abnormally in November and "her strange behavior continued to progress." She was eventually moved to the intensive care facility...

This Is the Safest State in America
This Is the Safest
State in America

This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last

(Newser) - After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep...

Cops Say She Came In Firing. Bulletproof Glass Saved Them

Woman allegedly started firing away inside police station in Bristol, Connecticut

(Newser) - A woman fired several gunshots in the lobby of a Connecticut police station, but bulletproof glass prevented anyone from being injured, authorities said Friday as they charged her with attempted murder and other crimes. The shooting happened at the Bristol Police Department just after 10:30pm local time on Thursday,...

Pair Wrongfully Convicted of Murder to Get $25M Payout

Connecticut settlement involves forensic expert Henry Lee, accused of fabricating evidence

(Newser) - Connecticut's attorney general has agreed to a $25.2 million settlement with two men who spent decades in prison for murder, based partly on evidence presented by famed forensic scientist Henry Lee that a judge later found was fabricated. Ralph "Ricky" Birch and Shawn Henning were convicted in...

Young Professionals, Check Out the Work Climate Here

New England dominates Scholaroo's best states for workers trying to establish their careers

(Newser) - If you've just graduated or are graduating soon and are looking for a place to jump-start your career, some states offer more in the way of job markets and affordable living. Scholaroo attempts to flesh out which US states are the best for today's young professionals, using nearly...

This Is the Happiest State in America

Utah takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, West Virginia is last

(Newser) - In some states, happiness seems to come more easily. WalletHub analyzed various environmental factors to see which US states boast more contented surroundings, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, including such factors as the share of adults with depression or alcohol use disorder, life expectancy,...

Drivers in This State Are the Most Confrontational

Arizona tops Forbes Advisor's list of those with the most road rage

(Newser) - Road rage: Most of us have dealt with it, in one form or another. Those different forms—cutting people off, not letting others change lanes, honking the horn, and flipping the bird, just to name a few—are what Forbes Advisor included in its attempt to determine which states have...

Man Who Found Bag With $5K Inside Arrested
Man Who Found Bag
With $5K Inside Arrested

Man Who Found Bag With $5K Inside Arrested

The problem, police say, is that Connecticut man kept the cash

(Newser) - A Connecticut man says it felt like he won the lottery when he discovered a bag with nearly $5,000 in cash lying in a parking lot. So, he decided to keep it. Three months later, he has been charged with larceny, the AP reports. It turns out the bag,...

A Stolen Vehicle Crashed Into a Cop Car. Inside, a Surprise

The owner, a juvenile, fled the crash site and was later arrested; suspect never mentioned the cat

(Newser) - Connecticut police who found a kitten in a stolen car say they've located the animal's owner: a juvenile suspect who fled and was arrested after the car crashed. The Meriden Police Department said on its Facebook page Thursday that the gray-and-white male cat, believed to be about 7...

Having a Baby Soon? One State Outranks the Others

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - If your future plans include starting a family and you're open to a move (or wondering whether your current location is ideal), WalletHub has some insights. The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not only on the issue of costs tied to having a...

Rabid Bobcat Attacks Sleeping Camp Counselor

3 adults kill the animal in Connecticut park

(Newser) - A rabid bobcat attacked a camp leader who was sleeping in a hammock at a Connecticut state park, but the victim and two other adults were able to kill the animal before anyone was seriously harmed, reports CNN . The three were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and none of the youths...

2 More Cops Fired in 'Appalling' Randy Cox Case

Betsy Segui, Oscar Diaz join 2 others on pink-slip list after incident that left Conn. man paralyzed

(Newser) - Two more cops in New Haven, Connecticut, involved in the case of Richard "Randy" Cox, a man paralyzed from the chest down during police transport last June, have been fired. NBC Connecticut reports that on Wednesday, the New Haven Board of Police Commissioners voted to pink-slip officers Betsy Segui...

$45M Settlement After Police Transport That Paralyzed Man

It's a historic settlement in case of Randy Cox

(Newser) - The man paralyzed during a rough police transport last year in Connecticut has reached a $45 million settlement with the city of New Haven. Richard "Randy" Cox filed a $100 million lawsuit against the city and its police department last year, and what resulted is the largest police misconduct...

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