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Colt To Cease Production Of AR-15 Rifles For Civilian Market

Gun manufacturer Colt says it plans to end production of AR-15-style rifles for the civilian market. The company plans to limit its production to police and military contracts.

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Searching For One Of New England's Most Endangered Species

The Puritan tiger beetle used to be found up and down the Connecticut River, but climate change, dam construction, flooding, and other ecosystem changes have reduced its range to a few small patches of sandy soil. For researchers, where those patches are is a well-guarded secret. That's because last fall, they planted hundreds of beetle larvae on a few of those beaches, with the hopes of finding adults this year. Rodger Gwiazdowski gently runs his hands through sand. Puritan tiger beetles...

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A nonprofit formed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting has released a new public service announcement.

The Puritan tiger beetle used to be found up and down the Connecticut River, but climate change, dam construction, flooding, and other ecosystem changes have reduced its range to a few small patches of sandy soil.

For researchers, where those patches are is a well-guarded secret. That's because last fall, they planted hundreds of beetle larvae on a few of those beaches, with the hopes of finding adults this year. 

Rodger Gwiazdowski gently runs his hands through sand. Puritan tiger beetles burrow in sandy beach habitat found along the banks of the Connecticut River.

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A lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of two Connecticut workers could be a test of a 2018 landmark Supreme Court ruling on unions.

Part 1 in a series on the future of nuclear power. Part 2 is here.

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Future? In Massachusetts, nuclear power is history.

Updated at 2:31 p.m. ET

President Trump has named Robert C. O'Brien, who has been his special envoy for hostage affairs, to be his new national security adviser.

Trump made the announcement in a Wednesday morning tweet.

"I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O'Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!" Trump said.

Updated on Sept. 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET to reflect the latest information from federal agencies.

An outbreak of severe lung disease among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and states, and public health officials say it's too soon to point to a cause.

According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 530 confirmed and probable cases have been identified in 38 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CDC has confirmed seven deaths, in six states.

Toby Talbot / Associated Press

A judge has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed over the opioid crisis. 

Christopher Peak / New Haven Independent

Tuesday marked day two of the criminal trial against New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a former student at his religious high school back in the early to mid-2000s. 

In the first three months after getting his Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, Ric Peralta managed to reduce his average blood sugar level by three percentage points.

"It took me from not-very-well-managed blood sugar to something that was incredibly well managed," says Peralta, a 46-year-old optician in Whittier, Calif., who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008.

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Federal regulators have approved a merger involving media groups that run two local TV stations.

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Young Connecticut Activist Gears Up For Global Climate Strike

This Friday, climate activists in Connecticut and around the world will take to the streets to urge their governments to adopt policies that will fight climate change. The Global Climate Strike has been largely organized by young people inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

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Elections

Can Marilyn Moore Duplicate Mike Jarjura’s Write-in Win?

State Sen. Marilyn Moore’s decision to continue her mayoral campaign against Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim as a write-in candidate puts her on a path that is extraordinarily difficult — but not wholly uncharted in Connecticut.

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New Sandy Hook Promise 'Back To School' Ad Tackles Gun Violence

A nonprofit formed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting has released a new public service announcement.

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The Beaker

Snapshots Of A Controlled Burn On Connecticut's Coast

Recently, part of Harkness Memorial State Park caught fire.

Connecticut Public Radio is working with other stations to focus on the role of guns in American life.

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