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Afghans who helped the US now fear being left behind

In this Friday, April 30, 2021, photo former Afghan interpreters hold banners during a protest against the U.S. government and NATO in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Interpreters and other Afghan civilians who served the U.S. and NATO fear Taliban reprisals with the looming withdrawal of troops from their country after two decades of war

Second Amendment sanctuaries facing first court test

In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, firearms are displayed at a gun shop in Salem, Ore. The first legal test of whether a wave of U.S. counties can legally declare themselves

The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county

Republicans embrace conflicting messages on election results

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduces Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., on May 14, 2021, moments after she was elected chair of the House Republican Conference, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

The Republican Party's contorted response to Donald Trump's false claim that the election was stolen was on stark display as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stood in the White House driveway.

Biden meets DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push

President Joe Biden arrives to speak on updated guidance on face mask mandates and COVID-19 response, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has met with six young immigrants who benefited from an Obama-era policy that protected those brought to the U.S. illegally as children

What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan. 6

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, rioters try to break through a police barrier, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A small but growing number of Republicans are embracing and propagating a false portrayal of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

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Pelosi: House Ethics Committee should investigate Greene's 'verbal assault' on Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., center, speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., back left, and former OMB Director and President of Citizens for Renewing America Russ Vought, as they express their opposition to

Democrats rebuked Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday over her confrontational approach toward Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as tensions between the two parties escalate over the safety of the Capitol as a workplace and the level of...

House members announce bipartisan deal for Jan. 6 commission

A group of House Democrats and Republicans announced Friday that they had struck a deal to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Stefanik voted into House GOP leadership, replacing Cheney

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., walks from her office on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

House Republicans elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to a leadership position Friday in what members said was an effort to focus on the next election after earlier ousting Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming for challenging former president Donald...

AP source: Govt to ease up guidance on indoor mask-wearing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places

Biden team moves swiftly to tackle pipeline political peril

A hand written sign is posted on a gas pump, showing that the service station is out of all grades of fuel Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C.  Several gas stations in the Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown of a major pipeline by hackers entered its fifth day.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Biden administration swung aggressively into action after a primary gasoline pipeline fell prey to a cyberattack

U.S. budget deficit hits record $1.9 trillion so far this year

FILE - In this May 7, 2021 file photo, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington.  The U.S. budget deficit surged to a record of $1.9 trillion for the first seven months of this budget year, bloated by the billions of dollars being spent in coronavirus relief packages. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, May 12  that the shortfall so far this year is 30.3% higher than the $1.48 trillion deficit run up over the same period a year ago.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The U.S. budget deficit surged to a record of $1.9 trillion for the first seven months of this budget year

House GOP ousts Trump critic Liz Cheney from top post

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference because of her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in instigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House Republicans have ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as the chamber’s No. 3 GOP leader, punishing her after she repeatedly rebuked former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in fomenting the Jan.

McCarthy sets Wednesday vote on Liz Cheney leadership ouster

FILE - In this April 22, 2021, file photo, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCarthy is leading his party to an inflection point. House Republicans are preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. 3 leadership position. If so, McCarthy will have transformed what’s left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a Wednesday vote for removing Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. 3 Republican leadership post

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24 calls in 24 hours: New London Fire Department has busy Saturday

New London Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Rheaume, left, shows department Chief Tim Curcio, center, the damage to a menþÄôs rest room at Caulkins Park after a fire in the structure Saturday, May 15, 2021. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Fires including an arson, a motorcycle crash, and a cardiac arrest all part of a day's work for city firefighters

Firefighters battle blaze at commercial building in East Lyme

Firefighters at the scene of a two alarm structure fire at Atlantic Building Products on Boston Post Road Saturday, May 15, 2021, in East Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A two-alarm fire engulfed a commercial building at 206 Boston Post Road in East Lyme on Saturday.

Waterford police investigate car versus motorcycle accident

Police are investigating an accident involving a car and a motorcycle that occurred in the area of Great Neck Road and Route 156.

Pedestrian taken to hospital with serious injuries following accident on Gold Star Highway

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital early Friday morning with serious injuries following an accident on Gold Star Highway near the intersection of Toll Gate Road.

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Sunset review at Coast Guard Academy

Members of the flag detail fold the colors after the American flag is lowered from the main flagpole at the conclusion of the the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Corps of Cadets´ Sunset Review on Sunday, May 16, 2021 on the academy's Washington Parade Field. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy participate in the annual Sunset Review on Sunday

Montville Town Council to question housing authority commissioners over complaints

The decision came after another resident and a town official allege commissioners are unfairly raising rent and charging for repairs while bullying and ridiculing residents.

Stonington to keep elementary school playgrounds closed to the public

The playgrounds at West Vine Street and Deans Mill schools will remain closed to the public due to vandalism and pet owners not cleaning up dog excrement.

Home & Garden Show sees smaller crowd, but vendors say business is booming

Brandon Hyde, right, of Hyde Park LandscapIng  shows friends, from left, Sharon Gabiga, Pat Simkowski, both of Lisbon, and Jeanne Howard, of Sprague, an example of landscaping during the Southeastern Connecticut Home & Garden Show at Mohegan Sun´s Earth Expo & Convention Center on Sunday, May 16, 2021.  After being canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020, the event was one of the first to return to the convention center. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

About 7,000 people attended the show, which was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the casino’s at Earth Expo & Convention Center.