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From self-driving cars to all-electric Teslas, Silicon Valley is imagining an automobile beyond the internal combustion engine and steering wheel we all grew up with. Meanwhile, app-based companies like Uber and Lyft are radically shifting the way we interact with cars.

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Sophie Zezula, 10, unveiled her “Snow Straw” at a Ridgefield invention convention five months before American cities began outlawing plastic straws and five months before lawmakers in other Connecticut towns like Hamden and Stonington revealed that they were pondering a ban.

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Sand is the most abundant material on Earth. And, other than water and air, sand is the natural resource we consume more than any other -- more, even, than oil.

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A recent study found that Connecticut ranked third nationwide in overall income inequality.

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The town of Stonington is considering a move to ban all single-use plastic bags and straws. It wouldn’t be the first Connecticut town to contemplate bagging the bag -- Greenwich recently passed a ban and Westport did away with them years ago.

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Immigration agents approached a Danbury man outside of a courthouse in that city last Friday. Samuel Cruz-Coctecon, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, attempted to escape, but did so into oncoming traffic and was hit by a car and injured.

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has successfully petitioned his way onto a statewide primary ballot in August.

Ganim, a convicted felon, is running for governor and needed 15,458 signatures from registered Democrats in the state of Connecticut to get on the ballot.

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An 18-year-old died when the stolen vehicle he was riding in crashed during a police chase Thursday in Bridgeport. The city’s police department said the car was being driven by a 15-year-old. 

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The World Cup begins Thursday. But the United States men’s national soccer team didn’t even qualify, so fans will have to wait another four years to see their team play for international glory.

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Residents in some western Connecticut towns are still without power after last week’s historic severe weather.

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A day after severe weather pounded in Connecticut, residents in the Danbury area -- the part of the state hit hardest by the storm -- assessed the damage.

In a stunning reversal, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction and ordered a new trial in connection with the 1975 killing of his 15-year-old neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich.

Students at Ridgefield High School hold posters and signs as they participate in the National School Walkout on April 20, 2018. Students at Ridgefield organized the walkouts nationwide.
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At 10:00 am Friday morning, hundreds of students walked out of Ridgefield High School to send a message to lawmakers that they want new gun legislation enacted. Theirs was one of 2,500 schools across the country taking part in the day of action.

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The Walk Bridge is a century-old “swing bridge” in Norwalk that carries hundreds of trains each day along Connecticut’s southern coast.

Members of Americares, including Dr. Anne Peterson (left), unload a plane containing medical supplies in San Juan this past October.
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Representatives from a Stamford-based nonprofit are heading to Puerto Rico this week to provide health services to Hurricane Maria survivors.

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