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In Connecticut, across U.S., gun sales are surging

In this Sunday, March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. After a year of pandemic lockdowns, mass shootings are back, but the guns never went away. As the U.S. inches toward a post-pandemic future, guns are arguably more present in the American psyche and more deeply embedded in American discourse than ever before. The past year's anxiety and loss fueled a rise in gun ownership across political and socio-economic lines. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Gun sales are spiking in Connecticut and around the nation, a buying spree driven by fears of rising crime, a political shift in Washington and the social upheaval brought on by the pandemic.

White House has whale conservation rule proposal for review

Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review

Several people injured after boat strikes wall

Several people were taken to a hospital after the boat they were riding in struck a break wall

Erosion of sand spit could threaten homes

A sand spit that protects part of the coastline straddling Fairfield and Bridgeport is eroding and could leave the area vulnerable to flooding and other damage if measures aren't taken to replenish it

After vandalism, NYC George Floyd statue cleaned, will move

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A statue of George Floyd that was defaced in Brooklyn has been cleaned and is headed for Manhattan’s Union Square

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700 workers to lose jobs in sale of People's United Bank

More than 700 employees of People’s United Bank in Connecticut will lose their jobs when the lender is acquired by a New York bank

R.I. shellfish harvesting ban extended following heavy rainfall

Environmental officials in Rhode Island have extended their ban on shellfish harvesting in certain areas of the state

Mass. House OKs sports betting bill but fate in Senate uncertain

Massachusetts House lawmakers have overwhelming approved a bill to legalize sports betting in the state, but it’s fate in the Senate remains uncertain

Former Greenwich police officer sentenced on gun charge

A former officer for the Greenwich Police Department has been sentenced to six months in prison on charges that he acquired guns and transferred them to a known felon

Memorial for Sandy Hook massacre victims nears construction

This illustration provided by Daniel Affleck depicts his design for the proposed Sandy Hook victims memorial in Newtown, Conn. The state is expected to give final approval to $2.5 million for the project Friday, July 23, 2021. (SWA Group/Daniel Affleck via AP)

A memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown is finally nearing construction, after nearly eight years of discussion and planning

More COVID-19 cases linked to cluster on Cape Cod

More than 130 new cases of COVID-19 have been linked to an outbreak in a popular Cape Cod resort town

Man, 85, charged with arson following building fire

A Massachusetts man is facing charges of arson and insurance fraud in connection with a fire that consumed a building in Great Barrington

Acrobat injured after fall at Barnstable County Fair

An acrobat has been hospitalized following injuries sustained in a fall at the Barnstable County Fair

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My Whaling City car dealership won't honor free tires promotion

A longtime customer of the Ford/Mazda dealership in New London says the new owners won't honor his...

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Kitchen fire breaks out at New London McDonald's

A fire broke out in the kitchen at the McDonald's restaurant at 406 Coleman St. on Saturday night.

Woman shot in New London

A woman was shot Saturday morning in New London, according to police.

Family lost while hiking found safe on Lantern Hill

A family that was missing on a Lantern Hill hiking trail was found safe after a police search Saturday afternoon.

Shots fired in New London

Police responded to a report of shots being fired Friday night in New London.

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Two tie in vote for Eastern Pequot chairman, setting stage for run-off election

Mitchel Ray, incumbent tribal council treasurer, and Derrick Strong, president of tribe's nonprofit foundation, will compete in September.

Your Turn: The (suffocating) life of a lady in 1860s America

Fashion came at a high price in health and mobility.
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While researching “A Rebellious Woman,” my new historical novel, I learned some amazing facts about what it was like to be a “lady” in 1860s America.

‘First real president of America’ remembered on his birthday

The raising of the flag which had previously been flown at the U.S. Capitol building, now being raised on the new flagpole at the Huntington tomb.
(Kevin Gorden/For the Times)

The 290th birthday of what some historians consider to be the true first leader of the fledgling United States of America was noted in a wreath-laying ceremony in Norwich.

My Pet Pal: Freddy

He’s vivacious, enjoys sunshine from his multi-story cat condo, and doesn’t mind if a human lets him lick the plate.